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Marya Hage Inducted Into the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame!

We are pleased to announce that Marya Hage, our organization’s founder, was inducted into the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame in a ceremony held on Tuesday, April 19th.  She was recognized as a pioneer in our field of service. The following statement was included in the event program: After her father’s death when… Read more »

Headwaters Relief Receives Community Impact Award

Orion Associates’ Support Honored With Community Impact Award

Community engagement has long been an important value for Orion Associates. On February 25th, this generosity of spirit was recognized by the Minnesota business community at the 2016 Community Impact Award ceremony. A program of Minnesota Business Magazine, Orion received the award for its commitment to providing professional services through its support of Headwaters Relief… Read more »

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The FilAm Features When Strong Winds Blow

We are so pleased to see the book our related non-profit, Headwaters Relief Organization, created titled: “When Strong Winds Blow” featured in The FilAm. This is a children’s book written by one of our own volunteers who was a child himself at the time he wrote it, alongside his grandmother, a psychologist and Red Cross… Read more »

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Women Presidents’ Organization Unveils the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies Worldwide

Trailblazing Women Business Owners & Leaders Recognized For Rapid Company Growth The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), in partnership with American Express Global Corporate Payments, the division of American Express serving the payment solution needs of middle market and large companies, today released the eighth ranking of the 50 Fastest-Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies.  For just the second… Read more »

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Rebecca Thomley Interviewed by the Huffington Post

Huffington Post Political Editor Laura Dunn interviewed CEO Dr. Rebecca Thomley recently about establishing Headwaters Relief Organization, her life experiences and the challenges women in business face. Read the full interview on the Huffington Post website.  

Doing Well By Doing Good

Dr. Rebecca Thomley and Cheryl Vennerstrom were recently interviewed by Myrna Marofsky of the Women Presidents Organization (WPO). The video talks about women entrepreneurs who have seen the benefits of incorporating a social bottom line into their daily culture by promoting volunteerism and non-profit commitments in their organizations.

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The Psychologist’s Role

The psychologist’s role has continued to evolve in disaster relief.  In this article for the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, Dr. Rebecca Thomley (CEO of Headwaters Relief Organization) and writer Julie Stroud discuss about how mental health care has become an increasingly important part of disaster relief recovery. They draw on first-hand knowledge… Read more »

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Simple Ways to Give Thanks as a Family

Thanksgiving can be a chaotic and stressful time, whether it be hosting a large dinner, entertaining family and friends from out of town or just the knowledge that the countdown to Christmas is on full blast immediately after it’s over. It’s easy to get caught up in all this craziness. Some of us need to… Read more »

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Smart Apps for People with Disabilities

In the world of developmental disabilities, smartphone and iPad apps have been life changing. They help users communicate and offer many therapeutic, educational and behavioral benefits. They are socially acceptable, small and can be taken most anywhere. They are also relatively inexpensive with many even being free. Our related organization, Orion ISO has created a… Read more »

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Give to the Max Day 2014

Did you know that Minnesota has an annual day of giving? Give to the Max Day is coming up on November 13th. Started in 2009, Give to the Max Day is essentially on online charity blitz giving Minnesotans an easy way to donate to their favorite non-profit or school. Give to the Max day has… Read more »

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Morning Star Financial Services Now Provides Services in Colorado

Our related entity Morning Star Financial Services is pleased to announce they have been chosen as a Financial Management Services (FMS) provider in the state of Colorado for the Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS). They will begin providing services as of January 1, 2015. Recently the state of Colorado decided to expand the number… Read more »

Orion Associates featured in StarTribune

Todd Nelson of the StarTribune featured Orion Associates for its volunteer culture in today’s paper. CEO Rebecca Thomley and CAO Stephen Hage were interviewed for the piece, which focused on the employee culture and history of volunteerism with our related non-profit Headwaters Relief Association. Here is a brief excerpt and a link to the rest… Read more »

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Orion Associates Honored as Outstanding Workplace in Minnesota

Orion Associates announced the company has been honored as one of  Minnesota’s 100 Best Companies to Work Forby Minnesota Business Magazine and named to the list of 100 Top Workplaces 2014by the StarTribune. Both awards presented this month recognized Orion Associates and its related companies including Morning Star Financial Services and Orion ISO, as achieving… Read more »

Orion Associates Named to List of 2014 100 Best Companies to Work For

For the second year in a row Orion Associates has been named to Minnesota Business’ list of 2014 100 Best Companies to Work For. Companies are selected based on criteria including employee satisfaction. On June 5th there was an awards ceremony at Saint Paul RiverCentre where the rankings and winners were announced. To see the full list of… Read more »

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Marya Hage is a 2014 Women in Business Award winner

Our founder and Advisory Board Chair Marya Hage was announced as a winner of a prestigious 2014 Women in Business Award by the Minneapolis/St.Paul Business Journal on April 9, 2014. The Business Journal Women in Business project recognizes 50 women professionals and business owners each year for their career achievements, leadership qualities and contributions to the broader Twin Cities… Read more »

Orion ISO reports over 99% customer services satisfaction rate

Respondents from latest Customer Satisfaction Survey report high marks for overall services  Representatives from our related organization Orion ISO, one of the largest providers of self-directed services in Minnesota, reported over 99% of respondents in the latest Customer Satisfaction Survey were either satisfied or very satisfied with overall services. The findings show Orion ISO received… Read more »

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Headwaters Relief Makes an Impact

Originally posted on A Billion Plus Change by Headwaters Relief Organization Posted: April 11, 2014 The presence of a psychologist can make a difference to both people in the communities served and to other responders who can easily be overwhelmed with their workloads or challenged by the circumstances in which they are working. Interdisciplinary first response… Read more »

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Orion Associates Named Progress Minnesota Honoree

We are honored to be recognized along with noted companies such as 3M and the Mayo Clinic as a Progress Minnesota honoree. At an event on April 10th Finance & Commerce Publisher Steve Jahn on Thursday announced 33 honorees for the third-annual awards program including Orion Associates. The “Progress Minnesota” awards program was established to recognize… Read more »

Orion Associates Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Recent studies show that a healthy culture of volunteerism can benefit both the individual worker and the organization as a whole. Orion Associates and its related companies have a long history of encouraging volunteerism among employees. In 2012 we reached a milestone of 100% employee participation in volunteer activities. “Volunteerism is a vital part of… Read more »

Five Ways to Establish Good Boundaries with Your Employees

One of the wonderful things about self-directed services is that you can employ people you know and trust to take care of yourself or your loved one. This includes family members, friends and neighbors. Since the work is typically being done in your home it creates a fairly informal work environment. While there are many… Read more »

Headwaters Relief Organization announces fundraiser for children in Haiti

Raise the Roof! Help Headwaters Relief Organization build a new roof for the New Grace Church School  As Nelson Mandela often said, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Four years after the Haiti earthquake, called “one of the worst-ever natural disasters in the western Hemisphere” by Time Magazine,… Read more »

Successes in Self-Directed Services

Orion Associates’ related  companies Morning Star Financial Services and Orion ISO mark 2013 as a year of achievement Morning Star Financial Services and Orion ISO reported several successful outcomes in 2013. Both organizations provide participant-directed services for those with disabilities and the elderly.  Morning Star currently provides financial management and administrative services for Medicaid programs… Read more »

Military care packages for our soldiers overseas

Care packages are a great way to send love and comfort from home to our military troops stationed overseas.    Military personnel currently serve overseas in over 150 countries.  Soldiers are most often away from their family and familiar things so sending a package with some comforts from “home” can really lift their spirits. Orion Associates… Read more »

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Dr. Rebecca Thomley awarded NAFE 2013 Women of Excellence Award

NAFE’S 2013 WOMEN OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS NAMES DR. REBECCA THOMLEY, ORION ASSOCIATES FOR EXCEPTIONAL BUSINESS ACHIEVEMENT AND LEADERSHIP  The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) today announced the 2013 Women of Excellence Award recipients, and Dr. Rebecca Thomley, CEO of Orion Associates was bestowed recognition for her exceptional business achievement and acumen. The announcement was made today… Read more »

Orion Associates featured for creating new jobs in Minnesota

Recently Twelve TV visited the Orion Associates corporate headquarters to find our how we are creating new jobs in Minnesota. Orion Associates was featured in the 2nd annual Inc. Hire Power Awards issue, recognizing the private businesses that have generated the most jobs in the past three years.

Headwaters Relief participates in Give to the Max!

Make our partner organization Headwaters Relief part of your Give to the Max! contribution on November 14, 2013. 100% of your donation will go to help those affected by disaster. Headwaters Relief is a non-profit organization that supports both the emotional and housing rehabilitation needs of families and communities ravaged by disaster. Recently, a team of 40 Headwaters Relief volunteers were in Boulder County,… Read more »

Inc. magazine’s Hire Power Awards recognizes Orion Associates and its related companies 28th leading job creator in the U.S.

Organizations honored as Minnesota’s #1 private business job creators over the past 18 months  Golden Valley, MN (October 24, 2013) – Orion Associates has been featured in the 2nd annual Inc. Hire Power Awards, recognizing the private businesses that have generated the most jobs in the past three years. Orion Associates and its related companies… Read more »

Orion Associates wins Silver Stevie Award in 2013 International Business Awards

Orion Associates was named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year category in The 10th Annual International Business Awards. The International Business Awards are the world’s premier business awards program. More than 3,300 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted… Read more »

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Orion Associates achieves Inc. 5000 for second year

Inc. magazine has ranked Orion Associates NO. 4542 on its seventh annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy, America’s independent entrepreneurs.  Unified Payments tops this year’s list. Orion Associates joins other prominent brands featured on… Read more »

Understanding Alzheimer’s in People with Intellectual Disabilities

Warning: Creating default object from empty value in /home3/orion456/public_html/wp-content/uploads/espresso/templates/event_post.php on line 60 Monday December 8, 2014 – Monday December 8, 2014 9400 Golden Valley Road Map and Directions | Register Description: Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities are aging more successfully and experiencing many age related issues.  These include an increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease… Read more »

Headwaters Relief departs for Moore OK

A group of volunteers from Headwaters Relief Organization will head for Moore, Oklahoma on July 4, 2013 to assist with disaster relief efforts still underway after the devastating tornadoes in May of this year. 20 volunteers will be going to Moore, one of the hardest hit areas near Oklahoma City. The group will be coordinating… Read more »

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July Haiti Trip

A small group of volunteers travelled to Haiti in July to visit the orphanages with which we’ve been working to deliver clothing, food and medical supplies. We have determined that the most effective way for us to provide support like this to deliver the goods ourselves. The need in Haiti is still great and the… Read more »

Orion Associates Chosen as one of The 100 Best Companies to Work For

June 14, 2013 – Golden Valley, Minn. – Orion Associates is pleased to announce it has been selected by Minnesota Business Magazine as one of The 100 Best Companies to Work For in Minnesota.  The organization was listed in the medium category. Companies were judged in areas including work environment, employee benefits and employee happiness, among others. “We… Read more »

Orion ISO reports 96% of consumers satisfied with overall services

Minnesota fiscal agent cites impressive numbers in recent customer service survey  “Orion does excellent work with their clients and families. If you have a question or problem, they will fix it right away.” – Survey Respondent “The staff are always so helpful, professional and polite, understanding and compassionate.” – Survey Respondent “Orion is a trusted… Read more »

Orion ISO celebrates 12 years of service

Minnesota fiscal agent credits dedication to self-determination and quality of service with continued success Representatives from Orion ISO, a Minnesota fiscal agent and company related to Orion Associates, announced they are celebrating their twelfth anniversary this month. The organization provides accounting, finance, human services and human resources services for those with disabilities and the elderly… Read more »

Orion Associates provides tips for increasing volunteerism

Minnesota management services agency recognizes National Volunteer Month with insight on how companies may benefit from volunteerism   Representatives of Orion Associates, a management services agency, have released tips for organizations that wish increase employee volunteerism. Orion reached a milestone recently by achieving an internal goal of 100% employee participation in volunteer activities in 2012.  In… Read more »

Dr. Rebecca Thomley chosen for Eleven Who KARE

CEO of Orion Associates and founder of Headwaters Relief Organization recognized for outstanding contribution  Orion Associates CEO Dr. Rebecca Thomley has been chosen as one of several Twin Cities’ recipients of the 2013 Eleven Who KARE award. Dr. Thomley is being recognized for her work with the Headwaters Relief Organization, a non-profit she founded in… Read more »

Dr. Rebecca Thomley receives 2011 Disaster Relief Hero Award

Dr. Rebecca Hage Thomley received the 2011 “Disaster Relief Hero Award” from the American Red Cross Twin Cities Area Chapter. The award was presented to her as “an individual who exhibited heroic efforts in response to a disaster” for her volunteer work with the American Red Cross and Headwaters Relief Organization The following video was… Read more »

River of Hope VIII Clean Up

Headwaters Relief Organization Returns to South Eastern Minnesota to Aid in Rebuilding Efforts Headwaters Relief Organization returned to South Eastern Minnesota, over the weekend of September 12th to the 14th, to aid in the rebuilding efforts that continue a year after the floods that caused widespread destruction throughout the region. Our organization’s focus, a year ago, had been in… Read more »

The Headwaters Volunteer Project emerges from the “A River of Hope”

Over the past two years, “A River of Hope” volunteers have worked in New Orleans, assisting with the clean up efforts in response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster. Through their efforts, these volunteers have gained valuable experience in flood clean up. What many of those same volunteers experienced in Rushford, Minnesota over Labor Day weekend… Read more »

Headwaters Relief Organization featured in Forbes Magazine

Headwaters Relief Organization was recognized in an article in Forbes Magazine, on January 12, 2009. The article described the organization’s founding, by Dr. Rebecca Thomley, with the River of Hope project, as a response to the devastation to New Orleans and the surrounding areas caused by Hurricane Katrina. The article goes on to describe Headwaters’ development from being a response… Read more »

Orion Associates featured in StarTribune

Thomley Featured in a Star Tribune Business Article by Dick Youngblood December 2008 Orion Associates and Rebecca Thomley were recognized in a business article, in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, by business writer Dick Youngblood, on December 9, 2008.  The article details the growth and diversification of Orion Associates and its related companies, including Meridian Services,… Read more »

LEED Certification in Golden Valley City News

  Our organization’s goal of achieving LEED Certification for our Golden Valley office building was noted in the Golden Valley City News, in their November / December 2008 edition. We have set for ourselves the goal of achieving Leadership in Energy & Environmental Development (LEED) certification, which we will accomplish, in a years’ time, if our building meets a set… Read more »

A River of Hope responds to Hurricane Gustav

  Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana was hit hard by Hurricane Gustav on September 1, 2008.  The people of that region were out of power for several weeks and had limited access to supplies. The roads where flooded limiting who could come in and out of the area.  Almost three years after the River of Hope’s first relief trip, a team of… Read more »

Our Organization Noted for its “Open Environment” Policies

“Kids and Dogs” in the Workplace August 2008 Orion Associates, Meridian Services and Zenith Services strive to create a work environment that is friendly and welcoming towards its employees and supportive of their personal lives.  As a part of that effort, the organization has established an “Open Work Environment” policy (the policy text included below) that allows employees to have their… Read more »

Headwaters Relief Organization hosts resilience event

July 2008 Headwaters Relief Organization hosted the “Resilience in the Aftermath of Disaster” event at the organization’s offices, on July 31, 2008, to mark the first anniversary of the I-35W bridge collapse. The primary focus of the event was to assist those who have struggled in the aftermath of the I-35W bridge collapse and other weather-related events, such as… Read more »

Open House Held to Celebrate Our Office Building’s Renovation and Expansion

Open House Held to Celebrate Our Office Building’s Renovation and Expansion June 2008 Orion Associates, Meridian Services and Zenith Services held an Open House on June 12, 2008 to celebrate the completion of the renovation and expansion of our offices in the Orion Building, at 9400 Golden Valley Road, in Golden Valley, Minnesota. The Open House was… Read more »

Headwaters Relief Organization responds to flooding in Cedar Rapids

On June 12, 2008, the Cedar River poured over its banks into the homes and businesses of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The resulting devastation was overwhelming. It was estimated that one hundred blocks of Cedar Rapids, including four thousand homes, were under water. The flooding was above 500 year levels, in what the National Weather Service called a “historic hydrological… Read more »

Dr. Rebecca Thomley receives the MPA Community Involvement award

Dr. Rebecca Thomley, CEO of Orion Associates received a “Community Involvement Award” from the Minnesota Psychological Association, on April 25, 2008, in recognition of her work in founding and leading the River of Hope project and for her efforts in the creation of the Headwaters Relief Organization. The Minnesota Psychological Association invites members to nominate individuals and/or organizations with psychologist… Read more »

Orion Associates receives Psychologically Healthy Workplace award

Orion Associates was one of five Minnesota organizations to receive a “Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award,” presented by the Minnesota Psychological Association. Orion Associates now offers to assist other businesses interested in receiving this award.  If you would like to discuss this offer, we invite you to contact Dr. Rebecca Thomley, President and Chief Executive Officer, at 763-450-5045, or Stephen Hage, Chief Administrative Officer,… Read more »

Rebecca Thomley Honored as Community Outreach Person of the Year

Rebecca Thomley Honored as Community Outreach Person of the Year Dr. Rebecca Thomley was honored as the Community Outreach Person of the Year, by the American Red Cross, Twin Cities Chapter. Dr. Thomley was nominated by her peers and selected by a committee of staff and volunteers to receive this award, presented on November 15, 2007. The award was… Read more »

River of Hope VIII Clean Up

“A River of Hope” Returns to New Orleans Two Years After Our First Relief Trip Zenith Services volunteers returned to New Orleans with the “A River of Hope” project, over Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-27, 2007 to assist with the ongoing rebuilding efforts in the city. This trip was undertaken on the second anniversary of our… Read more »

River of Hope VIII Clean Up

Marking the two year anniversary  of Hurricane Katrina,  “A River of Hope” Volunteers makes eighth trip to New Orleans Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in the early morning of August 29, 2005, breaking through Mississippi River levees in fifty-three places, flooding nearly 80% of the city. Two years later, some areas of New Orleans remain… Read more »

River of Hope opens free Mental Health Resource Center

“A River of Hope” has opened a free Mental Health Resource Center in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, in January, to meet the needs of residents recovering from the impact of Hurricane Katrina. The center is staffed by volunteer social workers from Minnesota as well as national mental health professionals. The River of Hope Mental Health Resource Center… Read more »

River of Hope returns to help Katrina

“A River of Hope” Relief Project – Orion Associates, Meridian Services and Zenith Services Employees return to New Orleans to help with Hurricane Katrina clean up over Fathers’ Day Weekend Joined by general contractors, plumbers, and electricians, our “River of Hope” volunteers traveled to New Orleans over Father’s Day weekend to assist with the clean up and rebuilding efforts in… Read more »

Rebecca Hage Thomley chosen as “A Woman to Watch”

The Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal chose Rebecca Thomley, Chief Executive Officer of Orion Associates and its affiliated companies, as “A Woman to Watch” in their July 2007 “Women in Business” issue. She was honored at a luncheon sponsored by the publication at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel on July 25, 2007. The following article appeared… Read more »

Fourth Annual Diversity Celebration

Our Fifth Annual Celebration of Cultural Diversity March 2007 Our organization’s consumers and employees gathered together, once again, as Orion Associates, Meridian Services and Zenith Services held its Fifth Annual Celebration of Cultural Diversity, on March 12th, at the Maple Grove Community Center, in Maple Grove. Since we established the Celebration of Cultural Diversity as… Read more »

Hurricane Katrina Clean Up

“A River of Hope” Relief Project: Our Organization is Joined by Community Volunteers and United States Senator Mark Dayton as We Return to New Orleans for a Third Time to Help with Hurricane Katrina Clean Up” Orion Associates, Meridian Services Zenith Services employees returned to New Orleans over the weekend of March 24th through 28th to assist… Read more »

Hurricane Katrina Clean Up

A Year After Our First Trip, “A River of Hope” Returns to New Orleans to Help with Hurricane Katrina Clean Up and Rebuilding The “River of Hope” volunteers returned to New Orleans for a sixth time, over the weekend of November 18 th through the 21 st, to continue to assist with the ongoing clean up and… Read more »

Hurricane Katrina Clean Up

As the deadline approaches , “A River of Hope” returns to New Orleans to help with Hurricane Katrina clean up Our “River of Hope” volunteers returned to New Orleans in early August to continue to assist with the clean up and rebuilding efforts in the Ninth Ward, east New Orleans, and Saint Bernard’s Parish. This was the organization’s fifth… Read more »

Orion Associates, Meridian Services, and Zenith Services are Awarded Another Three-Year CARF Accreditation!

Orion Associates, Meridian Services, and Zenith Services are Awarded Another Three-Year CARF Accreditation March 2006 We are pleased to announce that CARF, the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission, has reaccredited Orion Associates, Meridian Services, and Zenith Services for another three years! This outcome represents the highest level of accreditation that can be awarded to an organization and shows an… Read more »

River of Hope construction crew returns to New Orleans

“A River of Hope” Construction Crews Return to New Orleans “A River of Hope” volunteers returned to New Orleans over the weekend of March 3rd through the 6th, to assist with the ongoing rebuilding efforts in the city. This was our seventh trip to New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina devastated a large part of the Gulf… Read more »

Dr. Rebecca Hage Thomley and ‘A River of Hope

Minnesota Trendsetters – Minnesota Monthly’s Semi-Annual Profile of the Region’s Leading Companies and Their Key Executives Marya Hage, our organization’s founder, was recognized as a Minnesota Trendsetter in the January 2006 editionxx of Minnesota Monthly’s semi-annual profile of the regions leading companies and their key executives. January 2006 Marya Hage says,” We have been given incredible gifts, including the riches… Read more »

River of Hope returns to New Orleans for MJK weekend

“A River of Hope” Relief Project: Orion Associates, Meridian Services and Zenith Services Employees Return to New Orleans to Help with Hurricane Katrina Clean Up Over the Martin Luther King, Junior Weekend” Orion Associates, Meridian Services, and Zenith Services sent twenty-five employees and volunteers to New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, over the Martin Luther King, Junior holiday weekend, January 13… Read more »

4th Annual Celebration of Cultural Diversity

November 2005 On Thursday, November 3rd, Orion Associates, Meridian Services, and Zenith Services hosted its fourth annual Celebration of Cultural Diversity at the Maple Grove Community Center, in Maple Grove. The event provided our employees, our consumers and families with the opportunity to sample foods from a number of different ethnic groups, to learn more… Read more »

River of Hope helps New Orleans during Thanksgiving weekend

“A River of Hope” Relief Project: Orion Associates, Meridian Services and Zenith Services Send Employees to New Orleans to Help with Hurricane Katrina Clean Up Over Thanksgiving Weekend” Orion Associates, Meridian Services, and Zenith Services sent thirty five employees and volunteers to New Orleans’ Ninth Ward to help with clean up efforts after Hurricane Katrina, over Thanksgiving weekend, November… Read more »

Our Third Annual Celebration of Cultural Diversity!

February 2005 On Wednesday, February 16th, Orion Associates, Meridian Services, and Zenith Services hosted its third annual Celebration of Cultural Diversity. Once again, the celebration was held at the Maple Grove Community Center, in Maple Grove. The event was intended to provide an opportunity for those involved with our organization to sample foods from a number of different… Read more »

Our Organization Celebrates its Twenty-Fifth Anniversary

January 2005 marks our organization’s twenty-fifth anniversary! Marya Hage founded Meridian Services, the company that began our organization, in 1980, as one of the first Semi-Independent Living Skills (SILS) providers in Minnesota. Over the years the company has grown. Meridian Services now provides a wide range of services to hundreds of people with developmental disabilities… Read more »

Our Metropolitan Office Holds an Open House!

Our Metropolitan Office held an Open House on May 19, 2004 to celebrate the move to our new location at: 9400 Golden Valley Road Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427 It was a wonderfully beautiful spring day and there was a true celebratory atmosphere during the Open House. The event was well attended by consumers, their families,… Read more »

Our Metropolitan Office Moves to Golden Valley

Our Metropolitan Office moved to its new location in Golden Valley on November 1, 2003. Our new address is: 9400 Golden Valley Road Golden Valley, Minnesota 55427 Our individual company phone numbers are as follows: Orion Associates: 763-450-5000 Orion Associates’ FAX: 763-450-5005 Meridian Services: 763-450-5010 Meridian Services’ FAX: 763-450-5015 Meridian Services Case Management: 763-450-5030 Meridian… Read more »

Our Second Annual Celebration of Cultural Diversity!

On Wednesday, October 22nd, Orion Associates, Meridian Services, and Zenith Services hosted a Celebration of Cultural Diversity at the Maple Grove Community Center, in Maple Grove. The event was intended to provide an opportunity for those involved with our organization to learn more about each other and the cultures from which we all come, and… Read more »

Orion Associates, Meridian Services, and Zenith Services are Awarded a Three-Year CARF Accreditation!

CARF has announced that Orion Associates, Meridian Services, and Zenith Services have been accredited for a period of three years for its Personal and Social Services (Vocational Services), Family Services (In-Home Services), and Community Living Services (Residential Services and SILS). This is the first accreditation that the international accrediting commission has awarded to our organization…. Read more »

Our First Annual Celebration of Cultural Diversity!

Our organization is privileged to employ people from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Our employees have included recent immigrants and visitors from a number of African nations, others have been from countries such as Nepal, Pakistan, and Ukraine. Some of our employees have included those whose families arrived in the United States… Read more »

Members of the Organizations’ Top Administration Complete a Graduate Program and Receive Master of Arts Degrees in Organizational Management

We are pleased to announce that Rebecca Thomley, our organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Hage, our Chief Administrative Officer, Cheryl Vennerstrom, our Chief Operating Officer, and Leann Thompson, our senior Program Administrator, completed their studies in a graduate program at Concordia University, Saint Paul, Minnesota, and received Master of Arts degrees in Organizational Management. These… Read more »

Orion Associates Hosts a Leadership Symposium “Building Community Through Leadership”

In February 2002, Orion Associates hosted a leadership symposium entitled, Building Community Through Leadership. One of our goals in hosting this symposium was to promote alliances with other organizations within our field. Orion Associates believes that during times of growth there are tremendous opportunities to strengthen relationships and offer support to each other. We recognize… Read more »

Marya Hage, our Organization’s Founder, Serves at the Pentagon after 9/11

Marya Hage, our organization’s founder, is a Red Cross Volunteer. She serves regularly as a Mental Health Specialist, throughout the United States, following disasters, including hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes. In September, following the September 11th terrorist attack on New York and Washington, she was called to serve at the Pentagon, and was there from September… Read more »