Mille Lacs County Area DAC began in 1970 when a group of residents and concerned parents from Mille Lacs County and neighboring counties came together with a mission to provide a place where disabled individuals could gain and maintain vocational skills and social opportunities. What began as a small program with seven participants in the basement of the Glendorado Church, has evolved over the years to become the program we are today.
After our humble beginnings in the church, we moved to the Princeton Armory in 1972 and shortly after that in 1973, we relocated to Milaca where we could better serve individuals from both ends of the county. At this time we were serving six clients, but anticipated significant growth resulting from our ability to now provide paid work training to our clients. In 1978, we moved to our current location in Milaca with plans to add on to the existing structure. In the fall of 1982, with our building addition and renovations complete, we were serving 35 individuals with disabilities at the Milaca location. By 1988, we grew to 50 attendees, and made the decision to expand to a second location in Princeton. Eventually, we out grew our space in Princeton, so we purchased and renovated the building in Princeton where we presently reside.
Currently, we serve over 110 disabled adults in two locations, Milaca and Princeton. We offer our participants the ability to work in-house and at community supported job sites. In-house, we focus on packaging, assembly, collating, sorting and cleaning. In the community, we have clients working in janitorial, grounds keeping, and packaging. In addition, we support others in their efforts to maintain employment in various community enclaves.
Rounding out our program, are the Community and Life Skills components, which are accessed by all who attend our program in both locations each day. In these areas, our clients focus on all the aspects of community and living skills needed to navigate through their individual day-to-day activities. For some, it may be shopping, banking or budgeting, and for others, cooking, cleaning, or exercising. Each person has the opportunity to express what he/she feels they would like to work on in these areas, which in turn, encourages them to be part of the progress in their own programs.
It is our goal to continually find new ways to help the disabled reach new heights of success. Thank you for your continued support in this endeavor, and we look forward to working with you!