May 2016 Blogs



This month’s blog is a dedication to Bear Creek Services 40 years of support to individuals with disabilities.  In the beginning, back in 1976, we were the first to open a group home for individuals with developmental disabilities.  In 1997 we added a home that supports people with brain injuries.  And in 2013 we began our Independent Living Skills program.  These milestones excite me as they demonstrate the dedication we have to provide innovative supports. 

Bear Creek is always striving to be more:  More person-centered, more compassionate, more joy-filled.  We envision a life for people with disabilities that no longer defines them by their disability, but by their abilities.  This is what we celebrated on May 18th

Thank you to all that attended our 40th Anniversary Celebration.  We are so grateful that you were able to participate in this event with us.  For those who were not able to attend, I hope that you will have the chance to see the pictures on our Facebook page.  These tell the story so much better than I can.

There are so many people who have made our 40 years successful, that it would be impossible to mention everyone.  Below are those that were recognized that evening.

Original Men & Women In Group Homes Who Are Still With Us:

Douglas Ferguson Jim Nichols Dale Kocher

Loren Bushman Janet Mooney Gail Holmberg

First Men & Women Graduates of Bear Creek Independent Living Services

Christina K & Beanna Proell

Brandon Butturff & Ben Elwood

Longest Tenured

Direct Care Staff: Cindy Lanswerk— 28 years

Office Staff: Diane Sellner — 30 years

Outstanding Program Partner

Karen Meyer - City of Rochester Parks & Recreation Department

Outstanding Community Partners

Century High School & Andy’s Liquor

Longest Volunteer Group At Our Group Homes

The Wrapping Ladies:  LeAnn Lentz Vicky Morey — 12 years

Facilitators Of The First Group Home Opening in SE Minnesota

Jim Maronde & Jim Sadler

Lifetime Achievement Award: Consistent Involvement with BCS for 40 Years

Dick & Marilyn Fryer

It was a great evening and I am grateful to have been a part of it and to be a part of the future of Bear Creek Services. 

Click here for photos from the 40th anniversary celebration!



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