2016 – 2017 Highlights
- Over the course of the year, preparations were made and training was conducted to transition to electronic documentation for all services.(Strategic Plan Objective # 5) The Scott County Regional Authority provided a $19,500 grant to purchase Chromebooks for this purpose.
- The Jaycees of the Quad Cities Sensory Path continued to take shape over the year with the addition of outdoor musical instruments thanks to a $1500 grant from the Bettendorf Rotary Club. In addition to the Jaycees, the path was made possible with a $15,000 grant from the Regional Development Authority as well as many individual donors and organizations including Brittany’s Gifts. Many volunteers helped with work along the path including folks from St. Ambrose University, Deere & Co., the IRS, UBS, Boy Scouts, and others.
- A web-based timekeeping system was implemented agency-wide, helping with consistency and improving accurate recordkeeping. (Strategic Plan Objective #5)
- Accreditation from CARF International, an accrediting organization for health and human services providers, was achieved. The 2016 survey marked the 12th consecutive three-year accreditation for HDC, the maximum accreditation available through CARF. (Strategic Plan Objective #5)
- Employee focus groups were conducted and information was gathered regarding internal communication. As a result, new communication methods were implemented to improve communication throughout the organization. (Strategic Plan Objective #6)
- After The Republic Companies presented over $40,000 to HDC to develop the J.S. Kimmel Technology Training Center, planning began. Adaptive equipment was added to the plans as a result of a $20,731 grant from the Scott County Regional Authority.
- To provide protection from the elements, a fundraising campaign was launched to construct a protective cover over the front area at the Brady Street building. The Regional Development Authority provided a grant for $15,700, which was supplemented by $4000 from the Easter Egg Scramble 5K run/walk, $6000 from Brittany’s Gifts, and many generous individual donors, including families and staff members.
- New processes and procedures were implemented to assist with attracting, retaining, and engaging qualified staff. (Strategic Plan Objective #1)
- Facilities were improved, including the installation of new flooring at the Residential Center from funds raised through the HANDS Auxiliary trivia night, auction, and golf outing events. A $2000 grant from Theisen’s helped provide shelter outside at the Hickory Grove Road building. A $8333 grant from the Scott County Housing Council through the Scott County Regional Authority provided funds to re-side an HDC-owned home. (Strategic Plan Objectives #5 and #8)
- The HDC Boosters Organization hosted dances, a picnic, a bowling league, and staff appreciation activities.
- Several individuals made provisions in their wills to HDC, allowing them to support the mission after their lifetime. (Strategic Plan Objective #2)
LEAVING A LEGACY: HDC received funds from several individuals who generously included bequests to the Center in their wills; funds that helped support some great projects.
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