Our History

Our story....
The roots of Horizons Unlimited lie in the program that was started in 1966. Mr. & Mrs. Kerm Reeves of Emmetsburg held a program for adults with disabilities in the basement of their home.

The program moved between several different buildings over the next decade, ending up at a location on King and 7th Street. In 1982, Willing Workers merged with Iowa Lakes Community College's Project Learning, and the name was officially changed to Horizons Unlimited of Palo Alto County, Inc.

In 1983, Horizons Unlimited received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities "CARF".

In 1985, Horizons Unlimited opened its first group home on 21st Street. Over the years, several more residential homes and apartment living complexes would follow.

Horizons Unlimited's programs now include Job Development and the Community Life Engagement program. Horizons members enjoy identifying what their vocational interests are and learn new job seeking skills through Job Development and enjoy having opportunities to be involved with such important activities such as volunteering, recreational activities and skill building activities through the Community Life Engagement program.

In 2019, 21st Street Group Home received the Governor's Award for Quality in Health Care. An honor that was very exciting for the staff and the members of Horizons Unlimited.

Horizons Unlimited continues to provide the bext quality of care to the members that we serve through our mission which is "Providing opportunities for our Horizons family to develop their full potential in a positive atmosphere".