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Family Support & Resources

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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 children/adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Adults and children ages 5 and above 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.

A $20 per person fee is charged for each event; fee waivers are available for those that qualify.

Saturday Fun days are back!

Join us for Saturday Fun from 1 to 5 p.m. on the following dates in 2023:

  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13

Families must complete an enrollment medical form prior to the event.

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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? Get more information about our Family Navigation Services.

Staff Contact

Sam Gershman

Sam Gershman

Family Navigation Specialist

Main: 507-645-8866 Ext. 124
Direct: 507-581-7078


Respite Volunteer Opportunities

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