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.  We are grateful for our strong partnerships with local law…

Child Passenger Safety Week
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Child Passenger Safety Week

Did you Know… 7 out of 10 car seats are unknowingly installed incorrectly. Contact Helping Services for Youth & Families to talk to a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician at info@helpingservices.org or 563-387-1720 to get the correct information to the questions you have. We would be happy to set up a free appointment to assist…

September is Recovery Month
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September is Recovery Month

September is Recovery Month! Recovery Month was first proclaimed in 1989 as Treatment Works! This brought recognition and awareness to the work that substance use treatment professionals were doing to support those with a substance use disorder. In 1998 this was expanded to bring recognition to individuals who suffered from substance use disorder along with…

New Prevention Coordinator in Delaware County
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New Prevention Coordinator in Delaware County

My name is Brian and I am the new Prevention Coordinator  Helping Services in Delaware County. I am originally from Waverly, IA and for the past four years I have been calling Manchester, IA home. Some hobbies of mine with my wife and dog (Theo) love doing anything outdoors involving hiking, biking, walking trails, fishing,…

Summer Play Safety for Kids
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Summer Play Safety for Kids

Each year, of children ages 0-19, more than 12,000 children die from unintentional injuries and more than 9.2 million are treated in emergency departments for nonfatal injuries. The leading causes of injury death differed by age group – For children less than 1 year of age, two–thirds of injury deaths were due to suffocation. Drowning…

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Donation Allows Youth Mentoring to Expand Events

An anonymous family has pledged $45,000 over the next three years to support Helping Services for Youth Families’ Youth Mentoring program. The family stated that it takes a village to raise a child, and we can all do our part by helping provide new experiences that develop their interests and skills. Kathy Schwartzhoff, Mentoring Coordinator…

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Successful Diaper Drive

The Helping Services Family Education Team is excited that over the course of April, an estimated 5,145 diapers and 1,762 wipes were donated. In addition, we received $775 in financial donations. Thank you to all who generously donated diapers and money to support healthy families in Northeast Iowa. Many thanks also go out to our…

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April Substance Use Events

Helping Services partnered with Luther College Wellness to put together two events in April. The first event on April 7th was the documentary If They Had Known, which is a real life example of a college student who mixed alcohol and a prescription medication and later died. After the screening of the documentary, Jessica Rupp,…

Diaper Drive
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Diaper Drive

In conjunction with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Family Education team is holding a diaper drive to benefit the families enrolled in home visiting services in Allamakee, Clayton, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties. Roughly 1 in 3 families struggle to afford diapers at the estimated cost of $100…