Representatives of Great River Homes, Inc. discussed legislative issues impacting persons with disabilities with Representative Barb Haley, of District 21A at the State Office Building in St. Paul. Pictured above to right are Dan Schaefer, Board Member, Jim Litscher, parent, Jesse Litscher, self-advocate, Representative Barb Haley, Julie Halverson, parent and Michael Weinandt, Administrator.
Erin and Caron Lichtblau are the daughters of Lori who works with the ladies who live at Prairie Street. Erin and Caron are very busy young ladies, but found time to volunteer with Patricia who lives at Prairie Street. Patricia enjoys listening to stories read by Erin and Caron. Another favorite activity of Patricia’s is putting together puzzles. Patricia sometimes has difficulty putting the puzzle pieces together so Erin and Caron provide the physical assistance that she needs to complete the puzzles. Once they are done with a puzzle, Patricia always takes a picture to show family and friends. Erin and Caron have provided companionship and friendship to Patricia and are truly Good Neighbors!
Riverboat Lanes of Wabasha received a Good Neighbor Award in recognition of their kindness and support shown to Great River Homes, Inc. Pictured above in the front are: Michelle Sexton and Jim O’Reilly of Riverboat Lanes. Bowlers in the back row are: Charlene Soteros, Jason Krusmark and Trevor Wingert.
Riverboat Lanes of Wabasha was recognized by Great River Homes, Inc. as a Good Neighbor for the helpful and fun relationship they have with the people who bowl each week at Riverboat Lanes. The award was presented at the Providers’ Network Annual Good Neighbor Awards Banquet held at the Rochester International Event Center on November 8, 2017.
Bowling is a popular activity in Wabasha. On any given Tuesday afternoon when you walk into Riverboat Lanes you will hear the sounds of bowling balls hitting pins, laughter and people having a great time. The employees of Riverboat Lanes do an amazing job with the people served by Great River Hones, Inc. They know them by name, know the soda they like, play their favorite music, and go above and beyond to ensure a great time.
The employees at Riverboat Lanes go all out for the people served by Great River Homes, Inc. If a wheelchair ramp is needed, it is there. If bumpers on the lanes are needed, they are there. One of the employees gives bowling tips to improve scores, one of them visits and asks about their day. When one particular young woman with limited speech and hearing goes to the desk, the staff knows exactly how to set up the alley and what size shoes she needs, which helps her feel independent and valued. All of the employees of Riverboat Lanes seem to genuinely enjoy the people of Great River Homes, Inc.
Great River Homes, Inc. is a non-profit organization that has provided support services to people with disabilities in Wabasha County since 1976. Providers’ Network is a group of community-based private service providers from southeastern Minnesota who serve people with disabilities whose purpose is to improve service quality through networking and training.