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April 2021 eNewsletter

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We are grateful for April!


They're back...

After going missing for one whole year, Longfellow Center was finally able to welcome back the people we serve for Day Services. We made it an entire day of partying and celebrations with lots of music, a photo booth, visits from area sports mascots, and fun activities.

The Canaries mascot Cagey made the rounds with his friend, Harry Canary. Virgil loved seeing them.



From Dirt to Dining


Five years ago when Longfellow Center opened, we introduced gardening as a Meaningful Day activity. It was success the very first year and has become even more popular. If there was one good thing for us that came out of the pandemic, it was that we provide services to some pretty hard-core farmers and even more garden newbies. They were not about to take a year off. So now at least seven of the homes have raised bed gardens &/or planters.

The guys at one house put their raised bed garden together from a kit. Their garden plans are set and the seeds are ready for planting. They know how to celebrate because the project ended by grilling pork chops.

Planting flowers with Grand Prairie Foods volunteers in 2018


Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and ... Salad?

Partnering with Spirit Club was brilliant! During the pandemic we quickly learned that we could bring experiences to us. With Spirit Club we can choose classes based on our schedules and interests then share the classes with other rooms at Longfellow Center via Zoom. Individual homes also have access to their menu of classes.

All exercise classes are all-abilities sessions so everyone is able to participate. Spirit Club even demonstrates every exercise two ways: standing and in a chair. Want to learn Zumba? Done! What to try preliminary boxing? Got it! Individuals are also learning the importance of hydration following the workouts.

Now we have added healthy cooking classes with Spirit Club. The classes pair perfectly with our expanded gardening activities.



The Surest Sign of Spring

Forget robins. The surest sign of spring is signing up for our annual golf event. Get your team together and let us know now. Spots are filling up fast and we will sell out. Click on the banner to sign up and pay.


If you are not able to have a team this year you can still support the people we serve with a sponsorship. Click on the banner for more information.



Why, Indeed!

This is Kevin. He has been receiving DakotAbilities' services for 33 years. Kevin is a polite, charming man with an inquisitive mind. A little while ago he came to the Development office and asked what a Development person does. After having fundraising explained to him, he asked the best question. He asked, "Why would someone want to give their money to us?"

We would like you to answer that question for Kevin. Click here to tell us why you think it's important to support the people we serve.

And if you would like to make a gift today, click on Kevin's photo.



Announcing the New Living the Mission Award

Working together, we create opportunities and meaningful lives for people with disabilities


Very often we are lucky enough to run across an employee that stands out for their dedication, loyalty, value system, and positive influence. DakotAbilities Culture Committee has created a new award designed to recognize and thank those individuals.

The Living the Mission Award will go to individuals based on nominations. Do you know an outstanding DakotAbilities employee? Maybe a family member of yours. Or maybe you have a family member that is cared for by outstanding employees.
Feel free to go to our website and complete a nomination form or click here. One person will be chosen by the Committee each month. They will receive a DakotAbilities logo wear item, a $50 bonus, and our undying gratitude.

Want to know more? Click on the photo of Jarrod showing off his new Mario cap for a complete explanation.




We hope the last year has given you some welcome changes!




Working together, we create opportunities and meaningful lives for people with disabilities

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