Success Stories

Martha's Needlework Project

Achieving Goal

January 2020


In January of 2019 Martha sat down to plan her goals/outcomes for the year. One thing she was certain of was that she wanted to start and complete a needlework project. She had a basic knowledge of the technique but had never been able to finish a project before.


Martha set out to prove to herself that she could do it. She also knew that she wanted to give what she was going to make to her sister Jane for Christmas and she wanted it to be a surprise!  In February Martha began the steps to make her goal a reality. With staff assistance Martha choose a simple needlework pattern of a horse, something she knew Jane would enjoy. To help her guidance on the project, staff Gwen Veltkamp, Executive Assistant/Health Services Co-Coordinator was enlisted as Martha’s mentor. Martha and staff went shopping to get needed supplies and by March she was all set. On Friday afternoons, after Martha completed her work, she would head to Gwen’s office. Martha would carefully work on her stitching while the two ladies would visit about Martha’s day. In addition to her project taking shape, a sweet friendship between the two formed. Gwen provided Martha with the instruction and more importantly the support needed to make this goal a reality. Finally, the last few stitches were completed a few weeks before Christmas. Again, Martha and staff went shopping for items needed to turn her needlework into a beautiful purse. 

It is not possible to describe the look of pride and sense of accomplish that was on Martha’s face upon the completion of her project. She set a goal and ended up achieving so much more! To conclude this success story, here is what Jane shared with staff after receiving her special gift. 

“I just love the embroidered horse purse she made for me. She said she worked on it for a very long time and I know the hardest part was not telling me! She was so anxious, she had me open the week before Christmas.”


Biking Across Illinois  
January 2019


Exercise is important to stay healthy and here at The Workshop we try to make exercise fun. In May of 2018 we decided to track our miles and see how far we can go. As of December 31st, 2018 Derrick is leading the pack biking 126.1 miles and is close to making it to Chicago! Once to Chicago we will head back to the Quad Cities and north to Galena. Way to go Derrick! Keep up the good work!


A Time For Giving  
December 2018


Mary Ann G. headed a campaign to give a family a very special Christmas. For over two months she asked coworkers to donate spare change toward her campaign. At the beginning of December she had collected a total of $610.10. This surpassed her expectations so she decided to help two families instead of just one. Mary Ann and her case manager, Pam, headed to Dubuque to shop for the families she chose to help. All the gifts were wrapped and given out before Christmas. We are proud of Mary Ann and all who gave just a little bit to make this Christmas special for two families.