Residential Services of Northeastern Minnesota, Inc.

Residential Services, Inc. is a private non-profit organization that provides innovative services to people with disabilities.

Residential Services, Inc. (RSI) is a non-profit organization that provides services to adults, children, and families with disabilities and mental illness. RSI has been providing innovative services to help people live in the home setting of their choice since 1978. We believe that all people, regardless of their disability, can live successfully in a community based setting given the proper supports.

RSI serves people who range in age from 4 to 75 years old. The needs and challenges of each person may vary greatly but the one thing they all have in common is living with limited financial means.

One of the most significant impacts of having a low income is not being able to afford to participate in community activities and enriching recreational opportunities. A recent RSI survey identified this issue as one of the top concerns for people receiving our services. State and Federal government funding pay for housing, food, staffing supports, and the basic health and safety needs of the people we serve. This leaves individuals on their own to pay for those activities that are a large part of what improves quality of life.

Yoga classes are just one example of the many community activities outside the financial reach of the people we serve. Being able to go camping, to a movie, a sporting event  to try horseback riding, or to dine out are all activities beyond the budget of most people being served by RSI.  It is for these reasons that RSI continues to identify raising money for our Activity Fund for Persons Served as a strategic priority.

100% of all money raised will be used to pay for persons served participation in activities. A $25 donation will pay for two people to go out for coffee and attend a movie. A $50 donation will pay for six yoga classes.  A $75 donation will fund three horseback riding lessons.  A $100 donation would pay for fifteen day passes at a fitness center. A $150 donation will pay for a three-day camping trip. RSI hopes to give every person we serve the opportunity to enjoy these types of activities. 

One of the individuals who lives in at our Westbrook farm home is passionate about sports and the outdoors. Just this last year, Alex went on his first hunting trip and got his first buck. This year Alex was able to attend a Minnesota Twins baseball game with the help of RSI's Persons Served Acitivity Fund. Even though the game was rained out shortly after starting, Alex said "I had a blast, it was so fun. I would definitely go again and request money, maybe even go to Valleyfair some day."  He's also planning on saving up some money to see his first Minnesota Vikings game at the new stadium, and will likely request some activity funds to help cover the cost.

If you take a few minutes to watch the video on our page, you can hear the story of an individual living at RSI who shares their story about fulfilling her longtime dream of visiting the Minnesota Vikings training camp made possible through donations from our 2014 Give to the Max fundraiser. Her experience and success is why we do what we do; providing innovative services to the individuals who we serve.

Please help RSI build our Activity Fund for Persons Served ,by making a donation today. Thank you! 

 

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