Spring Festivities!

Karina, Jamie, Katie, Andrew, Liz, Sierra, and I had such a fun time at the Dakota Nature Park today! We took a break from work to enjoy the beautiful weather! We even set up a hammock to relax in while we were there! The nature park is a great place to take people supported if they are looking for something to do:)

By: Lorali Barrie

DSP Spotlight: Lacey Lynn

“Two years ago to this day, I made the best decision ever; I became a Direct Support Professional with ADVANCE. Although my main house is 717, I can proudly say I have worked at least one shift at each location in all positions DSPs can possibly choose to work - Let me tell you, the possibilities are endless!! Growing up on a farm just outside the small town of Elkton, South Dakota I had no clue what I was getting into but I was excited and thus far my only regret is not starting sooner. Never before had I been in a position to take care of anyone but myself however doing so now it seems like a skill I have always known. The memories I have made with all those I have met and supported are indescribable! From going out to eat, to various sporting events, concerts and even a week long trip to Alaska I can truly say I have done way more in my time with ADVANCE then I have ever done and will do on my own which is something I will be forever grateful for! Although my path is unclear at this time, I definitely see myself sticking around ADVANCE to continue to learn the ropes to better support those with disabilities.”

Congrats Lacey! Thanks for everything that you do!

DSP Spotlight: Ariana Oorlog

"My journey with ADVANCE started just a little under a year ago, where I found myself touring SLA with no idea what was in store to come. Previously, I had no experience in this line of work, as I was just a farm girl from the little town of Avon, South Dakota. Working (and playing) on the farm had always been my true passion. Little did I know, those I supported would eventually steal my heart. I have shared laughter and tears, and developed new found respect for those I support. I would have never imagined the different experiences I have gained working with ADVANCE. These experiences have allowed me to grow as a person and I was even able to share some of them during my Graduate School interviews for Occupational Therapy. I was lucky enough to be accepted to the University of South Dakota to continue my education, but hope to someday give back to those that have taught me so much. I am extremely blessed to have met so many talented people through my time at ADVANCE, both staff and people supported. I look forward to what my future has in store, but more importantly I know those I have grown close to in the agency will remain with me where ever I go."

Thank you Ariana for all of the amazing things you do!

If you are interested in learning more about opportunities at Advance, check out our website: www.advancebkg.info

Soup-er Bowl

ADVANCE Rec had a Soup-er Bowl contest the last few weeks in January. The location that brought in the most cans of soup would win a pizza party for the Super Bowl! It was a big hit, we raised over 876 cans of soup!  It was such a close race but the overall winners were Mustang Pass! Due to the fact that it was such a close race we did decide to give the 2nd place team a pizza party too, Congrats to 717! Here is a picture of representatives from each of the winning locations presenting the donation to Brookings Harvest Table.