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“ABLE, Inc.—TRULY ‘A Brighter Living Experience’ for people with developmental disabilities!”


Welcome to ABLE, Inc.!  We’re glad you stopped by.  Check back often for updates on ABLE events, fundraisers, newsletters, and the monthly posting of our Lucky Day Calendar Winners!


ABLE, Inc., is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation established in 1979 as residential care provider for people with developmental disabilities and related brain injuries in Houston County, Minnesota.

Read more about ABLE, Inc. here.


Vote for the ABLE holiday tree at Bauer’s

Bauer’s Market & Garden Center in La Crescent is sponsoring a Christmas Tree Decorating Contest again this year! Bauer’s is providing the Christmas tree and Wieser Brothers General Contractors is decorating a tree, with all proceeds raised going to the ABLE Foundation!

Christmas treeFundraising will be in the form of voting –with dollars.  Each vote is $1 and a person may vote as many times as they would like.

Voting begins Nov. 27th and continues through December. The tree with the most votes is the winner!  Winners will be announced, and all monies will be awarded, the week of Jan. 4th.

So please cast your vote for the ABLE tree, and a special thanks to Wieser Brothers General Contractors and the Brian and Kathy Wieser family for decorating the ABLE tree.


ABLE Foundation Holiday Home Tour is Dec. 12

The ABLE Foundation will host its fifth annual Holiday Home Tour from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. The event is held in conjunction the La Crescent Chamber of Commerce-sponsored “Christmas in La Crescent” festivities.

christmas lightsThe tour will include five fabulous La Crescent homes all decorated for the holidays. This is the perfect opportunity to gather with neighbors and friends to get some decorating ideas, share in the Christmas spirit, and support a deserving local nonprofit.

Homes on the tour are:

  • * Crescent Moon Retreat (Cindy Loberg), 316 S. 2nd St. (“unofficial” welcome center)
  • * Brickmakers Bed-and-Breakfast (Laurie Simmonds), 234 N. 1st St.
  • * Ryan and Jody McQuin, 1539 Old Hickory Drive.
  • * Brandon and Katie Thesing, 1206 Juniper St.
  • * Ryan and Tena Hutchinson, 610 McIntosh Road.

Tickets are $10 per person and are available in advance at Quillin’s and Altra Federal Credit Union in La Crescent or at the ABLE offices in La Crescent or Caledonia; and the night of the event at any of the homes on the tour and at the “unofficial” tour welcome center, Crescent Moon Retreat.


Employment opportunities at ABLE (updated Nov. 3)

ABLE, Inc. is seeking a full-time Human Resources Coordinator. Also, ABLE, Inc. is seeking a part-time cook and has full-time and part-time Direct Support Professional positions available in Caledonia, Houston and La Crescent. For more information on these positions, click here.


ABLE breaks ground for new TRC

A groundbreaking ceremony was held  Thursday, Sept. 17 for ABLE’s new $2.4 million Teaching and Recreation Center in Caledonia, Minn.

ABLE held a ground-breaking for its new Caledonia Teaching and Recreation Center on Sept. 17.

ABLE held a ground-breaking for its new Caledonia Teaching and Recreation Center on Sept. 17.

Executive Director Gail Meyer was joined by ABLE, Inc. and ABLE Foundation board members, people supported and others at the ceremony, held along Loeffler Avenue near Caledonia High School, site of the new 11,000-square-foot facility. Refreshments followed at the current TRC.

General contractor on the project is Schwab LLC, and the architect is Vantage Architects of La Crosse. The building is expected to be ready for use by June 2016.

“We are extremely excited to begin this project as ABLE celebrates 35 years of service,” said Meyer. “It is going to allow us to better fulfill our mission of providing A Brighter Living Experience for those with developmental disabilities.”

The new center will be a place where people supported by ABLE can learn skills to be more independent, enjoy leisure and recreational activities, and exercise. It will replace the current Teaching and Recreation Center in Caledonia, which is overcrowded and inefficient and is not handicapped-accessible.

The center also will be a training site for ABLE employees and the central office for ABLE’s Caledonia operations.

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For more on the TRC project, see the Summer 2015 ABLE News newsletter. To download the entire newsletter, featuring an artist’s rendering of the new TRC building, click here.


 Summer newsletter available online now

The Summer 2015 edition of the ABLE Newsletter is now available online. To download, click here.