Sep 19, 2016
Rachel Elmstrand was proud to be one of the thousands of direct support professionals (DSP) that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton recognized last week with a special proclamation for the essential work they do to assist people with disabilities lead meaningful lives.
She has worked at Industries, Inc. in Cambridge for the past year and has been promoted a few times. Currently, she supervises 30 people in small work crews of four or five who clean 14 different businesses – restaurants, offices, retail stores, apartment buildings, and a community…
Sep 12, 2016
Having raised thousands of dollars over the past several years for the Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance's annual Walk for Thought, Lisa Nowlin is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to collecting pledges. Always polite and appreciative, she nonetheless is determined to help raise as much money as she can for this great cause. This year's Walk for Thought will be held September 17 at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton.
"I formed my 'Brain Storming' team 12 years ago and have participated every year since," said Lisa. "I think…
Sep 06, 2016
Mee Thao was only eleven years old when her parents and three sisters made the long trek from Laos to live in Minnesota in 1978. Despite the tremendous changes in culture and climate, Mee's family happily embraced their new home here and did well.
Born deaf and having used Laotian Sign Language, Mee easily learned American Sign Language through the deaf program at Como Park Elementary School in St. Paul; she graduated from Humboldt High School in 1989.
When Mee, who is 48, started working with Rise's Day Training and Habilitation…