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Comfort and Joy

Picture yourself with a soft, cuddly blanket, a recliner in the tilt-back position, and a TV at just about eye level. Just thinking about that might make you smile. Those things sure make Maggie smile. She lives at the HDC Residential Center, and although she isn’t able to talk, there’s no mistaking how comfortable she is when she sits in her favorite spot, watching TV with a blanket across her lap and a remote in her hand. What never enters Maggie’s mind when she’s this picture of contentment is, “I’m sure glad the boiler system is working so it stays warm and comfortable in here.” No one really gives much thought to their furnace until something goes wrong with it. Unfortunately, there is something wrong with the boiler in Maggie’s home, but good thing for Maggie, someone else is working on the problem. The boiler system at the Residential Center is the one originally installed 32 years ago. It’s the heartbeat of the heating and air conditioning for the building, which is home to Maggie and 59 others who shouldn’t have to worry about things like boilers. Although the system has been limping along for quite a while, it needs to be replaced. Parts aren’t available and the system is obsolete. Replacing the boiler system is no small project, but obviously it has to be done. No one likes spending money on these kinds of things, but the health and safety of everyone at the Residential Center depends on it. This is not be the most exciting project, but it is important. You can ensure the comfort of Maggie...

HDC Enterprises

http://handicappeddevelopment.org/wp-content/uploads/My-Movie-2.mp4 HDC Enterprises is a new initiative that will allow people in the HDC workshop to continue working. Over the past few years, workshop services have gone out of favor and funding is beginning to dwindle. Because HDC has many individuals and families who appreciate the workshop and would like to see it continue as an option, HDC is embarking on a new project to ensure the workshop remains. HDC Enterprises will operate out of the same space that a portion of the current workshop now occupies. Participants will become regular HDC employees, will earn minimum wage to start, and will receive benefits as regular employees. Subcontract work will be funneled into HDC Enterprises and the income off that work will help it become a self-sustaining entity. To ensure the success of HDC Enterprises, we are in need of some equipment and other items to get it launched. You can help get this project off the ground by making a contribution to support it. <You can make a donation here> or send a contribution to HDC, 3402 Hickory Grove Road, Davenport, IA 52806 and indicate that you would like it to be directed to HDC Enterprises. Thank you for your support of this important project.  ...

Awards for Staff Excellence

Every year at the HDC Board of Directors’ Annual Recognition Dinner, staff members from each department are presented with an HDC Excellence Award for performing their duties above and beyond what is expected.  This year’s excellence award recipients were:   Residential Center:                                       Casey Mbakwe, Nurse                     Personal Independence Services:              Stephanie Anderson, Mealtime Aide                    Employment Services:                                 Amber Williams, Casemanager                                         Community Residential Services:               Joni Holt, Support Staff                                           Support Staff:                                                Ann Fell-Miller, Accountant   In addition to these awards, one staff person is presented with the Gary Ashcraft Memorial Award, which recognizes someone who displays humor, dedication, and a positive attitude. All staff members are invited to submit nominations for the Gary Ashcraft award.      This year’s recipient was:                             Daniel Luke Ade, Resident Counselor   Congratulations also goes to those staff members who were nominated for this honor:   Jessica Powers, Personal Independence Aide Kathy Kress, Employment Services Shop Supervisor Amber Williams, Employment Services Casemanager Destany Metcalf, Community Residential Services Casemanager Diane Wyatt, Housekeeping Supervisor Monique McNesby, Employment Services Instructor Connie Thompson, Job Coach Diantha Hill, Medical Advocate   Replace the Legislative Review piece with:   Participant Achievement Award Presented At the HDC Board of Directors’ Recognition Annual Dinner each year, participants from each department are presented with an Achievement Award for goal achievement and other accomplishments.   The 2018 Participant Achievement Award Recipients:   Residential Center:                                       Debra Hoon   Personal Independence Services:              Robert “Bob” Allison                        Employment Services:                                 David Andresen                    Community Employment Services:           Donald Cole                           Community Residential Services:              Rosemary McShane   These individuals worked hard on their goals during this year and received the recognition they deserve...