IMPACT (Initiating Meaningful Partnerships and Community Ties) started in 2012 – recognizes that extra support and provisions are needed to assist families with healing and achieving safety, stability and well-being. The goals of the program are to assist families in connecting to services, programs and community resources, while striving to build community partnerships for donations and volunteer opportunities. Through their advocacy for the family, the IMPACT staff can also assist with identifying basic and immediate needs of food, clothing and shelter that may be barriers to the family’s ability to engage in therapeutic services. Although it is a need for therapeutic services which brings an individual or family to Young House Family Services, we often discover that the absence of daily essentials can lead to behavior problems, isolation, social anxiety, and clinical depression. It can be difficult to engage in services when there is worry about food and shelter. To meet this need, YHFS has established the Community Closet, which is utilized by agency staff to assist children and families receiving counseling and support services through our agency.
Community Closet started in 2012 – located at the central office in Burlington, the Community Closest is stocked with basic needs items, including hats, mittens, socks, blankets, basic hygiene items (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.), diapers, wipes, baby formula, laundry soap, and cleaning supplies. Every week Young House Family Services receives dozens of referrals for children and families in our community who are living without basic need items. These basic need items include food, bedding/furniture, cleaning supplies, baby/infant items, hygiene products, medical supplies, etc.. The Young House Family Services IMPACT Program utilizes the Community Closet which is designed to help families access the resources they need. The Community Closet is supported through monetary and item donations.
Referrals to the IMPACT Program and Community Closet can be made by calling the Family Connections Coordinator at (319) 572-6533. There are no income guidelines. The program will assist any family who lives in Burlington.
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Young House Family Services
400 S. Broadway
Burlington, Iowa 52601
fax: (319) 758-6650