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Guernsey grant aids teens

Waverly, Iowa—Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) recently received a $20,000 grant from the Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation to help teens make a successful transition to young adulthood.

The grant will fund transitional services provided by LSI’s Bremwood Residential Treatment Center to help teens build independent living skills.

Bremwood is a state-licensed group care and PMIC (Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children) facility that provides 24-7 mental and behavioral health services for teens with severe emotional or behavioral disorders.

For teens who do not have permanent family connections, the Exodus transitional living program at Bremwood helps prepare them to live independently in young adulthood.

“Many of the teens we serve do not have a traditional social support system,” said Jim Fox, LSI’s residential manager. “Our Exodus program helps teens learn skills they will need to be successful as young adults, such as budgeting, meal planning, job hunting or applying for college. We are grateful to the Guernsey Charitable Foundation for their continued support of this critical program and their passion for creating positive outcomes for teens in our communities.”

Established in 1996, the Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation supports a broad spectrum of needs, including education that builds character, programs that enhance family life, key social issues, science, programs that aim for community betterment, health and life skills, sports, fitness and activities that recognize the value of people.

Beloit receives grant for new beds

Al Hermanson, SCCF; Matthew Voorhees, LSI

 

Ames, Iowa—Matthew Voorhees (right), LSI (Lutheran Services in Iowa) residential manager, received a community grant for $6,000 from Al Hermanson (left), Story County Community Foundation (SCCF) advisory board member, during a November 5 ceremony in Ames.

The grant will be used to provide five Endurance beds with a 10-year warranty for children who are living at LSI’s Beloit Residential Treatment Center in Ames.

Beloit is a state-licensed group care and PMIC (Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children) facility that provides 24-7 mental health services for children and youth with severe emotional or behavioral disorders. Many, though not all, have experienced trauma from past abuse or neglect.

“We’re grateful for the Story County Community Foundation’s support for our state’s most vulnerable children,” said Voorhees. “This grant will enhance our facilities and assist us in our goal of providing the highest quality care for children receiving mental and behavioral health services on our campus.”

SCCF received a total of 36 applications for 2015 community grants. LSI’s Beloit Residential Treatment Center was one of 19 applicants selected for the awards. Funding for the community grants is provided by the State of Iowa’s County Endowment Fund Program and local donors.  SCCF is the designated administrator for the fund.

The 2016 SCCF community grants cycle will begin early in 2016, when updated information for applicants will be available at www.storycountyfoundation.org. Applications will be due in late September.

Thanks, Muscatine Charities!

Muscatine, Iowa—Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) received a $9,600 grant from Muscatine Charities for LSI’s HOPES program (Healthy Opportunities for Parents to Experience Success), a free and voluntary home visitation program for families with young children.

Through HOPES, LSI family support workers visit parents and children at home, providing child development information, parenting strategies and connections to community resources.

“We’re proud to have the support of Muscatine Charities in giving young children and their families a healthy start in life,” said Amanda McKee, LSI service coordinator. “LSI’s HOPES program empowers families to build a nurturing and stable home, recognizing that parents are their child’s first and best teacher.”

The grant will help provide client assistance for families who lack basic necessities for health and safety, such as smoke alarms, safety gates, health kits, over-the-counter medications and more. It will also support ongoing professional training for LSI family support workers.

LSI’s HOPES program helps prevent child abuse by reducing stressors for parents and giving families tools to achieve their goals.

According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES), for every $50 spent to treat child abuse, only $1 is spent on abuse prevention. 100% of families served through LSI’s HOPES program did not have a confirmed report of child abuse. LSI’s HOPEs program has served Muscatine since 1996.

For more information, contact LSI’s Muscatine HOPES office at 563.288.4171.

 

Blue Sky 5K to be held Oct. 24

Ames, Iowa—LSI (Lutheran Services in Iowa) and ISU’s Homecoming Central Committee will hold the 20th annual Blue Sky 5K on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 9:00 p.m. on ISU’s central campus. (more…)

LSI awarded United Way grants

Ames, Iowa—Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) recently received two grants from United Way of Story County to create positive mental health outcomes for area children.

A $3,000 grant will help fund LSI’s Story County School-based Mental Health Services and a $1,704 grant will provide summer school funding for children at LSI’s Beloit Residential Treatment Center.

LSI’s Story County School-based Mental Health Services is a free resource available to K-12 students in Story County who are uninsured or underinsured and who are facing issues such as depression, ADHD or destructive behavior.

“This program is critical in making mental health services accessible to all students, regardless of income or insurance,” said Scott Caldwell, LSI director of mental health services. “We’re grateful to United Way of Story County for recognizing this need and ensuring students have support to succeed in the classroom and in the community.”

LSI’s professional, licensed therapists provide therapy on site at Story County schools, eliminating transportation barriers for families. The goal is to help improve school behavior, improve attendance and boost academic achievement.

LSI also offers free mental health training and consultation for school personnel on topics such as trauma-informed care, adverse childhood experiences or the common diagnostic issues students present in the school setting. This program is also locally funded by DECAT.

LSI’s Beloit Residential Treatment Center is a state-licensed group care and Psychiatric Medical Institute for Children (PMIC) facility that provides 24-7 mental and behavioral health services for children with severe emotional or behavioral disorders.

The grant from United Way of Story County will help fund positive educational outcomes for children living at Beloit during the summer months.

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