The Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation - To Advocate and support members in providing meaningful services to persons with disabilities and communities served.
MOHR impact
April 2019
With a population of 200, Northome, Minn. has a grocery store, a bank, gas station, post office, medical clinic, four restaurants and a day program serving 13 people with disabilities.

“Our youngest is right around 30, and our oldest is 89,” said Freya White, executive director of Ita-Bel-Koo DAC, the second smallest MOHR member by 2015 program revenue.

“She (the 89-year-old) absolutely loves coming here. She waits at the door for the bus when it comes in the morning. She calls it ‘school.’”

Inside an old creamery building with uneven floors on Main Street, the DAC operates a custom woodworking shop. The nonprofit “spent ‘bocoo’ dollars” two years ago for an electric furnace, says White. “That really helped. If it can’t keep up, our old oil burner kicks in and blows soot everywhere.” -much more-
Meet others, grow professionally
The MOHR Spring Conference in St. Cloud is a chance to regroup, learn and enjoy.

"I am excited about the awesome lineup and variety of speakers," said organizer Jo Bittner.
"For MOHR members, this is an excellent training opportunity at an excellent value - only
$150 for two days, three meals, the hospitality room and time to connect with other members."

Breakout sessions are engaging, and applicable to service providers, with a focus on quality and best practices. From interpersonal communication, to service intensity, social media, person-centered planning, autism and more, the St. Cloud event on May 16 and 17 is a solid value and is centrally located. Space is limited. Please register by May 1.
Video: Hormel's 'Hometown Hero'
Cedar Valley Services
Cedar Valley Services, a MOHR member, was recognized at the 2019 Hormel Annual Meeting of the Stockholders. The company has worked with the day program since 1966. View the full meeting with the Cedar Valley portion starting at 37:57.
MOHR members: Interested in joining MOHR's Public Relations Committee? Please contact Michael Kraines - 952-474-9510.
Life Enrichment Award winners heralded
MOHR is pleased to announce the 2019 Life Enrichment Award winners in the second annual competition.

The top finishers are:

  • Functional Industries
  • Opportunity Partners
  • ProAct
  • Rise

"Community-based providers are at the center of Minnesota's effort to help people with disabilities to live fuller lives," said MOHR President Julie Johnson. "Excellent programs give people options to engage and thrive in their communities."
MNFAC optimistic, but challenges lie ahead
Video: Jim Clapper with MNFAC briefly shares some recent history. He continues to have concerns for disability service providers.
Caregiver raises . . .

A workforce crisis: Hundreds rally at state capitol

Opinion: We must pass legislation to restore funding . . .

Local artist represents caregiver cause- Mankato Free Press

Feds Clarify What Qualifies As 'Community Based' -

Introducing the Life Center of Freeborn County - KIMT 3 TV

Minnesota Special Olympics Say they Have to Fight Annually For Funding - WCCO 4 TV

North Metro Town Hall Forum with Best Life Alliance April 16 in Anoka
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