Vocational Rehabilitation

Program Information

The Red Lake Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program (RLVR) started operations for the Red Lake Nation in October, 1992. Our Federal funding is received from the Rehabilitation Services Administration - Department of Education - Washington, DC. We work with many agencies and programs at the State, Local and National levels.

  • The main objective is to work with American Indian people with disabilities to assist them with their employment goals.
  • All program participants must be enrolled members of a Federally Recognized Tribe and verification is required.
  • The services provided are all based on needs identified while developing an Individualized Employment Plan.
  • Residency on the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a Federal requirement

The following are services available through this program:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Foster Grandparent Program
  • Senior Companion Program
  • Student Work Orientation
  • National Indian Council on Aging, Inc (N.I.C.O.A)
  • Fax Service - We provide this service to the general public at no cost for employment related needs, timesheets, insurance, Social Security information, and/or medical related correspondence.

Contact Information:

Giniw Waakaa'igan
(Golden Eagle House)

Red Lake Vocational Rehabilitation
15525 Mendota Ave
P O Box 416
Redby, MN 56670



  • Connie Lee Berg Director
  • Donna Sumner Employment Specialist
  • Shirly McNeal Data Entry Clerk

Service Information

There must be an employment outcome for a person to receive vocational rehabilitation services. The services provided are time-limited and planned services as recorded on an individualized employment plan. Services are provided if support is not already available from another source (i.e. Job Club or the Workforce Center) and addressed if there is a disability-related impediment (barrier) to employment.

Some of the services provided include

  • A thorough and complete assessment to determine eligibility and rehabilitation needs.
  • Counseling and guidance
  • Referrals and other support to secure needed services from other agencies.
  • Job-related services, including job search, placement assistance, follow-along and follow-up services.
  • Specialized support for individuals with the most severe disabilities that enables community involvement.
  • Rehabilitation technology

Who is eligible?

The eligibility criteria is that a person must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe and also be 18 years of age for all services except the Student Work Orientation service, which is 16 years of age or older.

How do I apply?

Contact our office to obtain an application and ask any questions you may have.

Please note that based on current regulations, RLVR is given 60 days to make an eligibility determination. Connie or Donna will review your situation, receive your application, explain the program and services available, collect your medical information, and determine if they recommend program and service eligibility.