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Employers, employees appreciate support from MEC

Employers, employees appreciate support from MEC

Established in 1996, the Minnesota Employment Center (MEC) provides employment support for people who are Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing. Over the past 20-plus years, we have supported hundreds of people successfully obtain and retain employment.
But what about the employer’s perspective? What is it like to partner with

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Intern cohorts contributed much to Rise

Intern cohorts contributed much to Rise

Rise welcomed a summer cohort of six interns in June who worked in program areas across the agency, including advancement, accounting, assistive technology, human resources, marketing, and program development.
Using the cohort model, interns also participated in biweekly training sessions to discuss a variety of professional development topics and learn

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Rise adds fifth Adult Day Program site in New Brighton

Rise adds fifth Adult Day Program site in New Brighton

Due to the increase in requests for services, Rise has added its fifth new Adult Day Program (ADP) at the New Brighton Community Center.
Rise’s ADP services are fully integrated in community settings, including at the Emma B. Howe Northtown Family YMCA in Coon Rapids, the Fridley Community Center, the

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Honoring Larry Pietrzak, Emeritus Director

Honoring Larry Pietrzak, Emeritus Director

All of us at Rise extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Larry Pietrzak who died August 20. Larry had been a valued member of Rise’s Board of Directors since 1991, and through those many years, gave us countless hours of his vast financial knowledge and experience, as well

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Where’s Jean?! Enjoying her well-deserved retirement!

Where’s Jean?! Enjoying her well-deserved retirement!

Between greeting guests, answering the phones, and responding to people’s immediate needs, Receptionist Jean Stephenson was kept hopping at the front desk of Rise’s administrative offices in Spring Lake Park. Considered by Rise team members and the people we serve to be “the heart” of this office, it was a

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ESR merges with Rise

ESR merges with Rise

Rise added 155 team members and began serving an additional 500 people this summer.
ESR, a nonprofit agency which provides services to people throughout Washington County, Minnesota, and St. Croix County, Wisconsin, officially became a subsidiary of Rise on July 1. The two agencies will transition into a full merger

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Volunteer Haley Bremer offers yoga classes

Volunteer Haley Bremer offers yoga classes

With New Age music playing softly in the background, “yogis” Rachel (shown here) and Andrea joined Volunteer Haley Bremer for an hourlong yoga class. Using a soothing voice, Haley led the two women through stretches and poses specifically adapted to meet their individual needs and physical capabilities.
“It’s nice

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Bev Wolters thrives on the variety of volunteering projects

Bev Wolters thrives on the variety of volunteering projects

“I think variety is the spice of life for volunteering,” said Bev Wolters. “I really enjoy doing so many different kinds of things with different people and at different locations.”
Bev discovered a list of volunteer opportunities with Rise online in October 2016 and met with Volunteer Coordinator Zoe Leonard-Monrad

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Mary Anderson culminates 40-plus career

Mary Anderson culminates 40-plus career

For the past 40-plus years, Mary Anderson has devoted her professional career supporting people with disabilities. In her many different positions in Minnesota organizations, she has developed exemplary program services, advocated for systems change, served on local and statewide organizational boards and committees, and mentored many men and women.
In

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