CEO shares holiday spirit, more options, better lives

Things are looking up as the year-end holidays approach us at ProAct. Thanksgiving helps establish a baseline of gratefulness and, from there, we move to generosity, multi-colored lights, holiday decorations and more smiles.

I sincerely believe that the trials brought on by COVID are making us better. We’re more adaptive, stretched but not broken, and committed to our mission. ProAct staff have been nothing short of fabulous, pulling through the learning curve and satisfying participant needs.

One of my favorite holiday décor items is the cardinal. They offer a bright spot in the winter and are a symbol of hope and joy.

Our community support is also there. Contributions for technology will help staff do their jobs better and reach more individuals effectively with our services. Thanks to all of our contributors responding to “Give to the Max,” we will have more laptop computers, Kindles and other tech items. This equipment helps us connect more effectively with those we support in community employment, as well.

After a brief respite to focus on people coming back to our sites, virtual enrichment services are rolling out again in January. Those who cannot return in-person need these online social connections and gain a lot from them.

Our Shakopee location made a big move recently, to a newer, larger and far more versatile space. We are poised for growth and elated to have a new daytime place to call home. More details on that in this issue of the ProAct Post.

ProAct is expanding its in-home services to serve individuals where they live, too. Most all of the options are there for people to make their own decisions about what best suits them. After 21 months of responding to COVID, the year 2019 seems like five years ago, not two. But our programs are showing results, and the feedback has been positive.

As we are out and about, we can’t miss the help wanted signs. This is obviously a great time for people with disabilities to join the competitive workforce. Jobs are ample. ProAct is also hiring! If you know if anyone who is looking for a career that really makes a difference – send them our way! We only need more staff to support more people.

The seasons in Minnesota are beautiful, winter included. One of my favorite holiday décor items is the cardinal. They offer a bright spot in the winter and are a symbol of hope and joy. For ProAct we see great hope for the future and celebrate the joy we have today.

Wishing everyone the happiest of holidays, spending time with family and friends.

Looking forward to a great year in 2022!

Judie Foster-Lupkin
President and CEO



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