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Debbie and her brother Gary, who attends ProAct in Hudson, Wisconsin

The Gary ‘he used to be’

Gary Olson, 60, grew up on a farm in western Wisconsin in the 1970s, where he was close to his father, drove tractors and did chores as a teenager. Then, ...

Ken Koch, second from left, has supported the nonprofit for 20-plus years through the ProAct Golf Classic. The 2019 event is August 26.

Former board member talks Golf Classic

On the golf course for the ProAct Golf Classic, Ken Koch and his group are the guys in blue, green, white or red, but they always match. Koch, an IT ...


From the President…

It is gratifying when people working in numerous direct care positions see the positive impact they are having on the lives of the individuals they support. Receiving favorable feedback from ...

Direct service professional Mike Hurley, left and classroom instructor Angi Fleury, lower right, brought ProAct ADS participants to Disability Services Day at the Capitol in March. The large rally focused on improving wages for staff members.

Capitol visit supports staff

It was a homecoming of sorts, at a place known to many but visited by few- the Minnesota State Capitol. Direct support professionals (DSPs) from day program and housing providers ...

Julie Johnson, left, president of the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR), presented a Life Enrichment Award at Lakeville Area Arts Center to leaders of ProAct Playhouse, a drama program for individuals with disabilities. From her left are Co-directors Matt Briggs and Amanda Thomm, and Production Director Kelly Campion. Briggs said the goal of the program is to enhance self-esteem, build communication skills and professional presence. ProAct is based in Eagan.

ProAct Playhouse receives Life Enrichment Award

Established community theater program recognized by Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR) as highly beneficial to individuals with disabilities ProAct, Inc., a nonprofit serving people with disabilities based in ...


New Options News and Views

Be sure to check out the latest newsletter update from New Options – ProAct in Shakopee. There’s a lot happening in Scott County. View the newsletter in pdf format


Earning opportunity, solid support at BIC

When a product order needs fixing at BIC Graphic, Melanie Henderson is there. “After the orders go out, if there is an issue with them, we get contacted to either ...


Zumbrota stable, popular, responsive to needs

Cattle trailers stop for traffic alongside ProAct’s Zumbrota location in this intimate downtown where the provider has been a stable community asset since 1994. “We get to know the person ...


Not giving up, 20-year participant makes jump to job market

Ed Hubley, foreground, stocks shelves at the Dollar Tree store in Cottage Grove and is appreciated by Store Manager Tracy Arett, left, and ProAct Designated Coordinator Charlotte Eastin. Using a ...


Record drifts in Red Wing defy memory

Major snowstorms and icy roads impacted ProAct’s Red Wing location in February, but few could predict, or remember a dramatic scene like the drifts on the morning of February 25. ...