March Blog: We Need Your Support!

Immediate Action Needed!


The direct care staff who work in our programs are vital to our mission of “providing personalized community life experiences to individuals with developmental disabilities and brain injuries”.  They are the reason we are able to function! 

Each day, they support our 80+ residents and consumers to be as independent and happy as possible.  The support needs of each person can change from day-to-day.  Despite this challenge, our dedicated staff show up every day and give it all they have to positively impact the lives of others. 

Unfortunately, we are finding it difficult to find quality, caring, and enthusiastic staff.  Rochester as a whole is experiencing a shortage of qualified employees.  That is part of the issue.  The other part has to do with how we are reimbursed for the services that we provide.

The Minnesota State Legislature sets our rates.  In past years, funds to the services we provide were cut.  Although we have had some increases in recent years, the increases have not kept pace with the cost of living when you factor in the cuts that were incurred in the past.  For this reason, it has been difficult for us to offer a competitive wage to our direct care staff.

I am asking you to support a 5% rate increase for services such as those provided by Bear Creek Services.  You can do this by contacting your state senators and representatives and asking that they support The Best Life Alliance 5% campaign. 

  • Let them know how valuable these services are to those you care about.
  • Let them know how difficult it is when there is turnover in staffing.
  • And finally, tell them that people who chose to make this their profession deserve to make a living wage.

Contacting your legislators is easy!  Click here to access the site and enter your address where directed.  From there, you can send your legislators an email with the above information.  Legislators are debating this bill already.  Please take the time to do this as soon as possible!   

Together we can make a difference.  Thank you for being a Bear Creek Services supporter!

Linda Driessen

Executive Director

Bear Creek Services

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