Established in 1935, Fraser has grown to serve over 10,000 families with special needs.
Fraser provides lifelong support for individuals of all abilities.
Other organizations may offer similar services, but few can match the experience and expertise of Fraser. We are committed to continuing the legacy of our founder, Louise Whitbeck Fraser, who believed in the potential and value of each and every person.
History of Fraser
Louise Whitbeck Fraser opens the “Home Study School” for children with disabilities in her home at 5019 38th Avenue South in Minneapolis.
With an enrollment of 15 children, Mrs. Fraser moves her school to 17 East Elmwood Avenue, but because of neighborhood opposition, loss of lease, or both, the school is forced out and moved back into her home.
After years of neighborhood opposition, several location changes, and a lack of support from public officials, Mrs. Fraser and some enthusiastic parents raise money to purchase a three-room building and playground space at 63rd Street & Penn Avenue in Richfield. The school opens in that building in the fall.
The Home Study School incorporates and creates its first Board of Directors.
The School is enlarged and remodeled.
Vicky Solomonson, granddaughter of Hubert H. Humphrey, enrolls at the school, and the Humphrey family becomes personally involved.
The school is renamed the Louise Whitbeck Fraser School in honor of its founder.
A new, much larger facility is built at 2400 West 64th Street in Richfield.
The new facility is expanded.
Louise Whitbeck Fraser passes away at the age of 81.
Fraser begins offering residential services for adults with developmental disabilities in a group-home setting.
The organization changes its name to Louise Whitbeck Fraser Community Services, Inc.
Fraser builds its first apartment complex for adults with special needs who can live independently with minimal support.
Fraser formalizes its Rehabilitation Services and officially becomes a provider in the state of Minnesota.
Fraser opens Fraser Child & Family Center, a specialized clinic providing mental health, autism, neuropsychology services and referrals for children, adolescents and families.
The organization changes its name to Fraser.
Fraser sponsors Fraser Academy, an elementary charter school. This public, K-5 program (a separate organization from Fraser) provides an inclusive environment with individualized learning programs to meet the unique needs of each student.
Fraser expands Home & Community Support to provide in-home waiver services, home-based respite and flexible case management.
Fraser begins offering Career Planning & Employment for teens and adults with autism and executive function issues.