DAC, Inc. has been providing services to individuals with disabilities since 1973, when it was first incorporated under the name of Jackson County Developmental Activity Center.


Officially changed name to DAC, Inc. in March 1986. The agency at that time provided services to 25 individuals. At the present time, DAC serves approximately 450 individuals in several different programs and employs around 420 dedicated staff.


A home was purchased in Bellevue, Iowa and was operated as a licensed Residential Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled (RCF/ID). In the early ‘90’s the RCF/ID status was lifted, and DAC began serving individuals in the home through the Home and Community Based Waiver (HCBS). In 2002 a separate 2-bedroom apartment was constructed in the basement.


In 1989 DAC was able to construct a 12-bed Intermediate Care Facility for the Intellectually Disabled (ICF/ID), known as Prairie House, which opened its doors in January of 1990.


DAC purchased the old “Chessline Building” and converted it into a recycling building, in which all recycling was done for the Jackson County area.

A lot of equipment was purchased over the years with the generous donations from the Maquoketa Area Foundation and the Jackson County Landfill Agency, as well as grants through the Department of Natural Resources, and assistance from the local community.


A new building was completed next to the recycling center and DAC moved its Administrative and Vocational Services into that site.


In the early ‘90’s a home was donated by Oscar & Camilla Skott. One of the individuals served by DAC moved into the home in March of 1993. The home has since been sold and the proceeds used to purchase a newer home to allow living space to more individuals with disabilities.


In May of 1995, a duplex (dedicated to the memory of Fr. Bill McLaughlin) was opened in Maquoketa, Iowa.


Another Duplex was constructed and opened in Preston which currently houses 8 individuals. Since that time, several other homes have been purchased in the Maquoketa area, and are rented to individuals with disabilities to enable them to live as independently as possible.

DAC, Inc. purchased a for-profit injection molding plastics company (ITW-Fastex) which was called A-DAC Industries, Inc. This purchase enabled DAC to have a viable option for an “enclave” of workers to become part of a competitive work force.


In the summer of 2005 DAC started Day Habilitation Services at its Vocational Center, which eventually outgrew the space. This service offers individuals opportunities to participate in community activities, as well as learning skills such as cooking, safety, etc. DAC also began offering Representative Payee services, and now provides this service to 100+ individuals.


In June 2006, DAC, Inc. took over management of the Julien Care Facility in Dubuque, Iowa.


DAC purchased a second home in Bellevue.

An addition was made to the administration building to include 5 additional offices and a conference/training room.


DAC purchased Briarwood Nursing Home and converted it to a 4-bedroom site.

In July 2009, DAC expanded their Home & Community Based Services by adding 2 homes in the Dubuque area.


DAC continues to grow and expand their Home & Community Based Services with the purchase of a 3rd home in Dubuque and has begun offering 24-hour and hourly residential services in the Clinton and DeWitt areas.  A new site (Aldi’s building) was purchased to accommodate the growth of Day Habilitation services in Maquoketa.

DAC purchased yet another home in Dubuque; one in Clinton; and one in DeWitt, Iowa. Additionally, DAC opened a satellite office in DeWitt.


DAC transitions out of the Julien Care Facility in Dubuque into Andrew Jackson Care Facility in rural Bellevue, Iowa. Andrew Jackson Care is a 16-bed RCF/PMI facility.

DAC, Inc. purchased 3 more HCBS homes in Dubuque.

2014- Present

DAC’s Residential & Vocational Services expanded into Clinton County and also began offering services to Jones & Scott counties.

DAC was able to assume providing services to the Community Care individuals and purchased the campus and homes owned by Community Care.  The buildings were remodeled, and in August 2015, the Administrative Offices were moved from Maquoketa to DeWitt, Iowa; a more centralized location.