Category Discovery Process

Spotlight: Almsted’s Fresh Market

“Who sings that?” “Who cleaned that?” “Who vacuums?” are all questions that you may hear from Taylor wherever you go. Taylor is someone who can light up the room with his singing, curiosity, and smile. He came into CIP services in early January of 2018 and just like you and me; is someone who has […]

The Body Shop

Previously featured on our employment blog, Tsering Dickyi continues to work hard to achieve her goals and dreams in life! After a year of working at her first employer from the previous blog, Tsering decided it was time to build on her skills and strengths, and look for a position where she could work with […]

Helping People and Feeling Good

Here at CIP, volunteering is a big part of what we do. One of the places we volunteer is Second Harvest in Brooklyn Park. I, alongside four to five individuals we support and a Community Support Specialist, will volunteer at Second Harvest every Tuesday. Here, we do a variety of things including boxing canned goods […]

Full Inclusion within the workplace: Short stories!

This article is a compilation of Individuals being fully included within their workplace! **After six months of full-time employment, Henry left Voc. Rehab Services and continued working full time at King Controls with bi-weekly supports from his Employment Consultant. After 2 years working full time at King Controls, Henry had an important decision to make about benefits. Henry […]

Leading by Example

Ryan Foster’s smile is the first thing anyone would notice about him. Ryan is a thoughtful, friendly and funny person. For him, his family and work are two important part of his life. Ryan is athletic and also likes being outdoors, he likes to hunt, fish and also like camping. Like a true Minnesotan, Ryan […]

I’m Ready For My Close-up

Charles Wilkerson is a humorous, energetic, compassionate and driven gentleman, to name just a few of the characteristics that make up who he is. Charles has a strong work history in customer service, which is no surprise, given the fact that he is kind and genuine in all he does.   Charles has a varying background […]

Smiling Through it All

Tsering Dickyi had never earned a fair wage paying job. For the last decade, Tsering was paid subminimum wage while working at a sheltered workshop in Minneapolis, despite the lack of informed choice and years of subminimum wage at a stagnant sorting position. One of the first things that you notice about Tsering when you […]