Mary T, Inc. celebrates 40 years of care, compassion, community

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Continuing a legacy of care and compassion, Mary T. Inc. this year marks 40 years of caring for and serving the community.

Mary T. Inc. co-founder Mary Tjosvold poses before a portrait of her grandmother, Rosa Camille, from whom she inherited the campus on which care and community is provided for the sick and elderly, the infirm and the disabled.
Mary T. Inc. co-founder Mary Tjosvold poses before a portrait of her grandmother, Rosa Camille, from whom she inherited the campus on which care and community is provided for the sick and elderly, the infirm and the disabled.

The Coon Rapids-based organization provides rental communities, assisted living; and services for the sick and elderly, the infirm and the disabled.

“We inherited this property from my grandmother, Rosa Camille, and continue to do what she did with it: care for the sick, the elderly and the disabled. That has been our mission all these years,” said Mary T. Inc. co-founder Mary Tjosvold who, along with her mother Margaret Tjosvold formed the organization to continue and extend services modeled by nurse Rosa.

Tjosvold said she and her mother were among the first to bring people out of state hospitals and place them in community living plans.

The Camilia Rose group home opened in October 1976 and the care center opened four months later. Soon townhomes integrated with families and apartments in group settings were constructed and then the DeMar Children’s Home was built. Senior apartment living is provided at Margaret Place, which opened in the 1980s.

“We have catered programs providing a homelike environment and secured, 24-hour care,” said Tjosvold.

The Villas provide independent living with services available as needed. The single level homes are accessible and include a garage and garden space.

With locations in Arizona, Maryland, Minnesota and Wisconsin, Mary T. Inc. provides care throughout the country.

Dean, Margaret and Mary Tjosvold celebrate the groundbreaking for the DeMar Children’s Home more than 30 years ago.
Dean, Margaret and Mary Tjosvold celebrate the groundbreaking for the DeMar Children’s Home more than 30 years ago.

“I wanted to be a community organizer and realized we have a community right here. We can make a difference right here,” Tjosvold said.

Internationally, Mary T. established and supports a school in Cameroon.

“We buy books, pay teachers, fully support education in Cameroon. When we opened there in 2001 we had 20 students. Today there are 300 students,” Tjosvold said.

The Mary T. Scholars program began in 2012 and has University of Minnesota students travel to Cameroon to work with the local people to address agricultural needs and the trafficking of children as well as education.

Mary T. also participates in VOSH eye missions in Cameroon and conducts vision screening, blood pressure checks and diabetes testing.

“No matter who we serve or where we are the key to our service is the culture we create and the strong values we employ: integrity, cooperation, innovation and social activism,” Tjosvold said. “We are the community we live in and we care deeply for all who make up the community.

Mary T.’s newest program “moves the boundaries of independence” Tjosvold said and described a series of supportive apartments in which medical care and services will be provided from a hub apartment surrounded by 10-12 other apartments in buildings located in Coon Rapids, St. Cloud and Elk River.

“We see what people need and see if we can step in and provide those needs. We are very excited about the supportive apartment model and the independence and care that can be provided that way,” Tjosvold said.

The services provided by Mary T. were recognized and awarded most recently when the organization received the Minnesota Ethics Award and the Family Business Award in 2015.

“Everything we do is about caring for those in need. That mission is ongoing as we continue to care for and serve the community,” Tjosvold said.

To learn more about Mary T. Inc. visit www.marytinc.com or call 763-754-2505.