Program Spotlight

During times of crisis or difficult circumstances, coping with everyday tasks can be overwhelming. Young House Family Services has an array of programs to assist families resolve conflicts and improve communication. The programs of Young House Family Services nurture each child’s potential to succeed, and each family’s ability to heal. We have both office-based and in-home services available to help children, adults and families.

Christamore Celebrates Talents at Family Fun Day

Every quarter for the past 2 years, the Christamore Family Treatment Center has been hosting Family Fun Day for the clients and family members of the residential program. With funds raised by the clients and staff by means of “Tips Nights” and various other fundraisers the program provides a meal and fun activity encouraging family involvement, engagement and relationship building. Family Fun Days have included Bingo Nights, Minute to Win It games, Holiday Open Houses and more recently a Family Talent Show. On June 20th, Christamore provided dinner and show featuring the various talents of the clients and their families. The show highlighted a number of talents ranging from guitar solos, painting, improve, skateboarding, and singing. This event has been successful in building supportive relationship and promoting family engagement.

AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential)

Check out the AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential) website:! Young House subcontracts with YSS (Youth and Shelter Services) in Ames to facilitate two AMP Chapters in Southeast Iowa. The AMP motto is: “Nothing About Us, Without Us.” The program works to empower youth, ages 13-18, who are involved in foster care, residential care, adoption or out of home placements by giving them a voice. AMP youth are always exploring ways to give back to the community. If you are in need of help with a community project or would like to provide refreshments for an AMP meeting, contact the YHFS AMP facilitator, by
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PIHP (Pediatric Integrated Health Program)

Enrollment into the Young House Pediatric Integrated Health Program (PIHP) is well under way! The PIHP team has been hard at work informing clients and the members of our communities about the wonderful benefits of the program and has started enrolling members into PIHP. As of July 1st, PIHP has enrolled 85 members and is well on their way to their goal of 400 members by October 1st, 2014.

PHIP has also added several new members to the team! Abby West has been hired as the Nurse Coordinator. Abby worked for the Des Moines County Public Health Department for the last 18 years. She has a great deal of experience providing health promotion and educational programming to children and adults. Heidi Swenson has been hired as a Family Support Specialist. Heidi is advocating within the school system and understands the Individual Education Program quite well. Monica Bowlyow has also been hired as a Family Support Specialist. Monica is a graduate of both SCC and Iowa Wesleyan College. She has experience working with children and families. Feel free to stop by, say hi and welcome them to the Young House family! We are excited to welcome all three of these new employees to our PIHP.

Family Team Decision Making

The Family Team Decision Making Meeting is a comprehensive process for engaging families upon entry into the child welfare system which includes parents, children, extended family members, and support persons as defined by the family to find strength-based, permissible solutions to situations that the family is currently engaged in. The YHFS Facilitator is a neutral person, who organizes, prepares for, conducts, and reports on all activities involved in a Family Team Meeting. These services are provided through a contract with Young House Family Services and the Iowa Department of Human Services. Young House Family Services currently has 3 Family Team Meeting Facilitators who facilitate Family Team Decision Making Meetings for DHS in Quad County area including Louisa, Des Moines, Henry and Lee County. These Facilitators include Julie Fitzpatrick, Carrie Yates and Rita Vineyard who is celebrating 25 years of service with YHFS in July 2014!

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Donor Spotlight

As a non-profit organization, Young House Family Services depends on the generosity of donors and volunteers who support our agency in a variety of ways. It is only through the continued generosity of our supporters that we can continue to provide life-changing programs and services throughout Southeast Iowa. Thank you, for helping Young House Family Services make a difference in the lives of children and families.

Alliant Energy Foundation

The Alliant Energy Foundation was formed in order to help improve the quality of life - now and in the future - in the communities where Alliant Energy has a presence. They work to help improve the quality of life by giving back to the communities they serve in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. They have committed time and resources to help make these communities better places to live and work. Since its start in 1998, the Alliant Energy Foundation has contributed more than $40 million to projects and organizations through a variety of programs and worthwhile initiatives.

Young House Family Services received a generous $2,800 grant from the Alliant Energy Foundation's Community Grant Program. This grant will go to our IMPACT Program to purchase food bundles through the Share Iowa program and will be directly used to help children and families we serve!

Southeast Iowa Parrot Head Club

On Wednesday, October 21st Young House Family Services received a check in the amount of $12,000 from the Southeast Iowa Parrot Head Club. Young House was selected as the recipient of the funds raised during the Parrot Head Club's annual Woodphlock event that took place on July 18th, 2015. Young House Family Services would like to thank the Southeast Iowa Parrot Head Club and the volunteers for all of their hard work and dedication. We would also like to extend our appreciation to all the community members who attended this successful event and helped support YHFS. These funds will directly benefit the children and families of our community who struggle on a daily basis to meet their basic needs.

William M and Donna J Hoaglin Foundation, Inc

The William M and Donna J Hoaglin Foundation, Inc. of Mt Pleasant, Iowa awarded Christamore Family Treatment Center a generous $17,078 grant for much needed facility repairs and improvements.

The Christamore Family Treatment Center provides treatment services for at-risk adolescents and their families. These adolescents have experienced delinquent, behavioral, or emotional problems, which require a structured treatment environment. We have responded to this need by providing multiple treatment services within the same facility. All of these programs are designed to accommodate the needs of both male and female clients ages 11-17.

The facility is located in a rural setting on five acres of land east of Mt. Pleasant and provides a comprehensive level of 24-hour care. There is a structured daily program from 8:30 AM to 8:30 PM. The residential program has bed space for 16 residents. Residents attend school on-campus, and the educational program will accommodate clients with special educational needs. Psychiatric services, including medication management, are provided on-site. All other medical needs are met through service providers within the community.

The William M and Donna J Hoaglin Foundation, Inc. of Mt Pleasant, Iowa gives primarily to promote the literary and educational welfare of people in Henry and Van Buren counties, Iowa.

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"My son was enrolled in the Day Treatment Program after having numerous altercations and behavioral issues at school. The staff helped him learn self-control, anger management, dealing with peers, and other self-help things. Before Day Treatment I felt helpless and feared I had nowhere to turn. Since attending Day Treatment we have noticed a big change in our son. He not only communicates better at home, but his attitude in school has changed wonderfully. I believe if not for the chance to attend Day Treatment, his issues would have continued to escalate and we would not have the dedicated and respectful son we have today."

ACT Day Treatment

"My family and I became involved with the Day Treatment Program when our son was placed on probation. I can tell you that from the program our family greatly benefited from it. A few things we learned were how to communicate as a family, how to hold our son accountable for his actions, how to work together as parents. Before the program our son was headed in the wrong direction. He is more respectful, he goes to school daily, and does his chores at home. This program is a very important asset to our community. The staff are essential to families and children."

ACT Day Treatment

"I don't know where to begin... my name is Marissa and I'm a Christamore Graduate! At first I never thought Christamore would help me because I was involved in other programs before I arrived at Christamore. I thought it was nothing but a JOKE. After my first week there I started to realize in my heart Christamore was there to HELP me. I was abused and the kind of person who acted out in aggressive ways. They worked with me to understand there are other ways to react to negative feelings and actions. I have made so much progress it is UNBELIEVABLE. I used to attack people and blame everything on them, never taking accountability for myself. Now I am able to realize enough is enough. I used to have a terrible attitude, I used to tell people that I could not control it. Now my attitude has made a huge improvement. I learned so many new things at Christamore its unbelievable. Once again I wanted to thank you, Christamore... And especially [my Caseworker and the Youth Care Workers], they were a big help in my life. If it was not for them I could have never completed the program like I did. They believed in me when I didn't believe in myself.. Thanks!"

Christamore Family Treatment Center, Residential

"When I first arrived at Christamore, I thought to myself, "What did I just get myself into." I was shocked to think that I really messed up this time. Before arriving at Christamore I struggled with anger issues, impulsive thoughts and actions, the death of my grandmother, my mother struggling with drugs and alcohol, problems from my past and disregard for authority. About half way through my treatment I felt like I hit a wall and I just wanted out. My mother was struggling with drugs and alcohol and not getting the help she needs. I was ok with doing just enough to get by. However, all this changed when my mother admitted herself into a rehab facility. I felt if she was going to get the help she needed, it was time for me to focus on what I needed to do so I can be ready to graduate. I feel that I have made major improvements on my anger management, impulse control, accepting my grandmother's death, better communication skills with my mother and resolving family problems. I'm thankful for all the help that I received while at Christamore and all the tools I now have in my tool box to use for the rest of my life."

Christamore Family Treatment Center, Residential

"The Brief Intensive Services Program was a "Life Saver" for our daughter and our family. When we started the BIS Program, we were at our wits end and looking for out of the home options for our daughter. After having the BIS Program and [our Caseworker] work with our daughter, she learned to deal with her behaviors in appropriate manners and became well-adjusted at home, at school and in the community. Our daughter still refers to [Caseworker] as "the teacher who helped me behave." She often wants us to call her to let her know how well she is doing and that she is being a good girl. I don't know what our family would have done without this valuable program."

Brief Intensive Services

"Living at Woodlands detached me from Davenport and any and all foundation, which made me... me, resulting in making myself self¬sufficient in all aspects. The lessons you taught me went beyond drug abuse. You simply told me there was more to life and of course I could do anything! I believed you. I know sometimes counselors say such things to motivate their patients, but I took it as pure honesty. Thank you. Throughout my post-Woodlands life I've used so many tools just to get by day to day. The impact you all made on me was life changing. You made a difference."

Woodlands Treatment Center, Residential

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Young House Family Services

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