Laura Baker Drumming Groups

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Here are the dates for drumming groups at Laura Baker through Fall, Winter, and Spring of 2014-2015:

September 23, 7pm (hand drumming)
October 5, 3pm (Taiko)
November 16, 3pm (hand drumming)
January 20, 7pm (hand drumming)
February 14, 3pm (Taiko)
March 12, 7pm (hand drumming)
April 12, 1pm (Taiko)
May 14, 7pm (hand drumming)

Drumming groups occur once a month at Laura Baker
Services, with the help of college volunteers. Each
group is led by a music therapist.

Everyone is welcome, of any ability! There is a $5 fee for participants who are not LBSA clients.

No drop-offs allowed; children should not be unattended, and clients who need staff support should participate with staff.

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Fun with Summer Buddies

Some fun things happened over the summer with Girl Scout Troop 25258 and their girlfriends at Lincoln House! Over the course of three months, they did several crafts together and also went on a scavenger hunt that lead them to visit the neighbors. They are going on 6 years of friendship, and it’s fun to see these 10 year old girls grow up with these wonderful ladies!

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Registration is Now Open for Fall 2014 Community Activities

Registration is now open for Fall 2014 activities! Check out this link for more information about Project A.B.L.E. and other community opportunities:


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Sing For Joy’s Pastor Bruce Benson on LBSA’s Choir Performance

Pastor Bruce Benson, host of Sing For Joy, attended a Laura Baker Services Association Choir performance. While watching the concert Pastor Benson, was reminded “again in a vivid way that music making is at its core a matter of heart”.
Follow the link to see the full article!


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LBSA Employees Participate in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Thanks to our LBSA Employees who participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and helped raise awareness about ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease)!

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Best Wishes Melissa

Melissa - DJJDLaura Baker Services is proud to support Melissa Henning, a LBSA employee, as a DJJD Ambassador Candidate. Best wishes to Melissa and all of the candidates, one of whom will be coronated Saturday evening.


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August Respite!

August’s Outer Space themed Respite was a blast! Thanks to all who participated and volunteered!

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Make Your Voices Heard


To our amazing community of support,

We want to make you aware of our continued efforts on behalf of people with disabilities and their families to shape and influence public policy.

On July 13, the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a story about the failures of DHS to create system reform. I provided a commentary response which ran Monday, July 28. Links to both articles appear at the end of this letter, along with contact information for officials who need to hear your voices and stories.

Please spread the word by sharing this commentary on your social media sites as well.

We would encourage you to express your thoughts about this article to Governor Dayton & Lieutenant Governor Prettner-Solon, and the others included on the address list.

If you are so inclined, you can include a copy of the article.

You might include text similar to this: “I agree with this. I urge you to keep — and SUPPORT – a range of options to meet the needs of all people who rely on public support. One size doesn’t fit all—ensure we have choice and control in where and with whom we live. Finally, we encourage you to support legislation to improve pay rates for staff members who work with people with disabilities to create equity with nursing homes.”

We continue to meet regularly with a group of families to develop new services. We are currently exploring housing development and hosting reverse job fairs as a result of those meetings. If you are interested in attending the meetings or learning more about our projects, please contact Carolyn Haynes (or 507-645-8866 x 119) to have your name included on that mailing list.

Our first Reverse Job Fair will be held Monday, September 15th at 5:00 in the LBSA Assembly Room. Please contact Lynn Miland (or 507-645-8866 x 108)) or me (or 507-645-8866 x 104) if you would like additional information.

Thank you again for your advocacy.


Sandi Gerdes, Executive Director


July article: “Minnesota not carrying out disability reforms, court monitor says”

Gerdes commentary: “Improve care for disabled? We all have a role”

DHS Olmstead page: DHS Olmstead page

Contact Information for Officials

Gov. Mark Dayton
Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon
Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson
Office of the Governor
130 State Capitol
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155

Sen. Kevin Dahle
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd .
Capitol, Room 317
St. Paul, MN 55155-1606

Rep. David Bly
559 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155

Your own state legislators: See this link for contact information —

U.S. Sen. Al Franken
60 East Plato Blvd
Suite 220 Saint Paul, MN 55107

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar
1200 Washington Avenue South, Room 250
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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Summer Fun Day 2014

Thank you to everyone that attended, volunteered for and enjoyed Summer Fun Day!

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LBSA Golf Tournament 2014

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