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Winter 2011

For supporters of the mission and vision of the Anne Carlsen Center

Caring Through Sharing

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Growing Up Strong

Young boy continuing to flourish at ACC Page 10

Lives changing through community-based services in Fargo, Grand Forks Page 4

Kim McGarrah, the Home Life Services Coordinator for Horseshoe Park, helps Adam try on a summer hat.

TechnoCamp campers utilized adapted software to help create their own music.

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nne Carlsen Center went camping at Elks Camp Grassick this summer, displaying their artistic abilities with assistive technology.

Ben gets another exciting day off to a ringing start as he announces it is breakfast time.

Through both adapted and traditional equipment students from ACC and from around North Dakota were empowered to achieve new creative plateaus. Each summer, TechnoCamp combines these unique experiences with traditional camping adventures. Campers got to sing by a campfire, take in the scenic countryside at Elks Camp Grassick, just south of

Jonas carefully helps his art project take form by patting its exterior layers.

Marissa spreads a layer of paste across one of her arts and crafts projects.

s Claim to Artistic Adventure Dawson, N.D., during a hayride, and swim in Lake Isabel. Each day begins with camp fare—such as pancakes fresh off the griddle—filling tummies and powering the energetic teens having the time of their lives. The summer camp experience is one of many unique experiences the Anne Carlsen Center provides—but it is only through the heartfelt generosity of donors we can continue to make such impacts on these remarkable lives.

For many campers, swimming in a lake—in this case Lake Isabel—is a unique experience they can only experience through this amazing summer camp experience.

Michael beats the heat with a class of icy water and an ice cube along his neck.


ark Coppin’s year as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) has helped prepare the Anne Carlsen Center toward a new level of national recognition.

The Center’s Assistive Technology Director is positioning ACC to receive an Apple Distinguished School designation. This distinction is reserved for schools that have achieved a 21st century vision of education utilizing Apple technologies. Only schools that have demonstrated vision, leadership and successful implementation of technology that supports teaching and learning are honored in this way. “We have a set of expectations—for our staff to achieve a higher level of expertise. This allows us to be recognized as a center of excellence,” said Coppin, who has worked at ACC for over two decades. “We will be using cutting-edge technologies at the Center as one of the tools for delivering curriculum and enhancing lives.”

each other’s creativity by working together on various projects and sharing information from their specific schools and regions. Together they provide leadership in best practices for educators. Apple Distinguished School

Should the Anne Carlsen Center achieve its goal of becoming an Apple Distinguished School, it could allow the Center to develop relationships with software developers—through the hands-on testing of new software and hardware. By testing hardware and software the Center will have influence on the development of new technologies. This collaboration with developers supports the Center’s belief that technology opens the door to greater independence and learning.

Coppin’s Apple

ACC Assistive Technology Director Working on School’s National Program

Apple Distinguished Educator

Such is the case with Apple’s iPad. Released in April 2010, this portable technology component has limitless potential for education. “We know putting technology into classrooms is important,” said Coppin. “Now our staff will be collecting data to prove technology interation makes a difference.”

In March 2009, Coppin learned he had been honored by Apple with an individual award. Technology use and The 20-plus year employee documentation will Mark Coppin works with Ben of the Center received keep the Center on the to create music and art at TechnoCamp. confirmation he was cutting edge of learning selected as an Apple and communication Distinguished Educator. advancements. “This He was just one of 52 ADEs named in the United approach will strengthen our program,” said Coppin. States, that year and was the only North Dakotan Each of the eight classrooms at the Center’s campus in represented in his class. Jamestown will be impacted, but these technologies are As part of the group, Coppin participated in an ADE not limited to ACC’s home campus of 70 years. Clients institute with the rest of his nominated class. He served through ACC’s Community Services will benefit networked with other ADE alumni and learned new from these projects. ways to combine creativity and cutting-edge technology. During this week-long training session the ADE “We will be able to expand our mission outside our four community also worked on a number of projects that walls,” said Coppin. “We will be reaching students all integrated Apple technologies in the classroom. over the world.” The collaboration between ADE members is an important component of the ADE community. The ADEs fuel 2 The Ambassador

t h e g i ft o f b e l o n g i n g A M e S sa g e f r o m t h e C EO

It’s a sight that takes your breath away this time of year, no matter your age: shiny, perfectly wrapped presents under the Christmas tree, and colorful stockings—plump with treats and trinkets— hanging on the fireplace mantle. Yet some presents you won’t find topped with a bow and nestled among the fir, spruce or pine branches. In fact, many of life’s most meaningful, life-changing gifts cannot be contained in a box or bag. Generous friends of the Anne Carlsen Center have, over the years, contributed to many of these intangible gifts. Certainly, there have been the building enhancements and equipment needs that have been met (which we are so grateful for!), but there are also the gifts of learning, achievement and hope celebrated daily at the Center. When a child with a Traumatic Brain Injury regains the ability to laugh and play—it’s with the help of your financial support. When a young adult with autism establishes relationships and achieves success in his community—you have played a major role. And because of your love, students and clients of the Center will utilize assistive technology and adaptive tools to perform their annual Christmas program, which features music, classroom performances, and colorful costumes and displays. With your dedicated support, the Anne Carlsen Center has become a leader in improving accessibility in education, recreation, vocation and technology—among other areas—for individuals with disabilities. The Center’s work, however, is not limited to accessibility but extends to the broader realm of inclusion. This means an individual is embraced as a member of society and participates—using his or her abilities—in daily activities as a community member. From the playground to the workplace, inclusion is critical and commendable. While working to prepare those we serve for the path ahead, the Center is also “preparing the path” for the

individual. In other words, in addition to teaching and training our students and clients, we work to help communities become equipped to meet the diverse needs of their members. It is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach … and it’s thrilling to see the results, as communities learn to include these individuals in their midst. In this issue of The Ambassador (beginning on page 4), you’ll read about Courtney, an Anne Carlsen Center Community Services client in Fargo who is overcoming significant obstacles in the quest for a more fulfilling life. The Center is helping her eliminate physical and psychological barriers to her success. What courage she has demonstrated, as she develops meaningful relationships and participates more fully now in a variety of activities! On page 10 you’ll meet Sander, a young student who came to the Center for rehabilitative services following a hemispherectomy of his brain, done to treat severe spasms and seizures. The Center’s team of therapists is working with the boy to help him overcome challenges with eating, language and movement. Just wait till you see what he’s accomplished so far, as he builds skills and strength on the path to a productive and fulfilling life! The Anne Carlsen Center relies on the support of friends like you to help provide Sander, Courtney and so many others with compassionate and individualized services. It is with grateful hearts this Christmas season that we thank you for the gifts of belonging, meaning and purpose that are enriching the lives of those in our care. May your Christmas be warm and bright with love. We pray you are blessed with many happy memories as you celebrate God’s gift to the world—his Son. Warmest regards,

Eric Monson Chief Executive Officer Anne Carlsen Center The Ambassador



he Anne Carlsen Center launched its Community Services in 2008 with the desire to bring the organization’s resources and professionals closer to individuals and families affected by disabilities across North Dakota. The Center—in addition to providing services at its wellestablished Jamestown campus—now provides individualized support in the areas of daily living, self-care and behavior management in and around Jamestown, Grand Forks and Fargo. The following is one Fargo client’s story. This young woman is overcoming significant obstacles on the path to greater independence, fulfillment and hope.

community-based programming, and leisure training and support. She’s gaining meaningful experiences while learning to be more productive and social. Little by little, the anxiety that has controlled her life is beginning to loosen its powerful grip. Courtney was born with Down syndrome—or, trisomy 21—a genetic condition that causes intellectual disability, distinctive physical traits and some medical issues. However, having three copies of chromosome 21 had not prevented Courtney, as a child, from leading a happy and full life.

More than 4,000 people were present for a proud moment in Courtney Penas’ life. The setting was Newman Outdoor Field in Fargo where a thrilling RedHawks baseball game was underway. The fans in the stands, the mascots on the sidelines, and the players on the field were not aware of Courtney’s presence in the crowd, but that did not at all lessen the significance of what the young woman accomplished that day. For Courtney … and those who love her … the outing marked a major victory in a battle against severe social anxiety. She would have missed out on an event like this just one year before, too fearful and unsure to enter the stands, or possibly, even get out of the car. But on this day, she sat calmly, smiled brightly, and looked right at home as one of the team’s loyal fans. The baseball game was an outing taken during the summer by staff and adult clients of the Anne Carlsen Center (ACC) Community Services. Courtney became a client in early 2010, with ACC providing vocational skill training, guidance in daily living and self-help skills, 4 The Ambassador

Facing her fears Fargo woman is overcoming social anxiety with support from ACC

A Tough Transition

Shortly after beginning high school, Courtney began suffering from social and general anxieties that were extreme, persistent and disabling. Her mom, Patti Penas, says the transition from middle school to high school was too overwhelming for Courtney. “She quit sleeping and eating,” says Patti. “She began experiencing major depression and anxiety. Social situations and public places she once enjoyed now brought on panic and agitation.” The Anne Carlsen Center worked closely with Courtney’s school throughout the first part of 2010 to help ensure that the young woman’s transition from high school to adult services was not as traumatic as the beginning of high school. “We worked as a team with her school,” explains Danielle Remmick, a Family Resource Coordinator with the Anne Carlsen Center Community Services. “The Center has experience helping young people like Courtney become comfortable with settings, people and routines that are different from what they experienced at school. They

Here, Courtney participates in the public celebration and unveiling of the Anne Carlsen Center’s Community Services in the Fargo area. As part of the festivities, Courtney demonstrated how she has helped bake cookies for Senior Connections at the Hjemkomst Center.

are going from something they had done every day to something else. What are they going to do for the rest of their lives? You have to plan ahead and help ensure that the learning continues.” Staff introduced themselves gradually to Courtney, who was leery of new people or any other sudden change to her environment. In March, an ACC Life Skills Assistant (LSA) began spending just half an hour in Courtney’s classroom at school, sitting toward the back. A few weeks later, the frequency and length of the visits grew, along with the amount of interaction. By late April, when Courtney’s comfort level with the LSA had increased, she became accustomed to car rides home with the staff member, in addition to her mom. The Anne Carlsen Center began filling more of Courtney’s day with enriching programs and training. Patti—upon whom Courtney had always greatly relied—gradually stepped back to help her daughter gain greater independence and confidence. Building for Success

Now that Courtney has finished high school, her days are spent developing skills for future success. She gains a variety of vocational skills at Fargo area businesses and packages pasta and puts labels on cans of food at the local food pantry. She goes grocery shopping, prepares her own lunch, cleans house and does laundry, and walks and swims at the YMCA. There’s also a host of satisfying social activities— including taking in a RedHawks baseball game with some of her friends. “We wanted the trip to the baseball game to be a positive one for Courtney,” says Remmick. “We went to the stadium each day for several days leading up to the event to help her become familiar with the

Courtney spends several hours each week helping out at a Blockbuster video store in Fargo.

surroundings. The day of the game, we took the back entrance, so that it would be less overwhelming. In the end, she didn’t mind all of the people and the noise. It’s very impressive because, not so long ago, she wouldn’t have even gotten out of the car.” Today, Courtney enjoys outings, along with fellow clients, to museums, parks and restaurants. Every Friday she participates in the ACC Olympics, which features a variety of fun athletic activities, adapted so that everyone can fully participate. Courtney has two Anne Carlsen Center staff (LSAs) who now work separately with her, and provide a variety of specialized services and support. They spend a total of 40 hours each week with her in the community, at vocational training sites, and at the home she shares with her parents. “Their biggest role is to step back and let Courtney be as independent as possible,” says Remmick. “They support her in what she can do. For instance, in the morning, one LSA is present to help her get ready for the day. Courtney gets dressed on her own, but the LSA is there to coach her through breakfast preparation, providing support if needed.” LSAs also provide transportation and time management support. Courtney relies on staff to help organize and keep a variety of appointments, from vocational training sessions to social outings with friends. In addition, because Courtney rarely communicates verbally, they function as communication partners, vocalizing for her in certain situations. “Courtney is superb in communicating non-verbally,” says Remmick. “Life Skills Assistants read her cues, and they know when she needs assistance.” Job Well Done

It’s the middle of the morning at the Blockbuster video store on 13th Avenue in Fargo. This is a quiet The Ambassador


time of day when the number of customers tends to be small. Employees stay busy, though, as there is a lot to do, including re-stocking the videos that have been returned.

still working on transitions and continuing to help her cope well. She is doing more meaningful work now, for longer periods of time.” Looking Forward

Since July, Courtney has gone to the video store for vocational training, spending a few hours each week putting movies back on the store shelves. When she arrives, store manager Sheri Gustafson greets her cheerfully. Courtney’s eyes sparkle and she smiles broadly. Her red hair shines as she moves about the store, carefully putting movies—organized alphabetically on a cart—back where they belong. The video store is an excellent fit for Courtney, according to ACC staff, because Courtney loves movies, enjoys the visual stimulation of the colorful movie cases, thrives doing structured work, and feels comfortable in the quiet surroundings. “Mornings are good because I am available if she needs help or has questions,” says Gustafson, who answers Courtney’s questions, verbalized by the LSA. “She is cautious early on,” says Gustafson about Courtney, “until she gets to know someone, and then she really enjoys being around that person.

“Before Courtney suffered from anxiety, she was so happy,” Patti remembers. “We want her to enjoy life again. She is letting go of some of the anxiety and getting comfortable. In a flexible and gradual way, she is being introduced into the community.” As Courtney’s comfort with members of the community grows, Patti hopes her daughter will start to verbalize more—something she used to do fairly often, until the anxiety set in. Most often, she relies on nonverbal communication, such as gestures, facial expressions, or circling a response on a piece of paper. Courtney’s parents envision that, as their daughter gains important skills and abilities, she will eventually be able to live more independently.

“We want Courtney to enjoy life more and depend less on us,” says Patti. “We want her Courtney is pictured here with her parents, to have more confidence in Bruce and Patti, and her sister, Nicole. Her family, thankful for the Anne Carlsen Center’s services, other caregivers and be able to is pleased to see Courtney so happy and productive go into a group living situation eventually—to be independent of us during a time when we can still be around. We want the transition to “Courtney is very loving,” Gustafson adds. “She does happen during a positive time in her life.” a really good job and is very dependable. She always gets the job completed.” Courtney’s parents have more hope of that happening since they have become involved with the Anne There are plans at the store to give Courtney more Carlsen Center. They can picture their daughter responsibility, such as putting price stickers on movies someday living semi-independently, having an active that are for sale, or other more detailed work. social life, contributing to the community in meaningful ways, and not being tied to everything that mom Remmick says Courtney is now more relaxed and and dad do. productive in a variety of settings. Her demeanor is calmer—a dramatic improvement from when her “The Anne Carlsen Center’s Community Services anxiety was at its worst. Before, if Courtney became program is wonderful. There is such a need for it in unsure or afraid, she would be very vocal, dart back North Dakota,” says Patti. “Individuals are treated and forth, and move her hands rapidly. Then, she with dignity and respect. That’s something we somewould try to find the door in order to leave. times overlook with individuals with behavioral challenges, because we are so busy trying to control “When the anxiety began,” says Patti, “it was difficult the behavior, we forget. The Center staff encourages for Courtney to stay on any one task.” Courtney without pressuring her. They stretch her “Now, we are very in tune with her thoughts and wings … without pulling too hard.” emotions,” explains Remmick. “We know what she can tolerate and structure to meet her needs. We are 6

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In Memory Of... The Anne Carlsen Center is blessed each year with gifts given in memory of parents,

grandparents, friends, mentors and many others. These memorial gifts help the Center fund services, programs and projects that have a life-changing impact on children and young adults with disabilities. By remembering your loved ones in this special way, you are helping create meaningful and lasting memories for the individuals we serve. Memorials gifted between May 1, 2010 and August 31, 2010: Given By

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Terry Biech Pamela C. Bigelow Erwin Bitz Darlene Bjerke Darlene Bjerke Roy Bjordahl Joshua J. Blahna Margaret E. Muhs-Blixt Duane Boreson Bill M. Borstad Charles W. Borstad Frank Bosch Nathan A. Bourquin Floyd N. Boutrous Willie Braun Lisa Breding Melvin Breker Melvin Breker John and Clara Broten Elaine Bruner Marion Brusven Mary E. Buchanan Lorine Buechler Robert D. F. Bunde Dane A. Bundy Ronald J. Burns Daniel Bush Mary E. Cameron George Canaris Aileen E. Carlson Lori Carlson Bland Carter Evelyn C. Chapa Walter Christian Carl and Evelyn Christianson Buddy Christopherson Stuart L. Clark Darlyne Clausnitzer Lillian C. Clemenson Steve Cochrane Ruth Collard Marie Cook Brian Cox Gregory G. Craychee Calvin L. Crosbie Keith W. Cutler Vernon W. Dace James D. Dahl Myron W. Dahl Christ Delzer Alton Deutscher Grace Docktor Mary Ann Donley Marcia M. Donlin Keith Doughty Helen E. Dunbar James D. Eberhardt LaVonne L. Eckroth Frieda A. Ehrman Earl Eicholtz Frances and Norman Eldevik Ida E. Eli Ida E. Eli Ida E. Eli Ida E. Eli Renola H. Ellig Clayton Elm Vivian L. Enander Elaine Engstrom John W. Ennis John W. Ennis Rose Erhardt Deloris J. Erickson Raymond Erickson Albert B. Erie Ruby Ernie Irene F. Eslinger Irene F. Eslinger Lurline D. Fandrey Elijah C. Fandrich Jan M. Fatland Ovalt A. Feland Ovalt A. Feland Wilfred M. Fetch Maxine Fiekens Evelyn E. Fisk

Boyd G. Forster Agnes B. Forsting Gerry Fosen Keith Foster Harley A. Frantsen Paul Frappier Mildred Fredricks Gerald A. Fredrickson Maxine B. Fricke-Evans Marvin Fueller Allan Fugl Allan Fugl Darrell B. Fuhrman Paul B. Galazen Pat Galvin Marjorie D. Geiszler Carolyn Gemar James Genung Beulah V. George Anna Gerlinger Beatta Gilbertson Edna Goebel William G. Grabar Grace L. Grafsgaard Edna Green Stella L. Greig Sharol A. Grieson Barbara Grim Barbara Grim Barbara Grim Barbara Grim Paul Grommesh Vernon E. Grover Marlys Gunderson Thelma Gylten Kermit O. Haakenson Paul Hagen Paul Hagen Paul Hagen Paul Hagen Mildred T. Hagen Max Hager Luella Hagge Cole S. Halland Marianne Hallwachs Luella A. Hankel Robert P. Hankey Evalyn M. Hansen Holly Hanson Holly Hanson Holly Hanson Kathlene A. Hanson Ann F. Harding The Brothers Harnisch Dolores M. Haroldson Rich Hartman Eldren Haugen Clair O. Haugen Maynard Haugen Myron Haugse Muriel M. Haut Marguerite Hauth Borghild E. Haven Borghild E. Haven Borghild E. Haven Borghild E. Haven Borghild E. Haven Borghild E. Haven Borghild E. Haven Kathryn Heck Genevieve M. Heie Donald Heinze Frank Hejtmanek Marvin Held Willard Held Alfred W. Helstad Alfred W. Helstad Pery Hennings Lorraine O. Henry Alice Herman Chuck Herman Sharon G. Herman Doris Hintzman Doris Hintzman Doris Hintzman Doris J. Hoefs Gardell Hoff Genevieve Hoffer Leo Hoffman Gladys M. Hofland Nyra Hofmann Janice Hogan Martha M. Hoheisel Marilyn G. Holland Robert Holmes Richard Hoovestol Genevieve Horner Floyd C. House Olive Hurley Bernice A. Huss Marcella Ibach Tom Ihry Marlin Ingebretson Alice J. Iverson Esther A. Iverson Leon Jacobson Jerry Jenkins Clarice Jensen Peter L. Jensen Louise Johansen Bertha M. Johnson Keith Johnson

DennisJohnson DennisJohnson Myrna A. Johnson Jerry Jonasson Esther G. Jore Dennis Kane Reuben Kappes James R. Kastner Bill Keegan Liz Keith Liz Keith Liz Keith Liz Keith Liz Keith Roger Keller Louis J. Keller Mary E. Kelsch Roselynn Kennedy Emma Kessel Joan C. Keyes Joan C. Keyes Joan C. Keyes Joan C. Keyes Todd A. Klipfel Valance J. Klusmann Manley Knutson Joseph Koble Charlotte Komrosky Floyd M. Kramer Isadore Kramer Lowell L. Kriz Dennis K. Kuska Donald Kvislen Donald Kvislen Donald Kvislen Eileen LaBarre Eileen LaBarre Eileen LaBarre Jason K. Lachenmeier Judith E. Lahren Megan B. LaMotte Sarita Ann Lanning Bud Larson Harold Lautt Hazel S. Lawrence Marie M. Lay Gina Ledahl Edna I. Lee Firemann Legreid Esther Leichtman Mike Leininger William F. Lemke Jr. Otto Lennick Karen Lentsch Patricia Lidstrom Idella L. Lien Eloise Lileks Art Link Margert A. Linnertz Steve Livdahl Alice Lodoen LeRoy Lokken LeRoy Lokken Donald C. Lovegren Avis P. Lowe John Luithle Karen Lundberg Lila M. Lunde Samuel Lykken Dorothy A. Magnuson Anna M. Maier Samuel G. Maragos Ann Markouich Doris E. Martin Doris E. Martin John Marttila Marion Masles Jerry Mastroianna E. Hugh Mc Cutcheon Floy. Mc Millan Earl McCulloch Joan L. McDonnell Delphine McLean Stephen McLeish Russell L. McMillan Sean P. McQuade James McWilliams Robert Messmer Robert Messmer Jacob Meyer Mary Lou Meyer Geraldine Meyer Geraldine Meyer Allen Meyer Thera Mielke LuCille N. Mitchell Abbie L. Moe Abbie L. Moe Helen E. Moeller Helen E. Moeller Helen E. Moeller Helen E. Moeller Helen E. Moeller Helen E. Moeller Helen E. Moeller Helen E. Moeller

Bonnie Olheiser Blain Oliphant Everett Olson Vince Olson Elveida H. Olson Elveida H. Olson Randal D. Olson Harold Olsrud Helen O. Olstad Gary Oman Ross Omberg Loved ones Parents Kathy Gene Orson Clifford G. Oslie Dawn A. Ostendorf Susan Ovind Susan Ovind Susan Ovind Susan Ovind Susan Ovind Susan Ovind Susan Ovind Terry Owens Lydia Parrott Alice Paulson Marlys Paulson Milo Payette Murray Pearce Shirley Pedersen Ervin Pederson Ervin Pederson Lloyd Pederson Helen A. Peszko Roger Peters Dennis H. Peterson Mildred A. Peterson Borghild Peterson Vernon F. Peterson Lenny Pherson Dr. Warren Pierson Dr. Warren Pierson Dr. Warren Pierson Dr. Warren Pierson Mary Lou and Amos Pladson Marian Pless Mary K. Plog Joseph M. Prosby Jr. Joseph M. Prosby Jr. Joseph M. Prosby Jr. Edna and Clarence Quanbeck Jerru J. Quesnell Doris Radtke Doris Radtke Doris Radtke Doris Radtke Ethel Rance Ethel Rance Ruth Rapp Severt and Lulu Rask Alvin Rath Donald A. Raveling Sr. Kristi Jo Read Loren Redding Robert Refsell Dick Regan Rev. Le Roy Remmers Ronald Retzlaff Aaron K. Richardson Helen B. Rickford Diane Rieger James Ritterman James Ritterman Ledores Robey Karen Robideau Nora and Selmer Rodne Art Rost Ruth E. Rostad George Rotz Myron Rubbert Lenora Rudolf In Memory Of Continued Page 12

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Caring w i t h

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Loose Change is Helping Change Lives at the Anne Carlsen Center


orie Klein has met many heroes to the Anne Carlsen Center (ACC) over the years. They are also her customers. She and her husband, Frank, own and operate the Chieftain Conference Center in Carrington, N.D. They have one of ACC’s coin-collection containers featured prominently in their business, and numerous times throughout the day, someone drops in a handful of change, or a dollar or two, into the container.

The owner of Arrowhead Tesoro in Bismarck says he has been amazed by how quickly the container at his business fills up. “We have multiple collection boxes for different charities,” says Charles Gitter, “and the one for the Anne Carlsen Center always seems to fill up the fastest. It is such a good cause. My wife is a social worker, and she has spoken highly of the Center. A lot of people feel that way.”

Lorie says a visit to the Center years ago sparked a lifelong love and respect for the way the Center teaches, trains and nurtures individuals with disabilities. “I’ve toured the Anne Carlsen Center,” she says. “It is such a worthwhile, loving and warm environment. The students—I could tell as I was watching them interact with staff—were happy and appreciative of their surroundings.”

While working to boost the Center’s fundraising efforts, the businesses participating in the Anne Carlsen Center coin-collection campaign help people become more aware of the Center’s services.

The Kleins knew a carefully-positioned coin container, provided by the Anne Carlsen Center, would provide a convenient way for guests to their conference center to make a difference for a worthy cause. They have been pleased by the number of customers who have chosen to give. “All of that loose change really does add up,” says Lorie. “The Anne Carlsen Center is a great cause—and it’s local! We can see the impact the Center is having throughout area communities.” Shelley Nannenga, ACC Major Gifts & Planned Giving Associate Director, says the coin containers bring in about $8,000 each year for the Center. There are 40 containers at a variety of business across the state, from grocery stores to gas stations—and even craft, bread and hardware stores. Soon, the number of collection sites across the state will double, with canisters being distributed throughout the Red River Valley.

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Spreading the Word

“In just a moment, we can tell our story,” says Nannenga. “The front of the containers features the photo of a student, along with a few words about the Anne Carlsen Center. Perhaps someone has seen these containers who has a family member or friend who could use our services. It might prompt them to ask questions and to try to find out more.” Communities with coin containers are often the hometowns of students who receive therapeutic, educational and residential services at the Anne Carlsen Center campus in Jamestown. In many other cases, communities have residents who receive the Center’s communitybased services, with experts providing support close to home. At the Perkins Restaurant and Bakery on U.S. 281 in Jamestown, employees are very familiar with the Center, with its campus only about two miles away. Managers and servers interact with the ACC students who eat breakfast together once a week as part of their community integration training. “A week ago, someone asked me what the Anne Carlsen Center was,” says Mike

Vettel, the Perkins manager. “I was able to tell them a little about the Center and help educate them about what the Center does. We feel it is important as a business to be familiar with and support local entities. It is a priority for us to support our own.” Volunteer Recruiter

One of the biggest allies in the coin-collection campaign has been a retired U.S. Navy recruiter. Jerry Fjeld of Minot has spent countless hours searching for possible collection sites, approaching the business owners, placing the containers, and then—when the containers get full— making sure the donated funds get to the Anne Carlsen Center.

of the way his customers are supporting the Anne Carlsen Center. “We just emptied the container the other day—it was pretty full!” he says enthusiastically. “What I see a lot of is when customers pay the cashier, the coin container catches their eye. If they get back a dollar, or a dollar and some change, they very often put it in the canister. It fills up quickly, and we have to empty it once every three to four weeks.” Nannenga says there are canisters available for businesses interested in helping ACC touch the lives of individuals with disabilities. She can be reached for more information at 1-800-568-5175 or shelley.nannenga@

Fjeld says he is pas“The loose change sionate about helping Through the generosity of donors, the Anne Carlsen Center in people’s pockets the ACC—a comis able to provide a number of unique opportunities such as the solarium and learning about plants year-round. really does make a mitment that began difference,” she says. in earnest after he “Thank you to the and other AMVETS businesses who are partnering with us. (American Veterans) held a Christmas Thank you to so many who have taken a moparty for students at the Center in 2003. ment to drop some coins into our containers. “I got to visit with the boys and girls,” he The Center and the individuals we serve are says. “Those kids are so great! They really touched my heart. I love to hear them laugh- humbled by this simple act and the impact it makes.” ing and giggling. If I lived in Jamestown, I would want to visit them every day.” Funds are raised for the Center in a variety of ways and help the non-profit organization But since he lives 170 miles away, his role continue to provide highly skilled and comin the coin collection is his way of showing passionate care. Students and clients are the students how much he cares. ACC staff members say Fjeld has really taken the lead becoming more independent through a wide variety of individualized services, ranging in helping distribute and maintain coin from physical therapy to assistive technology. containers throughout the north-central Donations have also helped make additions part of the state. Because of his efforts, to the campus in Jamestown possible, such there are containers in the Minot area, Rugby, Ryder, Parshall, New Town, Max as the solarium, the Nature Trail and the therapeutic swimming pool. and Wilton. Fjeld stops by each business once or twice a month in case the containers People of a variety of ages and backgrounds need to be emptied. For the most part, are opening their hearts, their wallets … donations consist of pocket change, but at and their pockets (every penny counts) … times, he has seen gifts as large as twentyto make a lifetime difference for the chiland fifty-dollar bills. dren and young adults served by the Anne One of the businesses recruited by Fjeld to Carlsen Center. With each dollar you give, participate in the Center’s coin-collection you help provide quality care to remarkable campaign is Homesteaders Restaurant in individuals, while partnering with the Minot. Owner Dean Aberle says he is proud Center in our legacy of hope.

Thank you to the following businesses for utilizing our coin containers and giving their customers the opportunity to make a difference! In Bismarck: • Arrowhead Tesoro In Burlington: • J’s Stop-N-Go In Carrington: • HiWay Drive In • Chieftain Conference Center • Alco Discount Store In Cooperstown: • U.S. Post Office • Pizza Ranch In Harvey: • Pizza Ranch • Buechler Oil Company (Tesoro) In Hillsboro: • Uniquely Yours Crafts In Jamestown: • Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery • Gun & Reel Sports, Inc. • Hugo’s • Jamestown I-94 Clark • County Market • Depot Family Restaurant • CARQUEST Auto Parts • Master Bread • Superpumper • Pantry Café • Pizza Ranch In LaMoure: • Good Oil Company In Max: • Cenex C Store In Minot: • Roll-N-Pin • Harley’s Arrowhead • Conoco • Behm’s Truck Stop • Kmart • Charlie’s Main Street Café • Homesteaders Restaurant • Ruthville Store In New Town: • Cenex of New Town In Parshall: • Parshall Cenex In Rugby: • Cenex-C-Store In Ryder: • Plaza-Makoti C-Store In Sykeston: • Jockey Club In Valley City: • Central Avenue Health Mart Pharmacy • John’s I-94 Tesoro In Wahpeton: • Wahpeton Ace Hardware In Wilton: • Cenex In Wimbledon: • Wimbledon Café & Grocery Store The Ambassador



here is no greater feeling than accomplishment for Sander.

pare what is done at the Anne Carlsen Center with what we could get at home.”

For one so young, the accomplishment of simply being alive wasn’t good enough. This youngster has gotten a taste of achievement and wants more.

The specialization ACC offered included therapy specific to eating. This was important for Sander as early on he was not able to eat age-appropriate food. ACC Speech-Language Pathologists work with vocalization as well as techniques that develop the muscles involved in eating.

Born with a cyst growing inside his skull and on the left side of his brain the young boy was faced with a variety of health concerns early in his life. The cysts caused life-threatening spasms and seizures just eight months into the little boy’s life. These symptoms began to accelerate throughout the latter parts of the boy’s first year of life and he would require surgery that removed the left hemisphere of his brain. This procedure, called a hemispherectomy, is where Sanders journey through therapy begins.

Eye of the Tiger

“There are a few different people that were very important in Sander’s life,” said Rebecca. “The neurosurgeon, neurologist and (ACC SLP) Ann Albrecht. He has improved so much with eating.” The therapist and Sander formed a special bond right away. Albrecht had worked with one prior student who had a hemispherectomy, and while that gave the therapist some background, Sander operated at a higher function than the previous student.

The human brain is characterized by its two hemispheres—with the left hemisphere dictating logical thought “Sander had worked with Ann during Young Boy (i.e. rationality, analytical thinking, the summer and he looked up to Ann,” Learning Life Skills sequencing) and the right hemisphere explained Aaron. “They went through Following Surgery focusing on creativity (intuition, a period where he improved a lot subjective thinking). Without the left because he was trying to impress her. hemisphere of his brain, Sander was guaranteed a life Then he reached a plateau and regressed a little bit.” that would always include more challenges than a typiProgress became slower, but steady and Sander reached cal one-year-old. The family needed to come together and a milestone with his eating. He no longer had to eat form a plan for not only Sander, but how they would also baby food, but was able to eat food that was pureed take care of twin brother Jonas. and semi-pureed. Also part of the challenge for the family was finding As Sander’s pallet has become more complex, he was specialized therapy in the rural community of Edinburg. able to enjoy more and more foods and even ate a Cajun Living about 75 miles from Grand Forks meant the meal his grandpa prepared including beans and minced boy may have to go without certain therapies on a vegetables. regular basis. Sander began with therapy 10 times a week and now “We have done the month-long therapy stints,” said has therapy sessions seven times each week. During five Aaron, Sander’s father. “We have seen the benefits of of those sessions he works on language. This language therapy every day. Then we would bring him home and counteracts a behavior associated with the hemispherectry to fit our local providers into our needs.” tomy: sudden outbursts of screaming. The family needed some help. “We are working on using a word versus screaming Finding ACC his needs,” explained Albrecht. “He is learning lots of Aaron and Rebecca first learned about the Anne Carlsen words. In two or three months he has learned words Center in 2009, and began investigating their options and imitating and starting to put two words together immediately. in some situations. “We definitely talked about it for a while,” said Rebecca, Sander’s mother. “What we decided is we couldn’t com10 The Ambassador

“It is kind of amazing what he is doing. When you look at his diagnosis on paper, you may think this boy is not

Sander touches Santa’s hair and beard as he says hi to St. Nick.

able to do much. What he is doing is amazing and shows how flexible the brain is and that parts of it can take over the abilities normally handled by the left side. At this point we are not putting any limits on him and we will take the next step and the next step until he reaches his potential.”

himself for the first time. These first movements were made all the more memorable as a young child moved to be closer to his grandfather. “We set him on the floor and said ‘Look, there is Grandpa,’” said Rebecca. “Then he started scooting on his back.” “It was really hard not to cry at a time like that,” recalled Aaron.

Physical Well-Being

Part of the reason Sander is able to learn so many new skills is due to his young age. “The brain is very plastic—bendable, malleable, changeable,” said pediatrician Dr. Myra Quanrud, the Center’s Medical Director. “The younger you are, the more plastic it is. If you take out a hemisphere in a 22-year old, they will lose the personality of the left or right part of the brain. But in a 2-year old, the brain can re-pattern. You always have a goal of early intervention. Before the age of three, those are the golden years. By the age of three the brain has learned so much and established pathways are made.” Typically someone who has had a hemispherectomy procedure will experience some delays, but the brain is a remarkable organ that has tremendous recuperation abilities. “The brain duplicates itself,” said Quanrud. “You have backups for a good reason. In the right and left hemispheres there is a lot of duplication.” Following the procedure the brain also forms a defense in response to the surgery. The missing part of the skull fills with fluid to act as a cushion for the brain. However, the possibility of injury is all the more dangerous because there is only one hemisphere remaining. “We accepted that he would have more challenges than a normal child,” said Aaron. “But we also cherish the gains.” “Sander’s diagnosis is similar to someone with a stroke as he tends to neglect the right side of his body and the muscles are a lot weaker from not using them,” explained ACC Physical Therapist Natalie Lonnberg. “In therapy, we work on balance activities, lower extremity strengthening, standing while holding on something in front of him, and weight shifting.” “It is absolutely amazing how the mind and body can compensate for that missing piece and make new connections with the help of therapy,” said Lonnberg.

Since that memorable day, Sander has begun working on motoring around from a seated position. “For Sander to sit up, on his own, it is a huge accomplishment,” said Rebecca. “You see him just wanting to get up. A year ago he was not interested in seeing what is on top of things.” “In therapy, we work on walking with a gait trainer and now he will walk down the hallway while holding onto the railing with his left hand and someone helping him with his balance,” said Lonnberg. “He has been one of our first clients to use the Lite Gait Trainer, which is a partial body weight supported treadmill training system that is basically a harness system that goes above the treadmill to work on walking.” “Sander is an absolute blast to work with,” continued Lonnberg. “He loves silly games, singing songs, cheers, chants, and counting. One of his favorite toys is a tiger that sings the Rocky theme ‘Eye of the Tiger’—it is so fitting.” Looking Forward

The ups and down of the last few years have cemented the family’s bond. “There have been big life changes right in front of you,” said Rebecca. “But we feel good about the experiences and that has allowed us to be stronger family unit. If we felt differently about it, it could have ripped us apart by the things that were happening or not happening.” And the family shares that much more joy with Sander as part of their family. “Sander is such a happy boy,” said Rebecca. “He is able to laugh so easily.” “He has only improved with more contact,” added Aaron. “The more he gets the more he gives back.”

April 17 was a special day for the family as Sander put together components of his physical therapy and moved The Ambassador


In Memory Of Continued from Page 7

Ahh…the holidays. The wonderful memories, traditions—all of the togetherness. When I reflect back on my childhood, this time of the year has provided countless poignant memories I will forever cherish. Every child deserves the chance to experience the joys of the season and build their own memories. As I walk down the halls of the Anne Carlsen Center Campus in Jamestown, I see artwork telling the stories of the season. The halls of the campus allow you to feel the buzz of excitement in the air and gathering students raise their voices with a cherub quality of music celebrating the birth of our Lord. It is truly a unique experience to have the spirit of our clients nourish my own soul in immeasurable ways. What a wonderful, fulfilling place to be! There is no comparison to the experiences I have gleaned since beginning my work with the Center in October. The paramount lesson I have learned in my short time here is that our donors are what create so many opportunities that are unmatched. It is because of your graciousness that our clients get to experience these extras that make their lives as rich and as full as is possible. Traditional government programs and private insurance sources generally cover the most basic of needs for children and young adults with highly-specialized needs. Adding programs—like our solarium that offers plant-growing experiences even as snow is on the ground—and providing opportunities through enriching curriculum helps our nurturing staff spotlight the skills of budding individuals. Your support has blessed our clients and our organization with the opportunity to develop their own seasonal memories. In turn, may you and your family experience the blessing that is created during this sacred holiday season.

Robin Nelson ACC Development Director

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Dustin and Valerie Bakken Tara Field Robert and Bette Johnson Ms. Judy L. Kulla Eric and Patricia Monson Ms. Juliann G. Cole Pete and Lois Perry Orville and Lilly Bratvold Mr. Robert W. Martinson Darwin and Mary Ann Bitz James and Colleen Weyrauch Mrs. Mary Ann Engebretson Mr. Robert W. Martinson Randy and Linda Myhra Mrs. Pearl D. Nelson Jim and Ellen Redding Howard and Melvena Bier C. William and Patricia Dennert Mrs. Elaine Eicholtz Robb and Deone Kulla Mr. Elroy Schlenker G. G. and Millie Henne Mr. Edward E. Schmidt Mr. Robert W. Martinson Mrs. Elizabeth J. Steinberger Raydon and Betty Workin Mrs. Mabel F. Tunby Raymond and Beverly Hubbard Mr. Robert W. Martinson Kermit and Arlys Sorby Mr. Brian Engstrom Arthur and Grace Dietze Cynthia Schreiber-Beck Ms. Shirley Jensvold Carl and Almira Nelson Mrs. Betty A. Whitmore Donald and Inez Olson Ms. Mavis Slind C. William and Patricia Dennert Mrs. Margaret Heise Mr. Robert W. Martinson Mr. Robert W. Martinson Mr. Robert W. Martinson Mrs. Arlene Olson Clarence and Fern Rau Mr. Robert W. Martinson Mrs. Donna L. Tompkins Joseph and Dorothy Zdeb Eugene and Marjorie Kraszewski Mrs. Swanhild M. Morrison Mr. Lloyd C. Sheldon Kermit and Arlys Sorby Rev. Henry G. Stolz Mrs. Sherry Mischke Mr. Robert W. Martinson Cynthia Schreiber-Beck Harley and Gloria Schmidt Gordon and Ida Mae Smith Orlo and Shirley Sund Mr. Glenn K. Swanson Mr. Robert W. Martinson Mr. Glenn K. Swanson Mr. Glenn K. Swanson

KateLynn A. Rueger KateLynn A. Rueger KateLynn A. Rueger KateLynn A. Rueger KateLynn A. Rueger Ruth M. Rutherford Chester and Ethel Ryum David Sagdahl Lucille A. Sahli Eileen M. Sailer Rodney W. Salveson Bob Sand Nancy Sande Donald Savelkoul Donald Savelkoul Donald Savelkoul Claude Saville Irl H. Schaunaman Betty L. Schimming Betty L. Schimming Laura Schlenker Elsie Schlenker Arley Schmidt Bill Schmidt Myrtle Schmidt Lois Schmit Lester J. Schnaible Richard J. Schneider Lucille Schonert Gary W. Schultz Marie P. Schumacher Bobby Scodellaro Miriam H. Shelstad Pete Siemieniewski Treasure L. Sims Lyle Siverson Annis D. Skurdahl Reuben Slind Jon A. Smalley Lois J. Smedshammer Hans Sorensen Helen L. Sorlie Paul Springan Melva Stanley Melva Stanley Monte Steele Bernard Steele Julia and Henry Steidl Herman and Marie Stender Dorothy Stetson Jane H. Stevens Angeline E. A. Stice Amelia Stolz Charlotte E. Storsteen Solveig L. Strand Helen C. Strege Lillian P. Strube Lillian P. Strube Olga M. Sund Ellard S. Swanson George W. Swanson Bedvi Swanson Gregory K. Swanson

Mrs. Muriel B. Smith Ms. Rosemary Tanberg Mr. Robert W. Martinson Mr. Robert W. Martinson Scott and Janet Davis Randy and Penny Gengler Mrs. Marilyn A. Harbaugh Duane and Lois Knudson Robert and Larita Krueger Lynn and Gale Larson Connie and Ken Rose Gary and Sharon Throlson Orlin and Jule Ann Will Ms. Shirley Jensvold Mrs. Dorothy B. Crandall Landon Kimball Eldon and Clara Jo Conant Mr. Robert W. Martinson Mrs. B. Sophie Loftsgard Gerald and Marian Rasmussen Carl and DeLores Turnquist Melvin and Ruth Skjerseth Mr. Robert W. Martinson David and Sharon Holweg Harvey and Darlene Kluvers Robb and Deone Kulla Mrs. Elizabeth J. Steinberger Gordon and Ida Mae Smith Charley and Ruby Downing David and Nance Browdie David and Nance Browdie Mr. Robert W. Martinson Eldon and Clara Jo Conant Jerry and DeAnn Ketchum Orville and Sheryl Kjelland Mr. Robert W. Martinson Elmer and Shirley Anderson Mrs. Mary Ann Engebretson Mr. Robert W. Martinson Gordon and Ida Mae Smith Jim and Ellen Redding Ms. Harriet E. Olson Mr. Robert W. Martinson Mrs. Dorothy B. Crandall Mrs. Lois Lundgren Byron and Ardyce Ellingson Dale and Marian Western Mr. Robert W. Martinson Gerhard and Irene Karlstad Raydon and Betty Workin Orlo and Shirley Sund Mrs. Evelyn O. Williams Mrs. Zona G. Vick Mrs. Marlys A. Bergene Ms. Betty L. Nelson Mr. Robert W. Martinson Ms. Jeannette F. Wright Mrs. Mary Seim David and Geraldine Yaggie Mr. Robert W. Martinson Mrs. DiAnn Loll

Nettie A. Swanson Vernon J. Tanberg Melgard B. Tangen Marshall Taylor Mary Thorstad Sara J. Throlson Sara J. Throlson Sara J. Throlson Sara J. Throlson Sara J. Throlson Sara J. Throlson Sara J. Throlson Sara J. Throlson Harold W. Tinseth Harriet Tisor Harriet Tisor Carrol Torgerson Benjamin L. Towner Harold J. Troftgruben Carlye R. Tryan Alice Turnquist Earl Ulland Roy P. Van Berkom Rena Van Bruggen Rena Van Bruggen John O. Van Deusen Wilfred Vandemark Patricia Vaughan Dollie Vickers Maarja K. Vogel Mart N. T. Vogel Mary D. Wagner Dorothy E. Wagoner Hilda A. Wahl Virginia E. Waith John Walker Dennis M. Wambold Mary F. Ware Glen R. Warner Glen R. Warner Laura Waters Hjerdis E. Watson Ruth M. Watson Anne Wenko Lorraine A. Wentz Irwin Westby LeRoy W. Western Michael Wickstrom Eleanore Wielunski Palmer Wigtil Mathilda Wilen Griffith Williams Wilma Williams Martha M. Worrel Florence I. Wozny Norlyn Wrangham James Wright Marion O. Wylie Tanya K. Yaggie Edward N. Yunker Earl Ziegelman

In Honor Of... Living tribute gifts to the Anne Carlsen Center honor family members and friends on special occasions, such as a birthdays, anniversaries or holidays. Through these generous gifts, the individuals and families served by the Center beat the odds, develop meaningful relationships, and experience life to its fullest. Living tributes gifted between May 1, 2010 and August 31, 2010: Given By Lions Club Richard and Donna King Mrs. Margaret Sam Orval and Elaine Benson Mr. Lowell E. Colby Sr. Arnold and Mary Knight Gregg Colburn Ms. Sandra Franke Russell and Delores Fiechtner Tom and Margie Holmes Orville and Sheryl Kjelland Ms. Colleen M. Moreland Kenneth and Anne Dalsted Vernon and Delores Martin Julian and Emily Braaten Mr. Steven R. Sarafolean Ms. Susan K. Harris Gary and Debra Hobert Raydon and Betty Workin FirstGiving Mr. Charles C. Kennedy Raydon and Betty Workin Mrs. Frieda Steinke William and Margaret Leech Leif and Cynthia Peterson

In Honor Of ACC Cooks ACC Staff ACC Students, Staff & Volunteers Kaitlin Anderson Adabelle M. Atherton Wallace and Irene Backlund Jeannine K. Colburn Natasha N. Esch Russell Fiechtner Kurby D. Frey Denny and Sheila Fry Evelyn Galt Eldore and Lylas Gilje Ty Glass Raymond and Joan Grabanski Patricia Gromak Marion Harris Scott and Adrianne Hobert Irving and Mildred Holm Luke J. Johnson Charles Kennedy Sylvia Kyllo Lloyd Law Sarah M. Leech Keaton Lewis

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Ms. Karrie Huber Mrs. Iris Bighley Richard and Dorothy Homstad

Saige B. Meyer Your five children Your grandchildren & great-grandchildren Your grandchildren Katie Marie Jana Overbo Clint and Susan Rodningen Ivan and Erna Schwartz Gregory and Brenda Tappert Raydon and Betty Workin

Mrs. Gladys Larson Mrs. Lucille A. Rotz Dwight and Gloria Olson Mrs. Jean C. Wixo William and Naomi Vining Marcia and James Gums Richard and Bunny Workin

Board of Trustees Thomas Rohleder Chairperson Fargo, N.D. Tim Flakoll Fargo, N.D. Joel Fremstad Moorhead, Minn.

Robert Montgomery, M.D. Fargo, N.D. Sue Offutt, Ph.D. Arlington Heights, Illinois. Janet Seaworth Bismarck, N.D.

Harvey Huber Jamestown, N.D.

Pat Traynor Vice Chairperson Fargo, N.D.

Bruce Iserman Fargo, N.D.

Reesa Webb Denver, Colo.

Pat McCullough Edina, Minn.

Myra Quanrud, M.D. Ex Officio Jamestown, N.D.

SENIOR MANAGEMENT Eric Monson Chief Executive Officer

Judy Kulla Chief Financial Officer

Marcia Gums Chief Operating Officer

Margie Johnson Human Resource Director

the ambassador Published by: Anne Carlsen Center 701 3rd St. N.W., P.O. Box 8000 Jamestown, ND 58402 1-800-568-5175 Lori Gress, Editor Kalen Ost, Assistant Editor Paul Johnson, Designer The Ambassador is mailed, free of charge, for supporters of the mission and vision of the Anne Carlsen Center. Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy: Anne Carlsen Center does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age or disability in employment or services. If you would like to be removed from our mailing list, please call 1-800-568-5175, ext. 167. On the cover: Courtney demonstrated how she helped bake cookies for Senior Connections at the Hjemkomst Center. Eco-friendly Ambassador At the Anne Carlsen Center, we are taking steps every day to be kind to the environment. The Forest Stewardship Council logo you see here means we are printing on an environmentallycertified paper. Each page has a 10% post-consumer waste content, and the inks utilized are Soy Inks.

Our Community Partners Here at the Anne Carlsen Center, we believe every individual deserves to experience the richness of life, lived to its fullest potential. We thank our Community Partners for their wholehearted support of this mission. Nine area businesses have partnered with us in 2010 to empower individuals affected by developmental disabilities. Thank you, Community Partners, for helping further the tradition of our namesake, Dr. Anne Carlsen, while raising awareness and support for our life-changing services.

SAVE THE DATE Look for your chance to share your love and generosity with the Anne Carlsen Center in February during Giving Hearts Day. During this special day, Feb. 10, online donations of $10 or more to the Anne Carlsen Center will be doubled by the Dakota Medical Foundation. Look for more information at in the coming weeks to learn how you can give back with impact.

Make a Lasting Impact I would like to visit with an Anne Carlsen Center representative about: __ Making a retirement plan gift. __ Establishing a Charitable Gift Annuity. Name ___________________________________________________ ______ _ _________ Address _____________________________________________________________ City, State, Zip _____________________________________________ ____ ________ Phone _______________________________________________________________ E-mail ________________________________________________________________

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Arianna smiles at Santa and Santa’s Elf (Jerry and Kim Pederson).

The Ambassador: Winter 2011  

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