Our Affiliates


 The State of Wisconsin, Office for the Blind and Visually Impaired (OBVI)

provides rehabilitation services to people who are blind or visually impaired. The Appleton location at the Thompson Center on Lourdes services people in Outagamie, Winnebago, Calumet, Manitowoc, Shawano, and Menominee counties. Jean Kenevan is the contact in Appleton at 920-831-2090 or visit the OBVI website https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/blind/index.htm

 Options for Independent Living We are a Center for Independent Living

- a non-profit organization committed to empowering people with disabilities to lead independent and productive lives in their community through advocacy, the provision of information, education, technology and related services. It is NOT an assisted living facility. Some services provided are Assistive Technology, Residential Assessments, Medical Assistance Personal Care Program and a durable medical equipment loan program. The majority of the services we provide are at no-cost to the individual. Find us online at our webpage: www.optionsil.org or our Facebook page. Stop in at the satellite office in Appleton at the Thompson Center on Lourdes for assistance. 
Contact: John Meissner 920-997-9999  -or-  Alyson Windle 920-882-9309

 Easter Seals Wisconsin

provides programs to individuals with disabilities and their families. Serving most of Wisconsin, the programs include Camp Wawbeek, FARM Program, Wisconsin Elks/Easter Seals Respite Program and the Self-Employment Program. There is a regional office in Appleton located at the Thompson Center on Lourdes that serves individuals living in Outagamie County. Our website is: https://www.eastersealswisconsin.com/ 
This office is staffed by Jill Gretzinger and Naomi Benz. They can be reached at 920-832-0344.

If you have a loved one who struggles with cognitive impairment, it's time to provide them an experience that brings happiness and improves quality of life. Active Minds is a personal learning experience designed to fit the needs of those with early stage dementia , or mild memory loss . Through the use of multiple hands-on activities combined with stimulating conversations in a group setting, Active Minds creates a unique atmosphere that promotes social communication, healthy living styles, and lasting friendships.  The Active Minds team understands how to accommodate a variety of learning needs, creating connections and a sense of community through the use of humor, spontaneity, and love.  Beginning Monday, January 9th, Active Minds Community will meet Mondays and Tuesdays 10:00am-12:30pm.  Cost:

$30.00 per day

$50.00 for two days

$200.00 per month

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