COVID-19 continues to have a tremendous impact on our lives and community. While vaccine availability has now been added to our arsenal of ways to reduce transmission and improve outcomes for those at risk of serious illness from COVID-19, we continue to face the challenges caused by this ongoing pandemic every day.
It is with a sad heart that Home and Community Options has made the difficult decision not to present a musical production in 2022.
For over 20 years, we have been proud to put on a show that creates true integration for people with disabilities into the arts, and it is disheartening that we are unable to bring a musical production to the Winona community for another year. Our stakeholders and the Winona community are critical partners in our work, and HCO continues to need your support:
- Consider a new or sustaining financial gift to support the programs and services of HCO. Each year, approximately $150,000 worth of in-kind and financial donations are received through our annual musical. Donations from our annual productions are essential for many of our programs to continue. Funds raised often cover basic personal needs like medication, clothing, handicapped accessible equipment, and more. You can find out more information or donate online here.
- Our community often donates materials and supplies for HCO’s productions like lumber and paint, fabrics, gift certificates, advertising and promotional materials, and more. In-kind gifts are still a great way to show your support for HCO, even without a 2022 production. For questions or to donate a material gift, please call our main office at 507-452-1021.
- Have some free time and crave connection with others? Do you have unique skills and abilities and want to give back to others? Consider volunteering your time and talents with HCO. For more information, head to the volunteer section of our website.
While it is unfortunate that we will see another year without a musical, we know that this decision is the right one. HCO must focus all of its capacity on providing services to the individuals and families that we support, first and foremost. Many individuals whom we were previously serving are still without services, and we do not have enough staff to fully meet the care needs of we are currently able to care for. Until we are able to fully meet our mission, we are unable to go above and beyond that mission.
I feel blessed to be a part of an amazing agency in such a strong, tight-knit community. On behalf of all of us at Home and Community Options, thank you for your continued support of our mission and work.
Suzanne Horstman, Executive Director
Home and Community Options, Inc.