HDC | To succeed. To achieve. To grow. To be happy.


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.



2019 – 2020 Highlights

–The community was invited to celebrate HDC’s 50th Anniversary with several events that culminated in a special Board of Directors’ Annual Recognition Dinner, featuring key not speaker Aron Ralston. 

–The Booster Organization provided participant social and staff appreciation activities, and as a result of another successful nut and candy sale, as well as other fundraising activities, they presented a $23,000 check to be used for HDC program improvements.

–After successful 2019 events supported by many generous golf, auction, and trivia night participants, the HANDS Auxiliary presented to HDC their largest gift ever; a check for $100,000.

–The 13th consecutive 3-year Carf accreditation was achieved; the maximum accreditation possible.  CARF is an independent, international organization that conducts surveys to ensure quality services are provided.

–Howard & Carol Harkins left a legacy by including HDC in their will and providing a bequest for over $500,000.
Their foresight and generosity gave them a means to support the organization that meant so much to them during their

–Providing support to HDC’s essential workers became an area of focus during the 2nd half of the fiscal year. Finest Moments Awards were instituted to provide recognition to staff who acted with integrity and compassion outside
their normal job expectations during this challenging time. The “Saving One Sole at a Time” project provided a new pair of shoes for every employee.  The project was possible through the generosity of the HANDS Auxiliary, HDC Board of Directors, and other loyal HDC supporters, as well as a partnership with Fleet Feet of Davenport and Brooks Running Shoes.

–Thanks to many generous donors a new, highly efficient HVAC unit was installed in the production areas of the Hickory Grove Road building. Participants and staff enjoyed more comfortable temperatures in that area for the first time ever.

–Many 2020 spring and summer events were cancelled, including the HANDS Auction and Golf Outing; however, the Easter Egg Scramble 5K run/walk went on as a virtual event.