The History of Imagine

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Our History


DAC purchased the old Chessline Building in Maquoketa and converted it into a recycling center in which all recycling for the Jackson County area was done for many years.


In 1989, DAC was able to construct a 12-bed Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled (ICF/ID), known as Prairie House, which opened its doors in January 1990. In the same year, Mahaska Diamond Shelter in Oskaloosa purchased, renovated, and opened two residential homes operating as 5-bed Residential Care Facilities…Read More


A home was purchased in Bellevue, Iowa and was operated as a licensed Residential Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled (RCF/ID). In the same year, Mahaska Diamond Shelter in Oskaloosa began providing hourly services to 4 individuals living independently under the Community Supervised Apartment Living Arrangement (CSALA) program.


Jackson County Developmental Activity Center officially changed its name to DAC, Inc. in March 1986. The agency at that time provided services to 25 individuals.


The board of directors in Oskaloosa realized their dream when a fifteen bed group home licensed as a Residential Care Facility for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (RCF/ID) was opened on South 11th Street that would provide residential services to adults with disabilities.


Established under the name Mahaska Diamond Shelter in October 1977, Imagine the Possibilities was incorporated as a private, not-for-profit corporation in Iowa. For nearly four years following, the volunteer board of directors conducted research and fund drives with the goal that some day a facility would exist in Oskaloosa that…Read More


DAC, Inc. has been providing services to individuals with disabilities since 1973, when it was first incorporated under the name of Jackson County Developmental Activity Center.