Informed Choice

October 6, 2017

The decisions and choices that we make are a reflection of who we are as individuals. Outcomes of decisions—good and bad—help us learn and grow as individuals. Through involvement in decision making we can gain experience, confidence and knowledge which enrich our lives. As support professionals for people with disabilities, we are responsible for helping […]

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Inside Out Project Celebrates Somali-American Community

July 19, 2017

Orion Associates, in partnership with Headwaters Relief Organization, recently organized an art installation showcasing people from the Minneapolis Somali-American community, their personalities, sacrifices, creativity, hard work, and patriotism. Inspired by the global Inside Out Project, the installation features 100 large format portraits temporally affixed on a three-story building at 133 1st Avenue North in downtown […]

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Meridian Services Employees Provide Support to Refugees in Greece

October 24, 2016

Meridian Services employees traveled to Greece, in June 2016, with Headwaters Relief Organization to assist in supporting refugees at a camp in Oinofyta, Greece. The Headwaters team worked at the on-site clinic serving the camp, organizing supplies, establishing an effective system of response to inter-camp health issues while meeting the needs of the camp’s residents. […]

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Meridian Services Employees Volunteer in the Philippines

October 13, 2016

Meridian Services employees traveled to the Philippines as volunteers with Headwaters Relief Organization in May. This was Headwater’s third trip, as a part of the organization’s ongoing support to the people of the Philippines following Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which struck in November 2013. Headwater’s efforts on this trip focused on bringing tools that teachers, caregivers […]

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Cheryl Vennerstrom Recognized as a 2016 Woman in Business

October 10, 2016

Cheryl Vennerstrom, Meridian Services’ Chief Operating Officer, was honored at by the Minneapolis / Saint Paul Business Journal, at the 2016 Women in Business award event, on Thursday, May 26th, at the Minneapolis Depot. She was one of fifty-one women business leaders, recognized for her professional achievements, leadership and contributions to the Twin Cities business […]

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Meridian Services Volunteers Returns to Nepal

September 30, 2016

Volunteers from Meridian Services traveled with Headwaters Relief Organization on a relief trip to Nepal to provide disaster relief in response to the major earthquakes that caused widespread damage over a year ago. This was Headwaters’ second trip to Nepal where isolated villages still struggle to rebuild. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, Headwaters volunteers presented a […]

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Meridian Services, the Olmstead Decision and the Olmstead Academy

September 23, 2016

In 1999, the United States Supreme Court ruled the segregation of people with disabilities is illegal. This “Olmstead Decision” said that people with disabilities are best served alongside everyone else, in the community as much as possible, with the necessary supports. On January 28, 2013, Governor Mark Dayton issued an Executive Order which established an […]

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2015 Meridian Services Survey Results

July 25, 2016

In 2015, Meridian Services polled the family and guardians of the people we serve and the results were overwhelmingly positive. To view the results of an individual survey click the link below. Meridian IDT Meridian Person Served Meridian FFS IDT Meridian FFS Person Served

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Rebecca Thomley Chosen for 2013 Eleven Who KARE

March 6, 2013

CEO OF ORION ASSOCIATES AND FOUNDER OF HEADWATERS RELIEF ORGANIZATION RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION March 6, 2013 – Golden Valley, Minn. – Headwaters Relief Organization is pleased to announce Dr. Rebecca Thomley has been chosen as one of several Twin Cities’ recipients of the 2013 Eleven Who KARE award. Dr. Thomley is being recognized for […]

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