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Business Briefs: June 6, 2015

Headshot for this one — 15 June — Andrea Bobrick

RUSC Kinship Mentoring hires executive director

Raising Up Stevens County Kinship Mentoring is making progress towards actively carrying out its mission to provide mentoring opportunities in Stevens County by hiring Andrea Bobrick as a full time executive director.

RUSC Kinship Mentoring began as a grassroots movement led by County Commissioner Jeanne Ennen who was awarded a Bush Fellowship in 2013. RUSC Kinship is an affiliate of the national mentoring organization Kinship, a network of 36 affiliates located in the upper Midwest.

Bobrick earned a B.A. in psychology at Waynesburg University, a private, Christian university in southwestern Pennsylvania. Waynesburg University has a strong emphasis in service learning and social justice which connected Bobrick to various service organizations and led her to pursue a life of service beyond graduation.

Upon graduation, Bobrick dedicated two years to full time national service with AmeriCorps NCCC and AmeriCorps VISTA. During her term of service with AmeriCorps NCCC Bobrick served in a variety of capacities as an after school tutor within the LAUSD school district to trail building in the hills of Petaluma, Calif. to disaster relief in New York City following Hurricane Sandy.

A position with Habitat for Humanity — Freeborn/Mower in Austin, Minn. brought Bobrick to Minnesota in 2014 as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer. Bobrick's primary role was to develop policies, procedures, training materials and strategic plans for various standing committees. During her twelve months of service at Habitat for Humanity — Freeborn/Mower Bobrick worked closely with the executive director to increase sustainability. Bobrick has called Morris home since she and her partner, and Morris native Tallack Dosdall, relocated in August 2014.

"I couldn't be more excited to be a part of RUSC Kinship," Bobrick said. "I am thankful to be a part of such a powerful movement to bring the community together to meet the need for an active mentoring program in Stevens County. My role with RUSC brings together my passions for service and the urgency that I feel to invest in our youth. Our priority is to get our policies and procedures finalized so that we can have a solid foundation as we begin to form mentoring partnerships this fall. Raising awareness is our second priority. We want to also make sure that the community is fully aware of our mission and goals. We need full community support to get this thing off the ground."

Individuals or groups interested in learning more about RUSC Kinship should contact Andrea Bobrick at the RUSC office at 215 Atlantic Avenue, Morris. You can reach the office by phone at 320-585- RUSC or by e-mail at

Big Stone Therapies celebrates 25 years of service

Founded in July 1990 by physical therapists Wade Van Dover and Paul Treinen, Big Stone Therapies is celebrating 25 years of providing rehabilitation services in this region. They based their company on four core values: faith, family, fairness, and fun; through which they continue to use as their company's foundation. Morris clinic will celebrate this anniversary with an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. on July 1.

Van Dover and Treinen began providing physical therapy services to community hospitals in Ortonville, MN; Wheaton, MN; Graceville, MN; and Sisseton, SD. In the following years, the company expanded its services to include occupational therapy, speech therapy, massage therapy, and occupational health services. As the company grew and more locations were added, Roman Taffe joined Van Dover and Treinen in 2002 as Chief Administrative Officer.

"We value our relationship with West Wind Village and the Morris community," Big Stone Therapies Chief Executive Officer Wade Van Dover said. "Our mission is to provide excellence in rehabilitation through caring, hands-on healing services. We look forward to fulfilling our mission in Morris for many years to come."

With headquarters in Ortonville, Big Stone Therapies, Inc. provides therapy services to patients of all ages in outpatient clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, and assisted living facilities. In addition, Big Stone Therapies provides services for home health care, school-based services, and business and industrial settings.

Someplace Safe moving for the summer

Morris' Someplace Safe office will be temporarily relocated for the summer as offices in Colonial Square Plaza are renovated for the summer. Someplace Safe will leave their current space on June 8 and temporarily relocate to the space next to Pomme de Terre Foods on Oregon Avenue, across from the Morris Public Library. The organization will continue to provide all current services from the new location for the summer. This fall, they will move back to Atlantic Avenue into the space currently occupied by West Central Smiles. The organization's phone number will remain the same, and clients can still be referred to service that Someplace Safe offers.