News and Events
St. David's Center director receives statewide Nonprofit Leadership Award
Beth Fagin, St. David's Center's Senior Director of Pediatric Therapy and Autism Services, was named the 2015 Transformational Leader by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. The honor recognizes her 36 years of work in developing programs that break down barriers in outreach to at-risk communities and her leadership in service to the underserved. Most recently, Beth was instrumental in the development and launching of St. David’s Center’s culturally informed autism day treatment program for Somali children in northeast Minneapolis. The Leadership awards honor strong leaders who have created strong programs within their own organization and have collaborated in innovative ways with other nonprofit organizations.
St. David's Center recognized as a 2015 Top Workplace
St. David's Center has been recognized as a Top Workplace by the Star Tribune for the second year in a row. The 2015 report appeared in the Sunday, June 14, newspaper. Almost 350 employees responded to the survey expressing that they feel genuinely appreciated and feel like they are part of something meaningful. Employees also appreciate the flexibility to balance work and home life.
Health & Wellness Project Grant
Clients in St. David’s Center’s Group Homes, Supported Living Services and Therapeutic Recreation programs are living healthier lives thanks to a Health & Wellness Project grant from the MN Department of Human Services. Director of Life-Phase Support Services Krista Bean and Wellness Program Coordinator Kate Biederman recently showcased the fun grant-funded activities that promote fitness, mindfulness and social support at the Minnesota Age and Disabilities Odyssey Conference in Duluth.
Media covers St. David's Center renovation
Our Groundbreaking Celebration took place the morning of April 30, 2015 to mark the start of the final phase of renovation and expansion of our Minnetonka Center, and KSTP 5 covered the event to tell St. David's Center's story. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton was in attendance and took photos alongside some of our preschool students with hardhats and shovels after making his remarks. State bond funding along with funding from generous individuals, corporations & foundations have currently helped us reach 95 percent of our fundraising goal for the project. Watch the story, and read how the Governor's Office used the coverage in one their own bulletins.
Autism Day Treatment program recognized for excellent internship opportunities
Each year, the Autism Day Treatment program at St. David's Center provides internships to graduate-level students, giving them the opportunity to work in our innovative program and gain field experience. This year, the Adler Graduate School named St. David's Center the recipient of its Internship Partners in Excellence Award for our collaboration with their Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. St. David's Center is committed to ongoing learning, professional development, service innovation and community education to remain a leader in best practices, and our Building Our Children's Future renovation will create a state-of-the-art center for training as well as for early education, early intervention and treatment.