Established in 1975, Crossroads of Western Iowa has pursued its vision of uniting with the community to create opportunities of excellence. From it's humble beginnings in Monona County, Crossroads has expanded and its reach now extends throughout the greater western Iowa region, including Pottawattamie County. The Mission of Crossroads of Western Iowa is to empower individuals to actively seek out opportunities for an enhanced quality of life.
Currently, Crossroads of Western Iowa provides services to 341 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, serious mental illness and brain injury. Services include day habilitation in our LINKS program, employment and residential services. With CARF accreditation, Crossroads leads the way in service delivery. We are currently transitioning away from the sheltered workshop vocational model, and creating new integrated community employment opportunities for the Clients. This significant change will require additional transportation to and from work, and funds from OMAHA GIVES! will help us acquire additional accessible mini-vans for the Clients. Many donations and grant awards are making this possible for CWI and our consumers.
Recently, John Knicely from WOWT-Channel 6 in Omaha, filmed a segment of his popular weekly feature called 'KNICELY DONE'. Mr. Knicely focused on Doug, a Client of Crossroads of Western Iowa, who had little self-confidence when it came to getting a job in the community. Doug learned many retail sales skills at the CWI thrift store, SHARE THE WARE, in Missouri Valley. It wasn't long when Doug decided to go out on his own, and applied at McDonald's. On his second day of work, he was already placed on the registers placing orders, and current works 5 days a week. Doug is putting money away for rent deposit on an apartment so he can soon live on his own! 'KNICELY DONE, DOUG!'
Additionally, a year ago, we had 4 individuals in integrated community employment. Today, we are proud to share that we should finish out the fiscal year with over 60 integrated community placements, mostly in the Council Bluffs and Omaha markets.

Challenge Funds:

$20,000

The Iowa West Foundation has generously provided $20,000 in Challenge Funds to be shared by participating nonprofits it recognizes as being based in or providing services in Pottawattamie County five days per week or more and meeting their funding criteria.