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Providing Support for Horizons Unlimited
Providing Support for Horizons Unlimited

April 6, 2020

Dear Friend,
Our community/nation/world is facing a pandemic. While we are actively working on solutions to help our organization, we need your help to make our efforts go even further!

Your support is crucial to our efforts to continue to provide support to our members. If you're able, we would appreciate if you could make a donation of $20 or more to help us through these hard times.

Thank you in advance for your contribution. Your donation will go towards daily operations and assisting members who are out of work.

Here are ways you can make a donation:

-Make a donation online through our website
or
-Send a check by mail to: 

Horizons Unlimited of Palo Alto County
2107 Main St.
P.O. Box 567
Emmetsburg, IA 50536

Again, thank you for your contribution to Horizons Unlimited. We are grateful to have friends like you in our time of need.

Sincerely,

Ron Askland, CEO
Email: RonAskland@horizons-unlimited.net
Ph:(712) 852-2211 Ext. 110
                                   

Horizons Unlimited receives a grant from the Smith Foundation
Horizons Unlimited receives a grant from the Smith Foundation

March 10, 2020

Horizons Unlimited received a grant from the Aurthur W. Smith and Audrey F. Smith Foundation on March 9, 2020 to purchase four Adult CPR Prestan Manikins and a Commercial Washer and Dryer Set. We want to thank the Smith Foundation for this grant. We are thankful for the opportunity to purchase these needed items. Thank you again to the Smith Foundation for supporting Horizons Unlimited!

Horizons Unlimited Receives Grants
Horizons Unlimited Receives Grants

March 10, 2020

Horizons Unlimited received two grants from the Palo Alto County Gaming and Development Corporation on Friday, March 6, 2020 at the Wild Rose Casino & Resort in Emmetsburg. The first grant is for a Hustler zero turn residential mower. The second grant is for three side by side dual team bicycles. We are so excited and want to say thank you again to the PACGDC for these awards. We are looking forward to the sunshine and green grass to get out and enjoy these grant award items. Thanks again PACGDC!

Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program
Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program

December 26, 2019

Horizon Unlimited has been selected to participate in the Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program! Purchase a $2.50 Red My Heart Reusable Bag at any Hy-Vee store and use the attached Giving Tag to direct a $1 donation to Horizons Unlimited.
The Hy-Vee Giving Tag Program, which launched in November 2019, is a reusable bag program that facilitates community support with the goal to make a difference in the communities where customers live and work.
Each bag purchased helps reduce the paper and plastic bag use, and you can use the attached Giving Tag to direct your donation to Horizons Unlimited. Visit your local H-Vee store and pick up one today!

Congratulations Alexis Carter on earning your DSP-3 Certification
Congratulations Alexis Carter on earning your DSP-3 Certification

December 24, 2019

Horizons Unlimited congratulates Alexis Carter on receiving her DSP-3 Certification through National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals. Palmer Group Home Residential Manager Kate Simonson stated, "I would like to congratulate Alexis Carter for receiving her DSP-3. She is the first person at Horizons Unlimited and the third person in the nation to receive the honor through NADSP. Alexis works at Palmer House Group Home. She is an excellent staff that has demonstrated and followed the highest standard outlined in the NADSP's Code of Ethics. Thank you for making a difference and congratulations on earning this prestigious award!" Congratulations again Alexis from all of the members and staff at Horizons Unlimited! If you would like to learn more about NADSP, please visit www.nadsp.org.

Employee Recognition
Employee Recognition

December 5, 2019

Horizons Unlimited held it's annual recognition and Christmas party at the Shores in Emmetsburg on Thursday, December 5th. Horizons Unlimited employees enjoyed a wonderful meal by Kampen's Catering and honored the employees for their service to Horizons Unlimited. Those honored were; Jessie Manwarren for 35 years of service, Kitty Schneider and Kate Simonson for 20 years of service and Alexis Carter, Jeff Crawford, Betsy Elbert, Carla Firkins, Melissa Joersz, Karla Markley, Tina Neff, Kathi Mortimore, and Lonnie Naig for 5 years of service. Thank you to all of the employees of Horizons Unlimited! We appreciate your service and dedication!

PACH'S Employees give donation
PACH'S Employees give donation

November 25, 2019

On Friday, November 15th, the Palo Alto County Employees presented a donation to Horizons Unlimited on behalf of their Jeans for a Cause Program. The employees presented the check during a Community Life Engagement Program activity at the Methodist Family Life Center in Emmetsburg. Thank you again PACH employees for your donation to Horizons Unlimited!

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!


HCBS Audit results

May 21, 2019


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 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.