2017 Annual Report
Thank you for taking the time to review our 2017 annual report. This document is our report to you on MRCI’s success as an organization in meeting its mission to advance the lives of the people we serve. Most importantly, it is also our opportunity to celebrate the many achievements of our clients.
It is our belief that everyone should choose their vocation and control their path to work. In 2017, MRCI had the privilege of serving more than 4000 individuals. The success of our clients is also a success for our communities. Each worker is a wage earner, a consumer and a contributing member of the community. They live, shop and enjoy the quality of life that comes with having a good job and receiving a pay check. They contribute to the vitality of the businesses for which they work for on many fronts. It is a partnership that is built on mutual respect and value for all involved.
As we have always done, MRCI will continue to evolve to meet the needs of our clients. We look to the future for new opportunities and practices to be the best we can be. There are challenges to face, but challenges are what make us stronger and better. We look forward to many more success stories of changed lives in 2018.
We thank our dedicated staff, Board of Directors and all of you who partnered with us and those we serve to achieve so much. We could not do this without you.
Brian Benshoof, CEO
MRCI Board of Directors
Eileen Wells Pautz
Auxiliary Board of Directors
Friends of MRCI
• Client payroll system converted to new Vertex software
• Chief Business and Marketing Officer position developed and added to leadership team
• Comprehensive fund development plan drafted and implemented
• Five year contracts renegotiated with State Vocational Services and State Services for the Blind
• Implemented customer relationship management system (CRM)
• Quality Products production line moved from Kasota facility to Map Drive facility
• Client Directed Services received state approval to transition to Fiscal Service Entity; one of only a few in the state
• Center-based extended employment was discontinued in favor of community employment and supported employment only for extended employment clients
• Received largest wage equity bonus from extended employment in the state; based on clients working at or above minimum wage
• Staff attended certification program in Customized Employment by Mark Gold & Associates
• DT&H recreation and leisure program (Venture) developed and launched in Chaska
• Parent Advocacy group piloted at Chaska
We are privileged to participate in the lives of 4,287 individuals who live in areas that extend from the Twin Cities to Central and Southern Minnesota. Below we report on of the diverse population we serve through MRCI’s programs and employment services.