The Southwest Region provides programs and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Blue Earth, Brown, Cottonwood, Faribault, Jackson, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, Rock, Waseca, Watonwan, and Yellow Medicine counties.
The Southwest Region on Facebook
To keep up with The Arc Southwest region specific social media, visit their Facebook page.
The Southwest Region provides the following ways to help residents in the counties listed above:
- Family and Friends Support Groups
- Self-Advocacy Opportunities
- Housing Access Services – Contact Cheryl Hutchens at our Mankato office at 507-345-4223 for assistance. Click here for more information about the program.
- Workshops and Training:
- Education and Training events located in the Southwest Region and statewide webinars are listed on this page. For a listing of all of The Arc Minnesota events, click here.
Regional Fundraising Activities
Check here for upcoming activities.
People living in the region and throughout Minnesota can access programs and services provided by The Arc Minnesota. For details, click here.
Fairmont Office — Lee Ann Erickson, Program Director
Fairmont, MN 56031
507.235.8580 or regional toll-free number, 800.427.2895
507.235.2680 (regional fax)
Mankato Office — Wilbur Neushwander-Frink, Regional Coordinator
501 South Second Street
Mankato MN, 56001
507.345.4223 or regional toll-free number, 866.502.4082
507.345.8145 (regional fax)
Statewide Toll-Free Number — 833.450.1494
The Southwest Region receives generous support from The Greater Mankato United Way.
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This group meets the fourth Monday of every month at The Pizza Ranch in Worthington from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Meetings are not held from June-August. For more information contact Brenda Schultz at 507-370-0026 or firstname.lastname@example.orgFind out more »
People First of New Ulm started in 1993 and advocates for issues related to disability, including accessibility and transportation. People First of New Ulm supports the United We Stand Players, which started in 1994 and presents plays related to issues of disability. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at the New Ulm Community Center. We start with a potluck at 6:00 p.m. and have the meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Contact Wilbur for more information (contact info…Find out more »
People First of Martin County members work on advocacy issues, activities in the community, fundraising, and they engage in volunteer opportunities. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month, 4:00-5:00 p.m., at the Pizza Ranch at 1101 N State St. in Fairmont, MN from September until May. We also meet on the third Sunday of each month at the Holiday Inn at 1201 Torgerson Drive in Fairmont from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a karaoke dance and meal. Anyone…Find out more »
This group meets the first Thursday of each month at Hamilton Hall in Blue Earth from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. Meetings are not held June-August. The group is still looking for ally support. If you are interested, contact Pat Kietzer (contact info below).Find out more »
People First of Redwood County members work on communication and self-advocacy issues. The group is active in the community in numerous ways: a fall dance, family Christmas party, membership drive, Valentine fudge fundraiser, The Arc’s annual rose sale, and the annual chili supper. The group’s Born This Way, Here to Stay! program involves self-advocates going into the community and leading panel discussions about the issues people with disabilities face every day. These events build community integration, awareness, and connections. This group meets…Find out more »
People First of Rock County enjoys socializing and hearing from one of the self-advocates each month. At this event, we will be hosting a meet and greet for candidates from District 22! This event offers an opportunity for constituents to meet the candidates, speak with them about needs of family members related to disability services, and hear directly from the candidates about their positions on the various issues. This group meets the first Monday of each month, except June through…Find out more »
People First of Mankato presents, Born This Way, Here to Stay! People First of Mankato have a group of members who are ready, willing, and able to answer questions about living with disabilities. This group will go to area schools and businesses to provide information about issues related to disability and invite people to ask questions during the presentation. For more information or to schedule a time for our group to come educate your class or employees contact: Sanda Noy at…Find out more »
This group meets the third Tuesday of every month (except during the summer) from 5:00 -6:00 p.m. at the Pizza Ranch in Jackson. Members love to bowl and see an occasional movie together. For more information, contact Diane Williams at 507-847-2770.Find out more »
This group meets the third Tuesday of every month at the Pizza Ranch in Marshall, MN. Supper starts at 5 p.m. and our meeting starts at 6 p.m. Members currently work on issues related to self-advocacy as well as increasing membership. For more information, contact Pat Brooks (contact info below).Find out more »
Our speaker for this Minneapolis Autism Parent Support (MAPS) meeting will be Jillian Nelson of the Autism Society, a self-advocate who will be talking about how we as parents can encourage self-advocacy in our children. Jillian is a frequent speaker and can regularly be found in the halls of the state capitol advocating on issues affecting the disability community. This meeting will be held at the Community Room at the Lunds/Byerly's in Uptown. For specific information about upcoming meetings, please…Find out more »