ProAct, Inc.



ProAct, 3195 Neil Armstrong Boulevard,  Eagan, Minnesota  55121

Enhancing Lives ... Exploring Opportunities  ... News from ProAct, Inc.  

January 2015

In This Issue
Tapemark support
Bank chooses ProAct
Annual Report
Reuse brings color
ProAct bag recycling featured on WCCO-TV
Reporter Heather Brown visited ProAct.

A WCCO television viewer asked about plastic bag recycling, and ProAct provided the answer.  See the report.
Tapemark Pro-Am
awards $14k+ to ProAct

The Tapemark Charity Pro-Am golf tournament brought $14,500 in program support to ProAct.  From left are Tapemark's Bob Klaus, Jr., Cathy McCoy and Steve Ditschler of ProAct and Shawn Irwin, Anderson Agency.

Adult Day Care comes to Zumbrota program

Interaction experiences, training, therapy and more care are part of a new Adult Day Care program at ProAct in Zumbrota.

Open to Goodhue County residents, the multi-faceted program serves people with dementia, hearing problems brain injuries and related conditions, said Site Manager Jo Erickson.  The Zumbrota site has served area residents since 1994.
'Denim with a Cause' supports Hudson
From left, Banker Burt Yardley, ProAct consumer Tim Olafson and Manager Margaret Christensen, and Mortgage Lender Lisa Thompson.
First American Bank's "Denim with a Case" program in Hudson, Wis. selected ProAct as its Christmas nonprofit organization, giving $500 toward the location's Birdworks project.

Bank employees contributed $5 each on several Fridays to wear denim jeans to work, with all the proceeds designated for ProAct.  
Retirement Options for Adults with Disabilities
SAGES session April 24
Panelists from three service providers will share details on April 24 about service offerings for people with disabilities who are transitioning into retirement or semi-retirement.
SAGES meets at 1 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 8600 Fremont Ave. S., Bloomington.  The cost is $15.  Group rate of $75 for six or more professionals from the same organization.  RSVP with Gina Carpenter or call 952-681-6122.
Red Wing seeking driver for new Wisconsin bus route
ProAct's Red Wing location is seeking a bus driver for a prospective Wisconsin route in the spring.  Call 651-388-7108 or email Sally. 
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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Finding the best job- New Richmond employee

Charlie Casarez, right, loads milk crates into a trailer with a coworker at Kwik Trip in New Richmond, Wis.


Unloading a truck at a busy, small town Kwik Trip store, Charlie Casarez breaks from a major product movement to help a customer carry a large milk order.


"He's great at tasks.  He's great at lists.  He gets stuff done," said Shift Leader Chris Neumann at the New Richmond, Wis. station. The reliable part-timer is often available to fill in on shifts, and lives right in town.


ProAct in Hudson helped Casarez find the job, and the young man came in with valuable retail experience in hardware, groceries and with a large scale department store.  He stocks the

cooler with milk, eggs, butter and other items, restocks ice and cups and handles the trash. Casarez was also looking forward to an upcoming work party.  


"He's one of the more dependable people with shifts," said Neumann.  "He's here regardless ... when he's supposed to work when he needs to work, he's here."


Tall and strong, Caserez seems to handle boxes with ease, knows the system and is organized.  "It's the best one (job) ever, because I get see a lot of my old coworkers from Walmart," he said.       

On call flexibility, great work
Do you like working occasionally?  If you enjoy people, can pass a background check and like the flexibility of an on-call position, contact ProAct today.  There are openings in Eagan, Red Wing and Hudson, Wis. 

"The bottom line is flexibility.  ProAct is a wonderful company to work for.  If they called me and I couldn't come in, there was no pressure."  Barb Thoren, on-call direct service professional.
Annual Report on its way - are you on our list?
Members of ProAct's board of directors.

A thorough recap of ProAct's 2014 program year is in the mail, and highlights a successful year of growth and accomplishments. 

"Beyond Competence ... Caring for People and their Futures" is the theme of the 16-page publication, which is stocked with pertinent information, including a recap of a Lean Kaizen operation in Red Wing.  ProAct's program numbers, financial information and inspiring consumer stories help to round out a year of passion and persistence.

Get your copy by emailing [email protected].

New posters highlight safety in cold weather

The stars are consumers from the programs in Eagan and their message is simple- dress warmly this winter - for safety, for bus riding privileges and in case of an emergency.

Printed on heavy stock paper, the posters feature a number of familiar ProAct faces and are on display in Eagan and Red Wing.  A drawing will determine who gets to take the large prints home this spring.

New products reuse Christmas lights, materials

ProAct participants in Eagan are making tea light holders, above, vase fillers and ornaments. They use repurposed light bulbs and other materials. Light holders are $3 and jar fillers are $6. Call 651-686-0405 or stop at the Eagan location, 3195 Neil Armstrong Blvd., Eagan.

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