June 2019
We invite you to enjoy this month's inspirational stories showcasing A Promise of We , and the important role you play. With your help, we can continue our mission of advancing the quality of life for people with disabilities. Together, we are better!
Your support helps us innovate
Our Minnesota-made Fire Starters will be sold at Three Rivers Park District campgrounds this summer, just in time for outdoor recreation and fun. Packaged by our hard working team members, the sticks are also available on Amazon under the label OP Social Enterprises ™, a division of OP that is operated as a social enterprise. OP purchases the wood, wax and other materials and ships them to a disability organization in northern Minnesota, where the sticks are produced and sent back to the Twin Cities to be packaged by OP workers. Three Rivers Park District campgrounds are selling 5-count packs for $1.99 each.  Learn more .
Thanks to your support, we can offer choices
The production floor at OP-Koch Campus was transformed into a fun carnival for a few hours on May 17 to celebrate spring. The Committee of Advocacy & Leadership (COAL) planned the first-time event, and class members and staff created various games and activities. COAL has also been raising money this month for a local animal rescue by holding a penny drive where people voted with their loose change for staff to get pies in the face later this week!
You help us do so much more
“That’s my thing, I love art! When I’m doing art, I’m always a happy person,” Ann says. Ann loves her art classes at Opportunity Partners-Asplin Center in Plymouth, and this week the program will receive a statewide award from the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation & Rehabilitation. The Life Enrichment award recognizes the program’s impacts on personal growth, increased confidence and engagement. Come to OP-Asplin’s Art Show on Thursday, May 30 from 4-7 pm with a brief award presentation at 5 pm.
Session ends with positive news
Positive news from our state lawmakers: the Minnesota Legislature has passed a two-year, $48 billion state budget deal which includes a new competitive workforce factor to be added to rates for home and community-based disability services to help increase wages for Direct Support Professionals. There’s much more work to be done but this is a solid step which will add urgently needed new funding to start addressing the wage gap for our hard working DSPs. Watch for more information to come, and thank you for your advocacy!
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