Mingus is a funny, compassionate, and driven Minneapolis resident. He worked at Lunds for over 10 years while earning his Associate’s Degree of Liberal Arts but knew he wanted to give more back to his community. Since September of 2014, Mingus has been an important contributor to the team at Mayflower Early Childhood Center, a […]

Since 2012, Hannah Phelps has worked at Chuck and Don’s – a Minneapolis-based pet food outlet store with locations only in Minnesota and in Colorado. Three years ago, Hannah’s employment journey began at Chuck and Don’s through a family connection and supportive management team. David, the Calhoun location store manager says, “Hannah is an important […]

Kenneth Moore has faced a great deal of adversity in his life, and still does to this day living with an array of physical and psychological challenges. Despite the challenges he has faced, Kenneth has become a proud husband and father to his newly born son Blake. On top of these accomplishments he is also […]

Ari Ne'eman expresses his views: Autism is not a tragedy. Ignorance is.

An editorial by Jolene Thibedeau Boyd, Director of Employment & Community Supports Fair warning: If you care about the debate currently brewing related to sheltered workshops (aka center-based work floors, work centers, etc.), this blog contains my opinions, which may be considered troubling (or possibly controversial) by some. However, there is no need to let that […]

Food is both a biological necessity and a social centerpiece; it holds a special kind of power that can create agency and joyful engagement. Twice a week, a group from Community Involvement Programs  has the wonderful opportunity to spend the day cooking. Here’s a look into what we do! First, we work together to choose […]

Barb is a bubbly, outgoing woman with a passion for helping others in her community. Before she transitioned to Community Involvement Programs in 2010, Barb had only worked in sheltered workshops and in contracted group work for sub-minimum wages. Barb and her family felt like she wasn’t contributing to or meeting people in her community […]

Guest Column Our son received a waiver in 1999 and was able to move into a group home and start a Day program. He was ready at the age of 21 to leave home and start a new life away from his parents but in a few months both the 4 person home setting and […]