Imagine the Possibilities in Oskaloosa has proudly offered enrichment to the quality of life for people with disabilities in Mahaska County for more than 38 years.
One of the ways we do this is through our Outreach Service program. Imagine Outreach Services has a history that links back to the 1960s and a parent-operated chapter of the Association for Retarded Citizens, later identified as Mahaska Council on Disabilities (MCD). Several years later, MCD leadership asked Imagine the Possibilities to assume its operation, consisting primarily of funding and assistance aimed at enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities.
The sole source of funding for this mission was and continues to be a grant from United Way of Mahaska County. Imagine continues in this missional tradition, dedicated to bridging the gaps so often experienced for people with disabilities and their families.
Today, funding from Outreach Services is instrumental in accessing opportunities like assisted recreation and leisure activities, rental and relocation assistance, special grants for assistance with specialized equipment or personal furnishings, and more. We support participation in activities like Special Olympics and provide grants toward specialized camp and travel experiences. Sometimes the need is met just by helping the ends meet when unexpected financial burdens present themselves.
We are very grateful for our historic relationship with United Way of Mahaska County. We absorb any administrative cost associated with the operation of this program, so 100 percent of the funding from United Way is available for use toward our mission.”
This program is just one of the services offered by Imagine the Possibilities in Oskaloosa and across the state of Iowa. Current expansion activities will have Imagine providing services to nearly 2,000 individuals with disabilities in 22 Iowa counties with nearly 1,300 employees by the end of October 2019.
For more information about Imagine Outreach Services, please contact our Oskaloosa office at (641) 673-3459. General information about Imagine the Possibilities can be found at www.imagineia.org or by contacting Jeff Morris, Chief Administrative Officer at (563) 652-5252 x3001.