August 2021
Independent, leading, top of her game at Kwik Trip
She wanted a job closer to home, close enough to walk or ride her bike. With help from ProAct, Ginny Delk is achieving her goals in a retail helper position at Kwik Trip near downtown Red Wing.

“She does a lot of the tasks within the store which we struggle to accomplish some days,” said Store Leader Christin Swenson. Delk is there to stock, clean the store and assist outside. “She’s detail-oriented, so she’s able to get the products in the right spot, which is a great help to us,” said the store leader.
ProAct Case Coordinator Steve Whitmore makes bi-monthly visits to assist and check on Delk’s status. “Every time I ask her how things are going, she says things are great and she loves her job there,” he said. -more-
Shakopee staff member:

"To be the best program in Minnesota, that's my goal."
Lotta Facente, DSP, Shakopee
Options for Pre-ETS boot camp
For young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, options for the future are not always clear. ProAct’s Pre-ETS Boot Camp sessions in the south metro and exurbs are providing a needed taste of several options to whet people’s appetite.

Boot camp offers four of the five Pre-Employment Transition Services, explains Hannah Baker, an employment specialist and boot camp instructor with ProAct. “It’s a nice little bundle.”-more-
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Next issue: Snack attack expands skills, CEO update, Outstanding Achievement Awards for staff
Classes, activities, work keep ProAct busy
With an eye toward growth and excellence, ProAct staff members are providing valuable services to individuals with disabilities in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. -watch-
Defining terms: ILS
Independent Living Services, ILS help individuals with disabilities develop, maintain, and improve their home and community based independence through a one-to-one training model that focuses on communication skills, community living and mobility, Interpersonal skills, reduction/elimination of maladaptive behavior, self-care, and sensory/motor development involved in acquiring functional skills.
By the numbers
  • 792 individuals served in July
  • 7 people placed in jobs
  • 38,206 hours of service

Tapping Summer Olympic games for engagement
The glory, fanfare and international recognition of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games spurred competition and new enthusiasm at ProAct in Red Wing.

Enthused participation in multiple events and cheering sections for ProAct competitors made this summer activity the highlight of the year, explains instructor and direct service professional (DSP) Kathy Tesch. -more-
Achievement Award Winners: ProAct's Second Quarter
Rick Gregor “Rick is instrumental in making our program here in Shakopee run smoothly and successfully. He makes sure he knows all participant schedules, ensures files are licensing compliant and is able to cover anywhere needed. With all the madness going on, he keeps a positive attitude and is able to make sure our participants are happy and taken care of.” - Ali Brown

Kim Davis “Kim’s experience in the field allows her to think of the little details that no one else may think of. Even as we prepare for the new services in July, her brain is constantly preparing for all scenarios and she is prepping newer staff in class management, such as returning to having class books for each activity. Kim is flexible and willing to step in wherever needed is an understatement.” - Stephanie Osman

Cecil Nguyen “Cecilia filled in for another employee while she was out on Medical leave; not only did she complete her own job, she was able to complete the second job as well. She remained positive and never showed any signs of being overwhelmed. She is a rock star. Thank you for your dedication!” – Judie Foster-Lupkin
Equity and Inclusion Committee shares

ProAct's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee meets regularly to build awareness and engage with staff and supporters.
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