Danny, Catherine, Shelly, Emily, and I had the opportunity to visit the Keloland news channel. Everyone was super excited to meet the news anchors and we were lucky enough to watch the live news at 12. Afterwards we got to eat some burgers and fries at Five Guys. It was a great experience for all of us!

By: Heather Rist

DSP Spotlight: Valerie Witte

I have had the honor to be employed at ADVANCE for the past 2 years. I began my employment in Supported Living and that is where I still work today! In Supported Living we help those we support to live and thrive on their own in the community. Being a Direct Support Professional has given me opportunities to be part of a great team, take people we support on fun adventures/trips, teach new skills,  and most of all,  make an important difference in someones life. Being a DSP in Supported Living means that each day is something new and that makes my job exciting!  

Working at ADVANCE has been such a life changing experience for me. ADVANCE is more than a job to me, it's like being part of a family and making life long relationships with those we support. ADVANCE stands behind helping those we support "Live Life To The Fullest", but if you really think about it, and the difference you have made in someone's life, they are teaching YOU to "Live Life To The Fullest", as well. 

The YAT Room loves going on a walk when the weather permits it but for the past two days we have noticed quite the mess on 17th Ave and in Hillcrest Park. We decided to be good citizens and take action! Armed with gloves and trash bags, we cleaned up all the trash we could see and we sure picked up a lot! So proud of the YAT crew and their big giant hearts!

By: Jessica Neiswonger


You know, Super Hero Hobos are just like everyone else... They love iced coffee, enjoy good company during lunch, and have cool names like... Dark Mascaraed Princess Warrior👸

It has been such a fun week seeing everyone dress up!!! Happy Hobo Day Week! Can't wait to see everyone's Blue & Gold on Friday!

DSP Spotlight: Parker Nelson

I have had the amazing opportunity to work at Advance for almost two years. Before this, I was laid off from my job and had no idea what I wanted to do. I had quit college the semester before after having switched my major 4 times. I applied at Advance because I had heard the name and someone told me they were hiring. Little did I know that I would get the greatest job of my life and a new career path. Everyday here has been an absolute blast. I would rather be here on the worst day than at any of my previous jobs on their best day. I work on the Vocational Floor and help people with their work so that they can make money and have meaningful days. Ask anyone who works at Division Avenue and they will tell you that paydays are the best. Not because of our paychecks, but seeing everyone's face light up as they hear how much money they made from working. I can honestly say that working at Advance is one of the single greatest things that has ever happened to me. I am so glad that I got laid off from my previous job because, without that happening, I would have never found Advance.

Today, I got the privilege to take these 3 young men to do a scavenger hunt in Walmart! We found almost everything that was on our list, and a few extras! ;) Brandon said Amanda needs the RV and Colin said he wants the car. I think it's safe to say, we all enjoyed our walk around Walmart and learning more where everything is at there!

By: Christena Clements

I got the pleasure to take these boys to Siouxpercon! It was loads of fun and tons of excitement. Zach even taught me how to play Minecraft. We enjoyed a filling lunch at the Original House of Pancakse. Then made a quick stop at target and headed back to Brookings right before the rain started!

By: Alyson Simonsmeier

Shout out to Sherry Woodraska, Katie Armstrong, Jen Rice, and Kathy Peterson for helping teach two SDSU classes today! Katy and Sherry presented about stereotypes and talked up ADVANCE in general to the Intercultural Communication class while Jen and Kathy (and Sherry) talked about advocacy and healthcare in the Health Comm class today. I forgot to take pictures of the second group and most of the ones I took at the first one were blurry but I assure you Sherry was perfectly pleasant and smiling most of the time :)

By: Justin Anderson