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STORY #5 – JAMES THIEMANN

STORY #5 – JAMES THIEMANN

Posted on Feb 03, 2016
 
James Thiemann was a 25-year-old high school English and speech teacher and basketball coach when he suffered a cardiac arrest while running in 2011. Doctors gave him less than a 1 percent chance of surviving. But through his tremendous grit and determination, James is

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STORY #4 – LATOYA BROWN

STORY #4 – LATOYA BROWN

Posted on Jan 25, 2016
 
Latoya Brown wouldn’t let her past limit her today.
Latoya first learned of Rise’s Pathways welfare-to-work programs in 2015 when she went to Hennepin County Social Services for assistance with employment and housing support for her and her family. Having been incarcerated, she needed

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STORY #3 – LAURIE ZSCHOKKE

STORY #3 – LAURIE ZSCHOKKE

Posted on Jan 18, 2016
 
As Rise transitions to a new computerized payroll system, Laurie Zschokke has her work cut out for her. A data entry clerk with Rise’s DataAbility team since 2001, Laurie has enjoyed the challenge of learning an entirely new process for ensuring Rise Transportation staff get paid

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STORY #2 – TED BROWN

STORY #2 – TED BROWN

Posted on Jan 12, 2016
 
When Rise opened its doors for business on August 2, 1971, Ted Brown was one of the first four people to come to work. (The other three — Kathleen Schuldt, Bruce Johnson, and Robert Lehn are now deceased.) Ted was 19 years old and

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STORY #1 – CHESTER AND GLADYS TOLLEFSON OF ANOKA

STORY #1 – CHESTER AND GLADYS TOLLEFSON OF ANOKA

Posted on Jan 12, 2016
 
The seeds for Rise were sown by Chester and Gladys Tollefson of Anoka, whose son Loring was born in 1955 with intellectual disabilities. Chet wondered, “Wouldn’t it be great if…?!”
Wouldn’t it be great if Loring could go to work when he was finished

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