Mission Moments


One of Ashley’s challenges is communicating her feelings when she meets somebody for the first time. At MSS, she received the opportunity to join a Community Group, designed to become active in the community, traveling to new places and meeting new people. Through this opportunity, she has become more social and engaging with people she meets, has made personal connections and developed more self-confidence in herself. The opportunity MSS provided has allowed Ashley to grow, socially, as an individual.



Max loves Halloween and begins planning for his favorite holiday in August. He takes the time to “assign” everyone their costumes. This year, he took it a step further. He had a vision that he wanted to create with his peers at MSS. He wrote lists of things he wanted to make, drew pictures of his vision, and helped make elaborate designs to decorate for our Halloween party. Max orchestrated the building of all of the sets, making sure to include everyone in his vision. He was so proud of his work, inviting his family to come and see the enchanted world that he masterminded. He hopes to use these for the set of a movie in the future.


Nick goes to Augsburg University and helps with the dishes. There is the loader, unloader, scrubber and a person on the line. Nick was loading dishes, but was only using one hand. I thought to myself, God gave us two hands, let’s use them. I told Nick, “Let’s use our two hands, do you want me to show you?” He nodded yes, so I stood behind him and held his left and right hand with my hands and physically showed him how to use both hands to pick up the plates, pans. I stepped away and said “Alright, now use your two hands without me!” and he smiled, picked up two things at once and he successfully did it! I let out a little cheer. It is amazing to see progress and success.


Today Barb came into the office to show us the pillow she made. She was very excited and said “I can make anything that my heart desires, I can make anything. Staff taught me how to use the sewing machine and I learned how to sew by myself. The next one is going to be a turkey! For Thanksgiving!” It was great to see Barb so enthusiastic about a new project.


Art is an exciting form of expression for many, but there are others that shy away or feel that it isn’t their cup of tea. Steven was one of the guys saying I like sports, not art, until he found that he could combine his love of sports with art. Steven has now been creating tiles with sports logos that are gorgeous and has found a new way to express and share with others his love of the games.


Joan has been working hard daily to succeed at her goal of making a music video. One way she prepares is to practice her piano and vocal skills by playing for the entire center. She is creative in her song choices and her favorite is “Stand by Me”. From the moment Joan toured with MSS she was talking about wanting to sing and play different instruments. It is a joy to support Joan in helping make her life all that she wants it to be.

At Midwest Special Services, we provide individualized programs and supports to people with intellectual and physical disabilities. We help them reach they personal goals and achieve their full potential. Step inside and see what we mean.
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