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…

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Domestic Abuse Resource Center COVID-19 Response

As an agency we continue to seek ways to better respond to survivors and needs within our community particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, our Domestic Abuse Resource Center (DARC) applied and received a grant from the CARES Act passed by congress in response to COVID-19. This grant focuses on three main areas:  Client needs…

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Youth Mentoring Update

Youth Mentoring is excited to announce that they are one of 11 recipients in the state of Iowa to receive an Improving Tomorrow: Prevention focused Mentoring grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health. The grant has four exciting goals! They are:  Support 91 mentoring matches in our four counties.  Substance abuse prevention and problem…

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Racial Equity Statement

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ mission is to create healthier and safer communities in northeast Iowa. Racial inequity throughout this nation and in our corner of northeast Iowa does not make this possible for our black, brown, and many other marginalized neighbors. We can not stand by and watch this happen. We believe in…

Domestic Abuse Survivor Chat Line
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Domestic Abuse Survivor Chat Line

Helping Services for Youth & Families’ Domestic Abuse Resource Center has implemented a Domestic Abuse survivor chat line, which can be reached at HelpingServices.org/chat. There is also the option to call our 24/7 resource phone line at 800-383-2988,  but during the time of social distancing our advocates noticed a decline in calls. We responded by…

Stress and Alcohol
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Stress and Alcohol

Many of us are experiencing additional stress right now as we have been out of our normal routines. Financial burdens, job loss, children at home, working from home, illness, fear, and isolation are just a few you may be experiencing.  According to a study on the National Center for Biological Information, stress is shown to…