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 spent on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors or donating food to The Crisis Center Food Bank, John and his wife, Deb, have grown […]
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.
We rely on online connectivity to reach the people who need it most—from teenagers self-harming in high school bathrooms to rural Iowans struggling to cope as their farms suffer. Soon, bigger, more powerful sites will be able to fast track their users while ours will be undercut and immobilized.
Three years ago, on Feb. 3, 2015, The Crisis Center dispatched counselors to help an emotionally distressed client for the first time. The Mobile Crisis Outreach team has now answered over 1,000 dispatches in Iowa and Johnson Counties.
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.
“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.”
Liz Smith, a Food Bank volunteer, was in-taking a client who spoke only limited English. She asked the man whether he would like a translator for the interview. He insisted that he would rather have his friend would translate for him. The two men left and parted ways, sitting in separate areas of the waiting […]
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.
This year, The Crisis Center Food Bank received a total of $37,392 in monetary donations and 27,393 pounds of food. That’s $12,028 more and 3,060 more pounds than last year! That means this year, 150 more kids were able to eat healthy, nutritious lunches every day this summer.
And some of our littlest Food Bank clients want to share their thanks.
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.”