Hills & Dales was founded in 1973 by Elaine Barwick to care for her son who had significant disabilities. The organization currently serves and supports individuals from 17 counties throughout Eastern Iowa. Services occur at our Residential Center, in an individual's home, or at the Hills & Dales Community Center.
Hills & Dales is now recognized in Northeast Iowa as a leader and advocate for people with disabilities. The organization values a quality of life that enhances dignity, upholds rights and encourages choices. Hills & Dales maintains a focus and emphasis in serving people who have significant disabilities and who are medically fragile. Hills & Dales has recently initiated a pilot project to dedicate a home for children with autism, and who have behavioral challenges as well. The organization continues to receive over 120 referrals a year for disability service needs. Due to a limited number of providers for service and a cap on residential services, each of our community service programs has grown exponentially in the past three years.
Hills & Dales Programs and Services:
-Residential services with 24-hour nursing care
-Vocational/paid work program for adults
-Community-based services which include; Respite, Supported Community Living, hourly support in apartments, Group Respite, and Summer Day Camp
-Day Habilitation to enhance daily life skills (grocery shopping, volunteering, etc.)
-Inclusive Childcare Center and preschool
-LifeTime Program and congregate meals for senior citizens
-Therapy Programs which include; music therapy, pet therapy, etc.
-Intergenerational programs for people of all ages and abilities
Community inclusion is not only emphasized by Hills & Dales, but has also been the focus for the state and national advocacy initiatives for the disability community as a whole over the last few years. Through the programs and services available at the Hills & Dales Community Center the organization has an increased presence in the community and the opportunity to take another step toward removing barriers and enhancing community inclusion for individuals with disabilities. This center has also allowed Hills & Dales the opportunity to educate members of the community and develop a culture of acceptance where we as a community should appreciate and value others no matter their age or ability.