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December News

Family Focus: The Fishers

Zach Fisher turned eleven in May and has been receiving services from HCO for a little over 2 years. Zach is the youngest of three children of Pam and Kevin Fisher. His siblings are quite a bit older. Josh is 20, and Sarah, 18, just graduated from high school.

Zach was a healthy baby, progressing in all areas until he began to regress at the age of about fifteen months and...      Read More

Staff Spotlight: Mary Jansen

Mary Jansen is a people person. In her office in the basement of Home and Community Options, she is surrounded by pictures of individuals in the HCO community.  “When I look at these pictures,” she says, taking a moment to admire the faces of people she has cared for over the years, “I could tell you stories about each one.” Mary is going into her 44th year at the agency...     Read More

Castle Realty Gives Back for Thanksgiving

An enormous thank you to Castle Realty who donated a gift card for one of our programs to purchase a Thanksgiving meal and some fantastic crafts! The ladies enjoyed your visit and being able to show you the pride they have in their home.

HCO Participates in Holiday Window Walk

Voting for 2019’s Holiday Window Walk is now complete! Congratulations to award winners: Baker's Shoes (Main Street Committee Vote) and Hardt's Music (Community Vote)!

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for our window, and a special thank you to HCO Volunteer, Ed Krage, for creating our fabulous window display! 

Recent Events

PNI Good Neighbor Award

Congratulations to Jamie and Seamus Schwaba, this year’s recipients of HCO’s Good Neighbor Award! Jamie and Seamus were honored at the Provider’s Network, Inc., Good Neighbor Banquet on November 6. Jamie and Seamus have been leading HCO’s adaptive dance sessions for many years, as well as volunteering their time each week with individuals at one of HCO’s programs. Thank you Jamie and Seamus!

Brilliance Training with HCO Staff

HCO leadership staff had the recent opportunity to receive training from Brilliance on forming connections and developing resilience-building toolkits that utilize personalized sets of daily practices.

Thank you to Brilliance co-founders, Brian Voerding and Mollee Sheehan, for presenting!

Local Officials Event

HCO's Grassroots Advocacy Task Force met with local elected officials at City Hall on December 12th. Self-advocates and members of the Grassroots Committee had the opportunity to ask questions, express concerns, and hear more about the good work being done for our community.

Thank you to Mayor Mark Peterson, City Manager Steve Sarvi, City Council Member Paul Schollmeier, County Commissioner Chris Meyer, School Board Member Mike Hanratty, and Fire Chief Curt Bittle for meeting with all of us!

It's the Season of Giving!

In 1975, Winona County community members came together to initiate local care and services for a small number of families and neighbors with developmental disabilities. These committed individuals laid the foundation of our organization - Home and Community Options. Today, we serve hundreds of individuals in their own homes and apartments. With our help, the people we serve have found a voice to overcome many obstacles over the years. They are living, working, and enjoying life alongside their neighbors, building a better community for us all.

We are committed to providing mission-driven support while being good stewards of our resources, but disability services are subjected to repeated funding cuts that are forcing providers to discontinue providing critical programs. We continue to be adversely affected by a workforce shortage as more individuals retire and fewer new candidates come into the workforce. The number of children and adults in our community who are unable to receive support they need continues to grow, yet necessity requires us to do more with less resources. HCO is hard at work developing new and innovative ideas to address these shortfalls and accomplish our goals, but we can't do it without your help. 

With supporters like you, Home and Community Options can continue to face these challenges (and more) head on, while providing quality services to those in need. By joining together, the sky is the limit on what we can achieve.
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