Maquoketa-based Imagine the Possibilities is growing, taking on Genesis Development services to individuals with disabilities.
Imagine entered the agreement with the Jefferson-based non-profit rehab organization last month.
Under the agreement, Imagine has assumed the performance of many of Genesis’ services and has hired the majority of their employees.
Genesis Development has historically operated in five regions across the state — Storm Lake, Boone, Lenox, Indianola and Jefferson.
The four-decade-old nonprofit was plagued by financial challenges and faced shortfalls for the third quarter, according to a press release announcing the joint effort. Its mental health services and crisis center will also be transferred to another provider.
Imagine president Wendy Malone has served as interim president since the retirement of its long-time executive this summer. She will now take on an advisory role with Genesis.
“We are thrilled to have been able to come together with Imagine as quickly as we did,” said Genesis Board Chairperson Timothy Heisterkamp. “Our goal was to have as little disruption as possible in the services we provide to our clients and employees. By joining Imagine, we have been able to achieve that goal.”
Based in Maquoketa, Imagine the Possibilities also provides services in DeWitt, Davenport, Dubuque, Corning, Creston, Guttenberg, Garnavillo, Oskaloosa, and other communities.
“Our mission is to empower people to reach individual achievement across the spectrum of life,” said Imagine Chief Executive Officer Todd Seifert. “Providing services to Genesis members was a natural fit because our missions aligned so well. We are excited to welcome Genesis members and their families into our family.”
Most Genesis employees have been hired by Imagine without disruption in employment and or a gap in benefits.
The vast majority of services received by Genesis clients are now provided by Imagine, and Imagine has worked to find alternatives for services they don’t provide.
Some Genesis activities will change. Imagine is stopping centralized recycling in Jefferson, as well as the Custom Boxes Online business in the same community, according to Raccoon Valley Radio.
Imagine now employs more than 1,100 employees and provides services to about 1,200 individuals in 22 counties, making it one of the largest service providers in Iowa.