Programming Report

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EMployment Services

We specialize in providing individuals with disabilities opportunities for suitable, sustainable employment across the 11 communities we serve in northern Minnesota.

Our employment planning services provide individuals the opportunity to make resume building, job seeking and interviewing lifelong skills.

Supported employment offers those interested in entering their community workforce the opportunity and on-site support required to work with a group or be individually placed with one of our business partners.

We offer a variety of different career opportunities at any of our nine locations, helping individuals meet work goals and improve job skills.

Our habitation and training centers focus on developing the skills of each individual to achieve independence, productivity and community inclusion.

They at the ODC are defined by their hard work and infectious personalities, not their disabilities. Lone Oak Family Dentistry believes in Empowering All, and we have seen our friends at the ODC not only be great employees for our office, but for our whole community.

We are inspired by their work ethic and together great bonds are formed through this partnership of empowerment!
Dr. Travis Hanel, DDS
Lone Oak Family Dentistry
Warren, MN

carf survey success

This was a year of preparation and change for ODC programming. With the state changes, and federal changes being right around the corner, our focus as an organization has been to ensure that the individuals we continue to serve are at the forefront when creating pathways to employment that are person-centered and inclusive in the communities in which they live.

It is always our goal to provide information and understanding so that persons served can make an informed choice. As we move forward with focus on community employment we are thankful to be able to continue to provide our individuals with options.

In preparations for the CARF accreditation survey this fall, our focus was on program outcomes and the measurement of these outcomes through evaluation methods set by our organization. These are defined by Effectiveness of Service, Efficiency of Service, Satisfaction of our Stakeholders and Person Served, and Access.

All nine ODC divisions came together to ensure that we are providing the highest quality of services to the people we serve on a daily basis. With hard work and determination, we were successful in being accredited for another three years.

ODC areas of strength identified by the CARF survey:

  • Family members of persons served state that ODC is allowing persons served to meet goals these individuals thought they would never be able to reach working in the community.
  • ODC staff have shown that they ensure persons served are working in a safe, positive, and friendly working environment.
  • ODC staff is clearly dedicated to the persons served when it comes to providing a person-centered approach. The importance of ensuring that persons served are provided support in their job search and in becoming employed in
    their desired job is evident.
  • Staff members at multiple locations were complimented
    by the funders, family members, and other stakeholders for being kind and compassionate.
  • The ODC staff are held in high regard by employers in the community, and referral sources expressed satisfaction with the services provided by the ODC.

individual spotlight

We are very happy to recognize the achievements of one of our persons served!

During Food Service Week in early October, Karen was recognized for her hard work and dedication with a plaque from Havenwood Care Center in Bemidji. The plaque—which reads “Success begins with Karen – You are the KEY to our success! Thank you for striving for excellence!”—caused a teary-eyed Karen to exclaim, “This is the neatest thing to ever happen to me!”

Karen started with the Occupational Development Center in January of 2002. That February she was hired at Havenwood Care Center as a Unit Aide. She delivers personal supplies to the residents, cleans and sanitizes wheelchairs, and works in the dietary department preparing beverages for upcoming meals and delivering water to the residents’ rooms.

Occupational Development Center
1520 Highway 32 South
Thief River Falls, MN 56701