The History of Imagine

We believe in continual growth, year after year.


Our History


Hope Haven Area Development Center joined the organization through a merger in November 2023. This merger resulted in the addition of 352 individuals-served and 225 employees. Hope Haven began providing services in 1950 when they opened a school in Burlington for children with disabilities.


On October 27, 2019, Imagine assumed the operations of Genesis Development Center, a large provider operating primarily in central and western Iowa. This transaction came as a result of a consultative relationship established with Genesis earlier that year and represented a significant expansion of Imagine’s statewide impact.


On October 1, 2017, after months of discussion and ongoing collaboration between the two agencies, G & G merged into Imagine the Possibilities. With the new addition of a strong and well operated agency, Imagine the Possibilities now served over 700 individuals and employed over 550 people.


In July 2016, after months of planning and research, three organizations from across the state came together to create Imagine the Possibilities, Inc. These three organizations (DAC, Inc., Imagine the Possibilities, Inc. and Midwest Opportunities, Inc.) wanted to be proactive and set a solid foundation for services for years to…Read More


In 2015, DAC purchased the campus and homes owned by Community Care, Inc. The buildings were remodeled and in August 2015, DAC’s Administrative Offices were moved from Maquoketa to DeWitt, reflecting a more centralized location.


In 2014, DAC’s Residential & Vocational Services expanded into Clinton County and also began offering services to Jones County and Scott County areas. Specifically, DAC was able to assume the provision of services to the individuals formerly served by Community Care, Inc. based out of De Witt.


In 2012, DAC transitioned out of the Julien Care Facility in Dubuque and into the Andrew Jackson Care Facility in rural Bellevue, Iowa. Our Andrew Jackson Care Facility is a 16-bed RCF/PMI. DAC purchased three more homes in Dubuque for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS).


DAC continues to grow and expand their Home & Community Based Services with the purchase of a third home in Dubuque, Iowa. DAC also began offering 24-hour and hourly residential services in the Clinton and DeWitt areas. A new site (Aldi’s building) was purchased to accommodate the growth of Day…Read More


DAC purchased Briarwood Nursing Home in Maquoketa and converted it to a 4-bed HCBS site. In July 2009, DAC expanded their Home & Community Based Services by adding 2 homes in the Dubuque area.


In 2008, DAC purchased a second home in Bellevue, Iowa. Also, an addition was made to DAC’s Administrative Building in Maquoketa to include 5 additional offices and a conference/training room.