Community Options & Resources (COR) is a private, non-profit organization which provides residential and in-home support services to persons with disabilities in Martin, Jackson and Watonwan Counties. The COR mission is to provide a service promoting the ability of each individual to lead a productive and enjoyable life in all environments with the support of professionally skilled staff.
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Doris (right) has been a Direct Support Professional at COR for two years in Fairmont. She likes to make a difference in the lives of the individuals she supports, where challenges can be turned into opportunities. Doris enjoys the time she spends working with Nick (left); the two have a great bond and enjoy similar things. Nick and Doris are like “partners in crime”, always finding new adventures that are usually filled with laughter, and they are sure to return with great stories to tell.
Doris and Nick have enjoyed many adventures together including WWE events, Vikings football (where Nick is sure not to miss those cheerleaders), supporting the MN Wild, the Lynx and our Minnesota Gophers. Nick and Doris are always ready for sporting entertainment. Nick also enjoys life in the country where animals are abundant. Doris has been gracious to share her love of horses, cats and dogs with Nick as well. Nick and Doris have spent many hours together away from COR enjoying the country life at Doris’ home.
Nick is up for most anything that revolves around excitement. From ValleySCARE to every scary movie that hits the local theater, he is sure to be there. Nick’s staff may certainly be there at times as well, but they may have their eyes closed!
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Stasha (front row)started working at COR almost three years ago. “Up until then, I’ve always worked in food service. I was both excited and nervous for the career change; however the last three years have made an everlasting impact on my life and the way I look at people.” Here is what Stasha would like to share about three of the people she supports.
Mary (back row, left) is an early riser that I get to see first thing every morning. Mary and I enjoy chatting over a cup of coffee about her family and what she has planned for the day. Mary also enjoys talking about her boyfriend and her job at MRCI. She likes to go on a walk in her neighborhood almost every day.
Deb (back row, center) always greets me with a big smile and ‘Hello’ every morning. Deb loves visiting about growing up on a farm and sharing her photo album. Deb enjoys helping around the house, making sure the dishes are done, and the kitchen is clean. You will almost always find Deb working on a puzzle in the sun room or spending time watering the flowers outside.
Heaven (back row, right) is the newest addition to our COR family. She recently graduated high school and is figuring out the best career choice for herself. She is full of energy and has been welcomed with open arms by her housemates. Heaven enjoys spending time on her phone, shopping, and going for walks.
If you see Mary, Deb, or Heaven out in the community, don’t hesitate to say hello and ask them about their day. They love visiting with others and sharing what is going on in their lives.
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Chelsea (front row left) has worked for COR in Jackson, for 4½ years. She has enjoyed watching the individuals grow, learn, and progress. She reports, “They all have made great achievements through the years”, adding “they bring so much joy to my life.” Other staff pictured include Kali (front row center) and Hope (front row right), both of whom began working for COR in 2018.
Here is a little about the three young people Chelsea supports. Jackson (back row left) is 17 with a silly personality. He enjoys all animals, especially cows. His favorite thing to do is visit staff’s farm. Jackson also enjoys sports and riding bike. He often greets everyone with “good afternoon” no matter what time of day it is. Austin (back row center) is an active 16 year old. He loves playing and watching sports. He talks to everyone about scores, particularly the Twins and Vikings. Austin is starting to enjoy fishing as well. He tends to be shy when first meeting someone. Keyira (back row right) is 13 with a bubbly personality. She really enjoys cats and even meowing like one. Keyira also likes to sing and dance, especially to pop music.
In this picture, all three teens are at Summer Horse Camp with Reinbows, Inc., in Windom. They have been participating in this program for 3 years where they have learned how to care for and ride horses. They have formed special bonds with the horses and look forward to this camp every summer.