Success Stories

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Growing confidence and self-advocacy skills sets Tristan Olson up for success at Dollar General

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“I definitely want to stay here” – Jason finds fulfillment at Stacy Sports Grill

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Meet our 2023 Rise’ing Stars

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Peterson finds new success returning to the workforce


MEC Celebrates 30 Years

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Mata crosses five years at Starbucks while Rise’s MEC program celebrates 30 years

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Story 48 – Jason Paddock

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Story 47 – Janet Krear

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Story 46 – Kim Hultgren

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Ally’s childcare job at New Horizon Academy

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Story 44 – Elisa Raymond

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Story 43 – Jordan Rock

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Story 42 – Lisa Geng


Story 41 – Ashley Wright

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For Rosanne, Rise Coon Rapids “feels like my second home”

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Health and Wellness Support in Isanti County

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Jordan gains confidence and learns new skills in growing job

ARMHS support creates a pathway to success for Cheyenne Johnson in St. Cloud.

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Denise Coppess’ new job lays foundation for a career change

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Story 19 – Kevin Whitley

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Tyler brings “positive attitude and work ethic” to Portillo’s

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Allie Rumpel is an “awesome” Wisconsin worker


Craftsman’s work on display in Minnesota Kitchens

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Duluth’s Minnesota Employment Center team helps Bill Kelch reach employment goals

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Angela embarks on new employment journey at florist


New town, new career field gives Ray hope for the future


Following pandemic, Larry regroups and lands ‘dream job’


Following brain injury, Robert rebuilds life; valued County Market employee


Kevin and Robert proud of front line work in Chisago City


On the front lines at Cub, Fred provides great customer service


Laura works on the front lines at Walmart


Jacob’s co-workers appreciate his attention to detail, solid work ethic


John meets the huge challenges of starting a new life over in Minnesota


Michael worked to help people know how to vote, make their voices heard


21 Roots Farm provides nurturing, transforming environment for Kristi


Meyer’s long journey to recovery leads him to serve others who are struggling with addictions in many ways


Amira’s first job sets her on a great career path with Burger King


Jeanean has interesting career as an American Red Cross phlebotomist


Kim benefits from IPS team’s collaboration


Heather has featured painting in Courage Kenny’s annual art sale


Steven Eull donates savings from three jobs to help fight COVID-19


Amanda uses her experiences to help others struggling with mental health issues


Mike Steffen enjoys camaraderie working at TWO great jobs!


Larry never gives up and uses his life experiences to inspire, support and help others in similar situations


Andy enjoys working independently, but part of a team at Design Ready Controls