Phoenix Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities on the Hill

The Phoenix Residence joined forces with dozens of other disability organizations from across the state to rally for support from lawmakers.

Phoenix Residence individuals, staff, and family members raised their voices this week to advocate for services for their loved ones with disabilities. Phoenix joined more than 1,000 advocates from home and community-based services for ARRM Day at the Capitol, a day of advocacy for adults with disabilities.

People from all over the state came to show their support through a rally and meetings with Minnesota legislators. After the rally, individuals shared their stories with legislators of how the services and organizations who support them allow them to achieve their goals and live the best life possible.

Individual Bill Schroeder, who lives at Douglas House and attended the rally, said his favorite part about the rally was fighting for more money. “I will definitely be writing to my congressmen and legislators,” he said. “It’s important because I need more money to live my life.”

This year, the main message advocates communicated to their legislators was to save a 7 percent cut to rates for individuals accessing community-based disability services. The bill will be up for discussion in several committees in the House and Senate, and then could be sent to both parties for approval.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for ARRM Day at the Capitol! Without your support, none of this would be possible.