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Mount Olivet Rolling Acres has a rich 50 year history of being a top provider of exceptional services to individuals with intellectual and other disabilities.

 

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The Mount Olivet Rolling Acres property was purchased in 1953 by a group of parents, to provide a summer camp and group home for their children with developmental disabilities. In 1965, the parents asked Mount Olivet Lutheran Church to take over the program. A nonprofit, nondenominational corporation led by a board of directors was established and construction began on the main campus in 1968. Since then, Mount Olivet Rolling Acres has continued to expand its outreach into the larger community by providing residential services, community homes, specialized services, respite, case management, and day services.

The original location on the main campus located on Schutz Lake near Victoria, Minnesota still stands today, and has residential houses for long-term care. Mount Olivet Rolling Acres also has more than 30 community homes serving almost 100 clients in 4 and 6 person, single-family homes or double bungalows. We provide services for all ages.

In 1996, Mount Olivet Rolling Acres founded our Metro Crisis Coordination Program (MCCP), as part of a collaborative effort among Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties. It is the intent of the participating counties to provide a crisis safety-net range of services for persons with developmental and related conditions. These include, but are not limited to, preventative behavioral interventions, assessments, crisis support planning, technical assistance and training to families, day programs, schools, residential programs and care providers, along with 24-hour emergency telephone consultation. These services are intended to meet the needs of individuals experiencing a crisis by providing immediate and cost-effective services, which focus on on preventative measures.

Mount Olivet Rolling Acres also provides services to people living in their homes. Our In-home Program provides customized plans to support clients and families. Highly trained staff travel to clients’ homes to support individuals and families in a variety of ways, including activities of daily living, personal supports, and community involvement.

With the opening of Sherwood House in 2001, Mount Olivet Rolling Acres expanded its mission by establishing a community home and programs for four people who have severe and persistent mental health issues.

Mount Olivet Rolling Acres has always been aware of the ever changing social climate and continues to add services to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2012 we opened a Respite Program that gives parents and caregivers a break from the daily demands of caring for their loved ones, and allows for a safe, fun, and comfortable “home away from home” atmosphere for clients to enjoy themselves.

Our Adult Day Services strives to meet the needs of individuals seeking a caring, stimulating, and safe environment to spend their day that is a positive alternative to vocational jobs, options for retirement, and other day programs currently available.

In response to the state and federal government urging more options for consumer choice and counties seeking solutions to a surplus in caseloads, Mount Olivet Rolling Acres now provides Case Management Services. These services include, but are not limited to, advocating for clients and their families, coordination of services and planning, and assistance in identifying residential, vocational, and other needed services.

Our long history of service has allowed us to touch countless lives through our programs and services, as well as through our top notch specialized trainings and conferences.