Human Services

True Friends

  • Annandale, MN
  • www.friendshipventures.org

Mission Statement

Provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities.

Main Programs

  1. Camp
  2. Respite
  3. True Strides
  4. Ventures Travel
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Resident Camp, Day Camp, Respite, Team Quest, Therapeutic riding, Conference & Retreat provided one or more of the following:
Camp Courage- Maple Lake, MN
Camp Courage North- Lake George, MN
Camp Eden Wood- Eden Prairie, MN
Camp Friendship- Annandale, MN
Camp New Hope- McGregor, MN

Ventures Travel travels locally, nationally and internationally.

We employee staff locally, nationally and internationally.

ruling year

1986

President & CEO

Self-reported

Ed Stracke

Keywords

Self-reported

Camp, travel, respite, summer, winter, day, program, services,physical, mental, psychological, learning, disability, disabilities, special needs, horse, children, adult, youth, volunteer, Minnesota,

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EIN

41-1543013

 Number

4174961805

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Recreational and Sporting Camps (Day, Overnight, etc.) (N20)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Camp

Our program provides opportunities to develop an appreciation of nature, live cooperatively with others, share in the responsibilities of group living, develop new leisure interests, experience traditional camp activities and have fun!

General sessions provide a traditional camp experience for children and teenagers, while the resort-like settings at all five locations offer a relaxing and refreshing atmosphere for adult guests. Guests determine their own activity interests and level of participation. Siblings and friends are also welcome to attend.

Category

Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Population(s) Served

Mentally/Emotionally Disabled

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Physically Disabled nec

Budget

Program 2

Respite

This can be a life-saver for families who have 24/7 care duties for a loved one with disabilities. Programs typically begin Friday evening and end late Sunday afternoon. Participants may stay for all or part of a weekend; fees are prorated based on length of stay. True Friends offers respite on multiple weekends throughout the year. Respite services are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Respite services close between 12 and 12:30 pm on Sunday. True Friends will provide supervision during the transition time for individuals extending their stay into a camp or respite program.

Category

Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 3

True Strides

True Strides is a Horsemanship Program providing opportunities for individuals of all abilities to experience exceptional equine-assisted activities and therapeutic riding lessons. Through intentionally designed programming, participants gain knowledge and skills in horse history, grooming, breeds, riding styles and more.

Category

Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Program 4

Ventures Travel

ravel offers growth through experience learning. The benefits are educational, physical and social. Often, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face challenges with travel preparation and navigation. That’s where we can help. For more than 25 years Ventures Travel has specialized in supervised travel vacations for people with disabilities. Our trips are designed for persons who benefit from supervised travel.

Our small group size encourages independence and socializing. We believe it’s important for travelers to help make decisions about their destinations, activities, attractions and meals.

Category

Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

Resident Camp, Day Camp, Respite, Team Quest, Therapeutic riding, Conference & Retreat provided one or more of the following:
Camp Courage- Maple Lake, MN
Camp Courage North- Lake George, MN
Camp Eden Wood- Eden Prairie, MN
Camp Friendship- Annandale, MN
Camp New Hope- McGregor, MN

Ventures Travel travels locally, nationally and internationally.

We employee staff locally, nationally and internationally.

Accreditations

American Camping Association (ACA) - Accreditation

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Financials

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TRUE FRIENDS
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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True Friends

Leadership

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President & CEO

Ed Stracke

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Floyd Adelman

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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