Fall 2019 - Issue 1
Business Partners of the Year honored
An Eagan florist and New Brighton produce distributor received ProAct Business Partner of the Year awards for their important roles in improving the lives of people with disabilities.

Design n Bloom provides continued partnership and outstanding support of employment opportunities, said ProAct Employment Development Manager Anna Cahak. In business since 2001, it's operated by Gayle Kenow, who employs several individuals supported by ProAct.

H. Brooks hosts a five-day crew from ProAct to quality check, sort and shrink wrap fresh fruits and vegetables. Inclusion is important to both ProAct and the company, as the crew often works side-by-side with other staff members at the business. H. Brooks Manufacturing Manager Steve Elsberry said the crews are prompt and dependable. ProAct also sends supervisors to assist.
'ProAct celebrates 50 years of revolutionizing rehab services'
Special to the Red Wing Republican Eagle
Red Wing leaders had a vision in the late 1960s to bring a new nonprofit program to the historic rivertown that would serve individuals with disabilities with employment, training and life enrichment.

Interstate Rehabilitation Center , which later became ProAct, opened in September 1969. It celebrates 50 years of service at two events this fall.

In 1968, the Red Wing Jaycees and special education teacher Joel Steging began efforts to develop a “sheltered workshop” which resulted in William Ogren being hired as IRC’s first executive director, said Sally Ogren, director of ProAct in Red Wing.

Letter to the Editor: Red Wing supports 50 years of lives changed
ProAct Red Wing Director Sally Ogren, right, holds a congratulatory 50th Anniversary Resolution from the Minnesota House. At left are former IRC board member Gene Leise, former IRC Executive Director David Leiseth and Rep. Barb Haley-Red Wing. More photos to come from the 50th Anniversary Open House event!
ProAct Playhouse presents: 'Brave in the Attempt' Nov. 8
"Brave in the Attempt" is a comedic tale of two adapted sports teams that will stop at nothing in pursuit of the gold medal. Please spread the word and come support ProAct Playhouse actors! Friday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Avenue. $15 suggested donation.
Give to the Max on November 14
Your contribution to ProAct through "Give to the Max Day" on November 14 will benefit our new Autism Center, which will include sensory items for individuals to use.

"We are getting more and more requests for a designated space for autism programming," said ProAct VP Kim Feller.

The annual nonprofit donation drive features "Golden Tickets" and "Power Hour" prizes where your gift to ProAct can be increased dramatically.
Banquets inspire, reminisce, recognize, value people of ProAct
ProAct's 2019 Eagan Recognition Banquet at Inwood Oaks in Oakdale featured 2017 Special Olympics Alpine Ski Champion Camilo Mejia, and his coach and mother, Patricia Schaber (above center).

The crowd of nearly 400 listened intently to Mejia's inspiring stories of athletic persistence, and his preparation to become a Special Olympics ambassador.

Eagan's long list of Service Award winners was topped by Cindy Ellingson, photo at right, and Mary Pay Myers, who received 40-year awards. -view photos-
The Red Wing/Zumbrota Recognition Banquet at Treasure Island Resort and Casino heralded 50 years of service in Red Wing.
"You guys are one of the reasons Red Wing is such a great place to live because of the service you provide in the community," said Red Wing Mayor Sean Dowse.

There were milestone announcements throughout the program, commemorative T-shirts and some significant awards. Mark Kremer and Linda Weinmann (right), each received a 45-year Service Award. Weinmann has had many jobs, is an avid volunteer. "ProAct employees and coworkers enjoy Linda's Charisma, her caring nature, passion for others and her drive to do things well," said Designated Coordinator Rachel NaSal. Red Wing Director Sally Ogren was also recognized for 45 years of service. -view photos-
National Disability Employment Awareness
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz proclaimed October as "Employers Hiring People with Disabilities Month." The declaration coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The latter has been an annual tradition since 1945 and is led by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Stretch wrap goes organic
Tests through a supply chain came through fine and a large customer approved, so ProAct has switched over to biodegradable pallet stretch wrap for its Eagan operation.

“We all know who detrimental plastic has become to our world at large,” said ProAct Business Services Manager Mary McGeheran.

It’s called “Bio-Zummit,” and uses an FDA approved organic-based compound additive. This makes the wrap completely recyclable and biodegradable. The additive is also certified globally.
Looking for job satisfaction?
The human services field is one of the best as people see the difference they make in the lives of others. Do you know anyone we should talk to? ProAct is hiring.
Your support can improve people's lives

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