2018 – 2019 Highlights
• HDC Enterprises was launched in an effort to transition traditional workshop
participants to regular HDC employees. The Eastern Iowa MH/DD Region provided funds to kick start
the new initiative, and the Scott County Regional Authority, Hubbell-Waterman Foundation, HANDS
Auxiliary and Knights of Columbus assisted with start-up expenses. In addition, many individual
donors made gifts to this project.
• HDC was the grateful recipient of the Booster Organization’s largest gift to the center in their
history. As a result of a very successful nut and candy sale, as well as other fundraising
activities, the Boosters presented a $35,000 check to HDC; funds that were used to enhance the
lives of the individuals served. As has been their tradition, the Boosters continued to focus on
providing social activities for HDC participants social activities for HDC participants, including
dances, a bowling league, and picnics. In addition, the Boosters also support HDC employees
through staff appreciation activities.
• HDC’s 50th anniversary year of celebrations kicked off with a screening of the movie “Becoming
Bulletproof”; a movie that follows the making of a film with actors who experience disabilities.
The celebration continued with a well- attended Open House at the Hickory Grove Road building,
where both staff and participants were able to show the community what they do on a daily basis.
• Keeping with the 50th anniversary theme, the HANDS Auxiliary held their annual cocktail
party/auction at a new location, the St. Ambrose University Rogalski Center. The new venue and
electronic bidding system changes were met with enthusiasm and approval.
From the previous year’s fundraising efforts, HANDS presented a check to HDC in the amount of
$96,000, which was used to further the mission of the Center.
• A new boiler system was installed at the HDC Residential Center after funds were received from
the HANDS Auxiliary and many generous individual donors.
• Groups of volunteers assisted with many different projects. For example, members of the Scott
County Extension Office beautified the flowerbeds at the Hickory Grove Road building just in time
for the open house, and St. Ambrose University students prepared the Jaycee’s of the Quad Cities
Sensory Path for use.
• A grant from the Scott County Regional Authority, along with enthusiastic bidding at the HANDS
auction, made the purchase of a new van possible, which helps meet the many participant
• Area Rotary clubs were supportive of HDC through their granting processes. The Bettendorf Rotary
Club provided a grant to assist with the installation of security cameras at all HDC locations to
improve safety for participants, staff, and visitors.
The North Scott Rotary Club provided a grant to help purchase a mechanical lifting device that
ensures a safer transfer and reduces the likelihood of injury. Funds from the Booster Organization
also helped with these projects.
• The White Pines group home had new siding installed thanks to funds provided by the Scott County
Housing Council through the Scott County Regional Authority.
• HDC was the charity of choice for the 2018 Necker’s Jewelers’ Diamond Dash. Staff and
participants volunteered at the scavenger hunt/race and HDC was the recipient of the proceeds from
• Brittany’s Gifts not only provided Christmas presents to all HDC Residential Center participants
as they always do, they also provided funds to add some items to the sensory path and replace pots
and pans at the group homes.