2015 Report to the community

​Letter from the Board Chair and the President & Chief Executive Officer​​


There is so much to celebrate about Fiscal Year 2015. In this report you'll see stories of those we serve as they gained self-reliance, dignity and hope. We also celebrate the achievements and dedication of our employees and volunteers.

You will meet Beth as she followed the path of one of our founders, Maud Ballington Booth. Beth visited Tomeka at the Shakopee Correctional Facility and helped her find self-reliance after her release -- just as Maud did 120 years ago when she ministered to prison inmates throughout the country.

A dear friend recently contributed five of Maud's original letters, some written more than 100 years ago. The letters were sent to our friend's late husband and to his father, thanking them for their generosity. They also link our past to our present, as we carry on Maud's inspiring work. Read more on page 22.

Dorothea Harris inspires dignity in the African American community, especially in families struggling to provide support at home for vulnerable older adults. Dorothea's work was featured this year in a nationally televised PBS special, Caring for Mom and Dad.

We celebrate Mack's story, living with dignity in one of our homes in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Learn more about how our community services for people with mental and developmental disabilities promote independence.

Last spring, the girls at Avanti residential treatment in Blaine, Minnesota found hope in STEAM – an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math. Learn more on page 12.

We also celebrate our employees, more than 800 dedicated women and men who serve each day. On page 18 you'll meet a few of them as they were recognized nationally and locally. Finally, we are proud of our continued financial stewardship, described in this report.

Thank you for your investment in all these services and for your continuing support to help America's most vulnerable in Minnesota and Wisconsin.


Tiffany Zitzewitz
Chair — Board of Directors

Paula Hart
President and Chief Executive Officer

Tiffany Zitzewitz and Paula Hart

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