In 34 years, Tapemark Charity Pro-Am has given $249,477 to ProAct

Employment is the major focus of ProAct, helping prepare adults with disabilities to become active participants in the world of work. Positions in the community, whether with larger companies or smaller firms, are high priority, but employment at ProAct is also available, together with training and placement services.

Leadership, flexibility and production knowledge are a few of the highlights for  William Ruse at Graphix Shoppe in Eagan, where his supervisors have witnessed a personal transformation resulting from his work.

The family atmosphere was a welcome change for Ruse. Some companies simply want the product done and don’t have concern for the individual, he explains. “Here they care about you.”

The employee works on crews of two or more, scraping excess material from acrylic lettering and other sign related handwork. Ruse’s case manager had recommended him for an independent job, but he prefers the group environment offered through work enclaves.

“It’s good for this business to have a relationship with ProAct, and seeing the results of these men and women, it’s gratifying,” Donovan said. The company leader said work is dignity, no matter who a person is or what they do. “It’s doing something that’s productive.”

Group Employment Benefits
ProAct’s enclave or group employment teams are a flexible workforce that employers rely on to meet fluctuating work levels and operations that require a large amount of product handling.

Enclaves also serve as a springboard for many individuals to gain the skills and workplace etiquette needed for independent employment.

Participants in ProAct’s program can be found on the assembly line, in restaurants, clinics, hardware stores, and in office
settings. Patient, insightful experienced staff ensures that the right training, coaching, and transportation make the work
experience a success story. ProAct works closely with employers in the community to be certain that the individual’s talents and skills are the right fit.

About ProAct
With more than 40 years of experience in serving people with disabilities and other challenges, ProAct offers comprehensive array of employment and day services. Included are job training, employment, life skills training and opportunities for community integration.  A nonprofit 501c (3) organization, ProAct annual serves more than 1,000 individuals from locations in Eagan, Red Wing and Zumbrota in Minnesota and in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Among the many services for people with disabilities and other barriers to work opportunities are life skills classes and vocational employment programs, which help individuals identify needs, strengths and aspirations that lead to productive lives. Without the support of a rehabilitative provider, such as ProAct, individuals would most likely experience great difficulty in gaining a job and steady income, and in enhancing their self-sufficiency skills.

All donations to ProAct help support employment and life skills experiences for the people served, and assist them in becoming full, participating members of their communities. Donations also support vehicle funding matches that help secure grant vehicles, such as wheelchair-lift buses. More than 95 percent of the individuals served by ProAct are unable to drive, making transportation critical to providing these important services.