"To enhance the lives of persons with disabilities through individualized, innovative programs and services.”
New Perspectives, Inc. (NPI) will celebrate 100 years of providing services to persons with special needs in 2022.
In 1922, a group of Methodist women created the Harriet Ballou New Hope Center (HNBHC) that provided day-care services to children with disabilities, the first of its kind in Siouxland. In the 1960’s, the focused changed from children to adults and HBNHC became Work Activity Company (WACO). For over three decades, WACO provided sheltered work services that created opportunities for adults to earn a paycheck, no matter the barriers.
In June of 2000, the name was changed from WACO to New Perspectives, Inc, which aligned more with our mission. As we began to look at the future of rehabilitation and what our organization could offer, it became apparent changes were needed to provide the type of community services people desired. We felt the name, New Perspectives, more accurately depicted our philosophy as we entered into the 21st century. Our mission is to change peoples' perspectives to focus on the ability of a person, not their disability.
Today, NPI provides Community Integration through its Community Employment Program and Life Enrichment Center.