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Adult Special Needs Program Sees Growing Demand

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The Goodwill of the Heartland Day Habilitation program in Davenport told KWQC-TV6 Tuesday it's looking to expand after seeing growing demand for its services.

The Day Hab program aims to make adults with special needs more independent. It says its mission is social and community integration for its clients.

The program started in July 2012 and now serves 35 clients. However, there are about 20 people on a waiting list to get into the program.

Day Hab Associate Chris Meier said the program would like to serve more clients, but it is limited by the size of its staff and building. Meier said more employees are needed because the program keeps a 3:1 client to associate ratio.

As Day Hab searches for more employees and a way to get a bigger building, it says it will continue business as usual for its clients.

The program runs Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Clients go on outings, work on goals and do a variety of activities. This week some clients said they went to the zoo, saw a movie, and went to a local WalMart.

Clients and their families say that along with independence, the program teaches gives them confidence and teaches them skills they can use to function in their daily lives. Many clients said the chores they do at Day Hab have been very useful in their day to day life.

The program runs year-round and Meier said it is one of very few like it in the Quad Cities area. He also said programs like these are relatively new to the area.

Day Hab at Goodwill of the Heartland in Davenport is funded by the state of Iowa, Meier said.

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