Fillmore County DAC

Fillmore County DAC Fillmore County DAC is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation. We are licensed in Day Training and Habilitation through the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
The philosophy of this agency is based on a belief in the personal worth and the right for full personal dignity of each and every individual The objective of the DAC is to assist each individual to become as independent as possible, to improve each person's quality of life, and to encourage maximum integration into regular community life.
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The Fillmore County DAC provides a range of quality services to persons with developmental disabilities. These services include: Employment Transitional Services Community Involvement Leisure/Recreational Services Transportation Behavioral Programming and Support Medical Recreational Program Annual Events

Mission: The philosophy of this agency is based on a belief in the personal worth and the right for full personal dignity of each and every individual

We would like to give a huge đź‘Ź THANK YOU đź‘Ź to those who have donated supplies of hand sanitizer... George Tibbetts, Bren...
06/24/2020

We would like to give a huge đź‘Ź THANK YOU đź‘Ź to those who have donated supplies of hand sanitizer...
George Tibbetts, Brenda Stier & Kaelyn Marzolf...
Your donations are greatly appreciated!! THANK YOU!!! 🙂

We continue to request the following donations:

1. NEW (never been used) thermometers -either No contact or temple read
2. Unopened bottles of hand sanitizer
3. Unopened containers of disinfectant wipes
4. Alcohol wipes

To make arrangements to drop off your donations, please call the DAC at 507-765-3378. If you prefer to have your donations picked up, let us know.
Thank-you!!

05/20/2020

As we begin to make preparations for reopening, we are requesting donations of the following:

1. NEW (never been used) thermometers -either No contact or temple read
2. Unopened bottles of hand sanitizer
3. Unopened containers of disinfectant wipes
4. Unopened boxes of latex free disposable gloves (size Med, Large, XL and XXL)

To make arrangements to drop off your donations, please call the DAC at 507-765-3378. If you prefer to have your donations picked up, let us know.
Thank-you!!

05/14/2020

With the stay-at-home order expiring on Monday May 18th , Governor Walz has announced the next phase; he will be allowing retail stores, malls and businesses that sell, rent, maintain & repair goods to open with conditions.
This next phase does not include the Fillmore County DAC. We will continue to remain closed at this time.
We’re working on a plan for when we do reopen that will include social distancing, the wearing of masks and other safety measures that will be necessary to help keep everyone safe and healthy at the DAC and at their worksites.
We miss everyone and look forward to the day we’re able to be together again!! Stay safe & healthy everyone!! 🙂

04/11/2020
Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation - MOHR

Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation - MOHR

LONG TERM QUALITY OF LIFE FOR MINNESOTANS WITH DISABILITIES THREATENED BY COVID-19 PROMPTED SUSPENSIONS THAT PUT CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AT RISK; LEGISLATION PROPOSED

Without emergency funding to cover fixed costs during closures, some day service providers may not reopen, removing programs that have helped people thrive for four decades or more

Day programs serving people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Minnesota are under extreme financial stress due to closures brought on by COVID-19, so much so, that some are questioning if they will be able to reopen when the stay at home order is lifted.

“We simply cannot come back from this crisis with a decimated infrastructure for these crucial community disability services, where people with disabilities will not have access to innovative, individualized supports during the day,” said Julie Johnson, president of the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (MOHR). “We cannot turn back the clock on our progress. We must ensure day programs remain viable when we get through this pandemic.”

Johnson said Minnesota has worked for more than 40 years to move away from the institutional model of disability services into a thriving, community-based and person-centered array of supports and services. Minnesota has been a leader in this arena, when compared to other states, bringing a quality of life to tens of thousands through work opportunities, life enrichment and community integration. MOHR is prompting people to ask state legislators to pass “Disability Day and Employment Services Fixed Cost Relief” as soon as possible. A legislative proposal has been drafted and is being circulated by MOHR.

One provider in Minneapolis said the stay at home order from the state may help many to relate to what life would be like for people with disabilities without day programs. Most people enjoy interacting with others, but this is often more difficult for people with disabilities who have greater limitations than the general population.

All of the day service providers in Minnesota are nonprofits and only get paid when clients attend their programs. With services suspended, most have no revenue coming in and have little or no cash reserves to cover fixed costs while people with disabilities stay home. MOHR is working with the state Legislature and the Department of Human Services to ensure emergency funds are available during the service suspension period.

“Many of the people we serve need staff to get out in the community, attend events, take in a movie and do other things that many of us take for granted,” Johnson said. Day programs not only provide employment training and job support, but are bedrock to people’s social lives and interaction with wider society, the MOHR president explained.

MOHR’s mission is advocate and support its nonprofit members in providing meaningful services to persons with disabilities and communities served. Members are committed to respect for each individual, a person-centered approach and expanding work opportunities.

04/02/2020

The Fillmore County DAC has an immediate opening for an experienced full-time Designated Coordinator. The Designated Coordinator (DC) is responsible for delivery and evaluation of program services for his or her designated clients as well as the leadership and supervision of program staff working with these clients under Minnesota 245D statue. The DC must be comfortable working in a team concept, have the ability to multitask and be efficient while maintaining a complex staff and client schedule along with managing administrative support for the Director of Client Services. The DC must be resourceful, a good problem solver, be organized, detail orientated and assure the completion of duties in a timely manner. The DC must possess professional and effective communication skills in order to facilitate positive working relationships in all aspects of this position. The DC must have a valid driver’s license and pass a DHS background check.

Designated Coordinator Qualifications:

Baccalaureate degree in a field related to human services and one (1) year of work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 and older.

OR

Associates degree in a field related to human services and two (2) years of full time work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 and older.

OR

A diploma from an accredited post-secondary institution in a field related to human services and three (3) years of full time work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 and older.

OR

A minimum of 50 hours of education and training related to human services and disabilities and four (4) years of full time work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities or persons age 65 and older.

For inquiries and application, call Dawn at 507-765-3378 or apply online at www.fillmorecountydac.com .

Fillmore County DAC
03/26/2020

Fillmore County DAC

03/25/2020

UPDATE:
Given the recent information in regards to the current COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota, the Fillmore County DAC will be extending our closure.

The Fillmore County DAC and Thrifty Threads Store will be CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Please note: We are NOT ACCEPTING DONATIONS at our Thrifty Threads store while we're closed.
Please DO NOT leave them outside. Thank you for your cooperation.

Stay home & stay healthy everyone!!

03/17/2020

The Fillmore County DAC is taking steps to protect against the spread of COVID-19 because the health and well being of the persons we serve and our staff is very important to us. It is equally as important to take precautions that the Centers for Disease Control and Minnesota Department of Health are recommending, specifically "Social Distancing" or minimizing contact.
It is for this reason the Fillmore County DAC will be closed beginning Wednesday March 18, 2020 through Tuesday March 31, 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 to determine if the closure will need to be extended.
During this time our Thrifty Threads Store will also be closed.

ARRM
03/17/2020

ARRM

ARRM is rolling out a new resource for members. A one-stop informational website, pulling together critical information from state agencies, private partners, and ARRM members.

Visit www.ARRMCovid19.com for more information.

Having fun in February!!
03/01/2020

Having fun in February!!

02/18/2020

The Fillmore County DAC will have a
2 hour LATE START today, Tuesday February 18, 2020

02/14/2020

The Fillmore County DAC
will have a
2 hour LATE START
Friday February 14, 2020

02/14/2020

Looking for a dependable, compassionate person who enjoys enriching the lives of others, is a fast learner, flexible and likes to have fun!!
If this sounds like you, come be a part of our great team!!

Scheduled hours: Monday- Friday 8:15 am- 2:45 pm.
*Potential for more hours with routes*
Must have a valid driver's license
No Nights!! No Weekends!! No Holidays!! Generous PTO!!

02/13/2020

The Fillmore County DAC is
CLOSED TODAY
Thursday February 13, 2020

01/22/2020

The Fillmore County DAC
is CLOSED TODAY
Wednesday January 22, 2020

01/17/2020

The Fillmore County DAC
will be CLOSED
Friday January 17, 2020
due to the pending winter storm.

12/20/2019

The Fillmore County DAC
will be CLOSED
Dec. 23,2019- Jan. 1, 2020
Happy Holidays!!

06/01/2017

We're hiring! Apply now.

Clients and staff treasured holding and petting the furry guests on May 18th. The bunnies were adored by all, thank you ...
05/19/2017

Clients and staff treasured holding and petting the furry guests on May 18th. The bunnies were adored by all, thank you Tina for bringing them to DAC and brightening everyone’s day.

Clients on a shopping excursion at Eagle Bluff.
02/23/2017

Clients on a shopping excursion at Eagle Bluff.

A little Valentine’s party. Clients and staff were very creative in decorating boxes for Valentine’s Day. Clients brough...
02/23/2017

A little Valentine’s party. Clients and staff were very creative in decorating boxes for Valentine’s Day. Clients brought in valentines cards to give to each other and there were treats for everyone.

Clients enjoying cookies in Wykoff for customer appreciation.
02/23/2017

Clients enjoying cookies in Wykoff for customer appreciation.

Staff and clients appreciating the new bowling alley. Great to have the B & B open again.
02/23/2017

Staff and clients appreciating the new bowling alley. Great to have the B & B open again.

Thank you to everyone that attended the Fillmore County DAC Annual Christmas Potluck. It was an exciting and entertainin...
12/12/2016

Thank you to everyone that attended the Fillmore County DAC Annual Christmas Potluck. It was an exciting and entertaining afternoon, visiting with everyone and Santa making a stop to see all of us. Congratulations to our drawing winners - Anne, Dianne and Kendra.

Clients and staff baking and decorating cookies for the DAC Annual Christmas party! Hope to see everyone there.
12/09/2016

Clients and staff baking and decorating cookies for the DAC Annual Christmas party! Hope to see everyone there.

Clients and staff delighted in decorating the tree in center!
12/01/2016

Clients and staff delighted in decorating the tree in center!

Clients and staff help decorate at the Preston Serviceman’s Club!
12/01/2016

Clients and staff help decorate at the Preston Serviceman’s Club!

DAC Annual Friends & Family Christmas PotluckWhen: Friday December 9th, 2016Where: Preston Serviceman’s ClubTime: 11:45a...
11/18/2016

DAC Annual Friends & Family Christmas Potluck
When: Friday December 9th, 2016
Where: Preston Serviceman’s Club
Time: 11:45am – 2:00pm

On the unseasonably warm Thursday November 17th staff and clients enjoyed the warm afternoon feeding the fish at the Lan...
11/18/2016

On the unseasonably warm Thursday November 17th staff and clients enjoyed the warm afternoon feeding the fish at the Lanesboro Fish Hatchery.

Clients and staff doing crafts in Center.
11/18/2016

Clients and staff doing crafts in Center.

11/04/2016

WANTED PAPER SHREDDERS!
We are looking for paper shredders - in good working condition. If anyone wants to donate or sell for a low price. Please drop it off at Fillmore County DAC or call to let us know. THANK YOU!

Timeline Photos
10/19/2016

Timeline Photos

We want to thank Chris Pecinovsky and George Tibbetts for the pumpkins. The clients had fun picking the right pumpkin an...
10/19/2016

We want to thank Chris Pecinovsky and George Tibbetts for the pumpkins. The clients had fun picking the right pumpkin and appreciated being able to take it home. There was even a few left for decorating at DAC. THANK YOU!

Address

108 Park Lane SE PO Box 205
Preston, MN
55965

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:00
Thursday 08:00 - 16:00
Friday 08:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(507) 765-3378

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Our Story

The Fillmore County Developmental Achievement Center (DAC) is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation licensed to provide Home and Community Based Services to persons with developmental disabilities and related conditions. These services include:

Day Training and Habitation Services (DT&H); licensed supports to help adults develop and maintain life skills, participate in community life and to engage in proactive and satisfying activities of their own choosing.

Prevocational Services; services designed to prepare persons for paid employment as reflected in their community support and services plan. Activities included in this service teach underlying skills necessary for the person to gain greater independence.

Supported Employment Services; services for persons for whom competitive employment at or above the minimum wage is unlikely, and who, because of their abilities, need intensive ongoing support to perform in a work setting.

Structured Day Services; services designed for persons who may benefit from continued rehabilitation and community integration directed at the development and maintenance of community living skills. These services include intensive therapeutic interventions.

Our Vision is to maintain, market and grow community awareness and support for employment options and life enrichment opportunities for the individuals we serve. These natural supports in the community will support the individuals in developing and maintaining roles as valued community members.

Our Mission is to provide person-centered planning and service delivery that allows for individual ability and interest in employment services, recreation, socialization and community engagement so that all persons receiving services may maintain and improve their enjoyment and quality of life.

Our Philosophy is based on a belief in the personal worth and the right for full personal dignity of each and every individual.

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Comments

"I don’t remember the exact moment my life was changed by someone with a developmental disability. The memories seem far away, blurry, as if they don’t belong to me. But this is what happens after you’ve been working with adults with developmental disabilities for eight years. You change. They don’t tell you that when you’re filling out your application. Instead, they tell you about the hours, the health benefits, the 401(k) plan, the programs and the strategies. But they don’t tell you about the fact if you do it right, you’ll never be the same. They don’t tell you it will be the most amazing job you’ve ever had. On other days, it can be the worst. They can’t describe on paper the emotional toll it will take on you. They can’t tell you there may come a time where you find you’re more comfortable surrounded by people with developmental disabilities than you are with the general population. They don’t tell you you’ll come to love them, and there will be days when you feel more at home when you’re at work than when you’re at home, sitting on your couch. But it happens. They don’t tell you about the negative reactions you may face when you’re out in the community with someone with a developmental disability. That there are people on this earth who still think it’s OK to say the R-word. That people stare. Adults will stare. You will want to say something, anything, to these people to make them see. But at the end of the day, your hands will be tied because some things, as you learn quickly, can’t be explained with something as simple as words. They can only be felt. And most of the time, until someone has had their own experience with someone with a developmental disability, they just won’t understand. They train you in CPR and first aid, but they can’t tell you what it feels like to have to use it. They don’t tell you what it is like to learn someone is sick and nothing can be done. They can’t explain the way it feels when you work with someone for years and then one day they die. They can’t explain the bond direct service personnel develop with the people they are supporting. I know what it’s like to have a conversation with someone who has been labeled non-verbal or low-functioning. After working with someone for awhile, you develop a bond so strong they can just give you a look and you know exactly what it means, what they want and what they’re feeling. And most of the time, all it boils down to is they want to be heard, listened to and included. Loved. When you apply for this job, they do tell you you’ll be working to teach life skills. But what they don’t tell you is while you’re teaching someone, they’ll also be teaching you. They have taught me it’s OK to forgive myself when I have a bad day. There’s always tomorrow and a mess-up here and there doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. They have taught me to slow down, to ponder, to take the time to just look around and take in this beautiful world and all of the simple joys we are blessed to encounter every day. So when did I change? I realize now there wasn’t one pivotal moment. Instead, it was a million little moments, each important in their own way, that when added together changed me. And I’m grateful for each one." ~Unknown