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ProAct 3195 Neil Armstrong Blvd.  Eagan, MN  55121

Enhancing Lives ... Exploring Opportunities  ... News from ProAct, Inc.  
June 2012
In This Issue
Consumers sell jewelry
Jobs are her business
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Advocacy group has strong start
Mike Williams
Mike Williams started a self-advocacy group at ProAct in Eagan.
Consumer Mike Williams in ProAct's Day Training & Habilitation program had a helpful idea, and he acted on it.

The thought- people with disabilities need to be active in self-advocacy, and can accomplish more together than they could separately. Working with Adult Day Services Case Manager Mark Gonnella, from concept to conception, thus began the group Supporting Our Abilities and Rights (S.O.A.R.)
Williams hopes to grow the group of about 10, which meets twice a month to discuss current challenges and increase self-confidence.  He has been a speaker at area schools, is a graduate of the Partners in Policymaking training program and a former Arc board member.

North Hennepin Community and Technical College graphic arts students also got involved with S.O.A.R., creating a logo for the group.
Taking it to the streets, for Fun Fest   

The streets of Cannon Falls welcomed ProAct consumers from the Red Wing location, who sold handmade slide jewelry as part of the First Thursday Fun Fest in Cannon Falls.

Their prominent display among vendors on Mill Street boosted sales volume and energized Lisa Kruse and Laurie Nasser.  They said they'll be back again.

The duo worked the event with ProAct staff member Gina Johnson.

Market expands for Handmade jewelry
slide jewelry made from bowling balls at ProAct in Red Wing
ProAct's elegant handmade slides are reaching a wider market, thanks to new retailers that have welcomed the products on shelves. 

Stop in at ProAct in Red Wing or Eagan, or find them at:

2nd Street Market Hastings  

Treats and Treasures

Lake City

Loons and LadySlippers

Red Wing

Serendipity Zumbrota

Scofield Drug and Gift

Cannon Falls


Pepin, Wis.


Slide jewels: $10
Necklaces: $2-5
Enjoy the course and support ProAct

Golf Classic August 13, Hastings Country Club 

ProAct Golf Classic participants
An exceptional day of golf at Hastings Country Club, followed by a gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, awaits participants at the ProAct Golf Classic on August 13.


ProAct's scramble style golf event is a perfect outing to enhance business relationships, family ties and friendly competition.  The fun filled day is set for Monday, August 13 at Hastings Country Club. 


The 18-hole ProAct Golf Classic, the organization's only fundraising event, begins with registration from 10 to 11:30 a.m., with an early lunch starting at 10:45 a.m. and a shotgun start at 11:45 a.m.  Live and silent auctions, a raffle and a gourmet dinner will follow the play.


Teams of four will enjoy golf skill challenges, prizes for the victors and group photos for all.


The cost is $150 per golfer, which includes lunch and dinner, a golf cart, use of the clubhouse and driving range as well as two-for-one guest passes offered by the country club. A portion of the cost is tax-deductible. The price for the dinner only is $35.  


Register today!


Contact Heidi Hanson at 651-289-3149. Sponsorships are also available.



Looking for jobs, connecting with people
Meet job developer Kailey Singleton, connect with workers

Connecting easily with others, and matching skills and interests to opportunities in the community, job developer
Kailey Singleton is highly visible, and readily shares the benefits of hiring someone from ProAct.

Kailey Singleton is on the frontlines in the ongoing quest tofind independent jobs for people with disabilities.

Based at ProAct's Life Opportunities program in Hudson, Wis., her area is vast, and her enthusiasm is wide.  "I was really excited to take the position," said Singleton, who knows many people in the area, where she's lived since she was a child. 

Singleton sometimes accompanies her job prospects for walk-ins at employer sites, a practice that's proven effective.  Some of her clients drive themselves to prospective job sites. 

When placing people in jobs, ProAct's advantages are many, but the support provided is at the top of the list.  The group's jobcoaching and training frees up other employees to do their jobs.
Singleton works closely with ProAct job candidates to train and prepare them for independent employment.

The community's awareness of ProAct is growing.  Singleton is one of several ProAct job developers serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. 
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