Our History

EveryStep, formerly known as HCI Care Services & Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, has been offering care and support for Iowans for many decades.

Our roots date back to 1908, when a group of nurses saw the need for public health nursing in Des Moines and founded an organization to fulfill that mission.  

Since then, EveryStep has led the charge to address a wide variety of vital community health care  and social service needs, offering prenatal support and home visits to new moms, assistance to immigrants and refugees, compassionate hospice and home care services, and grief and loss support.

Today, EveryStep has a strong reputation and a long history of serving vulnerable populations to help them live their best lives. Today, the non-profit’s 30 plus programs, more than 370 employees and nearly 900 volunteers offer care and support to Iowans in 47 counties.
 

Our Journey & Collaborations

Formerly known as “HCI Care Services & Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa,” the organization changed its name to “EveryStep” in October 2018, following an eight-year journey that saw multiple non-profit programs join together within a united family of services:
  • In 2010, HCI Giving Tree thrift store (now known as “EveryStep Giving Tree”) opened its doors in Urbandale, IA. All store proceeds benefit people served by the organization’s non-profit programs.
  • In 2011, the hospice program then known as “Hospice of Central Iowa” became “HCI Care Services.” The hospice program was among the first in Iowa, dating back to 1978, and its Kavanagh House on 56th Street is well-known for providing expert care and support at the end of life.
  • In 2012, HCI Care Services and Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa created a community partnership that united the rich legacies of two community non-profits into one organization – and one common mission. Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, founded in 1908, offered a home health care program; specialized education and home visits for prenatal women, new moms and their babies; interpretation services to assist immigrants and refugees; developmental screenings and referrals for growing children and their family members; services to help older Iowans live independently; and community health and wellness programs.
  • In 2014, Amanda the Panda – a well-known grief and loss services program – became part of the HCI Care Services & VNS of Iowa family of services. That same year, three community-based, non-profit hospice programs joined the organization: Hospice With Heart in Council Bluffs, Greater Regional Hospice Home in Creston, and Middle River Hospice in Winterset.
  • In 2016, Monroe County Hospice in Albia joined the organization’s growing hospice program.
  • In 2018, HCI Care Services & Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa changed its name to “EveryStep” to demonstrate its unity as an organization and establish a common connection between its more than 30 care and support services.

Past Annual Reports

2017 - Life's Many Changes
2016 - With You at Every Step - HCI Care Services
2016 - Growing Great Families - VNS of Iowa