Holiday Lights Opens on November 23
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Holiday Lights Opens on November 23

We are happy to announce the opening of the 18th annual Holiday Lights event, held at Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah. Holiday Lights is the organization’s annual fundraiser to support programs to promote healthier and safer families throughout Northeast Iowa.   Thanks to the help of volunteers and sponsors, Holiday Lights will be ready for the…

Youth Groups Swing into Gear as School Year Begins
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Youth Groups Swing into Gear as School Year Begins

This fall, many high school youth groups held their first meeting to discuss their area of focus and plans for the school year. These youth leaders aim to educate on the harm surrounding substance use and provide support to peers by raising awareness for resources available. Each youth group is linked to a statewide movement,…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) is recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness during the month of October. In Iowa and around the world, October is a month to create awareness around domestic violence, using the color purple to symbolize the cause.  Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center advocates work alongside survivors…

Youth Mentoring + Ice Cream = Winning Combination
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Youth Mentoring + Ice Cream = Winning Combination

There are many combinations that just work well together; peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, and bread and butter to name a few. A winning local combination is ice cream and kids! This sweet collaboration involves Youth Mentoring at Helping Services for Youth & Families and Sugar Bowl. Every second Thursday of the month,…

Alcohol Server Training
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Alcohol Server Training

The Prevention Team offers trainings for any businesses that sell or serve alcohol, and to any group that may be serving alcohol at an event. This is a skills-based certification led by a Certified Prevention Specialist called, Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS). TIPS is the global leader in education and training for the responsible service,…

Zumbini
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Zumbini

Developed by Zumba and Babyfirst, Zumbini is an early childhood program that uses original music and movement to promote cognitive, social, fine/gross motor skills, and emotional development for children ages 0-4, all while creating the ultimate bonding experience for the parent and the child! Heather Ward, Family Educator at Helping Services for Youth & Families…

Domestic Abuse Resource Center Pantry 
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Domestic Abuse Resource Center Pantry 

Since 2005, the Domestic Abuse Resource Center has offered a food and supply pantry to better serve domestic violence survivors. Economic stability is one of the many important needs a survivor encounters. Items such as gas cards, grocery cards, and basic everyday supplies are an ongoing need for clients in the Resource Center.   The increasing…

Iowa Domestic Violence Roundtable
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Iowa Domestic Violence Roundtable

On April 14, Carson Eggland, Executive Director had the opportunity to meet with Senator Joni Ernst in Des Moines. Our Domestic Abuse Resource Center program and select programs around the state working against sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking were invited to participate in a roundtable discussion with Senator Ernst and the Iowa Attorney…

Allamakee Prevention Advisory Group
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Allamakee Prevention Advisory Group

The rising concerns over substance misuse, problem gambling, teen pregnancy, and more led a group of concerned citizens and professionals to start meeting to address these difficult topics. Allamakee Prevention Advisory, formed in late 2021, has a mission to “advocate, educate, and provide awareness to positively impact the health and wellness of Allamakee County.” The…