Spring 2016
Time truly does fly! Forty-five years ago Lake County Developmental Achievement Center officially opened when 6 enthusiastic program participants walked through the front doors of the former Knife River schoolhouse for the very first time. It was quite a day!
Over time we’ve expanded in size and scope and outgrown our Knife River space. On March 28th, we became the proud new owners of the former Two Harbors Federal Credit Union building at 626 Second Avenue in downtown Two Harbors. Our goal is to move in September 2016.
Our new building offers over 6000 square feet of accessible space all on one awesome level. Goodbye stairs! Because credit unions and day programs differ in purpose and needs, some remodeling is necessary which will be accomplished in 3 phases.
Phase 1 will be completed before we occupy the building next fall and includes opening up the entry area, new flooring, painting, some ceiling repair & electrical upgrade, accessible sinks in 2 bathrooms, and reworking some walls to enlarge pro-gram areas.
Phases 2 and 3 will be done over the next few years as funding allows. Phase 2 involves a fully accessible commercial kitchen, transforming a third bathroom into a personal care area, and a laundry facility.
In Phase 3 we’ll shift our attention and energy to the outside of
the building and address green space and other projects.
Though we are excited about our move, we will most definitely miss our old schoolhouse building and the friendly and supportive Knife River community. Fortunately, Two Harbors isn’t far away, and we invite our Knife River friends to join us on an exciting journey toward a future where we are better equipped to accomplish our mission while increasing consumer satisfaction and community inclusion of adults with developmental disabilities.
We plan to cover some Phase 2 remodeling costs through the sale of our Knife River building, which recently went on the market. If you or someone you know is interested in purchasing the historic schoolhouse building, please contact our realtor, Steve Carlson of Real Living Messina & Associates, Ltd. Call 218.591.0985 or email
Right now we are busy planning several open house events to introduce ourselves to the Two Harbors community and celebrate with friends and supporters of the DAC. Details will be publicized at a later date in local newspapers. We hope to see you there!
A New Home for the DAC
News and Views from the DAC
This is where we are . . . .
This is where we’re going!
Inside This Issue
Many Thanks………..……2
Wish List….……………….2
DAC Programs ..…………2
In the Spotlight…..……….3
Staff & Board …………….4
Contact Us….…………. ..4
An amazing $17,083 was raised from our 2015 Annual Letter Campaign. Our thanks to each of you who made a donation to the DAC! Please know that your generosity goes to work help-ing consumers to achieve their highest level of independence.
Also, our sincere appreciation to the following…
 Northland Foundation
 Cooperative Light & Power, Operation Round Up
 Two Harbors Area Fund, an affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation
 Lake County
Business Sponsors:
 Thrivent Financial
 Two Harbors Federal Credit Union
Business Partners:
* American Legion * Lakeview Hospital & Clinic
* API * Lake Superior School District
* Community Partners * St. Luke’s Pharmacy
* Dairy Queen * Stanley LaBounty
* Earthwood Inn * Sure-Fab
* Granite Gear * The Pub
* Judy’s Café * Two Harbors Machine
* Knife River Rec. Assoc. * USDA Forest Service
* Lake County * Sue Bott, Realtor-RE/MAX Prodigy
Lake County DAC is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services as a provider of Day Training and Habilitation services. We offer a range of quality day services that promote healthy growth and development in program participants or “consumers.”
Through our Work Program, consumers earn wages providing services in the community that can be customized to meet the unique needs of our customers.
 Cleaning
 Snow shoveling
 Lawn Care
 Laundry
 Housekeeping
 Confidential paper shredding
 Bulk mailing
 Assembly work
 Recycling pick up
 Custom jobs: call us to discuss the work you need done!
Our Recycling Program is a partnership with Lake County, own-ers of Arrowhead Recycling in Two Harbors. Under contract, our staff of consumers and supervisors process plastic, card-board, tin, aluminum, glass, books and magazines. Many peo-ple believe that placing their recyclables curbside helps the DAC — but the DAC only benefits from recyclables dropped off at the Recycling Center for processing.
Our Alternative to Work Program is not work-based. Rather, the program is designed for people who benefit from individu-alized, outcome-based services that include sensory integra-tion, functional maintenance, art and music therapy, self-care skills, communications, community orientation, emotional de-velopment, and recreational skills.
From painting to poetry, Artistic Expressions uses various art forms to support the psychological and emotional needs of consumers, and plays a vital role in their ability to be under-stood and seen as the multifaceted individuals they truly are.
We also produce beautiful loom-woven, handmade rugs that are on sale at the DAC. We use donated clothing and material to create our rugs and are in need of the following material:
 Dark cotton: dark navy, reds, browns, greens, black
 Dark chenille: dark navy, reds, browns, greens, black
 Flannel: any color
 Wool blankets/shirts: dark navy, reds, browns, greens
 Polar fleece: dark navy, reds, browns, greens, black
 Terry cloth: dark navy, reds, browns, greens
 Blue jeans
Our consumers also create unique handmade paper of various textures and colors—perfect for scrap booking and crafting your own invitations or graduation announcements.
Please consider hiring us to get your work done, and don’t forget to visit the DAC to browse through our beautiful selec-tion of handmade rugs and paper!
DAC Programs
A helpful way you can support the DAC is by donating something on our wish list. Items listed are used daily in our programs, and can be mailed or brought to the DAC in Knife River.
 Construction paper, all colors
 Glitter glue
 Colored pencils
 Glue sticks
 Washable markers
 Adult coloring books
 Book of stamps
 Copy paper
 Paper plates
 Paper napkins
 Gift certificates from Super One, Sam’s Club or Best Buy
Consumer Spotlight On . . . April P!
April started her career at the DAC 13 years ago and is known for her friendly, social personality.
At the DAC April prepares strips for hand-made rugs, shreds documents, creates hand-made paper, cleans the kitchen and assembles rods for Two Harbors Machine Shop. In the community April does laundry at the laundromat and prepares documents for confidential recycling at API. Cleaning the DAC kitchen is April’s newest and favorite job. In the past, pain made it hard for her to work while standing. Not so in the kitchen! April finds the work rewarding, and her attention to detail clearly demon-strates the pride she takes in her work. She has flourished in the kitchen and has exceeded all expectations!
April enjoys it when people feel good, so celebrating birthdays tops the list of her favorite DAC activities. Another favorite is weekly Art Expressions classes with Renee.
Favorite activities away from work include movies, picnics, roasting hot dogs, the beach, Camp Friendship, puzzles and playing Sorry, Life, and Monopoly. April has two brothers and a sister and likes spending time with family, friends, and her cat Bella that her mom adopted as a birthday gift for April.
Program Spotlight Is On . . .
Art Expressions!
Art Expressions was launched in 2015 with an $800 Operation Round Up grant from Cooperative Light & Power.
Art Expressions promotes human dignity and improves quality of life as our consumers/artists unleash their creativity and unique talents.
At weekly sessions facilitated by Program Coordinator Renee Wermter, artists learn about differ-ent art forms and experience work-ing with many mediums and textures such as water colors, acrylic paints, artists chalk, special papers, and many natural materials gathered outdoors.
Staff Spotlight Is On . . .
Renee Wermter!
Renee provides job coaching and support to consumers in our Work Program as they grow in social, life, and voca-tional skills on their journey to reaching their highest po-tential.
Renee brings 13 years of Montessori teaching experi-ence in Minneapolis to our Art Expressions program. She meets weekly with small groups of our consumers/artists to study, appreciate, and participate in the arts.
Renee grew up in northeastern Minnesota and returned to the area to provide her children with opportunities to experi-ence nature as much as possible. Her hobbies include garden-ing, hiking, playing the accordion (does anyone know a good local teacher?), fiber arts and garage saleing.
“The time I enjoy most is when I work with our weavers mak-ing rugs. I, of course, feel rewarded witnessing the artists in-volved with Art Expressions learn about themselves and their fellow co-workers . . . My job is one I can stand behind and feel proud of. I appreciate working for a nonprofit and am thankful for the work that helps my community.”
Examples of art sessions held in 2015 include:
 How Artists See People: “Learning about different artists was my favorite part.”
 Introduction to Quilling: “I really enjoyed it. Your mind gets flowing.”
 Expressive Self Portrait: “My favorite part was the book because it showed me what I wanted to do in my self-portrait.”
Completed art projects are currently displayed at the DAC, and we hope to expand to more locations in the future.
We are excited and grateful to recently receive a $1000 Op-eration Round Up grant from Cooperative Light and Power to expand Art Expressions in 2016. Consumers from both Work and Alternative to Work programs will be involved. Example sessions planned for this year include Quilling II, sculpting, mosaics, musical exploration, poetry and expressive dance.
If you are someone who enjoys the arts and helping others, consider volunteering at weekly art sessions. If you’re inter-ested, please call us at 218.834.5767 for more information.
April at a weekly session
of Art Expressions
Self Portrait in
Renee Wermter
Program Coordinator
Cheryl Hedine
Michelle McDonald
Board of Directors
David Glass, Chair
Patricia Olson, Treasurer
H. Terry Berg
Bill Hermanson
Fran Schilling
Amy Stark
Contact Lake County DAC
Phone: 218.834.5767
Fax: 218.834.5474
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At Lake County Developmental Achievement Center,
Our Mission is to Support Each Individual to Achieve the Highest Level of Independence
Lake County DAC
626 Second Avenue
Two Harbors, Mn 55616