We create customized solutions for people so they can live and work in the community.

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Serving adults with disabilities and other obstacles to live and work to the best of their abilities so they can achieve their best and we can all live in an integrated society.


Race to the Taste Fundraiser - June 23rd

Postponed Until Further Notice!

Enjoy the flavors of Winneshiek County! Join local culinary experts who will be preparing a specialty using locally grown & produced ingredients. A unique, strolling taste experience coupled with a Scavenger Hunt/Race which will start at Spectrum earlier and end at Pinter’s Gardens for the grand finale! See our flyer for details! To print a registration form, click here! We will also be holding a raffle, which includes many amazing prizes! Tickets can be purchased at The Spectrum Network and also at the event. For more information and for a list of some prizes, please click here!

Come join The Spectrum Network and reminisce with your old friends as well as celebrate new ones!

All proceeds will be used to support our programs for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to work and life! Come be a part of a very special event and our community!

To learn more, click here to listen to our executive director Deb Schott talk about The Race to the Taste and The Spectrum Network!

Gift Cards Available at TSN

Did you know that The Spectrum Network has Kwik Star Gift Cards available for purchase? The cards are convenient, safe, and redeemable at any Kwik Star (IA) or Kwik Trip (WI & MN) Store or Hearty Platter Restaurants. The Gift Cards can be purchased from us in denominations of $5-$100 at The Spectrum Network located at 607 Washington Street, or at the Spectrum Thrift Store on 206 North Elm Street in Cresco. This is a fundraiser for our organization, you purchase at face value of the card and Kwik Star gives us 10% of the sales price. Thus, your purchase will help support our mission of creating customized solutions for individuals facing barriers to work and life. Kwik Star Gift Cards are handy for those frequent purchases at your preferred Kwik Star or Kwik Trip location. The cards also make perfect gifts, too! For additional information, phone 563-382-8401.

Day Services needs your help!

We are looking for donations of all different sorts of items including: any buttons, beads, ribbon, fake flowers, mason jars, beaded necklaces, yarn, colored thread, odds & ends craft items, and a wheelchair. Please donate the items to The Spectrum Network in Decorah or Spectrum Thrift Store in Cresco. Clients are recycling the items into new projects/items which they will have available for sale. Thank you for your continued support of our mission of helping others overcome barriers to work and life!

What's New With Our Wellness Garden?

Our garden became a reality in 2011 and we are continuing to expand on this initiative to bring wellness into our clients’ daily lives. In an attempt to keep all informed of our project we are planning regularly updates and details. In 2012 we expanded our garden project and planted several types of fruit which will continue to provide nutrition alternatives for our clients as they renew each year. Below, our staff member, Kristine Zweibahmer, Program Instructor, shares some news about our therapeutic wellness garden:

“It is very rewarding to assist the clients start up the wellness garden this year. We have started some flowers inside as it is too cold to dig out in the dirt yet. The clients have assisted in planting sunflowers, marigolds, and moss rose; they have been very attentive in watching the progress as the flowers grow. There have been discussions as what to plant out in the garden and once the vegetables are planted how to take care of these viable plants that will reward us with their produce. With the warm weather we all have the planting itch. Several of the clients have assisted with cleaning out the garden to get it ready to be tilled. We are all anxiously awaiting the day to go out and get our hands dirty."

If you would like to volunteer in our garden, please contact us!

Young lady smiling in the garden.


Spring Cleaning? Think Spectrum Thrift Store!

Are you spring cleaning? Not only is your Spectrum Thrift Store a good place to shop, but it is a great place for your donations! And, a good place to learn about working in an integrated community, that is the story of your Spectrum Thrift Store. Your donations put people with disabilities to work! We are located in beautiful downtown Cresco. The Spectrum Thrift Store is open Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.; and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.– 12 p.m. Join those who can say- I shopped, I donated, and I helped put people to work. The Spectrum Network and Spectrum Thrift Store, a great place to work! Questions? Contact Spectrum Thrift Store Manager Mallory Einck or Dr. Deb Schott, Executive Director of The Spectrum Network at 563-382-8401.


From My Perspective: Essays About Disability

Published by The Spectrum Network in 2009, From My Perspective: Essays About Disability (FMP) is the outcome of writing workshops held by The Spectrum Network and taught by Rachel Faldet, assistant professor of English at Luther College. This unique collection has been featured on Iowa Public Radio and used as a Social Work text at Luther College and Wartburg College. For more information about FMP or The Spectrum Network, download our brochure. The Teacher's Guide is a tool for instructors when using the book as a text. To purchase a copy of FMP please contact us.

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