Category Archives: success stories

Pre-ETS student preps product, adapts, grows skills

Transition school student David Robins is glad to call his work spot home, and it’s a busy one, at the Savers thrift store in Apple Valley. Sorting clothes into boxes ...

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CEO leaves legacy of trust, integrity, respect

Retiring ProAct CEO Steve Ditschler led the organization for some 20 years, coordinating an expansion from one to six locations and a fourfold increase in revenue. “I think ProAct is ...

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‘Houseman’ shines for hospitality in Red Wing

After gaining experience at ProAct and in another job with its support, Michael Halpaus found a satisfying job match at a Red Wing hotel through a friend and receives limited ...

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Mother finds match for son here

“My son, Scott, is 40 years old. He has been in and out of several DT&H programs. ProAct has met his needs so much better than the other programs. They ...

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Corks find new value for crafters, ProAct sorts and packages

Popped corks are thought of for celebrations, special moments and congrats, but they’re also popular with craft hobbyists. A ProAct crew sorts them for sale before the coronavirus shutdown. “People ...

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Cleaning up the floral prep aftermath, ProAct Adult Day Services participant Craig Blake, left, lightens the load for Design n Bloom owner Gayle Kenow.

Working again, for small biz

Craig Blake used to manage a Jiffy Lube service center until a major health event took a toll on his cognitive abilities. He came to ProAct’s Adult Day Services program, ...

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School, work brought on Hudson hotel job

An unpaid internship at River Falls Area Hospital gave Rachel Estes valuable experience. After graduating high school, her next phase involves a good paying job, thanks in part to ProAct. ...

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Wisconsin parents gauge impact of life opportunities program

ProAct’s program in Hudson, Wisconsin is having a noticeable impact on its participants, according to parents. A shy Ben Feia, who may not utter a word unless spoken to, is ...

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Potbelly Positive – Team member happily serves up lunch

He’s multi-faceted in his talents, and after more than two years on the payroll, no one can deny his commitment to the job. Potbelly associate Tim Nordstrom from ProAct greets ...

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