Originally printed in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead’s ChamberChoice special insert
For over 100 years, Fraser, Ltd. has been serving people in and around Fargo. The mission to support children, youth and adults on their journey to independence is fulfilled through three programs: Comprehensive Children’s Services, Transitional Youth Services and Residential Adult Disability Services.
Children’s Services consist of a licensed childcare center which employs a special needs coordinator and includes therapy, early intervention screenings, and a multi-sensory approach for brain stimulation. This program supports 189 children per month.
Transitional Youth Services focuses on homeless youth intervention and served 635 young adults last year. The youth are offered independent living, education and support. Through this program, youth are supplied with the resources and support they need to fulfill their vision and prevent homelessness. Approximately half of the youth served meet the federal definition of homelessness.
Residential Adult Disability Services assists 90 adults ages 18 to 92 in order to develop and retain independent living skills so they are a part of the community.
In their last fiscal year, Fraser’s 230 employees touched the lives of 1,000 different individuals. A recent audit indicates that nearly 90% of money received goes back into programming.
“We’re not only passionate, we’re skilled in what we do,” said Sandra Leyland, Executive Director at Fraser. “We have really good, solid employees who each support the mission of the organization. They have the expertise and skill to support individuals in this community who are striving for independence.”
Leyland said they try to go above and beyond, wanting each person they assist to achieve their goals. She feels the hard work of the staff is a large reason they’ve been named the 2011 Not-For-Profit of the Year.
“We’re honored, it’s really flattering – it’s a special feeling to be selected out of a tremendous number of very good, hard working non-profits in the community. That’s what it comes down to. Fraser has an excellent staff that works hard. They deserve recognition for providing these services for people in need,” she said.
The Chamber membership has allowed Fraser, Ltd. to be a team player within the community. “It’s really simple,” Leyland said. “The community supports us, and we need to support the community in any way that we can, and being a member of The Chamber is one of the ways we can do that.”