2019 MOHR Life Enrichment Awards
Life Enrichment Awards are non-vocational, and may involve programs and activities that:
• bring about inclusion
• build confidence
• enhance skills
• center on people
• partner with community
• fuel self-advocacy
• promote the arts
• drive health/fitness
Each year, MOHR members are encouraged to nominate their own programs, as are individuals with disabilities, their families and partnering groups.
2019 MOHR Life Enrichment Award recipients
Functional Industries, Buffalo
Opportunity Partners- Asplin Center, Plymouth
Rise, Spring Lake Park
WACOSA, Waite Park
More about the 2019 winners:
Opportunity Partners - Asplin Center
Art program for personal growth, increased confidence and engagement
ProAct Playhouse began as a mix of physical, verbal and memory-based activities to build self-esteem and has expanded to full public performances before larger audiences that tackle controversial topics. Another important aspect is the “person-centered” approach of the program, said Co-director Matt Briggs. Participants with disabilities have a say in their roles, the stories and how best to tell them. “Our goal is to enhance self-esteem, build communication skills and professional presence,” he said. The group started in 2006 as a classroom tool to help ProAct participants with disabilities to find their identity and voice through fine arts.
Adult Day Program
Enhanced Services through community center and YMCA partnerships
Operating five Adult Day Programs in connection with the area YMCA and several community centers, Rise has many active participants in the community. "Every day we can see the benefits of Adult Day programming for the people we serve from enhanced socialization opportunities, increased physical activities, additional cognitive development from group discussions and learning activities, as well as the one-on-one caring attention they receive from Rise team members," said Judy Anderson, director of Adult Day Programs. The holistic, customized approach to service delivery assists people in increasing their personal growth, independence, and physical, emotional, and mental wellness.
St. Cloud Kiwanis Aktion Club
Character-building, Leadership, Inclusiveness and Caring to serve the community
The mission of the Aktion Club of St. Cloud is to provide adults with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative, leadership skills and to serve their communities. Kiwanis of St. Cloud chose to partner with WACOSA and its fund development manager, Carrie Peterson, who serves as chair for the group. "Her energy and enthusiasm are truly what make this an excellent program." Together, WACOSA and the Kiwanis Club of St. Cloud chartered the Aktion club because of WACOSA’s longevity and history.