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ABLE Presentation on Aug. 17th

August 9, 2017

People with disabilities, parents, guardians, case managers, and anyone in the general public, are invited to an informational presentation on ABLE Act accounts at Horizons Unlimited at 5 pm on Thursday August 17th. ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) accounts are tax-advantaged savings…

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ABLE Quick Facts

July 18, 2017

The ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act was enacted in Iowa in 2015 and promises to provide terrific new financial opportunities for many people with disabilities in the state. Here are some fast facts about the ABLE Act being implemented:
  • ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged accounts that…

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No Walls Newsletter - June 2017

July 18, 2017

Issue #2 of our No Walls (Day Hab) Newsletter is out! Please click here to read
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Open Interviews! July 10-14, 2-4pm

June 29, 2017


Horizons Unlimited will be conducting open interviews for those interested in becoming Direct Support Professionals (DSP) the week of July 10th-14th from 2-4 pm. Please stop in at 2107 Main Street in Emmetsburg to fill out an application and have a short interview. If you have any…

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HCBS Finds Horizons in 100% Compliance

June 23, 2017

In late April 2017, Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Quality Oversight staff reviewed the job development and day habilitation programs at Horizons Unlimited. We are pleased to report that Horizons Unlimited's programs were found to be in 100% compliance with…
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CARF Survey Upcoming

June 22, 2017

Coming Soon

A survey team from CARF International* will be visiting on

September 11-13, 2017

We invited the surveyors to evaluate how well we meet international standards for quality. The survey will tell us what we are doing well and ways we might improve. As a result of this survey, we…

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No Walls Newsletter - May 2017

June 1, 2017

Issue #1 of our brand new No Walls (Day Hab) Newsletter is out! Please click here to read
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Tablescapes 2017 Wrap-up Slideshow

May 30, 2017

Thank you to those who attended, donated to, and volunteered at the 2017 Tablescapes theme table fundraiser gala! Please click here to view the slideshow of the beautifully decorated tables at this year's
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Congrats to Jodi Stewart!

May 15, 2017

Horizons Unlimited extends our congratulations to Jodi Stewart, one of our members, who earned a Certificate of Appreciation from the Palo Alto County Health System for having volunteered for over 224 hours in their facilities. Jodi gives generously of her time as an activity assistant in the…
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Congrats to DSP-R recipients!

May 5, 2017

Congratulations to four Horizons Unlimited staff members who recenty earned their DSP-R (Direct Support Professional registered) certifications. The staff members include two residential employees, Liz Mammen and Cherie Flynn, and two Day Hab employees, Kristin Elbert and Samantha Nolte. These…
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Tablescapes 2017

May 3, 2017

The 7th Annual Tablescapes Themed Table Dinner took place on April 20th, 2017! Decorators showcased their themed table decoration skills and had a delicious chicken cordon bleu and cheese cake dinner, all while enjoying the talented piano music of Glenn Henriksen and the fun silent auction…
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Thank You, Donors: New TV at 15th Street!

May 2, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, one of the recent updates we made to our 15th Street Group Home was to add a new flat screen television in the dining room. Although it may seem like a small thing, having a separate room in which residents may watch TV increases the choice available to our…
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Horizons Participates in 2017 St. Pat's Parade

March 22, 2017

On Saturday, March 18th, nine Horizons Unlimited members participated in the Horizons float at Emmetsburg's annual Saint Patrick's Parade. The members were: Wendy Robinson, Wayne Bordwell, Gary Bordwell, Mark Stillman, Jim Frederick, Greg Jones, Jack Parrish, Ryan Banwart, and Leonard Swalve.…
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Congrats to Kate Simonson on DSP-Certification

March 1, 2017

Kate Simonson, a residential manager for Horizons Unlimited, recently became the first in the county to earn national certification through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). Kate Simonson is now Direct Support Professional-Certified (DSP-C). Her certification follows…

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Plan on Tablescapes - April 20th, 2017

March 14, 2017

Horizons Unlimited is excited to announce our 7th Annual Tablescapes theme table decoration gala from 5-8 pm on Thursday, April 20th, 2017! The event will be held at the Wild Rose Ballroom in the Wild Rose Casino & Resort. Proceeds benefit individuals with…
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Volunteering at the Daycare

March 7, 2017

On March 3rd, Jack Parrish, a member of the Horizons Unlimited "No Walls" Day Hab program, graciously volunteered his time to read to the children of Karyn Huberty's local daycare. Jack was a hit! The children sat and listened to every word that Jack read, and were enthralled with the colorful…
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What is an ABLE Account?

January 27, 2017

ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Accounts are relatively new instruments that people with disabilities can utilize to save money that can pay for qualified expenses. Please see the recent Des Moines Register article below for more details:

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Thank You to Fall Campaign Contributors!

January 27, 2017

THANK YOU to those generous donors who contributed to our Fall Campaign!

Steve Alger
Apostolic Christian World Relief
Ron Askland
Eldon & Karen Banwart
Irene Banwart
Phyllis Banwart
Bethany Lutheran Church WELCA
Kellina Birkey
Marguerite Brawley
Mike & Lynn Brennan
Robert & Rose Mary…

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Super Pancake Breakfast - Feb 5, 2017

January 23, 2017

Don't miss our Super Pancake Breakfast at the VFW Hall (3205 Main St.) in Emmetsburg, from 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM on Sunday February 5th, 2017

Advance tickets cost $6.50 and are available at the Horizons Unlimited offices (2107 Main Street, Emmetsburg) or at…

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Nominations Sought for 2017 Governor's Award for Quality Care

January 13, 2017

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 12, 2017) – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities. The Governor's Award recognizes Iowa health care facilities that offer unique or innovative activities to enhance the quality of care or…

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3 Horizons Employment Specialists Earn National Certification

January 6, 2017

Three employment specialists with Horizons Unlimited recently earned national certification through the Association of Persons Supporting EmploymentFirst (APSE). Josiah Schmidt, Jennifer Kraus, and Betsy Elbert are now Certified Employment Support Professionals (CESP). Their certification follows a…

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Sandra Erhardt (1953-2016)

January 6, 2017

Sandra Kay Erhardt, daughter of Carl and Patricia (Davis) Erhardt, was born on October 10, 1953 in Des Moines, Iowa. She lived at home for a year before moving into Woodward State Hospital from 1954 to 1980.

Sandy moved from Woodward to Kathleen's Residential Care in Emmetsburg where she lived until…

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It's Giving Tuesday!

November 29, 2016

You survived Black Friday and Cyber Monday. As an antidote to the post-Thanksgiving consumerism, take part in Giving Tuesday. Your tax deductible donations to Horizons Unlimited make an immediate difference in the life of an individual with a cognitive/developmental disability: click here to…
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Introducing "Job Connect"

November 22, 2016

"Job Connect" is a new and updated offering of Horizons Unlimited. It includes our traditional employment services offered to job seekers with intellectual disabilities, and now also job placement services for anyone who receives an SSI or SSDI check, is between the ages of 18-64, and lives…
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Read the Fall 2016 Newsletter Here!

November 14, 2016

The Fall-Winter 2016-2017 edition of "Unlimited Possibilities," the official newsletter of Horizons Unlimited, is out! Be the first to read the new issue of the newsletter here online, before the hard copies hit the mailboxes.

Click the links below to read the full image versions:

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Horizons Thanks Knights of Columbus for Generous Donation!

November 14, 2016

Thank you to the West Bend Knights of Columbus for their extremely generous donation to Horizons Unlimited! The KoC's generosity makes possible the high quality job development, day habilitation, and residential services that we provide to individuals with disabilities in Palo Alto
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Liz Mammen of Hometown Thrift Makes Generous Donation to Horizons

November 11, 2016

Horizons Unlimited is very grateful to Liz Mammen, owner and manager of Hometown Thrift Store (formerly Second Hand Thrift Store) for her extremely generous financial donation to Horizons Unlimited. Liz previously managed the Second Hand Thrift Store at the time that it was a Horizons-owned…
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Recycling Equipment Auction on April 20

March 9, 2016

As Horizons Unlimited transitions out of the recycling business, we will be holding an auction of much of our equipment which will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016. The auction will be held at the Horizons Unlimited complex on Highway 4 on the south side of Emmetsburg, address…
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Plan on Tablescapes - April 28th, 2016

February 19, 2016

Horizons Unlimited is excited to announce our 6th Annual Tablescapes theme table decoration gala from 5-8 pm on Thursday, April 28th, 2016! The event will be held at the Wild Rose Ballroom in the Wild Rose Casino & Resort. Proceeds benefit individuals with…
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Super Pancake Breakfast a Super Success!

February 19, 2016

Horizons Unlimited and Kiwanis put on the annual Super Pancake Breakfast at the Emmetsburg VFW Hall on the morning of Sunday, February 7th, 2016. This year's fundraiser was a super success! We served a record 385 attendees and raised thousands of dollars for individuals with disabilities in our…
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Can Redemption Center Closing March 1st

January 27, 2016

The Horizons Unlimited Can & Bottle Redemption Center in Emmetsburg will be closing, effective March 1st, 2016. Many recent government laws and court rulings mandate that individuals with disabilities may no longer work in segregated facilities, but must have jobs in regular business…

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Nominations Sought for 2016 Governor's Award for Quality Care

January 7, 2016

DES MOINES, IOWA (January 7, 2016) – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 Governor’s Award for Quality Care in Health Care Facilities. The Governor's Award recognizes Iowa health care facilities that offer unique or innovative activities to enhance the quality of care or…

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Recycling Center Closed

December 31, 2015

The Horizons Unlimited Recycling Center closed permanently on December 31st, 2015. Horizons thanks Emmetsburg and the surrounding communities for their many years of faithful patronage. Although our center is closed, curbside recycling will still continue.

Recycling represented just one arm of the…

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Super Pancake Breakfast - Feb 7, 2016

December 29, 2015

Don't miss our Super Pancake Breakfast at the VFW Hall (3205 Main St.) in Emmetsburg, from 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM on Sunday February 7th, 2016

Advance tickets cost $6.50 and are available at the Horizons Unlimited offices (2107 Main Street, Emmetsburg) or at Second Hand Thrift Store (corner of…

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Can Redemption Temporarily Closing, Will Pay in Checks Rather Than Cash

October 8, 2015

Due to an influx of inventory, the can redemption center at Horizons Unlimited will be closed to the public October 19th - November 15th. This will allow our employees to process the growing surplus of cans. The redemption center will be open again for business on Monday, November 16th, 2015.

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See the 2015 Horizons Program Evaluation Report

September 24, 2015

Read our 2015 Horizons Program Evaluation report here! It includes current progress at Horizons Unlimited, general statistics about the members we serve, and employee satisfaction survey results. Horizons thanks the community for their support and we are very optimistic about the expansion and…
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UnWined Fundraiser a Big Success!

September 24, 2015

Thank you to all of our sponsors, supporters, volunteers, attendees, and especially the wineries who helped make our UnWined wine tasting fundraiser on Sunday, September 13th a great success! The fundraiser raised $5000 to benefit the group homes and services we provide for the individuals with…

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DSP Recognition Week!

September 15, 2015

The week of September 13 – 19, 2015 is a time of celebration at Horizons Unlimited: it is Direct Support Professional (DSP) Recognition Week to recognize our amazing working staff.

Direct Support Professionals work to support people with differing abilities in a way that is person-centered.…

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Supported Employment Changes Proposed

September 8, 2015

The Iowa Department of Human Services filed administrative rules to implement the Employment Services Redesign Plan on August 19.  This plan was developed by a workgroup in 2013, and implementation of that plan is just now starting to move forward.  These rules are not yet final - this is…

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4 Managed Care Companies Announced

August 18, 2015

Iowa Governor Brandstad's decision to move Iowa's Medicaid system to a "managed care" system, administrated by four private companies, is proceeding forward. Today, the four companies who will administrate this new managed care system in Iowa were announced. Those companies are:

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Horizons Hurricanes Play Ball!

August 17, 2015

On Friday, August 14th, the Horizons Hurricanes played a rousing game of softball at the Field of Dreams in Emmetsburg. The weather was a perfect 70 degrees, with a sunny sky and a slight breeze. Every player got a good hit, and many spectators were there to cheer the players on.

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Support Horizons While Shopping Amazon

July 14, 2015

Did you know you can make a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities served by Horizons Unlimited -- and you can do it while you shop at

AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of your purchase total to Horizons Unlimited (it may not seem like much, but with many people participating…

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Horizons Handing Over Recycling Operations to County

July 2, 2015

The employment setting for individuals with disabilities is going through a transformation. Over the past several years, the federal government has issued laws, court decisions, and rules that require states to administer work and day habilitation services for individuals with disabilities in an…

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16th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

June 26, 2015

Today is the anniversary of a watershed moment in disability rights history − the “Olmstead decision.” With this ruling, the nation’s highest court affirmed that those of us with disabilities, including the most significant disabilities, have the right to live and receive…

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Keeping Lost Island Clean

June 11, 2015

Ever notice how there are no weeds on the beach at the Lost Island Nature Center in Ruthven? Or how the walking trails are so free of branches and litter? Or even how the restrooms at the nature center are so clean? A lot of this is thanks to the hard work of Horizons members like Lauren Ketelsen…
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UnWined: A Wine Tasting Experience 2015

June 4, 2015

Horizons Unlimited will be holding the 3rd annual UnWined wine tasting event from 3-6 pm on Sunday, September 13th, 2015 at the new scenic Shores At Five Island community center in Emmetsburg. Along with tasty hors d'oeuvres and relaxing live ukelele music, UnWined will be the perfect way to start…

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Changes are Coming to Medicaid

June 2, 2015

Medicaid covers 546,000 people in Iowa, which is 18 percent of the population.

In Iowa, Medicaid expenditures by state and federal government top $4.2 billion annually, which includes $1.5 billion of state money. Horizons Unlimited receives over $170,000 per month in Medicaid reimbursement…

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Holding Their Own

May 26, 2015

Horizons members working in the community

"We hired Travis last summer and Leonard last fall," says Don Joyce, manager of the Emmetsburg Dyno's station. "Kathy Jackson [job placement specialist] from Horizons wrote me a letter about supportive employment, and then we followed up with meetings.…

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Horizons Revamps Board Room with PACGDC Grant

April 30, 2015

On April 16th, Horizons Unlimited completed significant updates to its board room, thanks to a $4,159 grant received from the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation on March 1st.

Horizons Unlimited’s board room has been set up with a new 55” Samsung smart television and a…

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Tablescapes 2015

April 24, 2015

The 5th Annual Tablescapes Themed Table Dinner took place on April 23rd, 2015! Decorators showcased their themed table decoration skills and had a delicious chicken cordon bleu and cheese cake dinner, all while enjoying the talented piano music of Glenn Henriksen.

This year, there was a tie for…

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day from your friends at Horizons Unlimited. Our members celebrated this weekend by participating in Emmetsburg's famous St. Pat's Parade on Saturday the 14th. Members who were part of the parade included: Deb, Gary, Jack, Terry, Jason, Alice, Ed, Lynda, Orland, Greg, Jess,…
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Super Sunday Pancake Breakfast 2015

February 2, 2015

Thank you to all who came to the Super Sunday Pancake Breakfast this past Sunday, February 1st. We had over 200 courageous Iowans who braved the wintery weather to enjoy Kiwanis's delicious all-you-can-eat pancakes, omelets, and sausages. We hope to see everyone at our 2016 pancake breakfast next…
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Horizons Awarded 3-Year CARF Accreditation

December 2, 2014

CARF recently announced that Horizons Unlimited of Palo Alto County, Inc. has been awarded a Three-Year Term of Accreditation for the following programs and services:  Community Employment Services: Employment Supports and Job Development; Community Integration; Employment Planning…

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A Successful UnWined 2014

December 2, 2014

Thank you to all who supported our second annual wine tasting fundraiser called UnWined: A Wine Experience held on Sunday, October 26th.

Over 100 tickets were sold for our 2014 UnWined wine tasting fundraiser, held on Sunday, October 26th.  We thank Dan and Mary Cooper, who graciously…

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Kathy Jackson Receives Donahue Award

November 17, 2014

Kathy Jackson, Job Placement Specialist at Horizons Unlimited, recently received the Bill Donahue Award for demonstrating the most outstanding efforts in placing Iowans with disabilities in integrated community employment.  The award was presented during the awards banquet at the National…

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