A new chapel now graces the campus of Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque. Both the United Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church (USA) have contributed to the building of Hadley Chapel, which for the first time is providing a place of worship on their campus.
Michelle Watters of the Hillcrest staff wrote that they “seek and depend upon faith-based support for our important efforts to bring the people we serve and those who serve a spiritual connection.” The chapel is now is a gathering place for all Hillcrest clients, staff, and community, including opportunities for weekly services of worship. The floor of the chapel includes an inlaid Chartres labyrinth to allow children and adults space for personal prayer and reflection.
Hillcrest serves the spiritual needs of approximately 71 residential youth who have been abused, neglected, and abandoned and 66 residential adults who are not able to live independently due to mental, emotional, or behavioral health needs. A Matthew 25 grant from the East Central District, made possible through apportionment gifts from the United Methodist churches of Iowa, helped to support the construction of the chapel.