Genesis: Creating jobs in Storm Lake for 40 years

Three client employees have been at Genesis

(formerly Buena Vista Work Activity Center and Red Barn)

all 40 years of its existence.

They are Tim Bedel, Audrey Friedrich and Dan Bedel.

Audrey earned the nickname “Mrs. Scanner” for her

keen ability sorting liquor bottles. Storm Lake’s earliest

efforts on behalf of mentally disabled adults was born

by committed parents, “because they want them to have

a life,” said Site Director Sandy Pingel.

It all started in the basement of a local church


When Storm Lake’s first zombie walk takes place next Saturday, you’ll see up to 40 clients from Genesis Development having the time of their lives in their deadly costumes.

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