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January 2021
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Member programs fill gaps, serve more people
Productive Alternatives adding services in Grant County
After the coronavirus prompted the closing of the Grant County DAC last March, the need for disability services has not waned, and Productive Alternatives is stepping in to restore them and offer more to families in the area.

“They are very excited that we’re coming and excited for the new opportunities,” said Mike Burke, director of operations for Fergus Falls- based Productive Alternatives (PA).

Responding to a request for proposals from Grant County, PA will lease space from the Grant County DAC in Hoffman. It plans to offer day services, employment support services and connect participants to offerings from Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). -more-
Nonprofit disability service provider adds 75 people from CCP
In spring 2020, Twin Cities nonprofit Opportunity Partners (OP), assumed operations of Community Connections Partnership (CCP), a day and employment services organization also in the metro area.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic slowed and complicated the process, OP is currently providing community employment, enrichment, and virtual services to approximately 75 people formerly served by CCP – and about 50 more intend to return for services when the COVID-19 risk diminishes and it is safe to do so. -more-
Enter soon for MOHR 2021 Life Enrichment Award
Every year, MOHR recognizes innovation, passion and the impact of life enrichment activities provided by its members.

Please send nominations by March 12

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Plan on it - Virtual Disability Services Day at Capitol 3/9
MOHR is teaming up with ARRM as the Best Life Alliance for the 2021 Disability Services Virtual Day at the Capitol event on March 9. State legislators need to hear constituent views about these essential services that allow people with disabilities to live the best life possible. Please register for this important opportunity.

More information to come about setting up virtual meetings with your legislators.
PRI regaining ground, cautious, optimistic, hopeful
The contrast between March 17, 2020, the day Partnership Resources (PRI) notified its clients and families of the suspension of program services, and June 29, 2020, when PRI’s limited capacity in-person services resumed, is stark.

From deep concern and fear, isolation, and a future unknown, to cautious optimism and hope, and the potential of a new beginning, it seemed like two very different worlds. After three plus months of mitigating and responding to the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, surviving furloughs, fighting to “keep the lights on,” and planning for a new reality, PRI welcomed people with disabilities back to the places they’ve called their own, the activities that enhanced their lives, and to the people and the social connections they so dearly missed. -more-
Eric Black to succeed Peter McDermott, retiring MDI president, CEO
Local nonprofit manufacturer MDI announced that President and CEO Peter McDermott will retire on April 1. Taking over the position will be Eric Black, a global business development and integrated marketing leader who spent 23 years at Cargill before entering his current role at Univar Solutions as global director of marketing and technical sales. MDI is a nonprofit corrugated plastic manufacturer and assembly service provider headquartered in Minneapolis, with locations in Hibbing, Grand Rapids and Cohasset, with the goal of providing employment for people with disabilities. -more-
In the NEWS
Johnson wins 'Tip of the Spear' kudos

DNR seeks input on increasing access to wildlife areas for people with disabilities

Minnesotans with disabilities wonder when they'll get COVID-19 vaccine - MPR

Adults with disabilities in Minnesota to get COVID-19 vaccine in different phases

Lakeville woman earns 'Tip of the Spear' award - Sun Thisweek News

Pandemic shaped a remarkable, trying year - Access Press

Advocates: COVID-19 Relief Leaves Out People With Disabilities - Disability Scoop

Schultz leads Opportunity Partners

Advocacy groups prepare for 2021 legislative session - Access Press

Kickstart: Grants support MDI and its mission employing people with disabilities

Grand Rapids plastic plant to expand, add 75 jobs - Star Tribune

Honors: MOHR has named its outstanding disability employers for 2020

New Program Aims To Train Doctors On Developmental Disabilities

Living Well disability services announces new leadership - Cision

Theatrical journey: Special needs advocate keeps community strong with online arts meetings - Mankato Free Press

My brother has daily seizures. COVID-19 restrictions are making him sicker

New equipment to aid MDI - Access Press
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