Success Story: From a Broken Back to a Better Job

Mason was an assistant director of health services for an assisted-living facility when he was admitted to the Mayo Clinic after a serious car accident. “I was stopped in traffic and the person behind me was texting and rear-ended me doing 75 [miles per hour],” Mason said. Mason’s back, neck, and skull were broken. Through a review of […]

MN RETAIN Presents at the Governor’s Workforce Development Board

MN RETAIN leaders, Nancy Omondi, Director of Adult Programs, Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), and Dr. Laura Breeher, Occupational Medicine Specialist, Mayo Clinic, provided program overview and performance update to meeting attendees. The GWDB provided a letter of support required for RETAIN application for funding through the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training […]

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The paid work experiences are delivering tangible benefits for both workers and host businesses. Participants work in a setting that meets their accommodation needs, stay active in the workforce, and continue to earn a wage during their absence from their original employer. Because Workforce Development, Inc. is paying the workers’ wages, the work sites receive […]


RETAIN’s overarching goal is to help workers get back to work following an injury or illness, but not everyone is able to return to his or her regular job or occupation right away. For those workers, Minnesota RETAIN developed an innovative solution— arranging paid transitional work with another employer. This enables injured and ill workers […]


As his job title indicates, VanLaarhoven also specializes in employer outreach and, as such, he spends much of his time communicating with employers to inform them about RETAIN services. He does this in coordination with Minnesota RETAIN’s RTW Case Managers to ensure consistent messaging. Using targeted language focused on the bottom-line benefits of helping workers […]