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Kim benefits from IPS team’s collaboration

Kim benefits from IPS team’s collaboration

After a 20-year absence from the work world, Kim Herman was happy and proud when she found the courage – and just the right job – to start working again.
Then the COVID-19 pandemic struck, and just months into her new job, Kim was laid off. She was disappointed, but

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Heather has featured painting in Courage Kenny’s annual art sale

Heather has featured painting in Courage Kenny’s annual art sale

A prolific and exceptional artist, Heather Barber is a featured artist in this year’s Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute’s Art of Possibilities Art Show and Sale. She created her painting, The Rose, in Rise’s Art Speaks program with Art Therapist Stacy Gross.
In her artist’s statement, Heather says: “I have a

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Steven Eull donates savings from three jobs to help fight COVID-19

Steven Eull donates savings from three jobs to help fight COVID-19

Steven Eull is an independent, busy, hard-working guy who was recently featured in the St. Paul Pioneer Press for his compassionate generosity.
Before Rise had to close Rise Stillwater due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Steven worked three mornings a week there on subcontract production work before taking Metro Mobility to

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Amanda uses her experiences to help others struggling with mental health issues

Amanda uses her experiences to help others struggling with mental health issues

Having struggled for years with mental health issues herself, Amanda Cummings is now on the front lines assisting people who are especially challenged during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a mental health practitioner at People, Inc.’s location in Coon Rapids, Amanda provides one-on-one and group support, assisting people with crisis prevention

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Mike Steffen enjoys camaraderie working at TWO great jobs!

Mike Steffen enjoys camaraderie working at TWO great jobs!

By Advancement Intern LeeAnna White
On a typical Wednesday, Mike Steffen would be hard at work making sure the Lift Bridge Brewery in Stillwater is ready for its usual influx of thirsty guests coming in to enjoy their wide range of craft beer offerings.
But as we all well know, life

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Commissioners declare ‘Joel Loer Day’ in Washington County

Commissioners declare ‘Joel Loer Day’ in Washington County

Joel Loer had quite a week in early February!
When Mary Divine, a reporter from the St. Paul Pioneer Press, discovered that his co-workers at the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater were hosting a reception to celebrate Joel’s 30th anniversary there, she paid him a visit at work.
Joel’s

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Victor’s job is ‘just the breath of fresh air’ he needed

Victor’s job is ‘just the breath of fresh air’ he needed

By Samantha Marks,  Rise Development Manager
Having grown up in rural Wisconsin and experiencing homelessness and food insecurity as a child, Victor Morrison vowed that he would never put himself in that position as an adult. He knew he had to create his own security, and to Victor that meant having

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Allison makes a career change to work with kids

Allison makes a career change to work with kids

You may recognize her smiling face from a few years ago when Allison Dukek was #37 in Rise’s 45 Stories for 45 Years feature. Back in 2016, she was working as a data entry clerk and receptionist at Rise Bloomington, but moving forward with plans for a big career change.

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