Brief History of Region V Nebraska City

The history of Region V Services in Nebraska City (RVNC) began in 1957 with a group of progressive parents who were not satisfied with society's options for their children who were diagnosed with developmental disabilities (referred as mental retardation at that time). Public education was not available to them and the institution in Beatrice was the only encouraged option.

These parents strived for their children to have a basic education, employment opportunities, and involvement in their community. 

From these goals Arbor Training Center was born.  Prominent community members were brought on board to spearhead fund-raising efforts.  With the addition of public education and door to door contacts in raising funds, the community responded positively.  A building was purchased, teachers hired, and basic skills and vocational skills curriculum was developed.  Arbor Training Center opened in the spring of 1958 with 7 students attending.

About fifteen years later, deinstitutionalization of the Beatrice State Home residents began.  Community based programs were organized; children with all disabilities were provided their education in their local school districts, and people with disabilities began to be recognized as valuable contributing members of their communities.  Region V Services in Nebraska City began in July 1974.

Today, RVNC offers supports for approximately 55 people, ranging in age from junior high school age to retired senior citizens.  Services are developed for the individual, meeting their specific needs, vocational, residential, educational, and social.  People supported are a part of Nebraska City's work force, organizations, churches, and neighborhoods. 

Mission of Region V Services

The Mission of Region V Services is to provide desired education and supports that promote relationships within community and lessen reliance on agency services.

Region V Nebraska City believes all people deserve Awesome and Amazing Experiences and Opportunities.

These Values guide all decisions made and supports provided.  They are not negotiable and will be expected of everyone in all situations.  This is what we stand for.

Excellence - "RV-NC will be better today than yesterday and will be better tomorrow than today. I believe Excellence is found in the details."

Pride - "Pride is a personal commitment. It is an attitude which separates excellence from mediocrity. Take pride in your work. Take pride in yourself."

Integrity - "Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching."

Enthusiasm - "Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit."