Child Safety This Holiday Season
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Child Safety This Holiday Season

This holiday season brings the excitement of new toys for little ones. New toys require your vigilance for your child’s safety. The potential toy dangers range from choking and strangulation hazards to batteries and magnets. To keep your child safe, follow these guidelines when choosing toys: Know the danger of balloons Follow age recommendations for…

Rural Focused Grant to Support Victims
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Rural Focused Grant to Support Victims

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) has been awarded a new grant from the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. This three year grant under the Rural Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, & Stalking Program will total $472,600. The grant is designed to enhance victim safety…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) is hosting 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.   Throughout the month of October you will notice areas that…

Holiday Lights to Return
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Holiday Lights to Return

We are excited for the Holiday Lights drive-thru experience for the 16th season starting on Wednesday, November 25th. This year has impacted all of us, and Holiday Lights has had its challenges as public safety is our number one concern. We have been working with the City of Decorah, Winneshiek County Public Health, volunteers, and…

Introducing Prevention Intern, Karen
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Introducing Prevention Intern, Karen

My name is Karen, a non-traditional student at the University of Northern Iowa. I am excited about the opportunity to intern with Helping Services for Youth & Families. As a Cresco native, it is my dream to work within the communities served by Helping Services. I feel that prevention work is important as I am…

Substance Abuse Prevention Community Coalitions
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Substance Abuse Prevention Community Coalitions

Substance abuse is an issue that every community deals with. It does not discriminate and it does not only happen in certain places or to certain people. One way that many communities are addressing this issue is through establishing local substance abuse prevention coalitions.  Many of you may have heard the term coalition but wondered…

Mentoring Tasty Thursdays
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Mentoring Tasty Thursdays

Youth Mentoring at Helping Services is proud to announce an exciting partnership with Sugar Bowl, one of Decorah’s delicious ice cream shops.  Beginning September 10, a mentoring gathering called Tasty Thursdays will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mentors and mentees are invited to enjoy ice cream together provided at no cost compliments of Sugar Bowl….

Culturally-Specific Victim Services Collaborations
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Culturally-Specific Victim Services Collaborations

Recent events have highlighted the prevalence of police brutality, the trauma of COVID-19 illness and resulting deaths which are disproportionately affecting people and communities of color. In response to this, Helping Services has stated that now and always, Black Lives Matter.  We are always seeking ways where we work with communities of color in order…

Transitional Housing Program
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Transitional Housing Program

Helping Services’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center’s Crossroads Transitional Housing Program assists survivors to obtain safe housing and empowers them in order to grow and obtain self-sufficiency. Through the transitional housing program, trained advocates are able to assist seven survivors and their children for up to two years. Before survivors are approved in the program, they…