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Kids deserve a chance...

So many of the kids we serve, through no fault of their own, are victims of abuse - sexual, physical and emotional. Some have been abandoned, others institutionalized. Countless live with a single parent, while others live in poverty. Many suffer from behavioral problems, substance abuse and even mental illness. We’ve seen it all, and for a child it’s a future without hope. But with your help, we can change that.

Young House Family Services provides these kids and their families with something positive and permanent - something they can hold on to and feel good about - something no one can ever take from them. Like a future filled with promise, with healing and with wholeness, not the one they are living today of sadness and despair.

How can we do it? Together.

We welcome volunteers and donors to become partners with us. With your support we can continue to help those who need us. Each week, Young House serves over 700 children and families. In addition to residential treatment programs for troubled kids and for those with substance abuse problems, we provide care for foster children, in-home counseling for entire families, sexual abuse treatment, counseling and prevention programs designed to assist families and teens. Many of those served are court ordered, while others voluntarily seek our services. All want a better quality of life and they’re willing to take a chance.

Yes, we do all of that and even more. We're able to do so much, so effectively, because we spend our resources wisely and because there is so much value in what we do. Growing number of children and families who need our help, and your support is critical in our efforts to continue to improve the lives of children.

What ways are there to get involved?

  1. Planned Giving
    • Annual Gifts of Cash -- We invite our friends to help meet the challenges of the future through annual gifts made payable to the Young House Family Services Foundation.
    • Stocks and Other Securities -- Stocks and other securities transferred to Young House Family Services Foundation are tax deductible at their fair market value. Donors are not required to pay capital gains tax on appreciated securities that have been held for more than one year before being donated.
    • Bequests -- Suggested wording for an unrestricted bequest: "I give to the Young House Family Services Foundation the sum of $ (or provide a description of stock or other property which is to be given) to be used in such manner as its Foundation may determine."
    • Life Insurance -- Established or new life insurance policies can be left to the Foundation by naming it as a beneficiary of a specific portion or a percentage of the existing or new policy.
    • Memorials -- Gifts of any type to the Foundation may be established in memory or in honor of loved ones, friends or business associates.
    • Charitable Trusts -- There are a variety of different types of trusts that a donor can establish to benefit themselves, their beneficiaries and their favorite charities. These types of trusts include the charitable remainder trust, charitable remainder annuity trust, charitable remainder unitrust, and the pooled income fund. An estate planning attorney, financial planner or trust officer may be able to assist you in establishing the type of trust that is best for you.
  2. Community Partnerships
    • Financial Donations -- There are several means for businesses to help fund programs and services that help children and families. Besides monetary donations there is sponsoring Young House Family Services events by providing partnership and promotion opportunities.
    • Basic Needs Donations -- Besides the basic daily living items for our residential facility we assist families with managing behaviors, challenges and life stressors. We often discover they are lacking basic needs, including food, clothing and shelter. The Young House Family Services IMPACT Program helps meet some of the basic needs and connects families to community resources.
  3. Volunteer
    • Volunteer opportunities include support, tutoring, repair projects, and assisting with special events.

As with gifts made during life, emotional satisfaction is not the only benefit derived from your contribution. There may be tax advantages to charitable giving as well. We would be glad to meet with you and your legal or tax advisors to discuss the best strategies for your unique circumstances. Please contact us for more information at (319) 752-4000, ext. 115.

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Young House Family Services

400 S. Broadway St.
Burlington, Iowa 52601
(319) 752-4000