ProAct, Inc.

ProAct 3195 Neil Armstrong Blvd.  Eagan, MN  55121

Enhancing Lives ... Exploring Opportunities  ... News from ProAct, Inc.  
November 2013
In This Issue
Give to the Max Day
Banquet photos
Employers of the Year
Christmas lights, electric and phone cords now recycled by ProAct
Put your old electric and phone cords to good use by dropping them at any one of 32 collection sites maintained by ProAct for "Recycle Your Holidays," a program of the Recycling Association of Minnesota.

Individuals with disabilities will disassemble and sort the cords to recover valuable metals.


Help ProAct Nov. 14 on
'Give to the Max' Day

The annual online effort to bolster the work of Minnesota charities is underway and ProAct is more than ready for "Give to the Max Day" on November 14.

The nonprofit has its own page on the major giving site with specific ways people can help that are matched with giving levels.  For example, $50 purchases job development (search) supplies and $500 contributions help ProAct purchase replacement wheelchair lift buses.

Banquet pictures tell story 

Many were recognized, some got reacquainted and large crowds celebrated the accomplishments of people at ProAct at two major banquet events.  Don't miss the photos!


United Way logo
Programs funded in part by the United Way
Charities Review Council certified

What is ProAct?
With facilities in Eagan, Red Wing, Zumbrota and Hudson, Wis., ProAct, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation which has served the needs of people with disabilities and other challenges for more than 40 years.
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Cheerful, thankful and serving daily needs

Country Inn brings River Falls hospitality to River Falls visitors   

Christina Woodman is a reliable addition to the housekeeping staff at the River Falls hotel, which caters to business travelers, tourists and college families.

Christina Woodman's smile lights up the hallways at the Country Inn on the east side of River Falls, Wisconsin, home to a UW system college and a surprising number of businesses, and a destination for those seeking recreation.

With a friendly hello, she asks guests how their day is going. Once back to her housekeeping tasks, efficiency and quality are her goals.

"It's a great job and jobs are hard to come by," said
Woodman with her manager, Bryan Fish, who appreciates her
housekeeping work.
Woodman, who found the position with assistance from ProAct Job Developer Kyle Adams.  ProAct was contacted by the Wisconsin Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Country Inn General Manager Bryan Fish said Woodman shows up on time, and is motivated.  "She has a great attitude, that's for sure," he said.  When corrections need to be made or criticism given, she fixes what needs work and keeps on going, he explained.

The pay is good, Woodman said, and employee reviews happen every six months to a year.  She came here with experience, having worked in housekeeping, for a casino and at a McDonald's restaurant.
'Employers of the Year' in limelight for dedication
Employer of the Year award winners in Red Wing. From left are ProAct job developer Kyle Adams, Rebecca "Reba" Brommer, RDF Plant Business Support for Xcel Energy, ProAct Director of Programs and Services Sally Ogren, Sylvander Heating Owner Theresa Gillman and ProAct President and CEO Steven Ditschler. -MORE-
Blake Skaja, who managed the Potbelly Sandwich Shop in Eagan, with employee Tim Nordstrom and KARE 11 personality Tim McNiff. Potbelly won for the Supported Employment category. -MORE-
Dave Kramer, Vice President of Operations for Apothecary Products receives the Employer of the Year award for Community Employment from ProAct Employment Manager Catherine McCoy. -MORE-
Winning for the Business Partner category was Applied Power Products, and Nate Tostenson, right, received the plaque from Dave Cavalier, ProAct's Eagan Director of Production. -MORE-
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