I love Tuesday’s because I get to spend time with someone who encourages me to reach for my dreams.
Karen, Mentee 8th Grade
One mentor shared with me that she and her mentee visited the library recently. The mentee is seven years old and has never been to the library in her town. It reminds me of the things we take for granted.
Kathy Schwartzhoff, Mentoring Coordinator
I wouldn’t have been able to do this without your help, my kids have been happier in the past two weeks than in the last two years. I know I can do it on my own with all the support that I have from family and friends.
Domestic Abuse Client, Howard County
The Child Advocacy Program was a great resource for my children. It provided them with information to aid them as they move through their young lives. As a parent, the program provided me with additional knowledge to help me in the many questions I am sure I will face throughout their young years.
The people that we worked with are wonderful people and great resources.
Child Advocacy Client
It took me a long time—actually years—to get the courage to leave, wondering how I would support my kids and if I would get outside support emotionally. I felt trapped. I don't know if I could've made it through what I've gone through without your help.
Domestic Abuse Client
The Life Skills program is full of essential information that keeps the students engaged while building their self esteem. They learn the skills to make good decisions and resist peer pressure, advertising, drugs, and tobacco. As teachers, we feel that all students benefit from her excellent delivery and the content of this program.
Third Grade Teacher Eisenhower Elementary School
After learning about their [Helping Services] mission, I found that they were doing for communities exactly what I wanted to see being done - working in different ways to assist children and adults in having skills for happier and more productive lives.
Dick Graham Past Board President
Thank you for coming into our classroom to discuss the harmful consequences of tobacco. We appreciate your time and commitment to educate us on the dangers. The pig lungs were very interesting, and the tar jar really showed us how disgusting cigarettes can be. Thanks again.
6th Graders and Mrs. Mauss Postville Schools
After four years since her first encounter with a Family Educator, a mother reaches out for help again to help ensure her two children and a brand new baby are developing in a healthy way. As chance would have it, she is working with the same Family Educator. She shares,
"I was so glad to hear you were the person I would get to see. The first time we met at the hospital, you helped me with breastfeeding questions and how to use the car seat safely. You gave me all that, but most importantly you gave me your contact information. You told me I could call you with any questions I had. That was over four years ago, and I still have all of that in my child's keepsake box."
Family Support Client
I learned things about my children that I never knew—and I consider myself a well-informed, very involved parent. Their being able to discuss some of these issues and then spend time with us immediately following was very beneficial. Thank you.
Strengthening Families Class Participant, Dubuque County