At MORA, staff, guardians and the people we support become family. We live and work together and experience the joys and loss that come with being in such loving, caring and close contact with each other. This winter we are heartbroken to share that we lost two members of MORA’s family; Riley and Breanna.
For the 28 years Riley was on earth, he gave our lives purpose and meaning. As his family stated, “our earth angel has become our guardian angel”. Riley is survived by his family (sister, brother, parents and step family) as by the staff and housemates at MORA.
Breanna was a longtime client of Rolling Acres, originally living on campus in Victoria and then most recently moving to the Ridge Road. Breanna enjoyed music, crunchy foods, Disney movies, walks out in her neighborhood, puppies, and being read stories. Breanna touched the lives of those she lived with and those staff who worked with her.
Our gratitude and thanks to all the people that supported Riley and Breanna; the staff at ADS, the teams in their homes, the case managers & nurses that offered support and the leaders that helped make it possible for them to lead fulfilling lives. I am humbled by your service.
On a happier note, our staff has so many amazing things going on, we wanted to brag about a few recent milestones.
Tuesday March 13th was ARRM Day at the Capitol. This is an annual event of advocacy where we joined 1,000 other direct care staff, managers, family members and people who receive services to rally in the rotunda at the State Capitol to make our voices heard. The day includes speeches from leading providers, meetings with legislators and connecting with other members of our community in solidarity. A big thank you to the 40 people who join us from MORA representing staff, guardians and even the people we serve (the strongest voices of all!).
The Day at the Capitol was also exciting because we used it as a platform to announce our Direct Support Professional of the Year for 2017, Billy Bourgeois. Billy has worked in the Edina and Northgate homes and has a unique and admirable drive for our mission and supporting our clients, making a large impact on their lives and teams. Innovation and advocacy go hand in hand for Billy. He is always advocating for new and innovative ways to provide services, with the primary focus being improving client lives. Thank you ALL for the work you do for the individuals we support and for our teams!
Wondering how you can keep up with all this great news?! We have been very focused on our digital, online and social media presence and are proud to unveil our refurbished website – https://mtolivetrollingacres.org/. We have added Senior Leadership and Board Member photos and bios, links to our financial documents as well as are updating it almost daily with updates on our clients, staff and milestones. However, my favorite is our Friday blogs – #FacesofAbilityFriday – https://mtolivetrollingacres.org/facesofabilityfriday-donna-b/. Each week we are showcasing one of the amazing people we support. While there is always something new on our site and we are being conscious to also push that to our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mtolivetrollingacres/ and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mountolivetrollingacres/ sites, be sure to follow us!