Region 7 Fall Conference 2021

Friday, October 1, 2021
8:00 AM - 3:15 PM

Thank you to all who attended the Region 7 conference!


8:00 - 8:30 am Registration/Check-in/Snack Provided

8:30 am Welcome

8:30 am -12:00 pm "The Lift Garage Story: How a pastoral minister ended up changing oil"
Cathy Heying
  What do you do when different clients come to you with the same need and there is no one and nowhere to meet it? How do you support people when the resources needed don't exist? Cathy Heying saw this happening over and over with a lack of affordable car repair, and decided to become an auto mechanic to try and meet that need. Hear the story of the Lift Garage, Cathy's journey from social services to auto repair, and be invited to think of ways, big and small, that you can creatively problem-solve to meet the needs of your community.
12:00 - 12:45 pm Lunch

12:45 - 1:30 pm Awards Presentation and Region 7 Business Meeting

1:30 - 3:15 pm Disability Law Center Panel
Noreen Buhmann and Dalaine Remes

  The Minnesota Disability Law Center (MDLC) is the designated Protection and Advocacy System for Minnesota, addressing the unique needs of Minnesotans with disabilities. MDLC provides free civil legal assistance to individuals with disabilities statewide on issues related to their disabilities. This presentation will offer information about MDLC's legal services, including case examples and new projects. Attendees will learn about how MDLC can provide technical assistance to health and human service professionals who are working with people with disabilities.

3:15 pm

Evaluations/Door Prizes (must be present to win)

About the speakers

Cathy Heying is the Founder and current Executive Director of The Lift Garage, a nonprofit auto repair shop that provides low-cost car repair for low-income Minnesotans. Born and raised in a town of 800 in Northeast Iowa, Cathy has lived in Minneapolis since 1997, where she has worked in a variety of church and social service positions. Holding a BA in Social Work from Loras College and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from St. Mary's University, Cathy returned to Dunwoody College in 2008 to receive an AS degree in Auto Technology with a vision of starting a garage to provide affordable car repair for people in need. The Lift Garage has been open since 2013. In 2015, Cathy was named both a CNN Hero and an Irwin Tools Tradesperson of the Year.

Noreen Buhmann is a veteran in human service work. She has a rich history developing programs and service lines across a broad spectrum. Noreen began her career as a street-savvy youth worker with the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis. Her work led her to leadership roles with Gustavus Adolphus College, Three Rivers Park District, and Lutheran Social Service. She recently determined it necessary to conduct her work with a different perspective—through a legal lens. Her work with MDLC includes building collaborations, conducting outreach, education events and training sessions, monitoring facilities, and providing federal grant support.

Dalaine Remes is a Legal Advocate who has worked in MDLC's Mankato office for 13 years. Dalaine advocates for reasonable accommodations and/or disability support services that will help people maximize their independence, maintain health, and protect their right to have equal access to fully enjoy their communities.