18 December 2017| Services for Adults, Services for Children and Youth
Strengthening Families

Iresha loved staying at home to care for her first child, Tanasha. She was eager to bond with her daughter and see all of Tanasha’s “firsts.” Her first steps. Her first words. Iresha was excited to experience them all. But as Tanasha grew into an active one-year-old, Iresha felt isolated and knew something needed to...

18 December 2017| Refugee Community Services
Breaking Barriers

Firmin Ntakimazi says Des Moines and LSI helped to save him. Now, he is giving back. After years of living in fear, surrounded by violence in his home country, Burundi, Firmin and his family found safety among Central Iowa’s welcoming people. Now Firmin, 52, has spent the last 10 years finding ways to be active...

18 December 2017| Mental Health Services, Services for Children and Youth
Confidence and Control

Communication can be difficult for anyone, especially when it comes to mental health. For a while, Jonathan struggled to open up to any mental health experts. He saw several different psychiatrists over the past six years, but he never felt comfortable talking about his emotions. As Jonathan grew into his teenage years, his mother, Kristina,...

18 December 2017| Mental Health Services, Services for Children and Youth
Building a Mother-Daughter Bond

Melissa didn’t know what to do. Her oldest daughter, Brianna, struggled with anger issues and Melissa felt she was losing control at home. She wanted to have a loving relationship with her daughter, and she was afraid of becoming the “stern parent.” She turned to LSI’s Behavioral Health Intervention Services for help three years ago....

18 December 2017| Services for Children and Youth
Wraparound Care and Comfort

Tina was in a panic. Her daughter, Brea, was in the hospital for mental health concerns, and Tina knew she wouldn’t be able to provide Brea with the support she needed at home. She drove to the nearest LSI office, overwhelmed and in tears, hoping that someone on the Pediatric Integrated Health team could help...

18 December 2017| Services for Adults, Services for Children and Youth
One Happy Family

Danikah was a happy, playful toddler. But things began to change when her baby brother, Parker, was born. “In the hospital, she was happy to see him. But I don’t think she fully understood what was happening,” says Danikah’s mom, Stacy. “When everyone was home, she just wanted him to go away. It was a...

Keeping a Busy Schedule

Alecks loves to stay busy. From reading comic books and making costumes for Renaissance festivals, to going out on walks and taking care of his home, Alecks does it all. And his daily support staff, Jamie, is there to help him every step of the way. Jamie and Alecks have worked together for three months,...