Mount Olivet Rolling Acres: MORA
Founded in 1953, MORA was created by a group of dedicated parents and members of Mt Olivet Lutheran Church (MOLC) who wanted to provide a summer camp experience for their children who had disabilities. This desire led to a ministry that now supports adults and children with disabilities through direct care support, in home support, day programming, recreation activities, case management, crisis intervention and, our legacy, summer camp. MORA provides support to 1,000 youth and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) including mental illness through several short-term and long-term care programs and services including:
- Our newest program, the Andover Youth Support Home (AYSH), opened in October of 2018. AYSH provides short-term, residential care for youth, ages 5- 17 years, with mental illness currently in a state of crisis. Our goal is to help youth return home and provide direct support to families and care providers during the youth's time at the AYSH.
- Our signature program is our residential care. MORA provides long-term care for over 130 people in the seven-county metro area in the Twin Cities Our residents span the range from moderate to severe and profound disabilities. MORA has 34 community homes including one home which provides long-term support for adults with persistent mental health issues.
Additional programs include:
- Adult Day Services - a recreational day program designed for adults who are not able to work
- Discover Summer - a summer day-camp for youth with autism spectrum disorder including Asperger's
- Extended Weekend Respite Care - an away from home program to give caregivers respite
- In-Home Family Support - providing financial, housekeeping and meal planning support
- McGregor Cabins - lake front property in McGregor that allows the people we support, as well as veterans, to have an "up north" experience in a safe and accessible environment.
- Contracted Case Management for Hennepin and Dakota Counties - including mental health and other disability needs
- MCCP (Metro Crisis Coordination Program) a unique partnership with the 7 metro counties to provide crisis intervention and crisis housing to people with disabilities.
Our largest challenge for the next 8-10 years is the workforce shortage and impact of reimbursement rates on the ability to pay a living wage. We are exploring expanded Volunteer opportunities to help support our commitment to providing inclusive and community centered activities for the people we serve. If you are interested, connect with Laurie Mahoney at LMahoney@mtolivet-MORA.org.