ONE STEP AHEAD
Until the early 1960’s, parents of children with developmental disabilities had only two choices; keep their child at home or send their child to an institution. In 1963, a group of parents organized the Neighborhood House Day Activity Center housed at Salem Lutheran Church in West Saint Paul to provide group activities helping their children acquire skills for living, develop their potential, and integrate into the community. The project expanded to include a preschool program in 1965; and, in 1971, incorporated as a nonprofit agency, the Kaposia Area Day Activity Center. We take our name, Kaposia, from the Dakota word meaning “fleet of foot”, which became the foundation for our motto “One Step Ahead.”
For over the past 50 years, our commitment to staying “One Step Ahead” has lead Kaposia to evolve into a customized employment and retirement service. We provide customized employment services for people with disabilities by serving one person at a time, insisting on integrated work settings, focusing on strengths, paying no less than minimum wage, and never giving up on the expectation of progress. Our only requirement is the desire to work. We serve senior citizens with disabilities who have chosen to remain active in the community by identifying each person’s interests, preferences, and desires; developing a plan and community connections with other senior recreation programs, agencies, and services; providing one-to-one social skills training; and coordinating transportation specific to the needs of each retiree.
Kaposia invests in the prosperity of people with disabilities, and the profitability of our partners.
Not just a job, but a CAREER!