Our belief is simple. We believe in putting people first and that all individuals have a valued place in their community. Our mission is equally simple. To help people with disabilities increase their independence and their inclusion. To help them achieve the possible.
And one more thing…we believe in having FUN whenever possible!
Quite simply, the consumers of our services are best served in an environment that promotes laughter and joy, a place where life is celebrated and energies are not focused on barriers or what seems to be impossible. Rather, we intend to focus the full force of our energy on seeing beyond disability and imagining all that is possible!
We believe that people with disabilities need to do for themselves as much as possible. We can provide teaching, options, support and the necessary skills and tools, but only they can combine all of these resources and bring their own dreams to life.
Imagine the Possibilities is a private, not-for-profit corporation established under the name Mahaska Diamond Shelter, in October 1977. For nearly four years, the volunteer board conducted research and fund drives with the goal that some day a facility would exist in Oskaloosa that would provide residential services to adults with disabilities.
In July of 1981, they realized their dream when a fifteen bed group home licensed as a RCF/MR was opened on South 11th Street.
Since that time, the depth and scope of our services has expanded considerably. Today, we serve more than fifty individuals, in a variety of settings and with a range of services…all with a single focus. To help each of them imagine the possible.
Most of IMAGINE’s services are funded through the Medicaid program. A significant amount, however, is provided through local county funding, as well as state funds.
Imagine Outreach Services are funded by a grant from United Way of Mahaska County.
Additionally, we depend on gifts from our friends to make a continued difference. The generosity of our donors allows us to enhance our services with special events and large equipment purchases. Donations also allow us to build a stronger financial base from which to operate and grow. Each day, our simple goal is to do more…to further fulfill our mission. You can help to make that possible!