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Volunteer Haley Bremer offers yoga classes

Volunteer Haley Bremer offers yoga classes

With New Age music playing softly in the background, “yogis” Rachel (shown here) and Andrea joined Volunteer Haley Bremer for an hourlong yoga class. Using a soothing voice, Haley led the two women through stretches and poses specifically adapted to meet their individual needs and physical capabilities.
“It’s nice

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Bev Wolters thrives on the variety of volunteering projects

Bev Wolters thrives on the variety of volunteering projects

“I think variety is the spice of life for volunteering,” said Bev Wolters. “I really enjoy doing so many different kinds of things with different people and at different locations.”
Bev discovered a list of volunteer opportunities with Rise online in October 2016 and met with Volunteer Coordinator Zoe Leonard-Monrad

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Mary Anderson culminates 40-plus career

Mary Anderson culminates 40-plus career

For the past 40-plus years, Mary Anderson has devoted her professional career supporting people with disabilities. In her many different positions in Minnesota organizations, she has developed exemplary program services, advocated for systems change, served on local and statewide organizational boards and committees, and mentored many men and women.
In

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New Rise Board members bring expertise, enthusiasm

New Rise Board members bring expertise, enthusiasm

Rise is pleased to welcome three new community volunteers to its Board of Directors to serve three-year terms.
Patrick (Pat) Deeg of Deephaven said he was interested in serving Rise “because of the wide range of services and programs it offers people with disabilities or other life challenges. With such

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Volunteer Kay Rosenthal assists people explore their creative sides

Volunteer Kay Rosenthal assists people explore their creative sides

It all started with a “guest” presentation that she made with her friend and veteran Rise volunteer, Mary Jellison, to a group served in Rise’s Adult Day Program (ADP) back in April 2017. Kay Rosenthal demonstrated spinning natural fibers on her spinning wheel and they were an enthusiastic audience. Just

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Melinda Dannley retires from 40-year career

Melinda Dannley retires from 40-year career

Culminating 40-plus years of working with people who have disabilities, Melinda Dannley retires from Rise on June 1, as the director of Rise’s Community Integration and Life Enrichment programs.
“I’ve had a wonderful career,” Melinda said. “I have enjoyed building relationships with the people we serve, their families and supporters,

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Volunteer Lauren Kozlak helps people ‘dress for success’

Volunteer Lauren Kozlak helps people ‘dress for success’

With a keen eye for fashion, Lauren Kozlak enjoys helping others dress comfortably and look good. She volunteers one morning a week at Rise, primarily working in Michael’s Closet as well as helping out with other special projects when needed.
“I like meeting with people one-on-one to find out a

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