2019 Thankful Giving Campaign

At EA, we are Thankful for you, our participants and their loved ones.  We are grateful that we get to assist you every day to meet your goals, become more independent, improve self-esteem, increase ability to communicate, walk, think.  We love helping you! 

ExercisAbilities is a Non-Profit.  Why you ask?  As an operating and fiscally responsible business, there is a cost to deliver this level of care from our friendly front office, to our facility costs, to our Doctorate Level Therapists.  We recognize that our participants cannot bear all of the burden of the cost.  Insurances continue to decline on what and how much they cover and the dollar amount of reimbursement for services has declined by as much as 40% in the last 5 years.  In contrast, the evidence continues to build to show improved physical activity and a healthy lifestyle combined with skilled therapy DOES make a difference.  The donations and grants that we get allow us to work toward seeing all people, children to seniors, who need our help at the level that they need our help.  Your giving to this campaign can make the difference so that we turn no child or adult away!

WE HAVE A MATCHING DONATION!  Mayo Clinic Rochester Community Giving Committee has challenged our supporters to a $5,000 match.  All donations to this campaign will be matched $1 for $1 up to $5,000.  Let’s keep it rolling today! 

Donate NOW to the end of year Thankful Giving Campaign.  

Our Impact

Our Impact is vast.  We provide so much more than exercise.  Through our wellness education, fitness and recreation programs, our participants achieve a sense of value, self-pride, and success.  This builds relationships and empowers them to do more, be more, and have fun while doing it!  Being well is more than having a strong body.  Our programs foster a sense of belonging to something bigger, all while becoming healthier.  We have built a welcoming, inclusive community that is a place where our participants can be themselves and see achievements that make them physically stronger and so much more. 

The Community Need

Minnesota is a healthy state.  Rochester is known as one of the healthiest cities in America. While this is exciting, many individuals with intellectual and/or physical disabilities report not having a place to go and exercise, continue their physical therapy, or learn how to live healthy.  They want a place where they can feel safe and comfortable being themselves. 

Individuals of all ages with disabilities often feel left out of the design, tolerated rather than accepted.  Though they are welcome at area recreational programs, school activities, and gyms, they often have a feeling that they are different and unwelcome.  Creating an inclusive environment for physical activity and health promotion is achievable, but difficult. 

What makes ExercisAbilities different is that our mission is based on growing an inclusive community where people of all abilities feel accepted for who they are, so they can create and build meaningful relationships and experience personal growth together, alongside everyone like and unlike them. 

Your help in building this impact is needed!  We want physical activity and health promotion opportunities to be available to every person that seeks a place to belong and be empowered to be healthier in mind, body, and spirit. 

The time is now to be part of our year end THANKFUL GIVING! 




  • Lori“Melanie and her staff believe whole-heartedly that continuing physical therapy can benefit people with all kinds of physical disabilities. I have seen positive results and have great hope for further gains through my work with ExercisAbilities.” - Watch her story here.
    - Lori
  • Carissa“I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for ExercisAbilities and the friendships I’ve formed there. I’m more active in my daily life, physically and socially. They have helped me become myself again and I’m excited for what my future holds.” - Watch her story here.
    - Carissa
  • tom“With ExercisAbilities help Tom takes care of his own personal cares, exercises 5 days a week to build up strength in his legs and keep his body functioning. Without it, he would simply be laying in a bed and we all know that is no quality of life. Thank you EA for giving Tom a true chance to recover and live the best life he can despite his disabilities at this time.” - Watch his story here.
    - Tom and his sister LuAnn
  • don“ExercisAbilities relieved most of his pain within an hour of therapy. Since then they have helped Don strengthen muscles he didn’t realize he could control. His walk is improving, his pain is now minimal, he is out and about again, and he again has hope. Wow!”
    - Don and Rosella K
  • brad“ExercisAbilities is how it inspires me to never give up, with the endless support of those incredible people. My family and I will forever be grateful for the finding of this place that changed my life, going from despair to hopeful. Thank you Melanie and team, for making such a difference in my life!” - Watch his story here.
    - Brad
  • megan“You can never stop.  You have to keep working always" - Watch her story here.
    - Megan
  • clayton"I would not be independent today if it was not for ExercisAbilities" - Watch his story here.
    - Clayton
  • joe“I need a place where I feel comfortable. To be myself in order to get better.”
    - Joe

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