Those We Serve Come First

Advocacy and meeting the needs of the people we serve are our primary concerns.  Their growth, health, welfare and safety are the first considerations in every decision.  Their needs must be responded to promptly in a positive, whole-life, goal oriented approach.


Commit to Excellence

Our standard of performance is excellence.  Those we serve depend on us to individually and collectively provide them with the highest degree of excellence in our services.  It is their right to expect excellence and it is our responsibility to deliver it.


Be Dedicated

Believe in what you are doing.  Engaging people, welcoming them to join into the fun.  Focusing on way’s to make another person’s day more pleasant.  We will accomplish our mission through common sense, hard work, fun and dedication.


Employee Satisfaction

Selecting quality staff, providing them with quality training and supervision in a productive and respectful atmosphere is imperative.


Communicate Effectively

Commit to listening to others.  Focus on the issues at hand.  Seek solutions that are acceptable to all parties.  Be willing to negotiate, yet do not compromise these Unifying Principles.


Be Innovative

Look for new and better ways of doing things while building on what we have already accomplished.


We believe in the individualization principle whereby the uniqueness of each person is recognized, strengths and weaknesses are determined, and a program developed specifically to meet each individual’s own particular needs.


We believe in the developmental process that every individual who is developmentally disabled should be approached with the positive expectation that he or she has the potential to grow, to learn and to develop.


We believe that an individual with developmental disabilities has the same constitutional rights as any other person including the rights to home-like environment in a community as a whole.


Our ultimate goal is to offer each individual an opportunity to develop his or her fullest potential in an environment as near to normal as possible.


We wish to provide a system of services that includes training, counseling, instruction, support and assistance provided in accordance with the consumer’s individual program plan.


Services may include assistance in budgeting, meal preparations, shopping, personal appearance, counseling and related social support services needed to maintain and improve the consumer’s functioning.

The goals of Lakes Homes & Program Development, Inc., are to give each individual needing residential, respite, and/or supportive services a living environment and a habilitative program which will foster those human qualities of emotional security, self-improvement and independence, and mental, physical, and spiritual health which are essential to stimulate maximum growth and development.

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Lakes Homes & Program Development, Inc., provides the following services:

1. Intermediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded (ICF/MR)

This facility was newly constructed in 1980 as an ICF/MR Class B facility with a license capacity of nine (9).  It is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to serve adults with developmental disabilities and by the Minnesota Department of health as an Intermediate Care Facility and Supervised Living Services (SLS).  The primary source of funding is the Minnesota Department of Human Services - Medical Assistance with secondary sources of funding from housing and urban development under the section (8) Subsidy Program and private pay.


2. Corporate Adult Foster Care (AFC) with Supportive Living Services (SLS).

These programs are licensed as Corporate Adult Foster Care by the Minnesota Department of Human Services in the county where they are located for not greater than four (4) individuals per home.  Lakes Homes currently operates AFC programs in Becker, Otter Tail and Mahnomen counties.  Each program is licensed as Supportive Living Services - Waivered through the Minnesota Department of Human Services to serve adults with developmental disabilities.


3. Corporate Adult Foster Care (AFC) for Persistent and Chronic Mental Health Services.

This Program, outside of Detroit Lakes, serves four (4) adults with persistent and chronic Mental Health needs.  The primary source of funding for this program is through Becker County Human Services - Mental Health program grant with secondary funding source of Adult Foster Care and Private pay.


4. Respite Care

We operate a respite care program within a licensed program.  Lakes Homes recognizes that a family with a handicapped member can experience stress far beyond what a “normal” family experiences.  Respite care, which can be defined as temporary care and supervision for a handicapped person, can reduce the stress a family feels because of an emergency, a trip, or needing a few days routine relief; as well as providing the handicapped individual an opportunity to change their own routine, make relationships outside the family, or mingle with their peers for recreational purposes.  We will help families whenever possible in meeting the needs for respite care.



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