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This week, Sept. 12-18, is National Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, and the staff and families of Rock County Opportunities are honoring the DSP personnel who work with RCO clients. They are (front, from left) Pam Tieszen, Erika Camarillo, Connie Carda, Jenna Coffman, (back) Christina...
From left are RCO Director Elizabeth Shear, and Elbers family members Keith Elbers, Kevin Elbers, Kurt Elbers and Sharla Broersma.
The family of the late Henrietta Elbers recently presented a gift of $1,485 to Rock County Opportunities, Luverne. They presented the gift in memory of Henrietta, who they say loved working at RCO. “We are very appreciative of her recognition of RCO as a valuable part of the community,” RCO...
Amber Schieck strips electrical insulation off wires in order to sell the copper.
Pandemic economic relief aid is helping businesses cover losses; however, Rock County Opportunities has been quietly bleeding revenue — over $200,000 with no government relief in sight. Until Friday. That’s when Gov. Tim Walz signed into law a bill that includes $30 million for disability service...
Jolene Hunt scoops popcorn into a bag Feb. 21 in preparation of Popcorn Friday at Luverne Middle-High School.
Popcorn is bringing students and adults together at Luverne Middle-High School. “Popcorn Friday” is a once-a-month activity between students in grades 6 through 12 and clients at Rock County Opportunities in Luverne. After an initial trial run in January, the first official Popcorn Friday took...
Rep. Joe Schomacker, Luverne, (back) helps RCO client Christopher Anderson prepare his lunch Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the RCO dining room as part of the legislator’s daylong experience learning what it’s like to work as a direct support professional.
Rep. Joe Schomacker, Luverne, spent a day in the shoes of a direct support professional last week working with clients at Rock County Opportunities. It was a “boots on the ground” opportunity for the local lawmaker to learn more about the organization, the staff and the adults with disabilities...
RCO clients Tyler Briggs (left) and Nancy Lewis enjoy working with the RCO laundry service.
For those without the time or desire to do laundry, Rock County Opportunities (RCO) can help. The RCO Laundry Service is a partnership with the Laundry Room, where owner Mike Jarchow has a large sign referring potential customers to the RCO drop-off and pick-up service. The laundry work began about...
Human service professionals are crucial to supporting people with disabilities in the community. To recognize the accomplishments and contributions made by direct support professionals to people with disabilities, RCO in Luverne and the Minnesota Organization for Habilitation and Rehabilitation (...
Rock County Opportunities Director Beth Bartels is asking for community support to lobby against a proposed rate change by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Bartels brought the issue to Rock County Commissioners Sept. 6 after state officials were not able to assist in lobbying to stop the...
Officials with Rock County Opportunities (RCO) gave notice last month terminating a more than 20-year employment cooperation agreement with Ketterling Services Inc. Ketterling handles the collection of the single-stream recycling program for residents of Luverne and drop-off points in Rock County....
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