ProAct, Inc.



ProAct, 3195 Neil Armstrong Boulevard,  Eagan, Minnesota  55121

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

June 2016

In This Issue
Golf with us on Aug. 15
Calling all stakeholders
A history of help: Tapemark
50s dance party in Hudson
Post Bulletin: 'Center keeps metals in the loop'
The Rochester Post Bulletin ran an extensive story in recent weeks covering ProAct eRecycling Services' work in Red Wing.  Read it here.
Video shares new details about eRecycling operation

How they do it: eRecycling
How they do it: eRecycling
Signed up yet for the ProAct Golf Classic?  Aug. 15 is the day!

Excellent rolling greens are calling all golfers to support people with disabilities by playing in the 2016 ProAct Golf Classic at Southview Country Club on August 15.

First rate accompaniments, an exciting course and an elegant banquet facility will
make this year's event extra special," said Steven Ditschler, president and CEO of ProAct.

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Eagan parent/guardian meeting highly interactive

A group of more than 65 parents and guardians assembled at ProAct in Eagan for an update on system changes, and to share their views about the best services for their loved ones.

One father said his daughter, who is a participant, works in a job off-site, takes classes and works on ProAct's production floor.  "That's what works for her," he said, noting that there is fear out there that programs like ProAct's will be taken away.

Program Director Carolyn Dobis took the crowd through a summary
Carolyn Dobis
of the many systemic changes ProAct has encountered over the last two years.  State licensing reviews have been extended dramatically, she said, and there are many terms and program names for people to learn about, such as the Olmstead Plan, 245D, Positive Practices and WIOA.  Her presentation can be viewed online. 

Steve Ditschler
"We are being progressive while maintaining a range of service options to meet individual needs and accommodate informed choice. We embrace competitive integrated employment, while recognizing that one approach does not address individual differences" said CEO Steve Ditschler.  As one parent said: "One size doesn't fit all."

The number of people on off-site work crews in the Day Training and Habilitation program has doubled this year, Dobis said. 

The group is expected to meet each quarter, and may host industry speakers from the state and county who could answer questions.  Watch ProAct's website and Facebook for the next meeting date.

Thank you: TapeMark Charity Pro-Am 
In its 34 years, the Tapemark Charity Pro-Am has contributed nearly a quarter-million dollars to ProAct, and the nonprofit is designated as a beneficiary again in 2016.  The Mens Event runs June 10-12 and the Womens Event is June 11-12.  A few ProAct staff members will be on hand, so please say hello if you're there.  Thank you again to the Anderson Agency's Tapemark Charity Pro-Am event!
Participant planned: Life Ops 50s party in Hudson
The 1950s returned to ProAct in Hudson, where a recent party event brought together families and individuals with disabilities for live music and dancing. Custom made poodle skirts featured personalized designs and decorations and party planning was performed by program participants and staff. "There were tons of choices throughout the process, " said Program Coordinator Margaret Christensen.  Prior to the event, several made their way to Fantastic Sams, which provided 50s hairstyles without charge. Party favors and decorations were on display throughout the building and drive-in themed burgers, hot dogs, fries and root beer floats were served.
What is ProAct?
With two facilities in Eagan, and others in Red Wing, Zumbrota and Hudson, Wis., ProAct, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation which has served the needs of people with disabilities for more than 40 years.
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