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Horizons Unlimited Announces Changes At Redemption Center

By Staff | Sep 9, 2009

Horizons Unlimited announces three major changes at their Bottle & Can Redemption Center, which are a self-serving redemption area, a new conveyor system and new hours.

Horizons Unlimited’s Redemption Center was the recipient of a grant in October of 2008 from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Redemption Center program in the amount of $13,485.

This grant recently allowed Horizons to make several changes in the Redemption Center. Lana Williams, vocational director at Horizons, said, “One new change is that customers sort their bottles themselves. Also, a self service option is now available on plastic bottles and cans, for customers who choose to speed up the transaction. Of course, if customers want staff to help them, this is still an option and always will be for our customers. Further information is available at the Redemption Center.”

Another change was designing, building and adding a new table conveyor system to the Redemption Center. “Gerald Murphy, a retired engineer from Emmetsburg, designed the table conveyor system and donated all of his hours, which Horizons deeply appreciated,” said Williams. Horizons would also like to thank Wendell Duhn from JW Repair for constructing the table and John Van Osbree for the electrical work to install the table.

“All of these changes will increase efficiency and will help sustain our Redemption Center now and into the future,” explained Williams.

Another big change, which goes into effect on Monday, Sept. 28, is new Redemption Center hours. These hours will be Mondays and Tuesdays 2 to 8 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Friday through Sunday the Redemption Center will be closed.

We would also like to remind everyone about the donation cage by the front entrance of the Center. “Many of our customers already donate their cans and bottles to Horizons and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts. We would also like to thank the Wild Rose Casino & Resort for donating all of their bottles to Horizons since they opened. To date, they have donated $14,631 to Horizons in bottle refunds. All of these donations help us keep the Redemption Center open,” said Williams.

Horizons Unlimited has been working with adults with developmental, mental and/or physical disabilities for 40 years. In fact, on Friday, Sept. 25, Horizons will be hosting an open house to celebrate Horizons 40th anniversary, which is open to the public. Scheduled activities include a Chamber Coffee, fund-raiser BBQ, tours of Horizons, ribbon cutting for new Day Hab Center and new bathrooms, new CEO introduction and cookbook sales.

Horizons’ mission statement is “Pursuing a Better Quality of Life for People.” For more information about Horizons, visit their website at www.horizons-unlimited.org or call 712-852-2211.