LEEP History

History of LEEP

LEEP was started in 1978 by a group of parents who had children with disabilities. The group met every Wednesday night to socialize and recreate with other kids who had similar interests and abilities. Since that time, LEEP has grown in number of consumers served and services offered. This growth continues today and is reflected in the wide scope of programs that we offer. LEEP continues to collaborate with many people and agencies in our community who are committed to seeing our vision fulfilled.

How is LEEP Funded?

LEEP uses a variety of resources to keep the agency running smoothly. The United Way is a great source of support, as are contributions from civic groups and individuals. Participants do pay a small fee to assist with some of the expenses for activities. LEEP utilizes an average of 150 volunteers each year which helps to lower the cost of support professionals.

In January of 2007, the Mankato Sertoma Club donated the building that houses LEEP to the organization. They continue to provide monetary support for basic maintenance and utilities. Sertoma is a national service club which has been providing services to the community for many years. In Mankato, they have been providing opportunities for people with disabilities since 1960.

Where is LEEP Located?

Directions from Highway 169

  • Exit on the Mankato/North Mankato exit (also known as Mulberry Street).
  • Head toward Mankato, which is East on the Mulberry Street Bridge.
  • Take a left on 4th Street
  • Follow 4th Street for eight blocks and the Building will be located on the right.

Directions from Highway 14

  • Exit on the Riverfront Exit and head South, which is toward Mankato.
  • Go about 10 blocks on Riverfront and then turn left on Lafayette Street.
  • LEEP is located on the corner of Lafayette Street and North 4th Street.