SMILES will be closed Monday, January 20th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, a federal holiday.


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SMILES CIL will be closed on Wednesday, December 25, 2013 and Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

Our Mankato location will be open for PCA’s to drop off and pick up paperwork on Tuesday the 24th, as well as Thursday and Friday the 26th and 27th of December, although no program activities are scheduled for those dates.

We wish you happy winter holidays and a prosperous New Year.

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Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Choice Manager: SMILES Center for Independent Living is seeking an individual on a full-time basis to manage its Personal Care Assistant (PCA) Choice Program.  Candidate should possess knowledge of disabilities; program management; and the Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) PCA programs; conduct consumer intakes, facilitate the development of care plans, provide instruction/training, perform supervisory duties, work independently and work flexible hours.  Qualification require a 1. Minnesota License in Social Work, 2. Nursing Degree (RN), 3. Four year degree in a field related to human services and one year of work experience providing direct care services to persons with disabilities, or 4. an Associate degree in a field related to human services, and two years of work experience providing direct care services to  persons with disabilities.  Starting salary $28,1000 to $30,348 per year, plus benefit package.  If you have an questions or would like to request an application packet, please call 507-345-7139.  SMILES is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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SMILES News, Activities, Programs and Services: Autumn 2013 newsletter  (live links)

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SMILES has received an incentive challenge of $500 to increase our online giving on “Give to the Max Day,” Thursday, November 14th, 2013.  The challenge is to match the match, dollar for dollar!

An anonymous donor has pledged $500 to match the first $500 raised online during the 24 hour online giving event, which runs from midnight November 14th until 11:59 pm that same day.

The challenge is to match that match with another $500 or more:  this anonymous donor challenges other donors to match or beat that $500 incentive donation!  Each $500 match pledge, if met, raises another $1000 for SMILES.

Help us get the word out: We want to meet that challenge with another match pledge to SMILES.  $500 goes a long ways to provide Assistive Technology for someone, or Life Skills Training for 2 individuals, or 10 disability awareness training sessions for community groups.  $1000 pays for one residential ramp, so someone can easily leave or enter their home.

Every dollar donated helps SMILES reach the $500 level we must meet to get that first $500.  Employer giving matches can double your donation and count towards meeting that first  $500 giving goal.

To make your online donation count towards this match, go to GiveMN.org on November 14 between Midnight and 11:59, make your donation and tell your employer, so they can match your donation at their match level.

To pledge a match and meet this “match the match” challenge, call Anne Murray or Alan Augustin at 507-345-7139 (toll free at 888-676-6498).  Your donations are tax deductible, truly help SMILES meet our mission, and, can be designated to further your interest in disability programs, services or activities.

Call us today, and “match the match!”  To make a difference in the lives of people who are served by SMILES.



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The Medicare Part D Open Enrollment period for 2013 Medicare plans begins October 15 and extends through December 7. This is a great time for persons with disabilities to make an appointment with Michelle Malakowsky to review your Medicare Part D plan. Every year, many plans change coverage of certain drugs or raise their prices. Consumers can save a lot of money by just reviewing their current plan and finding out what the changes will be for 2014. 

Michelle Malakowsky, the Advocacy Manager at SMILES, is a trained State Health Insurance Provider(SHIP) through the Senior Linkage Line to provide this free service. Call to schedule an appointment. You will need to bring your current medications with for the appointment. All information is strictly confidential.

Click to view the flyer: Medicare Part D Open Enrollment

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SMILES offices in Mankato, Waseca, Fairmont and New Ulm will be closed in observance of Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd, 2013.  We will re-open at 8:00 am on Tuesday, September 3rd.  Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

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