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Katie Whiteford honored with state DSP of the Year award

Katie Whiteford honored with state DSP of the Year award

Rise President/CEO Lynn Noren and other team members pulled off a big surprise for Katie Whiteford in July when they presented her with the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR)’s 2020 Direct Support Professional award for employment services in the Twin Cities metro area.
Due to the pandemic, MOHR

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And Rise New Richmond is up and running!

And Rise New Richmond is up and running!

After a great deal of time and preparation to figure out who was ready to come back to work and how many people Rise New Richmond could safely accommodate, Case Manager Katie McNamara is happy to report that Rise New Richmond is open for business and is off to a

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People excited to be back to work at Rise Spring Lake Park

People excited to be back to work at Rise Spring Lake Park

What day is better or more fun than Christmas or your birthday? If you ask people at Rise Spring Lake Park, they might answer: “The day I got to go back to work!”
Starting June 15, people started coming back to Rise Spring Lake Park to work a three-hour shift

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Minnesota Microgrant Partnership helps Tom hone skills

Minnesota Microgrant Partnership helps Tom hone skills

With his goal of someday soon working competitively in a community business, Tom Erickson was excited when he recently applied for and was awarded $200 from the Minnesota Microgrant Partnership to purchase cleaning supplies to help him continue honing his skills during the pandemic.
Tom, who is Deaf and communicates

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We remember Jody as a great guy with a big heart

We remember Jody as a great guy with a big heart

Rise team members and co-workers were saddened by Jody’s recent death.
Jody had been receiving Day Training and Habilitation services from Rise since 2003 and most recently worked hard at many job sites in the community.
Jody was an outgoing, chatty, hard-working guy whom everyone loved being around. His co-workers remember

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Rise partners with SSA and Westat to study benefits of additional supports

Rise partners with SSA and Westat to study benefits of additional supports

Despite having dealt with numerous significant health issues since being diagnosed with severe hearing loss at age three, Madonna Wagner was motivated to work instead of applying for Social Security Disability benefits.
A medical assistant who worked primarily in pediatric and geriatric clinics for most of her career, the last

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Creating a ‘Picture of Life’ to better serve people during pandemic

Creating a ‘Picture of Life’ to better serve people during pandemic

Case Manager Katie Chambers was pleased to receive additional service agreements approved by Anoka County social workers so she could begin working remotely with people served at Rise Coon Rapids.
“We specifically selected people who either live independently or are living with their parents or guardians and could benefit from

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DHS grant provides iPads

DHS grant provides iPads

With some extra funding remaining from Rise’s Department of Human Services Innovations grant, Rise’s Community Supported Employment team was given the green light to use the funds in “creative” ways to serve people who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing.
“We were able to purchase 16 iPads to give

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