Otto Bremer Grant

For Immediate Release
January 3, 2018
Melanie Brennan
Executive Director/CEO

$30,000 for general operations to provide rehabilitation services to individuals with physical, cognitive, and medical unstable conditions

 ExercisAbilities Awarded Otto Bremer Grant

ROCHESTER, Minn. – ExercisAbilities was recently awarded a $30,000 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust. The grant will be used toward support of our services and programs to support rehabilitation services to under-served individuals with physical, cognitive, or medically unstable conditions at ExercisAbilities.

“This grant will support our operations to improve our ability to provide rehabilitation services to many in our community who do not have insurance money to support their ongoing recovery needs” explains Melanie Brennan, ExercisAbilities Director and Founder. “Our current health care environment provides very little financial assistance to those with disability to achieve even the most basic physical activity or rehabilitation that is very much needed to maintain an adequate quality of life, let alone make any improvements for them to better participate in life at home, work and the community.”

“The money will help us support operations and staffing to extend our Forever Strong Exercise Therapy and Independent Living Skills to reach more individuals in Southeast Minnesota.” adds Brennan.  “We are so thankful for the Otto Bremer Trust to move this program forward to fulfill an immediate need.”


About Otto Bremer

The Otto Bremer Trust, based in St Paul, MN, is a private charitable trust established in 1944 by founder Otto Bremer, a successful banker and community business leader.  OBT owns 92 percent of Bremer Bank and also manages a diversified investment portfolio.  The mission of OBT is to invest in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest.  Since its inception, OBT has invested more than $600 million in organizations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin.  Visit


About ExercisAbilities

ExercisAbilities is a physical rehabilitation and medical fitness facility located on North Broadway in Rochester.  ExercisAbilities offers a full range of specialized services including long-term assistance with physical recovery following illness, disability, or pain, medically based fitness services for many diagnoses, and other physical and occupational therapy services for all ages. In 2017, ExercisAbilities has served more than 12,000 visits meeting the needs of the Rochester Community.