Employee News

Resource Information & Letters from Administration

This page is devoted to Thomas Allen employees. It is intended to share key information and updates. It is here to support you. To begin, watch this video and know that you are valued! The work you do is essential. You have our gratitude for your initiative and your heart. Further, your efforts to adapt, be resourceful, creative, and innovative are helping others across Minnesota every day. Thank you!

Calming Resources

This resource offers a plethora of tools to help overcome stressful, challenging, and overwhelming moments. Examples include calming music, guided meditation, coloring books, journals, puzzles, brain breaks, and more!

Credits to:  Monticello Public School District and their partners: Created with inspiration from Osseo Area Schools ALC, Sacramento City Unified, Wayzata Public Schools, St. Croix River Education District, District 196. 

Click the photo to access the Virtual Calming Room, OR Click the link below:

Click Here to Access the Virtual Calming Room

Resources for DSPs

The Department of Human Services circulated this resource list for Direct Support Professionals on June 24, 2022.

It includes links to programs and opportunities that offer support in areas including the following:

  • Options for affordable insurance coverage.
  • Resources for child care, housing and  food assistance support
  • Funding resources for further education and training
  • Remote support service exploration
  • Resources to obtain bonus payments and enhanced rates

Click the photo to access the Resources for Direct Support Professionals, OR Click the link below:

Click Here to Access Resources for Direct Support Professionals

 Communication Updates

Company Information Updates for All Employees


Important Company Updates

Key communication from the owners, leadership team, and committees are inserted below.

January 2023 - Strategic Plans

We have updated our 5-Year Strategic Plan, as well as our annual senior leadership strategic plan. You may access them via the links inserted below.

Additionally, each service-type/department creates a strategic plan that aligns with our leadership plan. Together, these synced strategic plans support us in achieving our goals as a united company.

We value each employee and thank you for your individual contributions that support our mission, “Thomas Allen is committed to working together to provide
meaningful quality life experiences to all people.” 

5-Year Strategic Plan

2023 Senior Leadership Strategic Plan



Owners - December 16, 2022

This letter from the owners announces that Dave and Jim are both retiring effective the end of the year. The company ownership will be a new partnership with Jesse and Kari Schuster.  Please read the letter for more specifics.

Read the Letter from Jim, Dave, and Jesse.

Administrator - June 10, 2022

The State of Minnesota approved Frontline Worker or Hero Pay as a way to thank people who worked on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic peacetime emergency. As an employee of Thomas Allen, you may qualify for this Frontline Worker Pay.  Please read the following letter and refer to the attachments for more information regarding this program, eligibility and how to apply.

Thank You,

Kari Schuster, Administrator

Frontline Pay Letter from Administrator

Frontline Worker Pay – Employer Notice

Frontline Worker Pay – Information Sheet

DEI Committee - May 4, 2022

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy Committee requests your input!  The link below provides access to the annual survey. The committee uses your feedback to guide them as they make suggestions for policy direction that will improve our inclusion efforts as a company.

Please be advised that it is not in the scope of practice for this committee to address complaints or concerns that may be noted in survey results.

If you have a matter that you feel needs to be addressed formally, you may reach out to Beckey Skouge, HR Director at BeckeyS@thomasalleninc.com or 651-789-5115 to further discuss your concern.

If you have questions, you may address them to:  DEI@thomasalleninc.com

The Survey Can Be Accessed Here

Administrator - January 25, 2022

A new grant program is available, Minnesota Future Together, and we invite employees to look into this further, as many of our team members may be eligible.

This new program will provide eligible Minnesotans with a tuition-free pathway for earning a certificate, diploma, associate’s degree, or bachelor’s degree at any public institution in the state. The grants are
available starting spring 2022 through 2024 OR until all funds are dispensed, whichever comes first.

The objective of this grant program is to offer tuition-free college pathway for students in high-need career areas.

Learn more  here!


Mn Governor’s COVID-19 Resource Page

Centers for Disease Control

MN Department of Health  MDH Hotline: 651-201-3920 (M-F, 8am – 4:30 pm)

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

State Health Advisory Network

Do you have specific questions or concerns to bring to the attention of the administration? You may comment below.

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