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May 2021 eNewsletter

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Good People, Good Times, Good Works, Good Food, and Good Friends

We have all been through a lot the last year but possibly no one has seen more or done more than a nurse. Nurses Week kicks off on Thursday, May 6 and ends on the 12th with International Nurses Day.

The nurses and nursing staff at DakotAbilities stayed diligent and dedicated throughout the pandemic. We have so many reasons to be proud of these amazing professionals.

Marty Jolley is our Director of Nursing. Marty and her nursing staff maintain the day clinic at Longfellow Center and oversee 17 residential homes and apartments with 24-hour nursing care.

They care for and monitor feeding tubes, tracheostomies, wounds, oxygen needs and much, much more. They administer 18,000 meds every week.

They truly are our heroes each and every day. We will be showing them our gratitude throughout their special week.

If you would like to add your own comments or thanks please do! Just click on the photo of Mindy assisting Michael and we will make sure the nursing staff receives them.


DakotAbilities Amazing Nursing Staff




Golf Golf Golf Golf Golf

Did we mention golf? If you haven't signed up yet, get your team in for this year's golf event on Monday, June 7. There are only a few spaces left! Just click below to get signed up.


Building Independence & Dignity Through Personal Space

Anyone who has ever had a roommate knows the vast difference between shared personal space and independent space. One goal DakotAbitlities has is to offer a private, personal space option to every person who receives our services. Having one's own room creates greater independence and personal dignity. We have begun to make that goal a reality.

Four homes need additional bedrooms so to make them happen two homes will receive renovations and two will have additions. While that major work is being done we will also upgrade those homes to be as current as our newer home.

This two-year project will be expensive. The estimate is over $780,000. How will it be paid for? Each year the proceeds from the golf event go into our Accessibility Fund and this year is no exception. The accessibility fund helps cover the costs of equipment and items to make life more accessible therefore more independent for the people we serve. We have received a large donation from the Larson Family Foundation and some individual donors. We will be approaching several companies and we are asking you for your support. Contact us if you would like more information and occasional updates. Or click on the Independence & Dignity banner to make your gift today. Choose DakotAbilities Capital Fund for your gift option.

Last month we introduced a new program called Living the Mission. In this program a DakotAbilities employee who has has an incredible work ethic and personifies our mission is rewarded. If you know an outstanding DakotAbilities employees, please nominate him or her! Just click on the above above logo to access it. Thank you to all who made nominations in April!




Spirit Club

Veggie Lasagna

We have been having so much fun with Spirit Club! We regularly exercise with them and have now added healthy cooking. All of the classes are popular. Last week several individuals were eager to learn how to make veggie lasagna. Look at how great it turned out! If you want the recipe you can get it right here.

Click here for the recipe.




Are YOU Feelin' It?

We are! Between being together again and the nice weather, we took a moment during the weekly karaoke session to celebrate with (what else?) Y.M.C.A! Are you feelin' it? Then join in! "Young man, there's no need to feel down..."


Thank you for celebrating with us!





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