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STEP- Serving Teaching & Empowering People
STEP is a non-profit, private, charitable organization whose mission is to serve, teach and empower people to achieve their desired future.
Location: 501 West 6th Street
PO Box 206
Browerville, Minnesota 56438
Tel- 320-594-6423 Fax- 320-594-6427
HOURS: Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and Sundays
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From left to right:
Tiffany Foote (Designated Coordinator),
Nancy Leasman (Work Development Coordinator),
Pam Baltes (Executive Consultant)
Cory Lawrence (Executive Director ) and
Kayla Lawrence (Designated Coordinator)
In mid-November, the Chamber Director Luan Thomas-Brunkhorst met with Nancy Leasman, Work Development Coordinator at STEP in Browerville, to learn more about and feature their organization and the programs and services that they have been providing for over 40 years in the Todd County area. Their mission and their story are worth-while knowing, understanding and sharing with a friend, colleague, neighbor or family member.
Organized as a non-profit in the 1970s, STEP was then known as the Todd County Day Activity Center. The acronym DAC was later changed to Development Achievement Center. For decades the DAC/STEP has served adults with developmental disabilities and those with mental and emotional challenges by providing a day program, education and work experience. (Information from www.stepbrowerville.org)
This program has been a valuable growth experience for individuals; allowed, encouraged, trained and supported people of all abilities to having meaningful work; and provided transportation to assure everyone had equal opportunity to attend the programs and work experiences. (Information from www.stepbrowerville.org)
In December of 2015 and with new leadership, the organization was renamed and its mission was rewritten: “To Serve, Teach and Empower People to achieve their desired future.” STEP operates four thrift stores in Central Minnesota, a senior site for those who have aged out of the regular programs, and two workshops where job coaches work alongside clients. (Information from www.stepbrowerville.org)
Four STEP thrift stores
Browerville employees: Jessica and Angelica
Their stores serve as training grounds for all facets of merchandising, build their clients confidence as they prepare for future careers, and generate funds for general operating costs.
The STEP work areas in Browerville are flexible and adaptable to a variety of contract jobs. These include, but are not limited to, manufacturing fire-starters from
recycled materials; cutting strips from old jeans and stitching and weaving them into rugs; stuffing
envelopes; folding and mailing newsletters; short-run jobs for area printers and manufacturers; and on site care of the STEP facility. (Information from STEP brochure)
STEP now has 73 clients/consumers who work at the Browerville facility and numerous other locations including the four thrift stores listed above and at Douglas Machine in Alexandria, the Todd County Solid Waste Transfer Station in Browerville and Krain Creek Fabrication, former R-Way in Long Prairie.
STEP is always looking for other businesses or manufacturers to place their clients as employees.
If you need help producing a product for your business, labeling or packaging your product, stuffing envelopes for mailing, etc? If your business is too small to hire regular workers but you don't have time for everything? Think about contracting with STEP. They'll help your business and by contracting with them you don't have to worry about figuring out the deductions, benefits, unemployment and all those details. They take care of all of that. Call them for a piece rate estimate or hourly bid. 320-594-6423 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Their clients are held accountable for their work and are recognized for their good attendance, work ethic and positive attitude. Each month STEP awards a “Worker of the Month”. This individual is featured in local newspapers and showcased for their accomplishments as an employee.
When asked what is most satisfying about her job, Leasman replied that there are long term satisfying moments. For example, there was one client who spent 8 years working by himself in the corner at the work facility, and now he feels comfortable enough to work with others in the hub of the room. Another client, independently applied for a job at McDonalds and now works there 2 days a week. These steps forward are progress, and this progress empower STEP's clients to create their desired future.
See STEP brochures below for more information:
Recycling materials needed:
Denim jeans, candles, toilet paper rolls, news-
print, thread, craft supplies.
Our thrift stores accept clean used clothing, shoes,
and household items.
** See list of accept & don't accept list below.
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Chamber Director: Luan Thomas-Brunkhorst
Chamber Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday 8:30-2pm Friday 8:30-12pm
*Wednesday- Visitations: I will be in and out of the office.
Please contact me at (320) 732-2514.
I am in and out of the office a lot, so please call before coming or take your chances.
Location: @ the LP Library 42 3rd Street North
Thought for the Day
Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and
collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
Upcoming Chamber & Community Events
SALES/DISCOUNTS/PROMOTIONS: Click the RED
Rainbow Rider Ride to Sauk Centre- EVERY THURSDAY
$10.00 round trip
Departure 10:30am from Long Prairie
Arrival 1:30pm back in Long Prairie
For more information click here: Rainbow Rider Ride
1-800 450 7770
Christmas Cookies from the Eagle Bend Senior Citizen Center (see pdf below)
The following cookies will be for sale at $5.00 per dozen or assorted tray of 3 dozen for $17
- Chocolate Crinkles, Cherry Winks, Peanut Blossoms, Dipped Chocolate Chip, Cathedral Cookies, Date Pinwheels, Cranberry Orange Ribbons and SpritzOrder your homemade Christmas Cookies by Monday, Dec. 5th with the Eagle Bend Senior Citizen Center (218) 738-4152
Proceeds go to Home Delivered and Bundled Meals project
Salvation Army Bell Ringers
It is that time of year again, when in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the sight of The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettles and the sound of the bells remind us to be thankful for what we have and to think of others less fortunate. Often when people think of those in need, they picture the homeless in large cities, not realizing the Salvation Army is hard at work here in our own communities.
If you have questions about Salvation Army Services or are able to VOLUNTEER to be a bell ringer, please contact Chairperson Fran Thomas 218-851-2377 or Dave Greaver at email@example.com or 320-304-1052. All local Christmas Kettle Sites are indoors.
Christmas Kindness Toy Drive
This event is being sponsered by the Long Prairie Lions Club
WHERE: Drop boxes at Fleet Supply, CMCU, Hart Mall, and Coborn's Superstore in Long Prairie.
WHEN: November 21 - December 15, 2016 (the dates on FB are wrong, the event will be extended 2 weeks).
WHO: Collecting items for families in the Long Prairie Area, who have children 0-15 years.
WHAT: Children's toys, games, books, movies, gift cards, ect.
**Items must be NEW and UNWRAPPED
All items donated will be helping to supplement some of the local programs already in place. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Melissa Kolstad, PR Chair, at 320-282-3865 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minnesota National Bank is taking donations for their Caring Tree.
They will have a Christmas Tree in our lobby decorated with ornaments listing the items needed.
November 25th – December 16th
Items go to Todd County Social Services and Hands of Hope.
Cornerstone Pines - activities
- Gift shop open- Saturdays & Sundays 10:00 - 5:00
- Cut your own Christmas tree, pre-cut Christmas trees,
wreaths, pots, garland etc.
Fridays: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am - 8:00pm
Sundays: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Or by appointment
LPGE Winter Concerts:
Thursday, Dec. 8 - K-3 Concert - 1:30 pm, elementary big gym
Friday, Dec. 9 - 4-6 Concert 1:30 pm, elementary big gym
Monday, Dec. 19 - 7-12 Choir Concert - 7:30 pm, secondary school auditorium
Just For Kix Winter Shows
Saturday, December 10th
Show times: 3:30 & 5:30pm
@ LPGE Elementary
Admission: $6/adults; $4/students
Age 3-12th grade performing
Community Christmas Concert in Staples
December 10, 2016
7:30pm @ Sacred Heart Church - 310 4th St. NE
Tickets $10.00, $25 for Family, under 6 FREE
For more information see pdf below or www.staplesmen.org
"Christmas in the Country"
December 11th at 7:00 pm @ Clotho United Methodist Church
It is a fun gathering where lots of Christmas songs are sung and guests have lots of laughs!
Making Spirits Bright
Wed, December 14, 4:00pm – 7:30pm
@ Hart Mall
Shopping, Music, Sipping Cider and More! Under the Christmas Lights in the Mall, by turning off the standard lighting and illuminating your special space with the lights of Christmas. ~Purchase those last minute Christmas gifts from our many, many business owner guests.
~Get your favorite goodies for your family event from one of the attending area churches having a bake sale in the Mall..
~Enjoy on the house tasty treats, hot apple cider and coffee. ~Enter for a chance to win up to $500 in prizes and giveaway.
Wine & Appetizer Night with Tastefully simple
Tastefully simple @ Dragon Willow winery : 23419 210th Street
December 16th 5-7pm
Vendors and Crafters Event
Sat, December 17, 10am – 2pm @ VFW
December 17th we are having our last minute shopping day and hope to have another gift basket to donate with entries to be received at a Santa day.
Retelling of the Tale of Scrooge
- an adaption to the Christmas Carol, written by Ann Luloff
- performed by the Prairie Players revisited
Location: St. Martin's Hall- Camphill Village
Date/Time: December 17 @ 2:00pm and 7pm
December 18 @ 2:00pm
* Free will offering - all proceeds go to Camphill Village
Questions: 320 248 -7310
Christmas Services & Programs- MORE TO COME
American Lutheran Church
Sunday, December 11th-9:00 am-Worship Service with
Lighting of Third Advent Candle
Sunday, December 18th-9:00 am-Sunday School Christmas Program
Saturday, December 24th-4:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
with the Senior Choir
-6:00 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 25th-10:30 am-Christmas Day Worship Service
Clotho United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 11th - 8 a.m. - Sunday School Christmas Program
Sunday, December 11th - 7 p.m. - Christmas in the Country Sing-a-long
Saturday, December 24th - 8 p.m. - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 25th - 8 a.m. - Christmas Morning Service
Sunday, December 18th-10:15 am-Sunday School Christmas Program
Saturday, December 24th - 4:30 pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Sunday, December 25th-10:15 am-Christmas Service
Peace United Church, Long Prairie
Saturday, December 24 at 4:00 PM - Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service
Sunday, December 25 at 10:30 AM - Christmas Day Worship, Informal
Grey Eagle United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 24 at 4:00 PM - Christmas Eve Candle Lighting Service
Sunday, December 25 at 9:00 AM - Christmas Day Worship, Informal
NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT- FareWellCome III
- Long Prairie Chamber Orchestra
December 31, 2016
Long Prairie Grey Eagle Secondary School
Pre-Concert Social Hour & Fundraising event 5-6:15pm
* special music
* Hors d'oeuvres
* Silent Auction
Tickets: Adult $20.00 Event & Concert
Children 12 & under $10.00
Tickets: $6.00 Adults $4.00 Student/Senior $15.00 Family, free for under 12
**Tickets available @ Hats Off Coffee, Long Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce or LPCO board members- Linda Dinkel, Chris Hebert, Sue Roe, Luan Thomas-Brunkhorst
New Year's Concert - 6:30pm
MORE CALENDAR EVENTS:
Click - Long Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce Event Calendar
Welcome New 2016 Chamber Members !
Jim's Auto Repair (December)
Hometown Abstracts & Titles (December)
Wolves Wrestling (December)
Quality Water Systems (October)
Pregnancy Resource Center (September)
Jenkins Iron & Steel Inc. (September)
La Voz Libre- Jennie Zeitler (August)
Philips Repairables & Collision Center LLC (July)
Long Prairie Assembly of God (July)
MT Bucking Bulls & Rodeo Co.(June)
JCP Farms LLC (May)
CMAC- Central Minnesota Arts Council (May)
Hart Mall -Sara & Jeremy Weber (May)
Prairie Woods Laundry (April)
Pastime Antiques (April)
St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church (April)
Central MN Realty (April)
Long Drive In Theater (April)
Twardowski Escavating (March)
Handy Hanson (March)
Smoke N Motion (March)
American Legion Post 12 (February)
Long Prairie Fleet Supply (February)
Taqueria Chavez (February)
All Service Electric- Ray Hendershot (February)
D&D Auto Repairs LLC (January)
Long Prairie Lions Club (January)
Staples Area Men's Chorus (January)
Up-Sa Daisy Floral- Holly Merten ( (January)
Battle Lake Outdoors- John Allen (January)
Plus Services- Diane Brandes (January)
Long Prairie Tarp Inc. - Jesse Swartzentruber (January)
Thank you, also, to all of you who have renewed your membership!
We appreciate you and could not do this without you!
NEW- Small Business Consultants Listing!
Independent Solutions of MN - Janet Byland (September 2016)
Norwex- Gloria Miller (November 2015)
Tastefully Simple- Candace Perish (October 2015)
Pink Zebra- Kathleen Nauber (October 2015)
Crafts by Shirley Hallek & Denita Winiewski (September 2015)
Young Living Oils - Amy Westerberg & Alissa Pesta (September 2015)
Jamberry Nails - Jaime Meyer (September 2015)
Tupperware - Jody Bebault (June 2015)
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Electronic Sign Use and Fees Schedule
Please click the link above to download our Sign Use Policy and Fee Schedule. If you would like to use the sign (either as a Chamber Member or as a non-member) please fill out the last page of the form and enclose any payment (non-member) for use of the sign and return to the Chamber office. Thank you.
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