DIRECTOR OF HELPING SERVICES. Ben Krouse-Gagne begins his video series “Getting to Know Us” by interviewing Carson Eggland, the Executive Director of Helping Services for Youth & Families. In this candid interview, Carson talks about his background and passion for nonprofits.
DIRECTOR OF DV RESOURCE CENTER. In this interview, the Director of the Resource Center, Kathleen, talks about her start with Helping Services as a legal advocate, the struggles serving a rural area in northeast Iowa, and the services they provide to clients of domestic abuse. Over the last year, advocates have assisted 294 clients and answered 1, 160 crisis calls.
STORY TIME FAMILY EDUCATOR. Madi Brauer loves that the job is never boring, bringing new challenges every day. Ben and Madi chat about how the virtual story time was started during the current stay-at-home time. Madi turns to the positive during the current pandemic by building new collaborative friendships with other family educators online.
MENTORING COORDINATOR, DELAWARE COUNTY. Meg Gelner is a big believer in the benefits of youth mentoring, not just for the child, but exciting benefits for the adult, too. Meg enjoys watching relationships form and is looking forward to motivating future mentors to give of themselves to Helping Services’ awesome mentoring programs.
MENTORING COORDINATOR, HOWARD, ALLAMAKEE, WINNESHIEK COUNTY. Colinne, a Mentoring Coordinator in Howard, Allamakee, Winneshiek counties in Iowa talks about youth mentoring. Colinne started with Helping Services as part of her college practicum, then as an Americorps worker under IDPH, and now as a mentoring coordinator of Iowa Mentoring Sponsorships. Colinne advises “Don’t overthink [mentoring], you’ll get as much out of it as the youth does!”
MENTORING COORDINATOR, HOWARD, ALLAMAKEE, WINNESHIEK COUNTY. Kathy, a veteran Mentoring Coordinator at Helping Services, talks about her start in mentoring programs, and the care that Helping Services For Youth & Families took to develop their youth mentoring programs. Kathy’s years of experience spans as a director of a daycare, coordinating Childcare Information and Referral Services for HS, Substance Abuse Prevention, and as a Mentoring Coordinator for Howard, Allamakee, and Winneshiek Counties in northeast Iowa.
PREVENTION COORDINATOR. Jen Kimber, Prevention Coordinator, serves five counties in northeast Iowa. Jen promotes substance use prevention education through IDPH and now problem gambling. Jen brings her experience as a combat medic in Afghanistan, crossing over into prevention work. Jen is passionate that Prevention works by connecting people to resources and helping them with better choices. Prevention makes our communities healthier and better places to live.
TOBACCO PREVENTION SPECIALIST. Ashley Havenstrite talks about her work as a Tobacco Prevention Specialist. Ashley works in the community to provide tobacco education as well as working with local coalitions promoting positive change. In addition, Ashley helps businesses create tobacco policies for the workplace. She stresses that she is here to help employers help their employees with tobacco addictions. Ashley also provides resources for any individuals struggling to quit tobacco.
VICTIM ADVOCATE. Kristi, Victim Advocate for Helping Services For Youth & Families, talks about helping clients of domestic abuse during the COVID-19 health crisis. The advocates found that they had to provide services differently, and learned that they had to adapt. As a result, the Resource Center added chat to the HelpingServices.org website. Kristi stresses that advocates offer support and options; action steps and decisions always belong to the client.
PROJECT COORDINATOR, COALITIONS. Jen Stolka has years of experience working in northeast Iowa with community coalitions. Employed under the Drug-Free Communities Federal Grant, Jen unites with the Delaware County Drug Abuse Coalition to focus energy on alcohol, methamphetamine, and marijuana misuse. She shares that even though prevention work is a slow process, change is for the better and people really do care about what happens in their county. To learn more, visit HelpingServices.org/coalitions or ddacprevention.com