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Founded in 1954, Pilgrim Heights is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a positive impact in our community and beyond. Our mission is simple yet powerful: to provide a nurturing environment where individuals of all ages can discover, grow, and find their purpose.

Nestled in the heart of Central Iowa, Pilgrim Heights offers a serene and picturesque setting that serves as a sanctuary for personal growth and self-discovery. Our sprawling grounds boast lush greenery, tranquil walking paths, and breathtaking views, providing the perfect backdrop for reflection and rejuvenation.

At Pilgrim Heights, we believe in the inherent potential of every individual. We offer a wide range of transformative programs and services that cater to different needs and aspirations. From educational workshops and spiritual retreats to cabin rentals, outdoor adventure camps, and wellness retreats, our offerings are designed to ignite personal growth, foster connections, and inspire positive change.

One of our most cherished projects is our Summer Camp Programs, which aims to empower the next generation with essential life skills and values. Through engaging workshops, mentorship opportunities, and community outreach initiatives, we strive to equip young minds with the tools they need to navigate challenges, build resilience, and make meaningful contributions to society.

Looking ahead, Pilgrim Heights has an exciting lineup of events and projects planned for the coming year. We are thrilled to announce the launch of our General Store, through which we aim to cultivate a sense of community, promote local artisans, and foster a deep connection with nature.

We invite you to join us on this remarkable journey of growth and transformation. Whether you choose to visit Pilgrim Heights for a peaceful retreat, participate in our programs, or support our noble cause as a patron or volunteer, your involvement will make a significant difference in the lives of individuals and the community at large.

Come, explore the possibilities, and embark on a transformative experience at Pilgrim Heights. Together, let us nurture hearts, transform lives, and create a brighter future for all.

For more information and to get involved, email us at We look forward to welcoming you to the Pilgrim Heights family.

Board of Directors

Janet Secor, Board President

Karen Handke, Vice President

Doug Husak, Treasurer

Dave Raymond

Chris Burtnett

Hinegardner LLC Representative

Curtis Representative

Co-director - Sarah Story

Co-director & Maintenance - Jacob Lamb

Financial Lead - Danielle Lekin

Office Manager - McKenzie Hinegardner

Office Assistant - Kellie Kesselring

Head Housekeeper - Nicole Blake

Housekeeper - Kiya Keahna

Staff Members


Our cabins offer an array of enticing amenities that will make your stay truly unforgettable. Each cabin is equipped with modern comforts, including WiFi, hot water, and air conditioning, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing experience throughout your stay.

General Store for Essentials
Private Bathrooms
Private BBQ Area & Fire Pit
Hot Shower
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