ChildServe Completes Expansion to

Double Footprint, Impact in Ames

ChildServe is excited to share that the expansion project to double the space, and double the impact in our Ames community is now complete. The expansion will meet multiple needs at ChildServe, including additional space to serve more children as more clinicians are hired.

Since opening in 1995, ChildServe in Ames has been a staple in the community for families raising a child with special healthcare needs. The expansion doubles the current footprint when it comes to physical space, and it will also double the number of children served at the Ames campus.

Dan Culhane, Debi Durham, Reynolds Cramer, and Dr. Teri Wahlig

The expansion project will provide additional space to provide treatment to over 200 children on a waitlist for outpatient therapy as more clinicians are hired. It also includes a customized space for the Autism Program, which offers a range of services for individuals with autism. The program features a unique floor plan where children can smoothly transition between individual and group therapy activities, classroom activities and play. Children across multiple services will enjoy working on their goals in the Georges Niang Therapy Gym, fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology and equipment.

The expansion project was made possible thanks to the work of our campaign co-chairs Sheila and Reynolds Cramer and the generous support of many, including $2.7 million of support from the Nonprofit Innovation Fund via the Iowa Economic Development Authority. The philanthropic support totaled over $4.7 million, which included a $1 million lead gift from donor Connie French.

“I’m grateful to each of our donors and the greater Ames community for their support in making this expansion project possible. We are excited to welcome more local children who can benefit from ChildServe’s expertise and wide array of programs and services. This expansion project has been an amazing reminder that when we all move forward together, we can make a lasting difference for our community,” said Dr. Teri Wahlig, ChildServe CEO.

The Ames expansion is part of ChildServe’s regional growth strategy, which includes enhancing its campuses in Ames, Des Moines and Iowa City to serve as regional centers.


ChildServe improves the health and well-being of nearly 5,800 children each year through specialized clinical, home, and community-based programs and services. We serve children with developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs.

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