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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to respect the life choices and dreams of people with developmental disabilities and help them reach their goals.

Target demographics: People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Geographic areas served: Rice County, Minnesota and the surrounding area.

Programs: OAK STREET SERVICES is a licensed intermediate care facility (ICF-DD) that provides a home with services for people 16 years or older who, because of their developmental disabilities including people with Prader-Willi Syndrome, are not able to live independently in the community. COMMUNITY-BASED LIVING provides residential services in multiple homes in Northfield. Each of the homes has 24-hour staffing, providing people with developmental disabilities the support, training and assistance they need to live as independently as possible. FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES helps families navigate the world of raising a special needs child and ensure the successful future of their special needs adult. We do this primarily through Respite Care events. CREATIVE ARTS PROGRAM uses art and music as creative tools so clients can focus on developing physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills. Our creative arts programing serves as a catalyst that enriches the individual and community life of clients and staff by providing opportunities to learn from each other through shared creative experiences. PATHWAYS TO THE FUTURE helps to serve as a voice for people with disabilities and engaging the community to advocate for: Accessible, affordable housing, adequate respite resources for families and Public Policies that benefit people with disabilities.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Laura Baker has been part of my brothers life for over 25 years. Laura Baker has supported him as a special person who has needs and wants like any other person in our community. He has gotten to take trips out of state to places he has always wanted to visit and is given opportunities to particiapate in the local community as well. Consideration for what he wants and what would be best for him is always thought of. They do their best to keep family informed of what and how he is doing. Laura Baker Association treats all people with the same respect you or I would expect. The staff is great and work because they enjoy the job not necessarly because it is a job.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Most people have a person in their life that has a disability. I had a sister, Anna. She was born in a time when there were few, if any, possibilities for her to live a happy, safe, and fulfilling life. She would have done amazing things had Laura Baker been in her life. I am happy to serve on a board that helps to offer life changing choices to a population that is often pushed out of sight and treated as unimportant. Every life is a gift and I believe that God has given us special needs people in the world to remind us that none of are perfect and he wants us to care for those who are unable to care, and make a happy life for themselves. God Bless all those who serve at Laura Baker!