February 2021
Pre-ETS student preps product, adapts, grows skills
At 19, transition school student David Robins already has some good work experience, and ProAct helped him find a new job at Savers in Apple Valley.

He worked with ProAct's Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) and employment specialist Brandon Blevins. Robins is proud of his achievements, one being the many boxes of sorted products which bear his initials.
Valentine Love Bundles online fundraiser garners solid support
After discussions with participants about an alternative online Valentine's Day fundraiser, ProAct in Shakopee chose an online auction for "Love Bundles," and dollars poured in.

Program Manager Ali Brown said the pre-COVID tradition involved a facility full of balloons and more, prepped for sale at the Scott County Government Center. For 2021, Valentine vase bundles made with help from DSP Liza Svihel were offered and competitive bidding and donations netted $630.
The funds will help pay for participant activities in the coming months.
I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful it is to be working with you and your team! I can sum it up in one word, PROFESSIONALISM. Cindy is on time, communicates with Nate regularly, and is organized.

Nate looks forward to Tuesdays — he is at the door waiting for Cindy 10 minutes before she is due to arrive. Listening to Nate and Cindy engaged in conversation while sitting at the kitchen table – a very adult skill, makes me proud of his progress and thankful for Cindy. With Cindy, I hear Nate laughing, being proud of his accomplishments, and always excited for her visit because it is always filled with wonderful experiences. I am so glad that you had a spot for Nate.

Nate had a few rough staff in the past and it is so refreshing to hear that things are looking up for him. They have said nothing but GREAT things about ProAct and Cindy.

Thank you for all that you and your team do, it doesn’t go unnoticed. You guys are so, so appreciated! Happy Tuesday!

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ProAct Board chair offers financial expertise
Arleen Sullivan, a chief commercial client services officer with Old National Bank, is serving as chair of the board for ProAct, Inc. for the 2021 fiscal year.

"I am pleased to have Arleen Sullivan’s experience in lending, finance and team management to help the organization during financially challenging times,” said ProAct President and CEO Judie Foster-Lupkin. Sullivan has served on ProAct’ s board of directors since 2016. -Full story-
Tell your legislators about ProAct - Virtual Day at Capitol March 9
March 9 offers a chance to share views with your legislators about the value of disability services. The event is Virtual Disability Services Day at the Capitol and meetings are being scheduled now. Signing up is easy. ProAct's state association, MOHR, offers these Public Policy Areas of Focus.
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