2017 – 2018 Highlights
- The electronic documentation system, Therap, was implemented throughout all programs, making documentation more efficient and providing a secure and confidential method of communication between different program areas. All facilities also implemented wireless technology.
- Members of the Jaycees were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony that marked the official opening of the Jaycees of the Quad Cities Sensory Path. Since the path opened, participants have enjoyed the outdoor musical instruments, life-size games, fragrant flowers, peaceful resting areas, and whimsical yard art.
- The J.S. Kimmel Technology Training Center was opened when members of the Kimmel and Kilmer families cut the ribbon. The training center was made possible through the generosity of many donors who contributed to the project through The Republic Companies’ 100th anniversary celebration. The training center is used daily by both participants and staff to help hone their tech skills.
- Participants and staff are enjoying a protective canopy that was constructed on the front entrance of the Personal Independence Services program. Thanks to the support of many individuals and organizations’ donations, the covering was built to provide protection from the elements as people enter and exit the building.
- Groups of volunteers assisted with many different projects, including yard work, painting, and tasks on the sensory path. Some of the volunteer groups included St. Ambrose University students, Bettendorf High School students, and Deere & Co. employees.
- The Scott County Regional Authority provided a grant to install new, more efficient lighting at the Personal Independence Services building on Brady Street. The new lighting not only helps everyone see better, it has also saved money in energy costs.
- The Center was the grateful recipient of several will bequests. Individuals included HDC in their will to allow them to make a gift and to continue to provide support beyond their lifetime.
- The Hillandale group home had new siding installed thanks to funds provided to the Scott County Housing Council from the Scott County Regional Authority. The home also had a new deck built with Scott County Housing Council funds. Everyone living there is enjoying the upgrades.
- Lifting and transferring individuals in and out of wheelchairs was made safer for both participants and staff with the addition of electronic lifting devices. The Residential Center and Personal Independence Services decreased the likelihood of injuries with the new lifting devices, made possible, in part, by a North Scott Rotary grant and a gift from OGO Film.
- The HDC Boosters Organization hosted dances, served a picnic, sponsored a bowling league, funded informational luncheons and provided staff appreciation activities. To make all that possible, they organized a highly successful nut and candy sale.
- The Residential Center’s common bathrooms are getting a makeover with the replacement of old bathtubs and new flooring. Therapeutic bathtubs with whirlpool features help residents relax their tight muscles and improve flexibility. This project was made possible through the kind support of the HDC Booster Organization, the Regional Development Authority, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and the Friendly Thrift Center.
- After 1 ½ years since the implementation of a 3-year Strategic Plan, the planning committee met to review progress on the plan and to look forward to the next year and a half.
- Participants accessed their creative side through an Art Club project thanks to a grant from Quad City Arts. Once each month, visiting artists provide instruction on their area of artistic proficiency to participants who are then able to experience the art.
- Brittany’s Gifts provided Christmas presents to Residential Center residents. In addition, they provided funds to add musical flowers to the sensory path.
- As a result of their successful trivia night, auction and golf outing fundraising events, the HANDS Auxiliary presented a check in the amount of $91,000 to HDC, some of which was earmarked for the launch of HDC Enterprises.