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Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Event at the Capitol

CCD hosted a rally and press conference at the state capitol to welcome the legislators back from break. 

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) hosted a rally and press conference this week to welcome the Minnesota legislators back from spring break at the state capitol.  Many supporters attended the session, including staff and family members of The Phoenix Residence.  Budget targets were released with the Health and Human Services budget facing a huge cut. This will possibly result in decreased services and program offerings that support and maintain the health and independence of individuals with disabilities.

During the press conference, a family member Liz McCambridge was asked to speak and share her story about her sisters who currently live at a Phoenix location. Liz’s sisters have been residents of the Furness House for 18 years.  Liz spoke on the how detrimental the budget cuts would be to the services offered and well as her support of the COLA.  Liz knows first-hand how upsetting it can be when staff come and go. Click here to see the news cast of the CCD event at the capitol and a portion of Liz’s message. 

This is not Liz’s first time being involved with Minnesota legislative efforts.  Liz attended ARRM Day at the Capitol this past March and was able to meet with elected officials. In fact, she received a personal note from Senator Mary Kiffmeyer after reading Liz’s story about her sisters.  Please continue to contact your state legislator and urge them to consider passing the COLA - it is critical you share your story about the difference you make at Phoenix and the residents you serve!