About Us

Young House Family Services was founded in 1971 by Brother Bob Reinke, when it opened the doors of its first adolescent group home. Today the agency is an accredited provider of counseling and social services, with facilities in Burlington, Mt. Pleasant and Fairfield. Young House Family Services delivers a wide range of programs throughout all of southeast Iowa, serving over 4,000 children and families every year.

As a leading agency in southeast Iowa, we have established a reputation for delivering high quality, effective services that help families achieve safety, stability and well-being. The programs of Young House Family Services nurture each child’s potential to succeed, and each family’s ability to heal. Young House Family Services has an array of programs to assist families resolve conflicts and improve communication. We have both office-based and in-home services available to help children, adults and families. Many services offered at Young House Family Services are voluntary, and many are available at little or no cost to families. We also provide programs through contractual relationships with the Iowa Department of Human Services, Juvenile Court Services, local school districts and community partners.

Today Young House Family Services is a comprehensive non-profit social service agency with over 150 employees and a wide variety of programs throughout Southeast Iowa. Most of our clients are referred through the Department of Human Services, Juvenile Court Services, or area schools. We have several programs which are grant-funded, and some services are provided to clients on a sliding fee scale.

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Our History

Young House Family Services was founded in 1971 by Brother Bob Reinke, when we opened the doors of our first adolescent group home. Brother Bob was a member of the Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis, a Catholic religious organization. Brother Bob was invited to come to Burlington by the Bishop of the Diocese of Davenport to start the group home as a faith project responding to the needs of troubled children and families. There was no money to begin the group home project, but Brother Bob had a lot of faith.

After he arrived in Burlington, Brother Bob quickly began making contacts within the community, and word was spreading about the group home project. He was contacted by someone who had a large house at 1027 North 4th Street who would allow Br. Bob to live there rent-free for two months. The previous owner, Dr. Young, is the namesake of the agency.

He had no furniture, but during a meeting at a local bank Br. Bob was asked if he needed anything else. He responded, “Yes--furniture.” The banker made a phone call to a local furniture company (Chittendan & Eastman), and that afternoon two mattresses were delivered to the house. The Young House group home was in business—with two mattresses and a hotplate.

A few days later, Brother Bob was invited to meet with Man Nordstrom, CEO of Chittendan & Eastman, to explain the group home project and furniture needs. Brother Bob told him he had no money, but a salesman took him to a show room to look at the needed furnishings. Even after Brother Bob embarrassingly continued to explain he had no money, the salesman showed him more and more furniture. Returning to Mr. Nordstrom’s office, Brother Bob said, “There must be some misunderstanding. I have no money.” Mr. Nordstrom looked at him and said, “We know that. We’re giving you the furniture.” The foundation of Young House was started, made possible through the blessings and generosity of our community.

That evening during his prayer time, Brother Bob asked God for a foundational scripture for the agency. He randomly opened his Bible to the scripture passage in Luke 9:48. This Bible verse was developed into the agency’s mission statement, “Christ’s statement as quoted in Luke 9:48, “The person who in My name welcomes this child, welcomes Me. . .” embodies the spirit of Young House Family Services. Our special mission is to serve Christ by offering a wide range of human services designed to provide for the spiritual, physical, and emotional care of children and families.”

God used many people and businesses in Burlington to bless Brother Bob and the humble beginnings of Young House. In the early years, Brother Bob recruited several other members of the Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis to help him staff the group home. Later, he invited Sisters from the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to assist with the girls’ group homes. The Brothers and Sisters played a vital role in getting the group homes established, and they still continue to be supportive of the agency.

As the ministry grew, the name was changed to Young House Family Services in the mid-1980’s to reflect the expanding services being offered. In 1988 Brother Bob left Burlington for a ministry in New Jersey. Jack Escorcia was named Administrator on January 1, 1988. Jack had worked for Young House for (blank) years, and retired in 20**. Then more Shauna Freitag was named Executive Director on (blank), 2016. Shauna had worked Young House for (blank) years.

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Our Mission

Young House Family Services Mission Statement

Christ’s statement as quoted in Luke 9:48, “The person who in My name welcomes this child, welcomes Me. . .” embodies the spirit of Young House Family Services. Our special mission is to serve Christ by offering a wide range of human services designed to provide for the spiritual, physical, and emotional care of children and families.

Young House Family Services Service Philosophy

Young House Family Services, a Christian multi-service agency, was founded in 1971 as a faith project in response to the needs of troubled children and families in Southeast Iowa. The agency has been and remains committed to the prayerfully planned development of a continuum of services which are as comprehensive, flexible, and intense as necessary to appropriately minister to unmet needs.

The staff and volunteers of Young House Family Services are dedicated to creating a healing community through the utilization of their special gifts and talents. The agency's good stewardship is characterized by the prudent use of resources entrusted to it.

Based on Christian principles, agency programs demonstrate the belief in...

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Shauna Freitag
Executive Director
Shauna Freitag
sfreitag@younghouse.org
Ext. 115

Sue Beer
Human Resource Director
Sue Beer
suebeer@younghouse.org
Ext. 112

Community Counseling
Jane Riter, Clinical Director
jriter@younghouse.org
Ext. 114


Community Based Services
Jan Shelman, Program Director
jshelman@younghouse.org
Ext. 128

Heather Brueck
Pediatric Integrated Health Program
Heather Brueck, Program Director
hbrueck@younghouse.org
Ext. 141

Michael Siegfried
ACT Day Treatment Center
Michael Siegfried, Program Director
4717 Sullivan Slough Road
Burlington, Iowa 52601
(319) 752-8095
msiegfried@younghouse.org
Ext. 3610

Stephanie Stubbs
Christamore Family Treatment Center
Stephanie Stubbs, Program Director
905 South Iris
Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641
(319) 385-2906
steph.stubbs@younghouse.org
Ext. 2114

For more information about services for families

Contact:
Young House Family Services

400 S. Broadway St.
Burlington, Iowa 52601
(319) 752-4000
or Toll Free
(844) 870-8046
info@younghouse.org