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Family Support & Resources

Here for You

Supporting someone with special needs can feel overwhelming and isolating. Family Support Services are intended to alleviate some of the stress by creating opportunities for respite, community connections and information sharing. LBSA Family Support Services are supported in part by The Astrup Family Foundation.

Saturday Fun Respite Events

Time for Respite and Social Interaction

A monthly program for families who care for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Those ages 5 to 21 with special needs who live at home with their families are welcome to join LBSA on the second Saturday of the month for crafts, games, outdoor activities and snacks.

The events are designed to provide a few hours of respite for caregivers and social interaction for participants. Pre-registration is required. Families must complete an enrollment form prior to the event.

A $10 per person fee is charged for each event; fee waivers are available for those that qualify.

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Family Support Meetings

Sharing Experiences to Create an Inclusive Community

Every quarter, families with children and young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities gather to meet with LBSA Executive Director Sandi Gerdes to share their experiences and discuss the ways in which they can create an inclusive community that understands how to best support people with disabilities.

Here to Support You

Questions about support and resources for your loved one or your family? Krista Middlebrooks has the expertise and information to support you.

Staff Contact

Krista Middlebrooks

Family Support Services Coordinator

(507) 645-8866, ext. 123

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Respite Volunteer Opportunities

Community volunteers staff Saturday Fun respite events, helping with games and activities, childcare and more! Interested? Get involved!

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Resources

On the second Saturday of the month, young people (ages 5–21) with special needs who live at home are invited to join LBSA for games and activities. Pre-register and fill out the enrollment form below. Events cost $10 per person – waivers available for those who qualify.