In February 1976 the Minnesota Legislature passed a bill to establish nine regional units called Educational Cooperative Service Units or ECSUs (pronounced “X-sue”). The purpose of these organizations was to serve Pre-kindergarten to 12 Education. That includes offering training for educators and other professionals. Many professional networks are offered for school staff as well as many student enrichment programs throughout the region. School districts also have access to Health and Safety services as well as Cooperative Purchasing. As the services of their local unit increased so did their outreach. Along the way there were a couple more name changes and then in 2000 they became what we now know as Resource® Training & Solutions with one of their goals being to provide parenting workshops and wellness programs. As their programs grew so did the need for more and more space until in 2014 they made their final move to a beautiful, state-of-the-art educational center located in Sartell, Minnesota on Highway 15.
I started working with Resource® way back in the 1980s when it was ECSU serving on a committee that dealt with the issues of kids with special needs. When our nonprofit began in 1995 we continued to network with them. Around 2005 we decided we would join together to co-sponsor a yearly workshop on ADHD featuring local health care and mental health care providers who could speak to the families in a two hour evening workshop and the workshop would be offered at a very affordable price. This became a yearly event from then on. Over the years we had small two hour evening workshops for families to big all day workshops for health care, mental health care providers and educators. Our speakers have been local and well known presenters on a state and national level. All along workshops have been offered for families who have kids with mental health issues. Their Family Education/Wellness Specialist, Peggy Imholte, saw the increase of the incidence of mental health issues in schools and the need to expand the parenting classes to include more resources to address this difficult and often lonely road these families travel. The A-D-A-MSM Board of Directors recognized that kids with ADHD can also have other mental health problems so we agreed to co-sponsor yearly workshops on ADHD as well as children’s mental health. Once again we teamed up to maintain our high quality and variety of workshops, with excellent presenters and an affordable registration fee that you don’t see anywhere else in the area.
Now I’ve given you the background on Resource® and how it came to be that we have worked together for eleven years. It’s time to introduce you to the person who works tirelessly to meet the ever growing needs of parents who are raising kids who have all kinds of needs, Peggy Imholte, Family Education/Wellness Specialist at Resource® Training & Solutions.