Living Well Disability Services

Mission Statement

Living Well Disability Services provides exceptional services that transform the lives of people impacted by disabilities.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments We provide services for 300 people living with moderate to severe disabilities. The majority of our funding comes from sources like Medicare; however, costs are rising more quickly than reimbursement rates. Many of our peers no longer serve people with high medical needs. We are known as the place to turn when other places turn them away. Compared to peers, we serve people with the highest medical needs with some least able to live independently. - We support 300 people in their own home or our 33 group homes - We offer 24-hour care, 7 days a week and our services not only provide basic health and safety for those we support but allows them to participate fully in life. 100% of people served attend activities in the community, have competitive employment or are retired from day services. Our services are adapted so everyone can participate. - Our wellness program demonstrates best practices and given its proven results; five additional service providers started incorporating it into their programs. - Named a Top Workplace in Minnesota since 2015. - Our staff provided 575,500 hours of services, including safely administering 1,011,348 doses of medication for the people we serve. We leverage technology to better support independence for people served. - 335 volunteers and interns provided 5,030 hours of service. This is valued at over $124,000. Philanthropy helps us support services that make us exceptional – nursing/therapy for higher medical needs, wellness, equipment for increased accessibility and communication, and activities for more community involvement.
Current Goals 1. Deliver exceptional services in a dynamic market. 2. Implement new ways to attract, engage and retain talented employees and volunteers. 3. Cultivate Opportunities to Serve More People. 4. Increase governmental and non-governmental funding.
Community or Constituency Served Living Well Disability Services serves a broad spectrum of people with intellectual, developmental, and physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis, autism, and brain injury.
Geographic Area Served Anoka, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Sherburne, Wright, Scott and Washington Counties in Minnesota

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Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 10/16/2019

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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1168 Northland Dr
Mendota Heights, MN 55120
Phone: 651-688-8808

General Information

Alternative Name: Dakota Communities, DCI, Dakota's Children, Dakota Adults
EIN: 23-7181360
Principal Staff: Tom Gillespie
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 329
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 300
Ruling Year: 1972


Board Chair: Melissa Bayne
Number of Board Members: 18
Board Meetings with Quorum: 9
Average Member Attendance: 14.3

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