UW St. Croix Valley grant supports Courage Center rehab services

A $26,250 grant this year from the United Way St. Croix Valley enabled almost 400 people with disabilities to maintain their health, fitness and independence through rehabilitation services provided by Courage Center St. Croix.

"The United Way St. Croix Valley is an important partner in our mission to empower people with disabilities from the area to realize their full potential," said Peter Polga, director, Courage Center St. Croix. In addition to the Stillwater area, the nonprofit rehabilitation therapy location also serves clients from Pierce, Polk and St. Croix counties in Wisconsin.

"Courage Center and Courage Center St. Croix programs align with United Way’s goal of promoting health and independence," said Polga. "Specifically, our programs help keep people with disabilities living independently in the community and help prevent costly secondary health conditions."

In 2011, 95 percent of clients reported improved health and physical fitness; 97 percent would recommend Courage Center St. Croix to others, and 95 percent of clients felt their therapists were experts. Providing more than 85,000 therapy units per year, up nearly 30 percent over previous years, Courage Center St. Croix continues to grow, thanks in part to the support of the UW St. Croix Valley.

Courage Center St. Croix serves 3,500 St. Croix Valley residents each year by providing rehabilitation therapy, fitness and wellness to children and adults with physical disabilities. The location also offers physician services specializing in rehabilitation medicine for people with disabilities or chronic medical conditions. Courage Center St. Croix in Stillwater is part of Minnesota-based Courage Center, a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center whose mission is to empower people with disabilities to realize their full potential in every aspect of life. For more information about Courage Center St. Croix visit www.couragecenter.org/stillwater.