Category Archives: General Helping Services

June 18 Open House Honors Executive Director Change

 Starting in June, Helping Services for Northeast Iowa will be led by a new executive director. After 29 years guiding the nonprofit’s mission, David Runyon has announced his retirement. Runyon says, “My work on the agency’s mission did not begin … Continue reading

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“My Work Will Not End with My Retirement”

By David Runyon, retiring executive director | Three decades, almost that is. That is the amount time, a lifetime of sorts, that I have spent here at Helping Services. My work on the agency’s mission did not begin at my … Continue reading

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Greetings, I’m Carson, the New Executive Director

By Carson Eggland, executive director | Thank you for the opportunity to lead the wonderful team at Helping Services for Northeast Iowa. As a volunteer, staff member, donor, friend, or advocate for this organization, you have provided significant impact to … Continue reading

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Drive to Raise $10,000 for Family Support Services

See Goal Progress | Donate Now | Fundraise for this Cause By David Runyon, Executive Director | It is fun to watch children grow and develop, to be part of their life as they learn about their world, and to help guide them … Continue reading

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Handling the Beast We All Face: Stress

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Mentoring Guides Youth from Stress to Joy

By Kathy Schwartzhoff, Mentoring Coordinator | Looking at the picture above, the first emotion that comes to mind could be joyful! April Wilker (second from the left) is indeed that type of person—happy, energetic, and positive. And she is the … Continue reading

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How I Perceive and Respond to Stress

By David Runyon, Executive Director | Everyone deals with stress in different ways. As Executive Director of Helping Services, I have experienced many periods of intense stress. These have included times of long hours with too many tasks, uncertain funding, … Continue reading

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Coping with Present Demands and Past Abuse—a Survivor’s Story

By Chrisann Zuerner and Viktoria Stockman | Each day presents its own set of worries and concerns with which we must cope. While we all have means of dealing with and reducing levels of stress, individuals in relationships fraught with domestic … Continue reading

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Navigating the Roads of Life—Helping Teens Learn to Manage Stress

By Jen Stolka, Certified Prevention Specialist | “My chest feels tight. My mind bounces from one thought to another. My palms are sweating, and I cannot seem to shake these feelings of being overwhelmed,” shared a local teen when asked … Continue reading

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Adding a New Family Member

By Lori Barry, Family Educator | Stress can come from many different sources—even from happy, exciting sources such as a new little member of the family. Adjusting family routines after a baby’s birth can be stressful. A new baby involves … Continue reading

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