“If it wasn’t for The Arc Minnesota’s support, this would not have been possible.”  – Lori Richardson

Imagine the satisfaction of landing your dream job…

Thanks to your support, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are landing their own dream jobs – and we hope you find as much satisfaction in that as we do!

Through a number of our communications this past year, we have introduced you to Lori and Ryan Richardson.  Like so many we serve, Lori and Ryan were navigating the important employment decisions that families of young adults – with and without disabilities – face each day.  Families just like yours and mine.

As you’ll read on page 4 of our 2015 Annual Report, Lori’s enrollment in the DirectCourse program we promote, combined with her steadfast advocacy on behalf of her son, led to Ryan securing a part-time position with Sun Country Airlines – his dream job.  I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear that Ryan has been promoted to a full-time position.  He is now leading an increasingly more independent life; thinking about independent living; securing a driver’s license; and traveling to Orlando, San Diego, and Los Angeles using his employee benefits!  And of course, Lori couldn’t be prouder of her son, as each day he gains self-awareness, a sense of responsibility, and confidence.

Because of your continued support, people with disabilities are able to secure stable employment and housing and develop critical community relationships.  Won’t you help us help other families by making a year-end contribution today?  Just go to the Donate page on this site.

With gratitude and best wishes for a safe and joyful holiday season,

Don Lavin, Executive Director, The Arc Minnesota