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Our mission is to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to work and live in their community. WACOSA celebrated 50 years of service to people with disabilities in 2013. It began in 1963 with a day program for children with disabilities. Its services evolved and later its 501(c)3 nonprofit status was established.
WACOSA empowers over 500 adults with disabilities in central Minnesota by helping them to reach their fullest potential, offer business solutions and build community. Most services are related to skill-building and work opportunities. For instance, through in-center work, clients deliver high quality services to local businesses, such as assembly, fulfillment, recycling, confidential document shredding and more. Additionally, individual placement or small group work crews make community employment an option for clients. From short- to long-term employment, WACOSA clients help meet the diverse needs of central Minnesota businesses. Among WACOSA's specialty programs are senior services at Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud. Other organization locations include Waite Park and Sauk Centre. Volunteers are most frequently placed in skill-building program activities, such as sewing, cooking, martial arts, career exploration, arts, etc.