Winning Wheels Celebrates 30 YearsFall 2009
Family Fun Fair
On September 30th, Winning Wheels celebrated 30 years of serving individuals with mobility or neurological impairments. The facility, originally opened in 1979, was the fulfillment of a nine-year effort to fund and construct a specialized care center for wheelchair users and was first conceived by Mike Maki, a quadriplegic who hoped to open a facility for young adults. Before Winning Wheels, most wheelchair users went to geriatric nursing homes. Mike, then a resident of Riverside Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown, organized a grassroots effort to raise the money to make his dream come true.
In the 30 years since we opened, we have served the needs of over 600 residents. Winning Wheels also serves the community by holding the annual “Safe Wheels Bicycle Rodeo,” through which it has contributed more than 1100 bicycle helmets to students of Prophetstown Grade School as part of our brain injury prevention program, is a regular donor to the local Food Pantry, and is one of the largest employers in the area.
We have also grown into a provider of more extensive services. Now, along with the original facility, we offer care for developmentally disabled individuals at S.T.R.I.V.E., developmental and vocational training programs and a child daycare center at Lyndon Progress Center, and more independent living at Frontier Hollow. Over 100 visitors joined us in celebrating our anniversary at our open house and Family Fun Fair, where residents, staff and friends enjoyed food, games and prizes.
Winning Wheels Residents Transported by MusicFall 2009
We've Got Talent!
Winning Wheels Creation Station WoodshopSpring 2009
Let's Get Creative!
Not only do the residents make these items in the Creation Station, but also socialize there by playing checkers and putting puzzles together. Staff with offices near the woodshop will tell you there is always music playing and singing is often heard coming from the room.
The purpose of the woodshop is to teach learning and memory strategies and interpersonal and organization skills, but it's also a really fun place to hang out.
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