Achieve Services recognizes Abeler for dedication

State Rep. Jim Abeler, R-Anoka, was recognized April 26 for his years of service to people with disabilities by Achieve Services, Inc., a training and habilitation agency in Blaine serving adults with developmental disabilities.

Rep. Jim Abeler receives a Legacy Award from Susan Holden, chairperson of the Achieve Services board of directors.

Rep. Jim Abeler receives a Legacy Award from Susan Holden, chairperson of the Achieve Services board of directors.

The Legacy Award was presented by Susan Holden, chairperson of the Achieve Services volunteer board of directors, during a fund-raiser for Achieve Services at Bunker Hills Golf Course, Coon Rapids.

“We have been extremely fortunate over the years to have on our side one of the most effective champions in the Legislature,” said Holden. “Throughout his career, Rep. Jim Abeler has been on the front lines, fighting to ensure that people with disabilities get the care and services they deserve.”

Legacy Awards are presented on occasion to individuals who have dedicated years and often decades of service on behalf of people with disabilities.

Recipients of this award have made significant contributions in advocating policies or reforms that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Achieve Services began in the 1960s as a day treatment program for children with developmental disabilities.

Over the years, it has responded to and led changes in policies and practices.

In 2004, Achieve separated from Anoka County and became a nonprofit organization.

Today, services for adults include employment, vocational training, occupational therapy and life skills development.

More than 20 businesses and organizations in the area have Achieve participants as part of their workforce.

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