Facts at a Glance
- Provides homes, jobs, and supports for more than 600 individuals with intellectual disabilities
- Impacts the lives of families from more than half of Iowa counties
- Operates vocational centers in Clear Lake and Garner that train and employ workers in meaningful, paying jobs at the centers or in local community
- Provides a wide variety of daily living supports for people with needs ranging from constant supervision to occasional assistance
- Offers supports in more than 30 communities around North Iowa, including Clear Lake, Mason City, Fort Dodge, Eagle Grove, Humboldt, Lake Mills, and Webster City.
- Provides in-home support programs for over 100 children and their families in their own homes
- Began as a grassroots effort of North Iowa people concerned about the care of adults with disabilities
- Incorporated in 1966 as a private, non-profit charitable organization
- Built with startup funds raised by community donations, an important source of support even today
- Began services in 1971
- Services accredited by the independent Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
- Involves nearly 250 volunteers from the community in all aspects of service
- Provides public use of its facilities, including the indoor pool, gymnasium, and meeting rooms
- Delivers quality services at a lower cost than similar private facilities or state institutions
- Encourages independence and community involvement according to each person's needs and abilities
- Offers a loving, family environment with caring staff and a Christian atmosphere
- Employs nearly 650 full- and part-time people in Iowa
- Offers a low-cost work force for local businesses, through client contract work
- Operates on a budget of more than $22 million for the 2010-2011 fiscal year
- Generates an annual payroll of $13.8 million which is spent in North Iowa
- Creates many spin-off jobs in the community
- Purchases goods and services for clients at local businesses
- Caps on government spending in recent years have created a gap between the fees allowed and the actual cost of services.
- Continuity of services is extremely important to the people who rely on the Village for their homes and jobs.
- The Village depends on gifts from private donors to cover the costs of services not paid for by fees.
- It is estimated the Village needs $1,100 per person served, per year, to close this gap.