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Enhancing Lives ... Exploring Opportunities  ... News from ProAct, Inc.   

February 2017

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The innovative Way to Work Minnesota pilot project continues to see impressive results, placing people in jobs who had not qualified for assistance in the past.

"It's a smoother transition of trying to help people get work," said ProAct Employment Manager Heather Deutschlaender.  State and county government has been better able to "blend and braid" for greater collaboration in serving each person, she explains. -more- 
Make a difference, find job satisfaction at ProAct
Your experience and skills could be a great fit for one of several ProAct job openings. 

Our commitment to serving others depends greatly on staff members who are increasing their knowledge while providing person-centered services that enhance the quality of people's lives.  View our job openings today and please send us an email with any questions you might have.
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We encourage parents, businesses and social service providers to keep abreast of the latest developments in our industry by signing up for the MOHR Impact newsletter produced by the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation.  View the latest issue here. 
Wisconsin family finds key partner in ProAct - Video

Bob and JoAnn Larson and their daughter, Brianna
Bob and JoAnn Larson and their daughter, Brianna
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Overcoming challenges, great retail job match

Meet Tamir at Best Buy in Apple Valley
Watch Tamir's story at Best Buy in Apple Valley

Cultural, physical and developmental obstacles have not stopped Tamir Tsogbaatar, who found a new job as a merchandiser at Best Buy in Apple Valley with some assistance from ProAct, and the state's Way to Work pilot project.
"He just has a really big drive and desire to succeed.  He really believes in himself and won't let anything stand in his way," said Designated Coordinator Matt Briggs.  A regular customer of the store and an experienced video-gamer, Tsogbaatar's interests found a direct match in the electronics retailer.  General Manager, Ron Szelag said the man's enthusiasm is infectious, and he interacts well with customers.

A native of Mongolia, his dreams are big and his goals admirable.  Tsogbaatar wants to own his own business, and teach people in developing countries about adaptive technologies that are beneficial to people with disabilities.
Parent group details concerns for day programs

The Minnesota Families and Advocates Coalition (MNFAC) spoke to a room full of ProAct parents and guardians in January about looming changes in the system that challenge day programs and in-center employment.

Co-chairs Julie St. Marie and Jim Clapper.  "In every way you can think of, they're trying to really dismantle employment DT&H ... trying to actually create three new employment programs," said Clapper.  "We need to really get the legislature, to try to really impress upon them that we need to change this stuff.

Save the date: ProAct Golf Classic August 28 Dunleavy swings
   It's ProAct's major fundraiser of the year and Southview Country Club hosts a fine day on the golf course and fine food for the annual ProAct Golf Classic.  Make plans to play in the ProAct Golf Classic on Monday, August 28.  Many sponsorship opportunities are also available.  Watch for details on Facebook and at

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