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

May 2017

In This Issue
Parent/guardian meetings
Recycling manager presents
Sponsors join up for Golf Classic
Hollywood in Hudson?

  Michael is the first ProAct employee featured in an upcoming three-part video series featuring short interviews.  "Everyboy becomes a family," he said.  "It's probably the best job I've ever had."  Michael was featured in a recent story in ProAct's People Achieving print newsletter.  
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June Parent/guardian meetings to offer valuable information


On June 1, Eagan parents and guardians will hear from a  panel of people with disabilities who have found and kept jobs in the community. Red Wing and Zumbrota families are invited on June 8 to meet leaders of the Minnesota Families and Advocates Coalition (MNFAC) a statewide group of families that advocates for quality services and choices for people with disabilities.

ProAct recycling presents:
ProAct Recycling Manager Jennifer Cavalier spoke to a St. Paul Chamber audience in April on a Public Affairs Series panel about the business of recycling.

Jen Cavalier is second from left.

Good connections were made.  Cavalier is working to increase ProAct's recycling pickup locations, and material volume.


Theater lover tries her lines, gets job at Ordway

Jennifer Smith has always loved theater, and was a bit nervous about an interview for an usher position at the Ordway, but then an idea came to mind.

Why not pretend that in the interview, the answers and self-presentation involve lines to be said on stage? It worked.

"They noticed that she was really genuine in her passion for theater," said ProAct job developer Haley Konsela, who found the position and helped with the process. "This was not just a part-time job for her. It was going to be what she did."

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown St. Paul hired Smith, and has since promoted her from an usher in training to a regular usher.  -Read more-  
Summertime support, fun at ProAct Golf Classic

Get the clubs shined up and the apparel ready- the
ProAct Golf Classic is just around the corner and returns to Southview  Country Club in West St. Paul on August 28.

ProAct thanks several sponsors who are on board to play a part in this 40-year tradition supporting Dakota County's premier nonprofit serving people with disabilities.  Most sponsorships include golf and dinner at the big event.


Dinner Sponsor:
Anchor Bank 
Gold Sponsors: Langer Construction, Langer Real Estate Services and Wells Fargo Insurance

Hole Sponsors: Greg's Meat Processing and M2Business

ProAct's Margaret Christensen, right, presented with other programs from western Wisconsin.

Presenters at a recent Hudson Area Chamber event agreed that people with disabilities are a highly untapped workforce, and a lack of transportation resources is a challenge in western Wisconsin.

"Recruiting, Retaining and Empowering Employees with Special Needs" brought providers and businesses together at the "Good Morning Hudson" event in April.  

ProAct Program Coordinator Margaret Christensen said the event was an effort to help educate businesses and the public about what employment looks like for people with disabilities, and answer any questions that people have.  The Life Opportunities program in Hudson continues to place people in jobs and provide support. 
Hollywood Glamour on tap for Hudson dance
Hudson's 2017 Hollywood Glamour dance draws many families, participants and staff together for great food, live music, eye-catching outfits and conversation.

Families and community members are invited to ProAct at 1202 Beaudry Boulevard in Hudson, Wis. for a noon to 2 p.m. event on Wednesday, May 10.  Please RSVP by calling 715-410-4216 or emailing Margaret Christensen.
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