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Our Homes and Programs

Community-Based Homes

Since opening the Children’s Home in 1976, Hiawatha Homes has expanded to become a diversified system of family support services and twenty-two community-based homes. Today, over 140 individuals benefit from Hiawatha’s community based residential homes through:

  • Advocacy
  • Nursing and support therapies
  • Community involvement
  • Respite support

Family Support Services

Our goal is to coordinate opportunities for greater personal growth for people with disabilities in their homes and in the community through:

  • Lifetime skills training
  • Personal needs training
  • Recreations/leisure activities
  • Social activities
  • Community involvement

LEEP (Life Enrichment and Exploration Program)

    LEEP is a program for older school aged youth and adults who have disabilities. The program runs Monday through Friday after school, non-school days, after day programs, and during the summer. LEEP provides a supervised environment with structured learning and recreational activities.

Activities may include:

  • Craft and cooking
  • Domestic training
  • Personal safety training
  • Social skills training
  • Special Summer field trips

Referral Information:
Marge Dent, Program Director
(507) 226-0703 direct line

Contact Information:
Stephanie Laqua, Program Coordinator
(507) 289-4444, ext. 3

In-Home Support Program

Hiawatha’s In-Home Program is for individuals of all ages who have a disability and still live in their family’s home or in foster care. Individuals receiving services in this program have 1:1 staffing. The program runs 365 days a year and is flexible based on individual needs. Services are provided in the family home, at a Hiawatha location, or elsewhere in the community. Activities are customized to the individual’s wants and needs. Examples of activities are similar to those of the LEEP program, but may also include:

  • Assistance in getting up and ready for school/work
  • Assistance with homework
  • Participation in evening or weekend leisure activities



Respite care offers temporary care within our community based homes for individuals whose care givers may need a helping hand. This is offered to individuals who are currently living at home but on occasion the families may need a break. This offers families the opportunity to spend some quality time with their other children, covers assistance in family emergencies, gives families an opportunity to travel for work or leisure, and assures the families that their child is safe and is enjoying their time away also.

To learn more about the Hiawatha Homes Foundation CLICK HERE.

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