ALLY People Solutions Fundraising Luncheon: Finding A Way. Together.


Register Here luncheon

Please join us in honoring our ALLY Program Participants, Staff, ALLY Ambassadors and Business Owners who are veterans and who support ALLY’s mission of advancing the career and life goals of people with disabilities.  ALLY will be announcing new strategic initiatives for 2015, highlighting accomplishments of 2014, and honor area businesses and individuals who exemplify ALLY’s commitment to service in the community.
We shall ask for your support of our new workforce development initiatives in 2014-2015, which will assist our program participants in developing more refined leadership skills such as: interpersonal effectiveness, problem solving, confidence building, critical thinking and team building in the workplace and workforce.

Join us at 11:30 – Noon for networking and social time, and Lunch will be served, and program will begin promptly at Noon and end promptly at 1:00 p.m..

If you would like to sponsor a table for this event please contact Erika Schwichtenberg at 612-226-4699       REGISTER HERE





Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan – Policy Changes for People with Disabilities

Click Here for Information on Olmstead Act Nationally

Click Here for Information on Olmstead Plan in Minnesota

About the Olmstead Plan

In December of 2011, the Department of Human Services (the Department) and the Plaintiffs in the Jensen et al v. Minnesota Department of Human Services, et al. Court File No. 09-cv-1775 entered into a settlement agreement that requires the development of a Minnesota Olmstead Plan.

In 2012, Minnesota’s Olmstead Planning Committee was formed and included individuals with disabilities, family members, providers, advocates and senior decision-makers from the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and they made recommendations to the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services. Members of the Minnesota Olmstead Planning Committee were either appointed as part of the Jensen Settlement Agreement or by mutual agreement between the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Plaintiffs, from a diverse pool of interested persons from around the state, through a public application process.

Minnesota Olmstead Planning Committee members were not paid for their service. All members shared the belief that inclusion in community life isn’t just good for people with disabilities, it’s good for everyone. The Minnesota Olmstead Planning Committee discussed public programs to see what works, what doesn’t work, and how to fix the parts that don’t work. On October 23, 2012, Minnesota’s Olmstead Planning Committee presented a report to DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. The report included recommendations to ensure that Minnesotans with disabilities have choices about where they live and are served in community settings more suitable to their needs and desires.

One of the Committee’s recommendations asked “that the Governor establish an Olmstead Sub-Cabinet to ensure the most efficient and effective inter-agency coordination, planning and implementation of an Olmstead Plan.”

In January 2013, Governor Mark Dayton issued an Executive Order establishing a Sub-Cabinet to develop and implement a comprehensive plan supporting freedom of choice and opportunity for people with disabilities. The Olmstead Plan Sub-Cabinet, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon, includes the Commissioners or Commissioner’s designee from the following State agencies: Department of Human Services; Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Department of Employment and Economic Development; Department of Transportation; Department of Corrections; Department of Health; Department of Human Rights; and Department of Education. Representatives from the Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities are ex officio members of the Sub-Cabinet.

The Sub-Cabinet will evaluate policies, programs, statutes and regulations of state agencies against the standards set forth in the Olmstead decision to determine whether any should be revised or modified or require legislative action in an effort to improve the availability of community-based services for people with disabilities. The Sub-Cabinet will seek input from consumers, families of consumers, advocacy organizations, service providers and others.

Minnesota’s Olmstead Plan is available on the Documents page.

ALLY Bash at Amsterdam Hall


Once a year ALLY Staff Musician’s come together to play a benefit show for ALLY’s consumer programs. Each celebrated and veteran local band has an ALLY staff member and they volunteer their time and energy to making great music for our community of Supporters at Amsterdam Hall, in downtown St. Paul on 6th and Wabasha street. Amsterdam Hall is known for supporting local non-profits and celebrating their missions.  We are proud to return for our 3rd year of ALLY BASH.  Last year 120 attendees enjoyed music of all genres, Folk, Rockabilly, and Indi-pop.  It’s a great evening of music, silent auction, great door prizes and a fun photo booth! Purchase Tickets and Get Information HERE

Come Walk, Run and Roll – the 5K with a Big Heart



What is Made in the Shade?

Made in the Shade is a non-competitive event to raise funds for non-profit agencies serving people with disabilities. Just register and gather pledges. Then, lace up your athletic shoes, tune up your bike, wheelchair, or stroller and join us on September 20, 2014, at Thomas Beach on Lake Calhoun. You’ll receive a T-shirt, snacks, and post event lunch and entertainment by Highland Friendship Club, Wingspan, and Partnership Resources Glee Clubs and The Moss Piglets Bluegrass Band.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

9:30 a.m. ~ Registration Starts
10:15 a.m. ~ Fun Run starts
10:30 a.m. ~ Walk and Roll starts

Thomas Beach, Lake Calhoun


Donors Make Impact

Screen Shot 2013-03-19 at 11.47.11 AMOur donors are Allies in this work. Donations have direct impact on the services we offer and we are thrilled to have partners as we walk together with consumers.

With your donation you can help us:

  • Purchase a van;
  • Sponsor opportunities for consumers to attend self-advocacy events;
  • Purchase computers and software for consumer computer labs;
  • Enable staff members to improve skills;
  • Purchase elevated gardens at our branches.

We invite to become an Ally. Your generosity has impact on the lives of our consumers. We are glad to count you as a partner in this important work. Finding a Way. Together.

Ally is a resource to people who are challenged by mental health conditions

Ally People Solutions is an approved vendor to provide pre-vocational and supported employment services to people who have mental health concerns. We can help by providing a supportive branch to attend, structure, a consistent schedule, social interaction and opportunities to develop new job skills or brush up on existing ones. People who use these services often have:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression
  • High Anxiety
  • Bi-polar
  • Schizophrenia
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Psychosis
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Organic Brain Deterioration

To find out how Ally People Solutions can help, Please call 651-288-8896 to speak with Joan Decker, Director of Consumer Supports and Staff Development. (JDecker@