August 31, 2016
Welcome back to Opportunity Partners' monthly e-newsletter, providing you with the latest news, events and ways to get involved.
Alex and his wife Nora
Your support helped Alex move into a better apartment

Alex is a retired Metro Transit mechanic who receives support from Opportunity Partners' Independent Living Services (ILS) program. With the help of ILS case manager  Elizabeth Buhmann, Alex and his wife Nora are now living in an apartment that is perfect for them.

Alex and Nora were living in an apartment with an expensive rent that they could not afford. The apartment also had structural problems that were both inaccessible and a safety hazard. Their landlord was not the most responsive or respectful when they requested fixes. Alex and Nora had been looking for housing for a long time when they finally were able to get into St. Paul Public Housing, where they now have subsidized rent. Their new apartment is affordable, in a great location and is more accessible. When asked what his favorite part about his apartment, Alex says, "everything." It's an apartment that they will be able to happily live in for a long time to come.

The moving process - overwhelming for anyone - was especially taxing for Alex and Nora. Elizabeth helped Alex get organized, box items up and move them into their new place. Elizabeth set aside extra time on their moving day to ensure everything went smoothly and that they were able to move within the time frame their funding budget allowed.

Now that they are settled, Alex enjoys jazz music and playing dominoes at the local coffee shop. He says that now that they are settled, he hopes to visit his children and grandchildren back in Ethiopia.

Visit our website to learn more about our community living options.
Jamie and her brother Ron
Remembering Jamie

When speaking about Jamie Lee Johnston, those who knew her often refer to her as "the life of the party." This woman had a bright smile, a soft voice and a bold personality.

Watch Jamie's Life Story as told by WCCO's Angela Davis.
Katie is an Assistant Program Manager at hoMEbase
On the blog

"Sometimes I'm a therapist, a friend, a social worker, a nurse, a secretary, a sister, a financial worker, a mediator, an investigator, a coach..."

These are just some of the hats Katie Bronson wears each and every day. Check out her blog to read more.

You are partners in our success

The Opportunity Partners 2016 Success Celebration recognizing people served is coming up Sunday, September 25 at the Hyland Hills Chalet in Bloomington.

Please join us for lawn games, the awards ceremony, dinner and more!

Our RSVP deadline has been extended! Tickets are $8 and must be purchased online by September 9.
Asplin's annual picnic - a success thanks to you!

Family, friends and staff all gathered together on Friday, August 19 for Asplin Center's annual picnic. Everyone enjoyed lunch, a dunk tank, photo booth and more! Thank you to the staff and families who helped out!

Attention OP families!

The Minnesota Family Advocacy Coalition (MNFAC) needs your voice! MNFAC is a volunteer organization formed in January 2016 by family members to protect the rights of Minnesotans with disabilities.

MNFAC supports the U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Olmstead clearly states individual desires are paramount in determining residential and day placement. It is with this legal foundation that MNFAC asserts that the Minnesota Department of Human Services must offer a range of residential, habilitation and employment options to meet the diverse needs of individuals with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.

Join the MNFAC email list so you can be informed and lend your voice to our statewide advocacy, awareness and advisement efforts! Contact Kara Jennings-Boyd.
Upcoming Events

August 31, 2016 - COAL Fun Fest Resource Fair
September 16, 2016 - Koch Picnic
September 17, 2016 - Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer's
September 24, 2016 - Anoka SILS Picnic
September 25, 2016 - Success Celebration
October 2016 - National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October 24, 2016 - Family Night
November 17, 2016 - Give to the Max Day

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Established in 1953, Opportunity Partners helps people with disabilities live, learn and 
work more independently through innovative services and collaborations with business. 

One of the largest social service agencies in Minnesota, we 
support more than 2,000 people with disabilities each year.