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We know the holidays are an important time of year for family and friends to come together and show their appreciation for one another. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is unwilling to factor in the importance of our holiday traditions.

Please take extra precautions this year. Consider gathering with loved ones and friends outside of your immediate household through phone or video calls, instead of in person. Wear masks at all times if you are not eating or drinking, keep a distance of 6 feet or more from others, and be diligent in washing your hands. If you are sick, avoid coming into contact with others as much as possible. We are all eager for life to return to normal and the more precautions we take now, the sooner that day will come.

We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
November News

Getting to Know the Board: Laurel Kruse

Laurel and her family became familiar with Home and Community Options when, at the age of three, her son, Chris, became eligible for respite services. “At that time,” Laurel shared, “there were no day care programs for special needs children.” The respite care meant that Laurel and her husband, Kevin, were able to go to their daughters’ concerts and sporting events without needing to worry...     Read More

Winona Masons Lodge #18 and Minnesota Masonic Charities

Thank you to Winona Masonic Lodge #18 and Minnesota Masonic Charities for their support of Home and Community Options! Special thanks also to Winona's Worshipful Master, Larry Lyman, for presenting these wonderful contributions to HCO Director, Joette Gillett.

Goltz Pharmacy

Home and Community Options has a long-standing partnership with Goltz Pharmacy to provide yearly flu shots to HCO individuals and staff. While COVID-19 made this year's flu shot clinic very different than in past years, we were thrilled to be able to offer this opportunity again. An enormous THANK YOU to Goltz Pharmacy!
We love our employees and we are so thankful for their commitment to the individuals we serve. This summer, we began a new campaign to show extra appreciation to our staff through "Thankful Thursdays," where HCO staff can nominate each other when they see their coworkers go the extra mile in their work. 

Check out our featured staff for October, who have been nominated by their peers (and whom we are especially thankful for) below. Congratulations!
Throughout our agency, there are a number of people that we support who do not have family to spend the holiday with, or whose family members do not have the financial means to provide gifts for their loved ones.  Through HCO’s Friendship Tree, you can meet the need of an individual who would not otherwise receive a Christmas gift this holiday season.

Give the Gift of Friendship
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