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Direct Support Professional Week
Direct Support Professional Week

September 16, 2019

We are so proud of our Direct Support Professionals. This past week, September 8-14th, we celebrated them, their hearts and the work they do to support people with disabilites we serve. Thank you again to Horizons Unlimited DSP's!

Grease Sing-a-long Sponsors
Grease Sing-a-long Sponsors

September 9, 2019

Thank you to our sponsors for your donations for Horizons Unlimited upcoming Grease Sing-a-long event. We are looking forward to a very fun and entertaining event to help raise funds for adults with disabilites served by Horizons Unlimited. Thank you again for your support!

21st Group Home received Governor's Award
21st Group Home received Governor's Award

August 12, 2019

On Wednesday, August 7th, Governor Kim Reynolds presented the 21st Group Home the Governor's Award for Quality of Care in Health Care Facilities at the Shores in Emmetsburg. Mayor Myrna Heddinger nominated 21st Group Home for this award. The Governor's Award recognizes Iowa Health Care Facilities that offer unique and innovative activities to enhance the quality of care or quality of life for their residents. Holly Carter, Manager, staff and members were present to receive the award. Lieutenant Governor Adam Greg, Ron Askland, CEO, along with other community members, families, and board members were present to take part in this honor. Congratulations again to 21st Group Home!

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!