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WACOSA's mission is to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to work and live in their community.

Mission Statement
310 Sundial Drive
Waite Park, MN 56387
Waite Park, MN 56387
Phone: 320-252-0087
Other Names Used None known.
EIN 41-0871466
Principal Staff Steven Howard
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE) 136.8
Number of Volunteers 251
Number of Clients Served 600
Tags / Keywords adults with disabilities, vocational rehabilitation, employment planning services, day training, school to work transition, autism spectrum disorder services
General Information
Board Chair Stephanie Kadlec
Number of Board Members 12
Board meetings with quorum
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 10.2142857142857
Major Programs
Program Services including Day Training and Habilitation, Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals and Traumatic Brain Injury programs for adults with disabilities $4,599,311
Vocational Services including Community Crews, productions crews, ThriftWorks! thriftstore and DocuShred $1,653,996
In 2014, WACOSA served 600 individuals across 5 locations, which represents a growth of 4.8% over 2013 and 27% growth from 2008. We saw 84 new admissions, had 50 community work crews and placed 84 individuals in competitive employment. Development income totaled $209,000. WACOSA hosted 251 volunteers, resulting in 2,861 volunteer hours an increase of 30% and 26% respectively from 2013. This volunteer effort produced in excess of $69,500 of labor, based upon current Minnesota labor statistics (Corporation for National and Community Service, 2013). At WACOSA's DocuShred, clients destroyed over 806,000 pounds of shredding in 2014, an 8.7% growth from the previous year and a 10.8% growth in revenue. Our ThriftWorks! thrift store completed it's first full year of operation with revenues of over $146,000, 3,794 donations, and 23,551 sales transactions. Since it began operation in 2013, 16 individuals have participated in the ThriftWorks! Retail Training Program, with 4 persons completing training to work competitively. In 2014, WACOSA received an arts grant through the Paramount Theater in St. Cloud, making it possible for a professional artist in residence to mentor and instruct WACOSA clients about art expression. Clients outstanding talent was showcased at a reception held January 7, 2014 in WACOSA's Thriftworks thrift store. In June 2014 WACOSA held a second annual conference directed toward improving work attitudes. Staff, board members and other guests attended.
Current Goals
WACOSA's goals for the current year are to: Continue to grow the WACOSA Thriftworks! thrift store to graduate and place a progressively higher number of persons with high functioning autism and related conditions in retail related environments, Continue to implement our comprehensive volunteer efforts, Broaden the scope of clientele participating in the "Arts Thru the Spectrum" program in collaboration with the Central Minnesota Arts Board and the Paramount Theater, Continue to seek out a sufficient amount of contract work to keep all individuals in our center-based workforce active and engaged, Keep DocuShred (our secure document destruction program) growing and discover new systems to make it profitable, Continue to implement WACOSA's new IT based strategic plan, Increase fund development efforts, and Begin building foundational support for planned giving.
Community or Constituency Served
WACOSA serves adults with disabilities in central Minnesota with offices in Waite Park, Sauk Centre and Whitney Senior Center in St. Cloud. The individuals we serve have a wide range of needs and ability levels including, but not limited to, mental health disorders, developmental disabilities such as autism and downs syndrome, and physical disabilities such as brain injuries.
Geographic Area Served
WACOSA serves areas in central Minnesota including Stearns, Benton, Sherburne and Mille Lacs counties and the cities of: St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Waite Park, Milaca, Foley, Ronneby, Oak Park, Foreston and Bock.
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $6,008,983 85%
Management: $1,012,401 14.3%
Fundraising: $48,827 .7%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2014 2013 2012
End of Year: $6,760,617 $6,546,863 $6,402,922
Beginning of Year $6,546,863 $6,314,387 $5,889,895
Difference $213,754 $232,476 $513,027
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $6,760,617
Based on information provided on 2012 to 2014
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