About Us

MRCI is one of Minnesota's largest human service non-profit organizations creating opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantages.

At MRCI WorkSource, the focus is on helping individuals become successful.

Since 1953, MRCI has focused on the rehabilitation of adults by providing innovative employment programs that assist individuals in their achievement of personal goals.

 

By focusing on the people we serve through programs and individualized planning, MRCI WorkSource has continued to operate as a true leader in the field of adult rehabilitation.

 

MRCI is one of Minnesota's largest and most diverse providers of employment and day services. We are a private, non-profit organization, that serves individuals in Southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities Metro Area.

A History of Service

Early Beginnings

In 1953, Dwight D. Eisenhower was sworn in as president, the Korean War ended, and after debilitating tens of thousands of people, a polio vaccine was introduced.  It was also the year a concerned group of community members, seeing the effects of the polio epidemic and injured veterans returning from war, started MRCI.  An effort to help those finding themselves disabled adjust to life different then they had known before and experiencing barriers to community participation.

 

MRCI began as a physical therapy organization operated by volunteers. But within the decade, the focus changed to occupational therapy and later services expanded to include mental illness. Although locations and programs have changed over the last six decades, the mission has not. MRCI strives to provide innovative and genuine opportunities for people with disabilities and disadvantages to participate in their community. We have embraced change to stay true to that mission.

 

60s

In the 60s, the Day Training and Habilitation (DT&H) program was established, which provided in-house services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

At that same time, MRCI began center-based employment programs with community business partners.

The MRCI Auxiliary established the Mankato Thrift Shop to help raise money for programs.

 

70s

MRCI was one of the first organizations in the area to provide childcare services with the opening of “Open Arms” preschool. It was later transitioned to the school district. Also, by the late 70s MRCI began making plans to build a new facility in Mankato complete with computerization.

80s

By the 80s offices were established in Fairmont, New Ulm, Burnsville and Chaska.

MRCI also developed a Welfare to Work program and a program performance evaluation system to ensure we were effectively meeting the expectations of our consumers.

 

90s

In 1993, the Minnesota Association of Rehabilitation Facilities recognized MRCI by giving us the “Outstanding Rehabilitation Facility award.

In 1997, the Mankato Area Chamber of Commerce inducted MRCI into the Mankato Area Business Hall of Fame.

 

2000s

Growth and change continued into the 2000s: new locations included Rosemount and another in Mankato (East Park).

2010s

 

In 2011, Quality Products, our own candy company, was added to provide work for our clients.

Seeing a need to help clients transition from school or home to a work environment, the Bridge to the Future and Track to Success programs were launched.

 

Today

Today, MRCI is the 8th largest nonprofit human service organization in the state. With a staff of 438, we empower 5,227 clients.

 

15 Map Drive Mankato, MN 56001

MRCI WorkSource is a Affirmative Action  Equal Opportunity Employer

 

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