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ChildServe

 
Overview
ChildServe is a not-for-profit organization that partners with families to help children with special health care needs live a great life. Originally founded in 1928 as a convalescent home for children, today. ChildServe provides specialized pediatric health care services to more than 2,500 children in Iowa. Through the support of private insurance, public funds, and the generosity of donors, ChildServe offers accessible, family-centered care unique to each child’s needs, hopes, and dreams.
Culture
For more than 77 years, our organization has dedicated itself to the care and support of children with special health care needs and their families here in central Iowa. Through the years we have added services to meet changing needs in the community. We have grown from a home that cared for a small number of children convalescing from childhood illnesses, to an organization that provides ten residential and community services to more than 1500 children with special health care needs and their families each year.
History
1928: The Junior League Convalescent Home, which served children recovering from diseases such as rheumatic fever, Tuberculosis and polio, was established in a home located on the grounds of the now Iowa Methodist Hospital.

1937: The Junior League Convalescent Home moved into a new and larger home built on land donated by Hubbell & Thompson Estates at 28th Street. The home could serve 20 children, and had cared for 112 children by the end of the first year of operation.

1952: The Junior League transferred ownership and responsibility for the home to an individual community Board of Directors. The name was changed to Convalescent Home for Children.

1959: The Convalescent Home for Children began providing respite which gives families a break from daily demands when caring for a child with special health care needs.

1966: The organization began serving children from outside of Polk County, and was licensed as a skilled nursing facility for the first time.

1967: Several beds were re-licensed as intermediate care for children with mental retardation.

1977: The Polk County Board of Supervisors granted $40,000 to the Home to study the development of a new Home with a capacity to serve more children. 1981 The new Convalescent Home for Children, located at 5900 Pioneer Parkway, opened and was licensed to serve 60 children. The keynote address at the facility's opening was given by Governor Robert Ray.

1981: The new Convalescent Home for Children, located at 5900 Pioneer Parkway, opened and was licensed to serve 60 children. The keynote address at the facility's opening was given by Governor Robert Ray.

1985: The Board approved a strategic vision to serve more children in residential group homes and through home/community based services. The Johnston House was opened. The adaptive equipment workshop was developed and called Assistive Solutions. The service is now known as ChildServe Adaptive Equipment.

1987: The Des Moines Hearing and Speech Center merged with the Convalescent Home for Children. By 2000 the center expanded to include occupational and physical therapy; and serving children had become its new focus. The Center was renamed ChildServe Therapy.

1995: Community Options merged with the Convalescent Home for Children. This non-profit organization began offering respite and supported community living services.

1997: Integrated childcare was offered when the Hilltop Daycare Center in Ames was purchased. This was the first time the organization offered childcare services for children with and without disabilities.

1998: The Convalescent Home for Children partnered with Polk County Health Services to become a case management provider. The Convalescent Home for Children incorporated a new non-profit corporation to provide homecare. The next year it was certified by Medicare and is now known as ChildServe Homecare.

2000: The Variety Club ChildServe Center opened in Ames. The facility houses Hilltop Daycare, a 10-bed respite center, homecare, supported community living, therapy and adaptive equipment. The Board approved a new strategic plan for the organization to respond to growing residential and community service needs.

2002: The Convalescent Home for Children changed its name to ChildServe.

2003: ChildServe purchased Village Square Daycare Center in Johnston and began providing integrated childcare in the Des Moines community. The Center is now known as the ChildServe Childcare Center. The ChildServe Foundation completed the ChildServe Vision Campaign. Hundreds of people in the community contributed more than $4 million. The new ChildServe Center in Johnston opened. The center houses Des Moines-based community services including adaptive equipment, homecare, respite, supported community living, therapy and case management, as well as administrative and ChildServe Foundation offices.
People
We invite you to become a part of ChildServe. As a child/family that receives our services, or as an employee, volunteer, or donor, we hope that you find your association with ChildServe to be positive and rewarding. We look forward to having you be involved in our work - partnering with families to help children with special health care needs live a great life.
Products
Whether a child lives with us here at ChildServe, or lives at home with their family, we come alongside each family, providing care, service and support they need. ChildServe is continually striving for new and better ways to serve families. We're committed to improving families' access to our services and improving communication with families - as we work toward our common goal of making their child's life great.
About Us
ChildServe is a not-for-profit organization that offers specialized health care services to children from birth to 21 years of age. We currently provide services to more than 2,500 children throughout central Iowa.
Contact Us!
maegafi@childserve.org

(515) 727-8750
Johnston, IA 50131

(515) 232-7220
Ames, IA 50010

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