Recent News


New van purchased with donations
New van purchased with donations

May 23, 2019

Thank you to all who have donated to Horizons Unlimited!!! With your donations we were able to purchase a newer van for our members and as you can see they love it!!!!


HCBS Audit results

May 21, 2019


Tablescapes Sponsorships
Tablescapes Sponsorships

April 22, 2019

We want to thank our Tablescape Sponsors for your sponsorship for our 9th Annual Tablescapes Fundraiser. We also want to thank those who purchased tickets, the table decorators for decorating the tables, volunteers for their help, the Wild Rose Casino for providing a wonderful meal and providing the event space, and those who donated silent auction items or a monetary donation. We also want to thank Glen Henriksen for the wonderful music. We appreciate your continued support and we look forward to a great time! Thank you all again!

Managers Jeff Crawford and Kate Simonson earn their DSP 1
Managers Jeff Crawford and Kate Simonson earn their DSP 1

April 1, 2019

Horizons Unlimited congratulates Managers Jeff Crawford and Kate Simonson on earning their DSP 1. Horizons Unlimited is a member of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). The NADSP works to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards, promoting system reform, and advancing their knowledge, skills, and values, through certification, credentialing, training, professional development, and accreditation services. The website for NADSP is www.nadsp.org. Congratulations again Kate and Jeff on your time and dedication in completing your DSP 1. 

The One Gift Program
The One Gift Program

March 14, 2019

The One Gift Program gives the State of Iowa employees the opportunity to contribute to participating charitable agencies through payroll deduction. Over 400 charitable agencies offer much needed assistance to Iowans throughout the state by providing a variety of services. When you contribute to the One Gift Program, your donation stays in Iowa, where it helps your neighbors, friends, and family. Horizons Unlimited participates in the One Gift Program.

Participation in the One Gift Program is very easy. You will need to fill out a pledge form with the amount you want to contribute and it is deducted directly from your paycheck, and you can choose how often your deductions are taken out. 

The One Gift Program is a completely voluntary program. You may pledge from $1.00 per pay check to as much as your heart and wallet will allow. All of the money raised goes directly to participating organizations and it is tax deductible. The total amount you contributed for the entire calendar year will be found on your last pay stub of the year. This is your receipt for tax purposes.

You may also make a one-time lump sum donation. Please consider visiting the Iowa Department of Adminstrative Services website https://das.iowa.gov/human-resources/one-gift  if you would like to make a donation to Horizons Unlimited or if you have any other questions about this program.


Horizons Unlimited is 3rd in the Nation to offer the NADSP E-Badge Academy
Horizons Unlimited is 3rd in the Nation to offer the NADSP E-Badge Academy

March 7, 2019

Horizons Unlimited is continuing its commitment to their Direct Support Professionals in providing the NADSP E-Badge Academy. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has launched the NADSP E-Badge Academy, which offers Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) the ability to earn electronic badges as a way to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and values on the job.
These electronic badges recognize and celebrate the professional development that might otherwise go unacknowledged. For the Direct Support Professional, the E-Badge Academy will represent their accomplishments, demonstrate that they have an up-to-date and relevant skill set, highlight their professional achievements, and document the value that they bring to the employer and the people that the DSP supports.
With E-Badges through the online platform Web Course works, professionals can submit specific examples, experience, and education that highlights their achievements and contributions to NADSP, and then share the resulting E-Badge results with others.
For agencies, this is the way to support the employee's professional development, and to show the impact that they have on the people that they support, not only in principle, but also in practice. Agencies also benefit because they can prominently display the competencies of their staff and the impact they are having.
The Direct Support Professional will first make an acquisition of the Code of Ethics Commitment E-Badge. The NADSP E-Badge Academy currently is divided into two main categories of E-Badges. These two categories are focused on the CMS Core Competency Areas and hours of NADSP Accredited Education. In both types, there needs to be specific evidence and examples of how the DSP met the requirements for the badge. When the DSP demonstrates that their professional skill and value meet the specified set of criteria, they can earn an electronic badge to display that accomplishment. From there, there are dozens of different E-Badges that can be earned through the Web Coursework Catalog.
"NADSP E-Badge Academy will provide Horizons' Direct Support Professional employees training and educational opportunities," says Ron Askland, CEO, Horizons Unlimited, "that can lead to a credentialing process and a career ladder."
The E-Badge Academy through the NADSP means that Horizons Unlimited is making an investment in staff development and devoting organizational resources to equipping Direct Support Professionals with the tools needed for on-the-job success.
The vision of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is world-wide with a highly qualified and professional direct support workforce that partners with, supports, and empowers people with disabilities to lead a life of their choosing. NADSP works to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards, promoting system reform, and advancing their knowledge, skills, values, through certification, credentialing, training, professional development, and accreditation services. The website for NADSP is www.nadsp.org.

Community Life Engagement
Community Life Engagement

March 5, 2019

Community Life Engagement Director Kristen Elbert visited with the members about the important responsibilities that the police officersd have and that their responsibilities go above and beyond just catching the bad guys, and they deserve a lot of thanks for all of their work during the winter storms. Pictured here are (L to R) Police Chief Ryan Veldboom, members Mark Stillman, Jake Howard, Leonard Swalve, and Sergeant Aaron Steffen. Thank you Ryan and Aaron for all that you do for our community and we also want to thank all of the rest of the Emergency Personnel as well as the personnel who work cleaning our streets and highways. You work a lot of long hours both day and night keeping our community safe. We appreciate you for all that you do!! Thank you!!

Joe Veltri Receives Volunteer Award
Joe Veltri Receives Volunteer Award

February 25, 2019

Congratulations to Joe Veltri, Job Development Director on receiving the 5 under 40 Volunteer Award at the Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet held on February 18, 2019. Joe was one of 5 that were awarded this award for persons in the community who volunteer and devote their time and energy for various events. Joe is very active in the Main Street Community Theatre, serves on the Public Library Board, and is a member of the Rotary Club. Congratulations again Joe Veltri on this very well deserved award.

Super Pancake Breakfast
Super Pancake Breakfast

February 12, 2019

Thank you to all who came and supported our Super Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the VFW, and making it a success! Thank you Kiwanis for serving the delicious meal, the Iowa Lakes Community College Swim Team and Coach Todd Peters and the Horizons Unlimited employees and members who volunteered to help with this event. What a great group of volunteers! We want to thank DeJa Brew and Fareway for the beverage donations, and also thank you to Lou Ann Huberty and Wayne Turck from the VFW for your help. Thank you again everyone for coming to the breakfast and supporting Horizons Unlimited!

Horizons Unlimited Supports Employees through NADSP Membership
Horizons Unlimited Supports Employees through NADSP Membership

January 7, 2019

Horizons Unlimited is demonstrating its commitment to Direct Support Professionals (DSP's) and other employees by becoming a member of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). Membership through NADSP means that Horizons Unlimited is making an investment in staff development and devoting organizational resources to equipping Direct Support Professionals with the tools needed for on-the-job success.

NADSP will provide Horizons Direct Support Professionals training and educational opportunities, says Ron Askland, CEO, Horizons Unlimited, "that can lead to a credentialing process and a career ladder".

Horizons Unlimited is initiating its membership with NADSP in 2019, which will continue throughout the calendar year. NADSP Membership will help strengthen the mission of Horizons Unlimited which is "Providing opportunities for our Horizons family to develop their full potential in a positive atmosphere."

"All of our members are sending a clear message to their staff which is that they truly matter," says Joseph Macbeth, Executive Director of NADSP. "Beyond just the symbolic gesture, organizations are also receiving exclusive access to resources and information that will improve supports and services."

In maintaining their membership status with NADSP, the employees of Horizons Unlimited will be able to attend private webinars, receive e-newsletters, utilize discounted conference registration rates, and apply a 10% discount for NADSP offerings. Along with these membership benefits, Horizons Unlimited will be featured on NADSP's website, highlighting their dedication to the people they employ, and in turn, the people they support.

The vision of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is world-wide with a highly qualified and professional direct support workforce that partners with, supports, and empowers people with disabilities to lead a life of their choosing. NADSP works to elevate the status of direct support professionals by improving practice standards, promoting system reform, and advancing their knowledge, skills, and values, through certification, credentialing, training, professional development, and accreditation services. The website for NADSP is www.nadsp.org.

Retirement Party for Evelyn Schneider
Retirement Party for Evelyn Schneider

January 2, 2019

A retirement party was held on Friday, December 28, 2018, for Evelyn Schneider who retired as the Human Resource Specialist/Administrative Assistant. Evelyn worked for Horizons Unlimited for 12 1/2 years. Horizons Unlimited hosted a party for Evelyn, and the staff and members stopped in to wish her good luck on her retirement. We asked Evelyn what she will miss most about working at Horizons, and Evelyn stated, "I will miss the staff and the members the most!". We thank Evelyn for her time and dedication to Horizons Unlimited. She will surely be missed!

Members Christmas Party 2018
Members Christmas Party 2018

December 26, 2018

The members enjoyed a Christmas Party held at the Parish Center on Friday, December 21st, 2018. The management team served the members and staff pizza and pop. The members dressed up as the nativity scene and Jack Parish also dressed up as a Santa for the afternoon. The members thought it was extra special to have two Santas to take pictures with! The members also sang karaoke, played games, and visited with each other. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon of fun and food!