OSAGE | After more than a decade of supporting individuals with disabilities in Mitchell County, One Vision has opened an office in Osage.
"It gets our name out there more," said Tracy Mattson, regional director for Clear Lake-based One Vision, which currently supports more than 550 individuals in 30 communities across Iowa.
Having the office at 706 Main St. in Osage, which opened at the end of January, also will help One Vision extend its presence in the Mitchell County area, according to Mattson.
The public was invited to an open house on March 28 to meet the staff and find out about employment opportunities with One Vision.
The Osage office houses One Vision staff working in Osage, Charles City, Basset, New Hampton, St. Ansgar, Marble Rock and Floyd.
Mattson said One Vision currently has three site homes in Osage.
One Vision also provides services to those living with their parents or in their own homes.
Several of the individuals the organization supports attended the open house.
One of them, Jared Gardinier, lives in a One Vision site home in Nora Springs, where he has five roommates.
He recently won a Special Olympics gold medal in basketball.
He enjoys going on outings, such as to Lime Creek Nature Center.
James Meineke, team coordinator for One Vision, takes Gardinier -- who is originally from Mason City -- to Mohawk football games.
Meineke also took him to a haunted house for Halloween.
"I didn't get scared in the haunted house, but James did," Gardinier said.