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Summer 2017 Newsletter

The Summer 2017 Newsletter is now downloadable in PDF format, or viewable online with expanded content here.

Press Releases

Past Events

ABC Float in Rochesterfest Parade 2015

ABC Float in Rochesterfest Parade

Thanks to everyone who participated on June 26, 2015! More photos on the ABC Facebook page.

Larry Erickson Farewell

Larry Erickson Farewell

On June 18, 2015, friends new and old gathered in the ABC cafeteria to celebrate Assistant Director Larry Erickson’s 39 years of service to the organization and to wish him well in retirement.

On the Tee with ABC - June 8, 2015

Thank you for helping make this year’s tournament another success!

See you On the Tee in 2016!

AM Espresso

Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce AM Espresso

February 6, 2015, 7:00-9:00 am
Ability Building Center

Open to all Chamber Members. More information from the Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

ABC Benefactors’ Breakfast – November 19, 2014

Benefactors' Breakfast 2014

Benefactors' Breakfast 2014

Dave Stenhaug – Emcee

Benefactors' Breakfast 2014

Jennifer Redfield – ABC

Benefactors' Breakfast 2014

Steve Hill – ABC Executive Director

Benefactors' Breakfast 2014

Steve Kann -ABC Board

Benefactors' Breakfast 2014

Carol Thouin -Think Mutual Bank

Benefactors' Breakfast 2014

Cory Schlenker – ABC

Benefactors' Breakfast 2014

Robert Moore – ABC

ABC Houston County Annual Awards Banquet – October 23, 2014

Congratulations to all the award recipients!

Length of Service Award

Length of Service Award – Sonja Lein

Employee of the Year

Employee of the Year – Laura Frye

Independence Award

Vicki Wilkes Spirit of Independence Award – Wayne Breeser

Community Employer of the Year - Winona Controls

Woodland Industries Community Employer of the Year – Winona Controls

Community Employer of the Year - City of La Crescent

ABC Works Community Employer of the Year – City of La Crescent

ABC Rochester Annual Awards Banquet – October 14, 2014

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients!

Lowry Winners 2014

2014 Lowry Awards


Business Partner of the Year – Fastenal

Taher 2

Taher 1

Community Employer of the Year – Taher, Inc.

Hittin’ the Sand for Woodland – August 9, 2014

Hittin' the Sand participants

The 2014 event was a huge success! Many thanks to all who participated. With your help we raised $28,639 to support ABC/Woodland programs and services!

ABC at the 2014 Rochesterfest Parade – June 27, 2014

ABC at Rochesterfest 2014

ABC at Rochesterfest 2014

ABC at Rochesterfest 2014

ABC’s Annual Golf Tournament – 2014

2014 Golf Tournament

Thanks for making this year’s tournament a success! 
See you on the tee in 2015!

Diversity Week at ABC – May 5-9, 2014

Celebrate Diversity Week at ABC: May 5-9, 2014


Dut Akuckuer kicks off Diversity Week activities at ABC on May 5 with a presentation sharing some of the issues and challenges he faced coming to the US from his homeland of Sudan.

Diversity Panel 4 Diversity Panel 2
Diversity Panel 3 Diversity Panel 1

Participants in the “Culture and County” panel discussion on May 8.

ABC delegation visits Minnesota State Capitol – March 14, 2014

Once again ABC had a successful day at the Capitol for “Disabilities Day.” March 18th, 2014. We were able to watch a committee in session while people talked about the condition of staffing for disabled people and the importance of the funding to keep quality of life.

Capitol Steps Press Conference
Group Photo

Several of ABC’s participants were able to speak with to Representative Dave Senjem one-on-one. He was very attentive to the issues that they presented, and many issues were raised in the course of the discussions. Major themes included quality, continuity of services, retention of quality staff and a healthy process for all people involved.

Thanks to those who attended!