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January News

An Important Milestone for I/DD Providers
Barbara Merrill, ANCOR


As many ANCOR members are aware, when a person with I/DD becomes hospitalized, DSPs often play a critical role by supporting the range of needs that person encounters during what can be a trying time. However, states are currently prohibited from paying DSPs for the time they spend supporting individuals during hospital stays because, in these instances, Medicaid programs reimburse the hospital as the provider of services....     Read More

2019 Iverson Court Tenant of the Year: Ross Horstman


Congratulations to Ross Horstman for being acknowledged as the 2019 Iverson Court Tenant of the Year! Ross' time at Iverson has helped him grow tremendously. He often spends time in the community room in the evenings, engaging with building management and fellow tenants alike. If someone ever has a bad day, Ross has a way of lifting up their spirit and making them laugh....

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Staff Spotlight: Keri Cada

Keri Cada was introduced to HCO by her future husband, who was working at the Saehler Drive Resource Home. Her and her husband have two little girls, ages 6 and 3. Keri, an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major at Winona State University (WSU), thought that working there would be good training for her future career. She started part time at Saehler in 2007. Little did she know that her future career would be at HCO....     Read More

HCO wraps up 2017-19 Strategic Plan

 
Home and Community Options recently completed its Strategic Plan for 2017-2019 which focused on improving communication with our stakeholders.  Our goal was to increase contact with our families, legislators, and donors, as well as provide more communication with the community. Various ways we hoped to reach this group were by providing additional publicity and marketing, developing staff emissaries, and by increasing family involvement and...   Read more

Thoughts from an HCO Intern...

Katelyn Keller

My name is Katelyn Keller, and I typically go by Kati. I’m a junior at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota (SMU), majoring in literature with a writing emphasis and minoring in digital media and journalism. Throughout my fall semester, I’ve been with Home and Community Options (HCO) as a writing intern. I can definitely see myself in a writing-related field as a potential future career. I’ve been passionate about writing and editing since my freshman year of high school, and my internship confirmed my passion all the more, especially the Ballet Hispánico article I wrote and....     Read More
Recent Events

Simply Home Award

Congratulations to HCO employee, Marcus Tyler, on being featured on the SimplyHome Blog for his work using technology at Home and Community Options! Congratulations, Marcus, on being a finalist for the SimplyHome Tech Award!
 
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ARRM Leadership Institute

Congratulations to HCO staff Mariah Withrow and Abby Jackson for graduating from ARRM's Leadership Institute! Four single day workshops were held around the state and throughout the year to develop and connect the future leaders of home and community based services. 

 

Thank You PEZ on the River

We had so much fun at the event on October 11th-12th! The numbers are finally crunched, and the event raised $4,363. These funds will be used for self-advocacy and expanding HCO's sensory library. Many thanks to Cheryl Gardner-Ghionzoli and Sandy Gardner for their time and dedication to making Pez on the River a success!
 

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