Domestic Violence Services Advocacy
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Domestic Violence Services Advocacy

Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center team members attended Virtual Advocacy Day for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and Iowa Coalition for Collective Change. This day entailed advice for advocating with legislators, as well as information on the need for state funding for victim services.  Investing in state funds…

Spring 2021 Luther Interns
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Spring 2021 Luther Interns

Senior field practicum interns experience working at a nonprofit Helping Services for Youth & Families enjoys the benefits of hosting Luther College interns throughout the year. For the spring intern period, Amrita and Grace join the social services nonprofit until mid-May, each with a different experience. Read more about them below. Amrita is learning about…

Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Helping Services for Youth & Families will be highlighting awareness for Teen Dating Violence Awareness month in February. Nearly a quarter of adult victims of rape, physical violence and stalking by an intimate partner first experienced partner violence between the ages of 11 and 17. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and the Helping…

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Waukon Police Complete Opioid Training

Helping Services for Youth & Families in partnership with Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health  brought the Waukon Police Department a training on opioids, stimulants, Narcan, how to store medication properly, and mental health awareness.   A similar training will take place for the Winneshiek Medical Center Emergency Management. We are honored to provide training to law enforcement…

Iowa Opioid Response
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Iowa Opioid Response

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Northeast Iowa Behavioral Health on the Iowa Opioid Response Grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health. The goal of this awareness of opioid and stimulant risks through prevention efforts. We will be focusing on prevention of opioid and stimulants such as methamphetamine in Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette,…

Successful Giving Project
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Successful Giving Project

The 2020 Giving Project was a success! The project matches business, organizations, families, and individual donors with children of clients that have been assisted by the Domestic Abuse Resource Center. These donors purchase gifts for the families by purchasing items off of wish lists that clients fill out. This year, we were fortunate to donate…

Record Year at Holiday Lights
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Record Year at Holiday Lights

Helping Services for Youth & Families thanks all of the volunteers, sponsors, and visitors that made Holiday Lights’ 16th season a record year. Holiday Lights continues to be a wonderful community event that also serves as Helping Services for Youth & Families’ most important fundraiser. Helping Services for Youth & Families is a nonprofit organization…

National Mentoring Month
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National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month! Helping Services for Youth & Families is celebrating mentoring friendships and inviting others to engage in their community with the theme ‘Take ONE step to build a friendship. Become a mentor!’  Mentoring has a positive impact on youth. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships bring about powerful and positive changes…

Youth Mentoring Match Delivering Joy in Cresco
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Youth Mentoring Match Delivering Joy in Cresco

Autumn Nolan from Cresco Iowa became a mentor to Khloe Stermer in February of 2020 through Youth Mentoring at Helping Services. 2020 has been a different year for us all, this amazing match took it upon themselves to spread some much needed “joy” in Cresco.  Autumn and Klhoe created specialty gift bags they called “joy…