Enhancing lives of others

Borgi Beeler, Minot

Giving Hearts Day is a 24-hour online giving event hosted by Dakota Medical and Impact Foundations. This year, eight Minot non-profits will be participating in Giving Hearts Day on Feb. 13, including Kalix.

Kalix (formerly known as the Minot Vocational Adjustment Workshop or “the Workshop”) has been providing services to adults with disabilities since 1960. We have enjoyed fantastic support from the public in Minot, and are thankful for each financial gift and the opportunities we are able to provide because of your giving.

For 2014, Kalix has $8,000 in commitments for matching funds: $4,000 again from Mattson Construction, $3,000 from Sertoma, and $1,000 from First Western Insurance.

It is our goal to raise $20,000 toward expanding our technology program. We use tablets and other assistive devices to enhance work opportunities and home environments for people with disabilities. For example: Joe uses a tablet with a cascading set of pictures to tell staff what he wants; Mary has a large button attached to her radio so that she can turn it on herself; Bill uses an iPad as a video modeling tool at work to help him remember to complete all assigned tasks and put things in the right places; Barb enjoys the increased privacy that comes with having an alarm system to alert staff if a door or window opens and Peter can cook independently with adapted utensils to help stabilize pans from moving while being stirred.

We invite you to join us at impactgiveback.org on Feb. 13 and be a part of increased opportunities and an enhanced life for people with disabilities.