The Holiday House in Manitowoc is no longer.

That’s Deanna Genske—Executive Director of Ascend Services Inc. The former Holiday House began in 1957 as a collaborative effort led by B.J. Halvorsen to make and sell Christmas wreaths in an atmosphere that felt like a clubhouse. Over time Genske says the wreath program was replaced by other programs that last year-round.

Executive Director of the Chamber of Manitowoc County Karen Nichols.

Mayor Justin Nickels.


Ascend’s tagline reads “Inspire—Empower—Connect.” Their new mission statement clarifies the goal that the organization has always kept close: To promote individual growth by providing community experiences, education and employment opportunities.  For more information call Ascend Services at 682-4663 or visit