Larson Manufacturing set up greeting card making stations and asked their employees to make Christmas and Birthday cards for children in the community as part of their #BrookingsGives and #SouthDakotaGives efforts. These cards will be given to local non-profits to be distributed to the children they work with. They invited local non-profits to come help out, and a few of us from ADVANCE were able to make it. Pictured below from left to right are: Jessica McGehee, Brian Ardry, Matt Simet, Mike Kervin

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DSP Spotlight: Hannah Pannell

I have been at Advance for over a year and a half, and it has been amazing! I started out as residential services at Hillcrest and while I was incredibly nervous at first, I soon fell in love with the job and people there became my second family. As everyone knows, there nothing quite like a hug from Brandi N or spending a day with Amy H! My year there was awesome, and I couldn’t have asked for anything better. When HC closed down, I thought I would never have those same connections, but 905 proved me to be very wrong. The new individuals I work with are just as amazing, and they too hold a special place in my heart. Advance is so different from any job I’ve ever had and I’m so thankful for the day that Paige came to my class and told us about how great it would be to work here, because she was right! I am a student as SDSU and am pursuing a degree in Psychology and Pre-OT and for a while I thought I wanted to work with kids, but this job has definitely changed that for me. I hope to someday work with people as wonderful as everyone I’m met throughout my years here. No matter where you are in Advance, there always amazing staff and people ready to brighten up your day! 

Today (only 6 months late), we celebrated Liz Bell on her 10 Year Anniversary with ADVANCE!!! ❤🙌Liz has held many positions over those years, and in all of them she has worked hard, provided the best cares & supports, and been a true advocate for the people at ADVANCE! She has a passion for people and is following that by pursuing her nursing degree at SDSU. We are so grateful for you!!! Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication over the last 10 years! You are very much appreciated!!!

By: Amanda Hemmestad