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Wingspan Life Resources

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Home Health Care

Mission: To help people who are challenged by age, ability or health to realize their unique gifts, talents and dreams. We fulfill this mission by providing individualized support services that promote personal choice, independence, dignity and fellowship in the community.

Results: Contributions this year have helped us purchase accessible vans, renovate our homes to provide greater accessibility and independence for the people we serve.

Target demographics: Adults who have developmental and other disabilities from Hennepin and Ramsey Counties in Minnesota. Adults from the Hmong community who are elderly or have disabilities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100 clients in our Residential Program and 45 in our In Home Program.

Geographic areas served: Twin Cities greater metropolitan area

Programs: Residential and support services for people with disabilities in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Wingspan's top priority is their residents. Their resources are committed to the comfort and safety of the people they care for - for life. Their staff is well trained with very little turnover. This is important to the residents in their homes. Communication is outstanding which is so important to family members.
Our daughter is in one of Wingspan's homes. She has fit in with the other ladies and she is happy and so are we.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a long-time donor because I truly value the way Wingspan offers people with developmental disabilities love, support and many opportunities to be part of our community. The staff is incredible - compassionate, caring and highly professional. And the management makes the best use of its resources year after year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter is a client served by Wingspan. Wingspan is very caring and she considers her
housemates and staff her second family. They do everything possible to insure each individual
enjoys the highest quality of life possible and that each reaches their potential. My daughter has
grown and improved in unimaginable ways under Wingspan's loving encouragement. Their long-term
staff are dedicated to their careers and excel in them. We owe Wingspan a huge debt of gratitude.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a previous board member and current volunteer. I been voluteering my time to Wingspan since its early days, well over 20 years. Wingspan has a very clear focus on its clients and the importance of providing great care to the residents in their homes. The staff proivdes excellent care and the management team works hard to maintain the long term viability of the organization.

1 Irene K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Sister is a client and very happy with her Wingspan Group Home. She is treated with Respect and Dignity. The Staff is caring and devoted to their Special Needs residents.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Terrific service to clients!! They are continually trying to provide extraordinary care for residents.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have attended and participated in several fundraising events and met many of the staff, board members and some of the people served. This organiaation truly cares about its consumers, they really live their mission. It's wonderful to see so many people have their needs met in such a caring way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wingspan has provided extraordinary care for my sister for many years. They are wonderful, loving, caring people.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My sister has lived in one of the 24 homes that Wingspan runs in Minneapolis since 2002. I cannot say enough great things about how they care for my sister. She is so happy in her home, and the staff is absolutely the best. They are all so dedicated and caring. Wingspan is a wonderful non profit, dedicated to helping everyone they serve live their lives to the fullest. I have also been a board member and have seen the dedication that runs through the whole company! Kudos to Wingspan for being such a well run, caring organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the sister of one of the residents of a Wingspan home. Liz has been in her home since 2002. I moved her to Minneapolis so that she could be close to me, since I am her guardian. I can't tell you how many homes I looked at, not finding anything I was willing to have Liz move into. After months of looking, the social worker called and said she had another home for me to look at. I wasn't too hopeful, but I didn't want to leave any stone unturned. From the moment I walked into this home (run by Wingspan), I felt a sense of calm and happines... the home was clean and neat, and all of the ladies seemed very content, but the best part was the staff...they were all so kind and loving toward the ladies, and it truly felt like a home, with people who loved and cared for the people they served. I knew right then that I had found the perfect home for Liz! She came to visit and stayed for dinner...they made her favorite meal, lasagne, and that sealed the deal...she loved it! I am so happy to have found Wingpsan for Liz. I see her every week, and she spends all of the holidays with us. There are also many wonderful activities provided by Wingspan that Liz loves to take part in...the picnic in the summer, karaoke parties, art activities, summer camp, the Made in the Shade walk in the fall....but her FAVORITE is the Magnolia Ball in the spring. She and all of the Wingspan residents get dressed up, and are treated to a wonderful dance with food and pop, and the staff serving as DJ... what could be better? Liz loves to dance, so she dances the night away with a big smile on her face!! It is so great to have Liz so close! She always loves it when I pick her up to go out with me, but the BEST part for me is to see how happy she is to return to her home! Wingspan is the outstanding company it is because of the wonderful people who work there and dedicate their lives to helping all of the people they serve live their lives to the fullest. All of these caring people are a special blessing in Liz's life, and in turn in mine. I will always be thankful for Wingspan and the wonderful care the give to my sister, Liz!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wingspan continues to go above and beyond to make life for their clients meaningful and enjoyable. Our daughter has been a resident of one of their home for 10 plus years and we are very impressed with the care and compassion they show on a daily basis. We will continue to support Wingspan to our full ability now and in the future.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our daughter is and has been a resident of one of Wingspan's home for the past 10 plus years. The staff is a very well trained, devoted and caring group of people. The house coordinator is an extremely capable individual and is always coming up with new and interesting things for the residents to enjoy. We are very pleased with the entire Wingspan organization.

1 Judith V.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wingspan Life Resources operates 24 residential facilities that care for developmentally disabled adults. The Wingspan staff takes "caring" well beyond providing food, shelter and medical assistance. Wingspan's commitment is to empower the abilities and to nurture the spirits of its residents so that they may recognize their God-given abilities and develop their maximum human potential. Once admitted to a Wingspan home, residents can be assured of loving and supportive care up to and including end of live support if needed. I am proud to be associated with this organization for the good it accomplished day in and day out.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond the call of duty routinely to provide the people in its care with exceptional care as well as encouragement to use their skills and capabilities to their fullest. One of my favorite stories is the extra effort staff members made to assure that one of the residents could walk his daughter down the aisle to be married. This demanded special medical and physical therapy efforts and an out of state trip. Thanks to all the advance planning and special efforts, the trip and the day came off without a hitch.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Wingspan Life Resources for several years. I continue to be impressed by the devotion and commitment shown by both staff and volunteers - empowering Wingspan consumers to reach their individual potential ... providing safe and comfortable homes (not just 'housing') with a family like environment. And this is not just temporary care. Wingspan offers and has provided exceptional and loving care for consumers though out their adult lives and is with them as they pass. I am proud to be associated with Wingspan.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had a realtionship with Winspan Life Resources for over 20 years. I'm consistently amazed at the devotion and committment the Wingspan staff has for the people they care for in the 24 Wingsapn homes. The residents are given the opportunity to be a 'family' in their 'own home'.

The Wingspan Life Resources organization is a locally recognized leader in advocating for both the residents they serve - as well as in quality training and resources for the staff. Wingspan demonstrates good stewardship of donations and funding.

Wingspan does indeed "... help people who are challenged by age, abilty or health to realize their unique gifts, talents and dreams".

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a board member, a volunteer and a donor.Wingspan is client centered in everything it provides, the people who serve and the mission it proclaims. Clients feel special and that is because they are at Wingspan. Wingspan has a great reputation and it is well earned. They are always there as much as is humanly possible and they do it in creative ways not imagined by others, the glee club being just one example of extraordinary expression.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wingspan Life Resources goes above and beyond with the services they provide to all of their clients. One of my family members has been a consumer for 10 years. I was so impressed with the service, and the company, that I joined in as an employee. Wingspan truly provides life-changing service, environments, and support. It all makes a massive difference in the lives of the clients, and in the lives of the client's families. I've experienced Wingspan from multiple perspectives, and they are the absolute best.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked at Wingspan for over 40 years because I love the people we serve. I'm not rich in money, but I'm rich in relationships and in what I do.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have only been working for this non-profit for 3 months. In that time, I've seen dedicated front line and management staff routinely going above and beyond for their consumers. I am proud to be affiliated with this organization and would recommend it to anyone looking for a caring group home environment for their loved ones.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I donate monthly to this organization because of the service Wingspan provides to their consumers is exceptional. The feedback from the consumers I work with is that they are happy with the service Wingspan provides. Some consumers have told me that with Wingspan, they feel like they have a family because in Wingspan the professional staff remember the human element of caring for the people. They not only help the people have a home, but to enjoy their life in an atmosphere of caring about even the little things in a persons life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked for Wingspan Life Resources for over 3 years now. I have worked at many group homes and have never seen the support that Wingspan shows there staff and the consumers that we serve. Wingspan is so different, the love that the staff shows the consumers and how each home is different on how the approach the consumers we serve. I have never worked at a place where I had the chief of operations personal cell phone and could call her day or night. Ive never had a direct supervisor who would ask me about my family, and was concerned that my daughter worked overnight a gas station. The strong family connection I have here at Wingspan I have never had. That is why I choose Wingspan Life Resources as the best place I have worked in a long time.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter is a resident of one of their group homes.
I am so happy and content that she will be able to live her life to the end with the most caring and competent people I have ever known.
As a former board member I know first hand the care and work that has taken place to make Wingspan the most prestigious group homes in the twin cities.
My friend Senator Ann Rest has visited with our home and she is very satisfied with the care and the people who work there whom are like extended family to ours.

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is in tune with its clients and donors and knows its mission. it is truly a voice for those who have difficulty representing themselves.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Wingspan Life Resources is an amazing organization with wonderful staff that is 100% dedicated to the lives of its clients. They understand so many of the individual needs of each one and they know the greater issues facing individuals who require such care including health, finances, social interaction, well being and more. I have been very impressed by the personal contact everyone receives from staff, volunteers and the executive staff. It is truly a nurturing community and if one had a loved one facing these challenges, they could only hope there would be a Wingspan Life Resources there for them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I came to Wingspan a couple years ago as a part-time employee. I previously worked for another non-profit company. The staff people at Wingspan care really care about those that they serve, and the people who live and work at the group homes become a family.

The people on the management team (executives, program directors, and board members) work and make decisions for the best for all employees and consumers. They are very dedicated, hard workers. One of the awards Wingspan has won in recent years, in a Star Tribune poll, was "Clued-in Management."
They listen to the people involved, know what's going on in the homes, and act to solve problems or show compassion to those in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wingspan really cares about their clients and displays real dedication to making their lives as fulfilling as possible. Everything they do has their consumers in mind and has their best interest at heart.

Maureen14

Donor

Rating: 5

Great, Great company. Our mottos seem to be Never Give Up and Go the Extra Mile. High standards and a supportive work atmosphere. Always willing to change to better support the people we are in business for. I'm proud to be on staff.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a friend of Wingspan Life Resources since I moved to Minnesota over 20 years ago. In all fairness, part of my involvement stems from the fact that I am married to Wingspan's Executive Director. But that fact is only a part of the story. For many years I have been a board member of another nonprofit, but don't feel compelled to give that organization a 5 Star review. So what is it about Wingspan that compels me to write? Stated as briefly as possible, it is the care and love given to the residents/participants in Wingspans programs that moves me. Unlike some nonprofits, Wingspan exist to serve. Period. The Wingspan professionals, many of whom I have known since we were all much younger, are the most devoted group of caregivers I have ever had the good fortune to know. Persons with developmental disabilities are too often treated callously by the world around them, and in this era of cuts to social services, I fear things will get worse before they get better. Thank God for the dedicated professionals at Wingspan Life Resources. Wingspan is truly a GREAT nonprofit.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been blessed in my life to be around such an outstanding organization. As a child I was amazed by the works the company did to help people grow and reach dreams. As an adult I am honored to say that I am a staff for a company that is dedicated to helping individuals reach their goals and dreams! The care and dedication I have witnessed while working here is amazing!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My intial connection to Wingspan began several years ago that eventually led me to becoming a board member. I can only say it is a privilege to serve on the board and do what I can to support the creative efforts Wingspan puts forth to insure a high level of quality care is provided to our consumers . I am grateful to have been touched by this organization and experience the love, devotion and commitment Wingspan staff has for their consumers.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to be a part of Wingspan as a family member of resident of Wingspan along with board member of Wingspan for a few years now. My sister Kathy has been had incredible care and amazing experiences for over 15 yrs as a Wingspan resident. We've seen first hand the daily commitment of the care givers Wingspan has always provided for her. As a board member the last several years, I have also seen first hand the outstanding leadership and commitment from the Wingspan management team from the top down. This truly is a one of a kind non-profit who not only does their work with great professionalism but also the care and commitment rarely seen in their field.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked for Wingspan Life Resources for 10 yrs now. It is the best company I have ever had the opportunity to work for. The employees ensure the best quality of care for all the residents. Wingspan shows an incredible amount of love and respect for their staff and residents. The residents are happy and all of their needs and wants are met in a timely fashion. This is the 2nd year in a row that Wingspan won a reward for being one of the top 100 employers and it's all because of our wonderful, caring staff and I'm very proud of them!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wingspan Life Resources is the most dedicated organization I have every had the opportunity of relating to. They serve the most vulnerable adults in our communities with dignity, perseverance and respect. And, the best part is that everyone seems to have fun doing it as well as the people we serve seem to be very happy with who they are and where they are living. WLR brings critical care to these people and serves them as individuals with individual interests and desires. Kudos to WLR!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a relatively new board member of Wingspan Life Resources and I also have a cousin Mary who is a resident in one of Wingspan's 24 group homes in Minneapolis and St. Paul. I am very impressed with the leadership and the dedication of the entire staff. Their goal is to see that each and every resident not only lives in a healthy and safe enviroment but also that each one thrives. I recently attended the annual Magnolia Ball that Wingspan holds for the more than 100 residents. It was held at a downtown hotel and each of the residents was dressed up in a gown or tux and was having the time of their life. Each participated to the best of their ability on and off the dance floor and I could tell this is a highly anticpated evening out for each of them. I later went home thinking how lucky I am to have become a board member of this organization that has done so much for my cousin Mary and for all of the residents that are served by Wingspan. Two Thumbs Up !!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An examplary non-profit. Has certainly made tremendous input into life-changing situations for people. Oliver Akamnonu

Darolyn Gray

Donor

Rating: 5

As the sibling of a developmentally disabled brother, I have great passion for Wingspan's mission and tremendous gratitude and respect for staff who give 110% every day. Wingspan Life Resources goes above and beyond to transform lives by providing nurturing care and enrichment opportunities that allow developmentally disabled adults to not merely survive--but to THRIVE. Please give generously to this meritorious organization and donate to www.wignspanlife.org

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked for and served Wingspan Life Resources for 10 yrs now. It is the best company I have ever had the opportunity to work for. Wingspan ensures the best quality of care for all their residents. Wingspan shows an incredible amount of love and respect for their staff. The consumers are happy and all of their needs and wants are met in a timely fashion. All residents live life to the fullest, all residents enjoy a clean, fashionable, comfortable home with the best loving direct support care providers in the state of Minnesota.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter Kathy has been at Wingspan for over 15 years. I have nothing but praise for the people who care for the consumers at Wingspan. The people at the headquarters from the CEO on down have been above reproach and extremely caring. After talking with and knowing many Hennepin County social workers I know that they agree that Wingspan is the superior organization of group homes in the greater twin cities area. It is a pleasure to know and work with these employees and the caregivers who are wonderful.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Board of Directors at Winspan. This is now my second year on the board. Perhaps my most memorable experience to date has been a visit that I made to a group home in Roseville. What I observed during that visit, was not only a house full of really happy, self confident residents, but something that I also found particularly touching. I was very impressed with the staff on site, the personal stories they told me about each of the residents as we toured the home and their obvious compassion for the Wingspan residents there. I saw some of the resident's personal living space and was happy to see posters on the walls, pictures, video games being played and music coming out of one resident's room as I walked by. The residence in Roseville felt like "home" - like a place where anyone would feel comfortable living and would feel pride associated with the surroundings there. I was really proud to be affiliated with this organization that day and to know that the residents were happy and the staff caring for them were really committed to their work.