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October 2019 eNewsletter

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There's nothing scary here!

It might be the season for all things scary but walk the halls of Longfellow Center and all you will see and hear are the sounds of fun. So while others have their haunted house we have The DakotAbilities Fun House! Come on inside and find out what all of the smiles are about.

These young people from Harrisburg South Middle School brought plenty of fun to share. They painted pumpkins with us and played games. Many new friendships were formed and they are welcome back any time.


Bobby (right) did not need to explain why having a cat on a pumpkin is cool. Friends just understand these things.


One of Debby's favorite characters is a Minion so of course her pumpkin reflects that.

BINGO anyone? Bethany (center) is game!


Creative Spirits

Creative Spirits regularly comes to Longfellow Center with fun art projects. The last class had a Halloween theme. Creative Spirits is a DakotAbilities partner and an important part of Meaningful Day. They offer a wide range of mediums enjoyed by the individuals we serve as well as the volunteers who assist with the projects.

Ian is always ready with a joke or trick but his skills clearly include painting jack-o-lanterns.

The last class with Creative Spirits included a bonus. After the art class was done, the instructor got his guitar and entertained the artists.


Speaking of art and volunteers...

Connie Mack is a retired art teacher and now volunteers at Longfellow Center sharing her love of people with her talents. She is planning one special project and she needs your help. She is going to have our individuals paint small boxes then insert a heart with tissue paper in each. The boxes will be a reminder for the owner to love their little selves. All she needs to accomplish this are boxes. CAN YOU HELP? She would like boxes about the size of your hand: moisturizer, Pepto-Bismol, Vicks... If you have any boxes you are willing to donate, please drop them off at Longfellow Center Monday thru Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm.


We are excited to announce our newest community partner, the SDSO! The move to Longfellow Center opened new opportunities and experiences thanks to so much additional space. For the first time we were able to host the Dakota Wind Quintet to our stage. These five musicians are the principal chairs of their instruments with the orchestra. The ensemble played a variety of music for nearly an hour. Interest to attend from the people we serve made their end-of-day time later but it was well worth it. During the selections played, the packed room was extremely quiet and peaceful. Music truly is the universal language and great music soothes like none other. The Dakota Wind Quintet will return one other time during their season and we will have two performances by the Dakota String Quartet.


Mark Your Calendar!

We can even make scary fun. Once again we will be presenting a Halloween performance on Halloween. Rehearsals have been going on for over a month and we are looking forward to showing off our version of Romeo and Juliet as well as an original play by our very own Shelly Roberts.

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Longfellow Center

There will be refreshments and time to mingle with the actors and the playwright following the performance.


And Finally, our Fearless Fashionistas

When three out of eight people on the leadership team show up for work one day wearing the same logo shirt, it is worthy of a selfie. Please meet our very own Purple People: Joe Dvorak, Director of Day Services; Marty Jolley, Director of Nursing; and Heidi Loof, Director of Residential Services.




Thank you for giving us so much joy! We couldn't have our Fun House without you!




Want to be part of DakotAbilities Fun House?

We are looking for Direct Support Professionals (DSP) and an LPN/RN.



We are also looking for volunteers. Share your knowledge, hobby, or talent. Opportunities exist at Longfellow Center for day services or in the homes.




Working together, we create opportunities and meaningful lives for people with disabilities

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