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      An Iowa Department for the Blind Independent Living program client wears learning shades while using non-visual techniques for measuring ingredients for cooking in her kitchen.Hilker-Pedretti grant aids Independent Living program

      A grant awarded to the Iowa Department for the Blind will help agency staff provide services to Iowans with vision loss for the second year in a row. On November 29, 2016, the Hilker-Pedretti Charitable Foundation generously awarded the Department a check in the amount of $15,000.00 in response to a grant application submitted by the Independent Living Program Administrator Kimberley Barber.

      The Hilker-Pedretti Charitable Foundation was set up through the generosity of the families of Lois and Clarence Hilker and Alma Pedretti, three siblings who grew up in Santiago, Iowa in eastern Polk County.

      The Hilker-Pedretti grant funds will be used to purchase various aids, devices, and equipment for eligible individuals who are served by the Independent Living program and who live within certain areas of the state.

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