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2017 Impact & Annual Report

From the Executive Director Michael Kraines

A while back during an employment interview an applicant asked that I share something that made me proud at CHOICE. Without pause I noted the StarTribune Top 150 Workplaces recognition CHOICE earned in 2016. Being a Top 150 Workplace is truly about our employees. Our employees make CHOICE what it is. Every organization should strive to employ great people that work together with professionalism and respect for each other and those they serve. At CHOICE we do that. Every successful organization must seek to employ people with great ideas and the dedication to bring those ideas to life. We have that. And every organization benefits when it employs people as enthusiastic and positive as those we have working here at CHOICE. As you review the numbers in our 2016 Annual Impact Report you will see that CHOICE in financial terms is in very good health. But an organization’s health should be measured in more than money and numbers. A healthy organization will be a place where people are connected to their coworkers, supported by their supervisors, engaged in the organization’s mission, and enjoying their work. I’m proud that in 2017 CHOICE was once again recognized as a StarTribune Top 150 Workplace. I believe that employees working directly with the people we serve is the most critical component of our service. For the people we serve and their families, I would suggest that they view the direct service professionals as the most important part as well. Years ago we set out at CHOICE to take small deliberate steps to improve our corporate culture in order to be an increasingly more positive, supportive, and professional work environment. I see this as important not only for the employees of CHOICE but ultimately for the people we serve. To all those that support and contribute to CHOICE--thank you. I especially thank you because your support helps to make CHOICE a great place to work and a great organization. You can't truly be one without being the other. It must be both.

Thank you to our amazing staff for making CHOICE a Top 150 Workplace!

Photo above left: Four of our SHAPE Instructors DJ, Kathryn, Abby and Jake. Photo above center: Siobhan enjoys the day outdoors with Alex at the STARS program. Photo above right: The CHOICE employee volleyball team at Mama G’s Bar & Restaurant.

Photo bottom left: Erika, Jennifer, Sydni and Jess were the winning team of the ‘mindfulness’ week of our employee wellness challenge. Photo bottom right: Joelle takes a group of selfadvocates to Disability Day at the Capital.

2017 Impact in Numbers Employment Services

Individuals Served


5.5 91%

Dedicated Staff

58 The average tenure of staff at CHOICE is 5.5 years.

91 percent of staff that hold a field-related college degree. Human Services and related: 42 Arts Degree: 5 Fitness Degree and/or Certification: 4



42 new employment opportunities.

All employment is paid at minimum wage or higher.

SHAPE Centers The average goal performance rating of active SHAPE participants is 95%.



We average 19 hours per week providing programs in our SHAPE Centers.

CHOICE in the Community


In 2017 we worked with 18 volunteer partners. CHOICE participants take great pride in volunteerism and the opportunity to give back to the community.

CHOICE participants spent 3,324 hours volunteering in 2017.



We worked with 16 on-going community enrichment partners. Community partnerships allow us to offer a variety of experiences that might otherwise not be available to those we serve. Examples of these partnerships include music therapy, dance and performing arts, and yoga.


1,392 hours logged in the SHAPE center in 2017.

We held 92 SHAPE personal training sessions and classes with partners like Karma Yoga, FlexAbility, Twin Cities Orthopedics.



SHAPE Buddies logged a total of 216 hours volunteering side by side with CHOICE participants.

Great People, Places, and Programs

Save The Dates!

As 2017 came to a close it was apparent that it was a wonderful year of progress and growth at CHOICE. We met in late November to plan our future and we reviewed our achievements in 2017. We discussed what we thought it takes to be a stellar organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. In that discussion we landed on three themes that we believe are necessary to be an exemplary provider: great people, great places, and great programs. Let take a closer look at look at these three P’s. The people who’ve chosen to make CHOICE such a big part of their lives are one of the most valuable attributes of our agency. CHOICE employees have the education, skills and dedication that can make our organization’s services stand out. They bring an enthusiastic life to our programs. The relationships that have been built between our employees, our participants, their families and other support team members are truly remarkable. Who we employ will determine whether we are a great service, mediocre, or something less. CHOICE employees are amazing people. The people we serve should receive services in excellent places and environments. Acknowledging that we have work to do, we want our facilities to be top tier with inviting spaces, accessible technology and exercise equipment, and quality furnishings. Recent relocations, expansions and improvements have been made to all three of our facilities. Providing clean and modern environments is important to the growth and well-being of our participants, employees, volunteers and our program partners. Beyond our facilities we need to join forces with employers and vendors that embrace the people we serve and welcome them into to their place of business with enthusiasm and positivity. Today we have many great employers and partnerships that do just that. These are admirable connections to the community and our success at CHOICE is closely linked to these businesses and partnerships. The relationships and environments are both an essential part of what we offer to the wonderful people who make up our CHOICE Family. Having great people and great places we can better focus on great programs. Job coaching, employment preparedness, job exploration, fitness, health, sports, games, pet therapy, horticulture, nature exploration, creative expression, art, music, drama and dance are just some of the themes of our many community programs and activities at CHOICE. We like to work and play alongside other community members at our partners’ locations throughout the metro and we enjoy hosting various guest presenters at our facilities. Our programs both in the community and in our facilities are as diverse as the interests of the people we serve and the talented staff we employ. In 2018 we will be working hard to make more of our people, places and programs and keep this exciting momentum going as CHOICE approaches its 50th year in 2019 providing meaningful and enriching opportunities for people we serve with great people, places and programs.

Statement of Activities & Financial Position Numbers drawn from 2016 Financial Audit

Activities Support & Revenue Program Service Fees……$3,054,229.00 Contracted Work……………..$166,365.00 Contributions, Grants, Donations……………………….….$61,961.00 Interest Income……...……………$8,967.00 Other Revenue…………………….….$507.00 Total Revenue: $3,292,019.00 Expenses Program Services ……………..$2,777,415.00 General Administration ………$408,170.00 Fundraising…………………3,156.00

Current Assets Checking/Savings…………………………$911,203.00 Investments………………………………..$746,555.00 Accounts Receivable…………………...$268,469.00 Prepaid Expenses………………………..$57,821.00 Total Current Assets

Liabilities & Net Assets Current Liabilities Accounts Payable………………….$7,007.00 Payroll Expenses………………….$95,751.00 Deferred Rent……………………..$71,509.00 Current Capital Lease…………….$9,295.00


Total Current Liabilities $183,562.00 Fixed Assets Furniture & Equipment……………....$15,542.00 Long Term Liabilities Leasehold Improvements…………..$19,582.00 Capital Lease Obligations…….$31,441.00 Vehicles………………………………………$695,416.00 Less: Accumulated Depreciation…($196,011.00) Net Assets: $2,329,065.00 Total Fixed Assets: Other Assets: Total Assets:

$534,529.00 $25,491 .00 $2,544,068.00

Total Liabilities & Net Assets $2,544,068.00

Thank you to our many supporters for your contributions. Your support makes it possible for us to continue moving forward in our mission so that people of all abilities may lead a happy and fulfilling life. Your support truly matters. Thank you! ACCRA Care AMC Theaters Anonymous John & Sheila Barbetta Todd Barton Basilica Events, LLC Sally Battaiola Bjorn Bergerson Butch & Linda Bialick Doug & Judy Bjork Steve Boldt Breadsmith Byerly’s Karen Cain Jerome Carlson Chaser’s Beverage Center Chick-fil-A Dave & Kelly Chromy Natalee Chromy City of Chanhassen Corporate Real Estate Brokers Costco Holly Cramer Melanie & Kevin Craven Culver’s of Savage Dale Feste Automotive Dale Studios Photography Erica Danielson Dave & Buster’s Cal & Katy Dirks Kelly Dirks Dolce Vita Wine Shop Pat & Richard Donnay David Donnay Dunn Brothers Coffee Eden Prairie Lionesses Eden Prairie Family Eden Prairie Nissan Eden Prairie Participants Brent Egersett Thelma Elfring Eric Olson Family Erika Eykmans Kim Fischer

Flagship Bank Jane Foote Cheryl Forse Nicole Forse Ralph & Margaret Furhman Kindra Funch Anna Gingerich Patricia Gorr Sheila Grams Tawny & Spencer Grimes Shari Grinnell Guthrie Theater Cory & Sim Handt Chris Hanson Bruce Hardy April Hardy Dale & Carolyn Harms Haugen Family Foundation John & Linda Hausauer Wes Hein Roni Higgens Ronni Hives Pam Hochrein Holiday Inn Maple Grove Carol Holland Diania Hook Jill Hooper Patricia Hoppe Lindsey Horvath Jon & Betsy Ingalsbe Jergensen Family Carol Johnsen KleinBank Andy Knkoe Mike & Julie Kraines Greg Kratz John & Joanne Kronstedt Karen Kruger Jackie LaFleur Randal & Judy Lage Steven Larson Becky Lawrence LTD Brewing MacPhail Center for Music

Maple Grove Lions Maple Grove Participants Marriot Hotel Rose Marie Mason Doug McCann Mike McDaniel Tim McGuire Genny McQuirck Jerome & Therese Menth Ron & Eileen Meulners Janice Meuwissen Caryn Meyer Michael Meyer Minnesota Renaissance Festival Minnesota State Fair Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Twins Shaneen Moore Pam Murphy Mystic Lake Casino Noran Neurological Clinic Northstar Bank Nothing Bundt Cakes Desiree Nozling OMNI Brewing Ginny O’Sullivan Pangaea Curt Pearson Penn Cycle and Fitness Maria Peterson Judd & Stephanie Peterson Barb Peterson Patti Peterson Pizza T Holly Pounds DJ Preiner Primera Technology Proto Labs Foundation Rae Carlson Trust Kimberly Rau John & Alice Reiman LaVonne Ribbe Darlene Richardson River Inn

Paul Robideau The Royce & Janice Sanner Charitable Fund Robert Rutkievicz Georgia Sampson Janice Sanner Erin Satterwhite Ray Schenk Ruth & Dean Schmalz Jeff Schwartz Don & Jane Shaffer Heidi Sherbet Family & Friends of Helen Silha Stephen Silha Shelli Sjostrom Terry Sjostrom Siobhan Smith Erin Sommer Special Olympics of Minnesota Spoon & Stable Julie St. Marie Bingham St. Paul Saints St. Victoria Church Bob Stans STARS Participants Dawn Streifels Jackie & Geoff Syles Cassidy Sutton Suzie Podmers Family Tech Guru Alicia Teeter Linda & Bob Tomaschko Total Wine Twin Cities in Motion Uncle Neddy’s Charities Michelle & Ron Veith Andrea Veith Kristy Walls Walser Foundation Francis & Christine Wilczek Wompach’s Restaurant Youngstedts Companies

We make our greatest effort to acknowledge our complete list of contributors. Please accept our apology if we have missed you, and know that your gift is always greatly appreciated.

2017 CHOICE Impact Report  

The annual Impact Report reflects the accomplishments and service outcomes from the past year at CHOICE, Inc.

2017 CHOICE Impact Report  

The annual Impact Report reflects the accomplishments and service outcomes from the past year at CHOICE, Inc.