By Claire Dietz, Communications Intern The last major celebrity to die by suicide that I remember is Robin Williams. But I was just entering college, which I thought was a […]
Over 15,000 pounds of food, Stamp Out Hunger 2018
By the National Association of Letter Carriers Local Branch 373: The National Association of Letter Carriers in the Iowa City area marked the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. […]
Allan Berger: Volunteer by Day, Vet by Night
Allan Berger, an emergency veterinarian at Bright Eyes & Bushy Tails in Iowa City, completed the 60-hour-long training to become a Crisis Intervention volunteer in 2014. Since then, Allan has given 465 hours—about 20 days—of his time answering the Crisis Line.
“You never know what you’re going to get when the phone rings,” Allan said.
For him, volunteering on the Crisis Line means “the opportunity to step into the shoes of someone less fortunate and brainstorm ways to help.”
29,000 Pounds of Fresh Produce, One Pickup Truck Load at a Time
John Ockenfels grew up with a strong concept of community service instilled in him. Throughout his life and career, he’s made it a priority to give back. Whether it’s time […]
Liz Orton: My fight to get help with postpartum depression
I wish I had known about The Crisis Center’s services when I was experiencing PPD and didn’t have insurance. If I reached out to their 24/7 hotline or online chat, their volunteers would have listened, validated, and provided resources–strategies my first doctor was never trained to use.
Elizabeth’s Story: Being a Crisis Chat Volunteer
There are all kinds of obstacles to reaching out when you’re in pain—the risk of exposure and judgment, cost, time constraints, geographic isolation. Crisis Chat is available to people of any age, living anywhere, at anytime.
When food bank and counseling services work together
“I found a job on my own but I give credit to The Crisis Center because they’re not only there for resources. They’re in-house help. Even when you’re having stress or having problems that you can’t control or handle, and after you speak to your higher power about it… Okay, your life still continues. The Crisis Center is here to listen.”
“It has been fifteen years since my husband’s suicide.”
It was a complete disruption of our family; it left never-to-be-answered questions, and it seemed like he took all of the pain he was feeling and handed it to us. He didn’t even say goodbye.
Time, talent, and treasure: A family affair
When Len and Jo Roberts began volunteering at The Crisis Center in 1999, they wanted to help make a positive impact on the community. They had no idea what an incredible impact the experience would have on them.
“We picked The Crisis Center because that’s where my dad volunteered,” Len said. “After we were here for a while, though, we began to really see the need.”
The Crisis Center Food Bank Supported Local Mom When She Needed it Most
As a single mother of two, earning a PhD and starting medical school hasn’t been easy. Jane Persons is thankful to have had the support of The Crisis Center Food […]
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