November 14, 1968
The Vocational Development Center first opened in Council Bluffs in 1968, thanks to a determined and persistent group of families, elected officials and local organizers who saw a need for vocational options for their family members with disabilities. In the years since, our commitment to dignity, care, professionalism and success has helped us grow into one of the most respected service providers in the heartland communities we serve. We open our doors everyday believing that if we take care of our consumers with these values as our guiding principles, the business will take care of itself.
Addition of Residential Services
January 1, 2000
Since its inception, Vodec has grown organically out of the core belief that if we provide great services, then opportunities to provide more will come forward. In 2000, for example, a local residential service provider’s board of directors approached Vodec to take over its operation. The director had retired and the board decided it wanted to pass along the operation. Vodec accepted, and that’s how our Residential Services started.
Expansion into Nebraska
January 1, 2003
Similarly, in 2002, a gentleman from Nebraska came to us and said he had friends at Vodec and wanted to attend here, as well. The problem was, he was a Nebraskan and we were not certified to serve Nebraskans at the time. So, first we got certified to work with Nebraskans who wanted to travel to Iowa for services, and shortly thereafter, we got certified to provide services in Nebraska.
Launch of Day Habilitation
July 1, 2003
Once again, in 2003, several students with severe and multiple disabilities were graduating from high school. Their parents approached Vodec with a request to start a non-employment Day Habilitation program for their graduating students. With their help and the help of a third party facilitator, we did. This is how the ELM program started.
Expansion into Central Iowa
April 1, 2016
Most recently, we’ve expanded into Central Iowa. We’re excited to bring our level of care and professionalism to consumers in the heart of the Hawkeye State.