Norman County DAC

Norman County DAC The Norman County Developmental Activities Center is a non-profit located in Ada, MN. The DAC supports persons with disabilities in their quests for employment in the community and in-house!
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WE ARE SO CLOSE TO REACHING ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR OUR CURRENT FUNDRAISER!!!! WE ARE CURRENTLY SITTING AT $1,920!!!!The s...
07/14/2020
Support Providing Wages to Clients Supported Through COVID on GiveMN

WE ARE SO CLOSE TO REACHING ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR OUR CURRENT FUNDRAISER!!!! WE ARE CURRENTLY SITTING AT $1,920!!!!

The support we've received is unbelievable! This fundraiser will close July 31, 2020, and payment will be made to clients August 3rd, 2020! The funds raised, when distributed, will be the first paycheck our folks have received since March! Thank you to those who have donated - you have made a large difference in the lives of nearly 35 persons with disabilities!!

https://www.givemn.org/story/Normancountydac

Raising funds to provide wages for clients through the COVID closure!

Itโ€™s in a very odd way, and at 25% capacity, but WEโ€™RE BACK!!!!!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰So unbelievably happy to have some individuals ret...
07/13/2020

Itโ€™s in a very odd way, and at 25% capacity, but WEโ€™RE BACK!!!!!!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

So unbelievably happy to have some individuals return today!!!!! โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ

Update! We have currently raised $1,570 for our people supported, who have been out of work since March 19th! AMAZING!We...
07/10/2020
Support Providing Wages to Clients Supported Through COVID on GiveMN

Update! We have currently raised $1,570 for our people supported, who have been out of work since March 19th! AMAZING!
We are hoping to reach $2,000 by the end of the month. If we can reach our goal, most individuals will receive close to 50% of their missed pay! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Please donate now if youโ€™ve considered it!

https://www.givemn.org/story/Normancountydac

Raising funds to provide wages for clients through the COVID closure!

If you have three minutes, please watch this clip from KSTP in the Twin Cities! It highlights our growing financial cris...
07/08/2020
Gov. Walz responds to disability service provider requests for emergency funding

If you have three minutes, please watch this clip from KSTP in the Twin Cities! It highlights our growing financial crisis, as well as Governor Walz's reaction/response.

Disability services throughout the state have yet to see any emergency funding, and many are on the verge of closing. At this time, the Department of Human Services, many legislators and our Governor continue to blame each other for the lack of help given to our industry. All are at fault.

The disabled population has always been last in line, and our leaders need to be held accountable. We continue to fight, and ask you to fight with us!

https://kstp.com/news/gov-walz-responds-to-disability-service-provider-requests-for-emergency-funding-july-7-2020/5785406/?cat=1

Gov. Tim Walz is responding to calls for action from Minnesota's disability service providers, who have asked him to put together an emergency funding package...

Update - not only did we meet our $1,000 by the 4th of July goal, weโ€™ve exceeded it by nearly $500!!!!!! ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Our curren...
07/04/2020
Norman County DAC

Update - not only did we meet our $1,000 by the 4th of July goal, weโ€™ve exceeded it by nearly $500!!!!!! ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Our current donation total is $1,470!!! Our supporters are truly amazing, and once again we are blown away by the overwhelming generosity!!! Thank you so many times over! These monies should be deposited into our checking account shortly, and will be given to each client who has been restricted from working, immediately โค๏ธ

DAC Supporters - we had an anonymous donor reach out this morning and state they will match all donations made today, up...
07/02/2020
Norman County DAC

DAC Supporters - we had an anonymous donor reach out this morning and state they will match all donations made today, up to $100! This is so exciting!!! Please consider donating and helping us receive this match offer! We are currently at $835 and are SO CLOSE to our goal of $1,000 by the 4th of July!!! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation - MOHR
07/01/2020

Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation - MOHR

Access Press column by Jim Clapper: Pandemic puts people with disabilities at end of the line - #stribpol #mnleg #disabilities Approximately 30,000 Minnesotans with intellectual and developmental
disabilities have had to take a back seat in obtaining services that
they are entitled to for many years. The COVID-19 crisis has put them at
the end of the line, again. Where is the leadership that should be
moving them up in priority? Gov. Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department
of Human Services (DHS) need to support emergency COVID-19 funding for
disability services providers to survive until they are allowed to
provide services again. https://accesspress.org/pandemic-puts-people-with-disabilities-at-end-of-the-line/

If you have a second, please take a listen to this excerpt from the award ceremony held yesterday at the Norman County D...
07/01/2020
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If you have a second, please take a listen to this excerpt from the award ceremony held yesterday at the Norman County DAC, where the DAC received a coveted Life Enrichment Award from Minnesota Organization of Habilitation and Rehabilitation!

Ada, MN --ย The Norman County DAC was presented with a Life Enrichment Award on Tuesday afternoon from the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation, or MOHR. The award was in response to the new sensory room at the DAC, which was completed last fall. The sensory room is an all-incl...

Our fundraiser to provide wages for our clients who have been forced out of work since March 19th has hit $660!! WAHOO!!...
06/30/2020
Support Providing Wages to Clients Supported Through COVID on GiveMN

Our fundraiser to provide wages for our clients who have been forced out of work since March 19th has hit $660!! WAHOO!!!!! That's roughly $21/person! Some of our individuals earn up to $350/month, so let's continue to show them support - we are trying to reach $1,000 in total donation by the 4th of July!!! Can you help???? :) :) :)

As always, our most sincere THANK YOU to those who have donated!

https://www.givemn.org/story/Normancountydac

Raising funds to provide wages for clients through the COVID closure!

PLEASE take a moment and read this article! We CANNOT let this happen! We encourage any who are able, contact your legis...
06/26/2020

PLEASE take a moment and read this article! We CANNOT let this happen! We encourage any who are able, contact your legislators and let them know the importance of relief for our organization!

Star Tribune - Minnesota disability service providers on the brink of collapse from COVID-19
#mnleg #disabilities #stribpol For more than four
decades, Options Inc. in Big Lake, Minn., has helped hundreds of people
with intellectual and developmental disabilities find jobs in the
mainstream workforce while serving as a refuge for people who have
nowhere to go during the day.







But
when the nonprofit's board recently analyzed its finances, the outlook
was grim. Revenue at the day and employment service provider had plunged
80% since the pandemic began, while costs for its building and fleet of
vans continued to pile up. The monthly losses had reached $100,000.







"We
are in a constant state of distress," said Brenda Geldert, executive
director of Options. "It's going to be impossible to survive unless we
get some relief."










The
coronavirus is inflicting a heavy toll on Minnesota's sprawling network
of government-supported centers that provide job training, mental
health therapy and other services for more than 30,000 adults with
disabilities. Dozens of centers have been forced to close temporarily
since March because of severe restrictions meant to slow the spread of
the virus. https://www.startribune.com/virus-leaves-disability-service-providers-on-brink-of-collapse/571488372/

06/25/2020

15 minutes after the fire starter was lit! Not only are the effective and SAFE, all proceeds from the sale of these go to the individuals who made them! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

06/25/2020

If youโ€™ve ever been interested in our fire starters, hereโ€™s a little how to, that shows how amazing they are!!!!!! Purchase yours today! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

06/19/2020

Dear DAC Family - I wanted to take a moment and write a personal, heartfelt message on behalf of all of us at the DAC.

On March 19th, 2020, the DAC closed because of the COVID-19 threat, Since that day, we have been forced to keep our doors shut. We have not had clients in our building for MONTHS, and the time away has taken its toll on all of us. I come to work in an empty building every day, and many days, I cannot contain my sadness. I am confident when I say we are all feeling this way - staff, clients, family members, community members, supporters, etc. - because I feel it, I see it, I hear it. It is not supposed to be this way. We are a family, and we need each other.

On top of losing each other, we are losing tens of thousands of dollars in revenue, as we only receive reimbursement/funding when we are open and services are provided. Because of this, we haven't been able to support our clients financially, as per usual. Worse yet, people supported by the DAC have lost most every employment opportunity and most all wages they are used to collecting. Unfortunately, our clients are not eligible for unemployment. Thus, our clients have been without income since March 19th - this has created a hardship for many.

While we are very slowly being allowed to reopen in the upcoming weeks, the ways in which we will be able to operate will be minimal. Financial support will remain strained and many folks will not be allowed to return, based on current guidelines. Those who work to earn a paycheck will be able to do so in very limited quantities.

We are reaching out today to ask for your support. We have created a fundraiser, and hope you will consider donating. All funds raised will go directly toward paying clients their lost wages.

We want to do everything in our power to secure the future of the DAC, and make the health, happiness and safety of those we support, our priority. Anything helps. We appreciate each and every single one of you who have supported us and will continue to support us into the future - we are nothing without you!

Love from all of us at the DAC,

Hiliary Chisholm, Executive Director

https://www.givemn.org/story/Normancountydac

05/20/2020

Dear DAC family, it is with sadness we report the declination of reopening on June 1st, as we had hoped. The Department of Human Services has determined it is not safe for us to return at this time. Below is notice from DHS, provided to us as of today.

Dear Partner:
As I wrote last week, when Governor Walz announced the shift from Stay at Home MN to Stay Safe MN we began to explore the steps necessary to re-open day center services for people with disabilities.
We have been working with the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR) to develop the strongest guidelines possible to protect the health of employees and people we support. This included hygiene, distancing, masking, screening, operating at 50% capacity, allowing twice the space per person, and creating cohorts of less than 10 people that donโ€™t intermix with other cohorts.
We have also worked with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to develop appropriate masking strategies for people with disabilities, consider guidance for what to do if someone tests positive for COVID-19, and look at the possibilities of allowing center-based and remote services.
In consultation with MDH, we have identified two important health and safety considerations we have not been able to mitigate in order to open day services for people with disabilities at this time.
The first issue โ€“ and the greatest at this time โ€“ is the recent number of positive COVID-19 cases in group homes for people with disabilities. After COVID-19 first appeared in nursing and assisted living facilities, some 5% of small congregate care sites like group homes have now also experienced positive COVID-19 cases.
Many of the individuals who use day services live in group homes. While we are trying to slow the spread of COVID-19 in group homes, it would be a mistake to bring people together into day centers every day and send them back to their homes potentially exposed to the virus. This could undermine our mitigation strategies in those residential settings.
Our second issue is the increased risk of COVID-19 when we have more, closer and longer exposures to people who are COVID-19 positive. We are just beginning to understand that another risk factor in contracting COVID-19 is the length of time we are exposed to people who are positive. There is a difference between moving around a grocery store for 20 minutes and sitting in a restaurant for 2 hours. Day services facilities have people interacting with each other for 6 hours a day. If anyone shares a cohort with a COVID-19 positive colleague, their risk of contracting the virus is greater.
So, while I apologize for raising the hopes of our day services providers and staff that we might be able to support their reopening, it is our best judgement, based on the best health advice we have, that it would be too risky to re-open day centers at this time. While we understand the many challenges this creates for you and the people you serve, protecting the health and safety of vulnerable Minnesotans is our first priority.
At the request of the MOHR association, we are looking at allowing day services providers to provide more remote services to residents of group homes. We will communicate more as soon as we can, and we will continue to work with MOHR to explore other solutions to support these important community-based services.
We will continue to assess the situation regularly throughout the pandemic and weโ€™ve agreed to discuss the current situation with MOHR every other week to see what new guidance we can develop to allow you to support Minnesotans with disabilities.
Thank you for who you are for your neighbors in Minnesota.
Sincerely,
Jodi Harpstead, Commissioner
Minnesota Department Human Services
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We miss our folks more than anything, and hope we will get to reopen sooner rather than later. Hang in there - we WILL get through this together!!!!!

Our beautiful life enrichment award was delivered today! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
05/15/2020

Our beautiful life enrichment award was delivered today! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

The store will be opening Monday!!! Check it out! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
05/15/2020

The store will be opening Monday!!! Check it out! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿปโ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

We have some happy news to report! Starting Monday May 18th, Hidden Treasures will be open to the public with new guidelines and procedures.

Going forward we will be focusing on In-store purchases and will be suspending most online sales. All online sales made through Friday May 15th will be honored. We will continue to sneak in some fun finds on our page for online purchase, so be on the lookout! ๐Ÿ‘€

Please keep in mind and read the following new IN-STORE procedures - the store will reopen at normal hours Monday-Friday 10a-5p.

*Store staff are required to wear face coverings.

*Customers are asked to wear face coverings. We will provide a disposable mask for customers who need one.

*We will have a sanitizing station set up at the front of the store for customers. please sanitize when entering.

* Our Fitting Room and Rest Room will be temporarily closed.

*We are asking customers and staff to practice social distancing.

*Cash register customer lines will be "marked" for six feet apart.

* Credit/Debit and or Check will be the only form of payment accepted at this time. Cash transactions will not be accepted until further notice.

*Hidden Treasures will sanitize after every transaction and between shifts.

*Hidden Treasures will clean high contact areas every 30 minutes.

Our guidelines and Procedures Protocol will be posted at the front of the store for anyone who wants to view it. If you have any questions, please ask the Sales Clerk on duty or inbox us.


DONATION HOURS AND PROCEDURES

Our donations will now be accepted during Open hours: Monday-Friday 10AM to 5PM (Limit two boxes per donation per week).

Please keep in mind the following new procedures for donation Drop-Off:

*All donations must be in Cardboard boxes.

*We will ask donors to place donations outside the store, on the sidewalk. Please do not bring them in the store. From there, staff will sanitize items/boxes and bring them to the designated area in the store.

*All staff are required to wear face coverings.

*Donors are asked to bring in only saleable items. Staff will decline any non-saleable or unaccepted items when needed.

๐ŸšจPlease donate during store hours only! Do not leave boxes outside our door when we are closed. We donโ€™t want your donations to go to waste.

The following items are in high demand and needed at this time:

๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปJewelry
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปAccessories (Purses and Belts)
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปBedding
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปSummer Footwear (All Sizes)
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปHome Decor (Wall Pictures and Accents.)
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปFamily Board Games and Puzzles
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปSwimwear
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปDish sets and small kitchen appliances.
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปCraft items and Fabrics
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปMusic (CDโ€™s and Records)
๐Ÿ‘‰๐ŸปDVDโ€™s and Blue Ray ( No VHS)

๐ŸšจAt this time we are not accepting clothing, books and stuffed animals. We will let the public know when we will be accepting clothing again, hopefully very soon!

Things may be looking a little different but one thing still remains, We are in this together and we will see brighter days together.

We are happy our door will finally be open to our customers again. Looking forward to seeing lots of familiar eyes and voices!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’™๐ŸŒˆ

Address

212 9th Street East
Ada, MN
56510

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 15:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 15:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 15:30
Thursday 08:30 - 15:30
Friday 08:30 - 15:30

Telephone

(218) 784-4582

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