We provide the needed support services for consumers with trained, professional staff in many various locations in the Heart of the Lakes Country of Minnesota in Becker, Mahnomen and Otter tail Counties.

Becker County:

Facilities are located in the city limits and in the rural area around Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.  With 412 lakes located within 25 miles, the area has a population of approximately 9,000.  It offers a variety of churches, a community center and many cultural events.  Medical care is offered by two clinics and a hospital.  The county also has a Developmental Achievement Center and a workshop.

Mahnomen County:

We have a facility in the city of Mahnomen, which is located within the boundaries of the White Earth Indian Reservation.  There are a variety of churches serving a population of approximately 1,200.  There is one medical clinic and a hospital located in the city.  The county also has a Developmental Achievement Center.

Otter Tail County:

Our facilities are located in the city of Fergus Falls with a population of approximately 13,000.  Fergus Falls has an active YMCA, a variety of churches, offers many cultural events and two medical clinics with one hospital.  The area also has an organized Special Olympics group.  The county also has a Developmental Achievement Center and a workshop.


This is by far the best group home ‘client’ has been in.”

“Everyone is wonderful to ‘client’ - very caring - I thank you all so very much.”

“We appreciate our ‘client’ having a real home, whether old or new, and having care givers who are genuinely interested in mentally and physically disabled and who are pursuing education in that field.”

“This is definitely the best “home” ‘client’ has ever had. “

“I have felt very comfortable with ‘client’s’ placement at Lakes Homes and feel you are very in tune with clients and their needs.”



Staff Testimonials

Each year, the total staff is surveyed to determine their likes and dislikes and we accept comments and suggestions.  Here are some of the comments from the most recent survey:

“Love my job and clients.” - Julie

“I come to work at Lakes Homes because I love my job.  I love interacting with others I help care for.  I enjoy how it’s more than just a job.  I’ve made friends for a lifetime, and the extra training and seminars are a great part of helping make working at Lakes Homes fun, educational and a great place to be employed!!! “- Alyssa

“I enjoy making a difference in individuals lives every day.  Also being part of making those life time memories.” - Faron

“I enjoy the family like atmosphere.  I enjoy working with my clients.  I enjoy going to the office and greeted with a smile, not attitude.  I enjoy the gatherings with staff and clients, and making team work, work and not the I in team.  I enjoy putting our heads together and solving a problem.” - Rachel

“Flexibility and wages.” - Peggy

How You Can Help


Although we receive the funding for our key services from the county, state and federal government, your contributions to Lakes Homes & Program Development, Inc., will help us offer additional programs such as horticultural therapy, community center scholarships and adaptive equipment.  Our agency is a 501C-3 organization, which means the IRS classifies your donation as charitable giving.  Donations can be sent to our corporate offices.


We Care Stickers

The Central Market in Detroit Lakes has developed a We Care Program, whereby they will offer contributions in return for their store’s receipts marked with the We Care Sticker.  When visiting Central Market, please ask for a We Care Sticker and bring or mail the receipt to our corporate offices.  County Market will return a donation to us based on each dollar on the receipts.


Detroit Lakes Area United Way

Over the past number of years, the Detroit Lakes Area United Way has provided funds to assist parents or guardians in the funding of clients into our respite care program.  Your donations to the Detroit Lakes Area United Way are very much appreciated.


 Annual quality of services surveys are sent to the parents or guardians of the consumers living in our facilities.

The word ‘client’ has been substituted for the actual name of the person to protect  their privacy.  Here are a sampling of the comments included on the returned surveys:

Welcome/About Us


Locations/How You Can Help

Current Openings/Application

Current Events/DSP Training