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Homeward Bound provides quality and innovative services to support children and adults with disabilities in leading more fulfilling lives. Our mission is "To be the leading provider of life-enriching services for children and adults with disabilities.
Summary of Homeward Bound :
Homeward Bound was founded in 1973 by parents of children with a variety of mental and physical disabilities. For over 34 years Homeward Bound has provided quality and innovative services to support children and adults with disabilities in leading more fulfilling lives. Our mission is to be the leading provider of life-enriching services for children and adults with disabilities. While we serve people with a variety of disabilities, we have the unique capacity of meeting the needs of those with the most severe and profound disabilities. We currently operate 18 residential homes, an in-home program and a respite services program. Our homes span the communities of Brooklyn Park, Crystal, Eden Prairie, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, Robbinsdale and St. Louis Park. Our community activities reach individuals with disabilities throughout Minnesota.
We provide residential services to over 100 individuals with disabilities and coordinate community activities for over 6,500 individuals with disabilities. We serve individuals' ages 7-60+, from a variety of races, religions and ethnicities.
Services we provide :
- Residential housing support : Specially designed homes to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Our well trained support professionals help children and adults with disabilities develop and achieve goals in all life areas using sophisticated programming. We offer 24/7, 365 day support in all our homes.
- Respite care : Emergency or temporary support and residence in our homes for children and adults with disabilities and their families who otherwise live at home.
- In-home support services : For individuals of all ages, in-home support provides more independence than a group home environment and more comfort for the individual and family because of familiarity. Our trained professionals offer onsite support in the individual's home.
- Education and outreach : Homeward Bound reaches out to the community as a whole through informational speaking events, community activities and presentations about development disabilities to educate the public about disabilities and available support programs.
Community activities we offer :
Homeward Bound strives to connect children and adults of all mental and physical abilities to the arts, music, nature and other community involvement activities.
- Arts Access : A performance series in February, March and April of each year featuring musical, dance or theater companies from the Twin Cities and around the world. These performances allow audience participation for people of all abilities.
- Community Enrichment Week (CEW) : A week in October when Homeward Bound individuals give back to the community. We hold an annual food drive where the individuals in all our homes collect and donate food to local food shelves. We also participate in an event in partnership with the Minnesota DNR to plant trees in State Parks, plant seeds in parks, pick up garbage and other environmental programs.
- ART-Abilities : An art show at Hennepin County Library featuring artwork representing over 6,500 Minnesotans with disabilities. This year artwork created by individuals at Homeward Bound was on display at Ridgedale Library in October.
- Made in the Shade : A non-competitive walk, run or roll event around Lake Calhoun. Homeward Bound coordinates this event with six other nonprofits with similar services to children and adults with disabilities. This is a great way for the individuals in our homes to get out into the community and enjoy a day outside.
- Joel Barker
- (763) 525-3186, ext 237
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