Wow, a newbie blogger!! Just here to spread the word about Arc Kandiyohi County and all that it does to make the lives of people with disabilities within Kandiyohi County as good as they can be. Our non-profit is a chapter of a Minnesota and National Arc organizations. We receive support from them but exist through grants, fundraisers and donations from the communities we serve. Our services are designed to support legislation for the people we serve which will allow them to live a life as independently and successfully as they are able to do. We also work to integrate our people into the community as much as possible, removing as many barriers to integration as we can.
My journey to this point has been an interesting one. I would have never believed that someday I would be an executive director of a non-profit agency. I have been able to learn many life lessons throughout this process. One of my earliest lesson was learned as a very young speech pathologist accepting a position at Willmar State Hospital as they were beginning The Glacial Ridge Training Center for children and adults moving in from other state hospitals in Minnesota. When I began my job, new residents arrived daily from other state hospitals, and these residents had come from places that had treated them well and from those institutions who hadn’t. I worked with these people, some of who had been institutionalized their whole lives and had all sorts of personalities and behaviors I had never met or seen. I learned that although they may have been aggressive or passive, low functioning or high functioning, old or young, somewhere inside of them there was someone to relate to, treat with respect and honor. I saw the humanity in all of them and I think that’s what hooked me on this career. I only stayed in this position for 18 months but it still has an effect on me every day of my life.
Through this blog I want to continue getting the word out about Arc Kandiyohi County, our mission, and information we need you to know to make this a world that works for all people. I hope to get our blogs out by Friday morning each week so people will expect to see something new each week. Join me in my journey.