2023 Top Moments

2023 was a big and exciting year for On With Life! We were able to raise the bar in numerous ways: we introduced new buildings, programs and events; broke fundraising records; made lasting memories with persons served and so much more.

As we head into the final days of the year, we want to thank you for being a part of these big moments. We look forward to many more in 2024, such as celebrating 10 years of Celebrate Life, opening our new Long-Term Skilled Care facility in Polk City, and building two new family houses on our Ankeny campus in partnership with Hubbell Realty. We can't wait to take you along with us as we head into the adventures 2024 has to bring!


- In 2022 On With Life started a new RAGRBAI tradition where persons served and staff track miles (biking, walking, stationary bike, etc) to make their way across Iowa. This year was extra special as the actual RAGBRAI route ran through Ankeny, and a handful of persons served were able to participate!

9. On ( e ) With Life Week

- On With Life started a new tradition this year by initiating On[e] With Life week, a week-long celebration focusing on how we are all ONE organization serving ONE mission. During this time we had several individuals make a donation, sign up to be a volunteer, or share with us what they love most about On With Life. We capped off the week with lots of On With Life spirit!

8. Corridor Business Journal Coolest Places to Work - 1st place

- On With Life's outpatient clinic in Coralville was named one of the Coolest Places to Work by the Corridor Business Journal for the second year in a row, and this year they also received first place in their category during the awards ceremony!

7. National top workplace award for first time

- For the first time, On With Life was recognized as a NATIONAL Top Workplace in 2023! THis award recognizes our amazing staff and culture, along with the important work that we do.

6. Broke ground in Polk City

- In 2023 On With Life began an extensive remodel of a former nursing facility in Polk City that will become the home of our Long-Term Skilled Care program in 2024. The remodeled space will include 40 licensed beds (eight more than we currently have in Glenwood), ample therapy space and a therapeutic garden for persons served to enjoy.

5. Extreme Build Announcement + Beer Collaboration

- This year we announced that On With Life would be partnering with Hubbell Realty Company for their 2024 Extreme Build project - building two new brand new family homes on our Ankeny campus. As part of the fundraising efforts for this project, we collaborated with Hubbell and Confluence Brewing to create a limited edition On With Life beer! All proceeds from the sales of the Extreme Strides beer were donated back to On With Life.

4. Record-Breaking Celebrate Life

- On With Life's 2023 Celebrate Life fundraising event was the most successful one to date. We had over 400 people in attendance and raised over $200,000 - a new record!

3. Development of Spinal Cord Program

- While On With Life has served individuals with spinal cord injuries for awhile, 2023 was the year of fully developing this program in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and introducing it as one of On With Life's innovation centers.

2. Reopened the family house

- After three years of being closed due to the pandemic, On With Life was able to open up the family house that currently resides on the Ankeny campus once again! In October of this year, the revamped, six-bedroom house welcomed families back, providing them a convenient and comfortable place to stay while their loved ones are at On With Life.

1. Opening of new outpatient center in Ankeny

- In June of this year, On With Life officially opened the doors of the new outpatient facility in Ankeny. The 22,466 square foot space includes a state-of-the-art gait track system, practice apartment, garage and workshop, a training and development center, and more!