The Crisis Center of Johnson County is changing its name to CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank to better reflect its services and those it serves. Iowa City, IA – The Crisis Center of Johnson County announced Monday evening the organization will be changing its name to CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank. The organization, […]
By Brooke Clayton, Communications Intern Contacting a crisis line can seem intimidating. And while each call is different, the best thing to remember is what they have in common: no pressure, no judgement, and no more wondering if anyone cares, because we do. Here are some FAQ’s to give a sense of what a call […]
“When I learned the number of people – the number of children in our community who are food insecure, and the number of people in need of emotional support–I knew I had to be a part of this organization.”
When James first joined the Board of Directors in 2013, he had only a surface knowledge of all the services provided by The Crisis Center. As he learned more, though, he became increasingly committed to helping fulfill The Crisis Center’s vision that everyone in our community has support in their time of need.
In the Spring of 2017, I stepped in to W332 in the Adler Journalism Building for a typical day of class. Then my dad called. I ignored it once. My sister texted me, asking if I’d talked to him. He called again. I stepped out of class, knowing something was wrong, and barely made it down the hall before I sunk to the floor, stifling sobs. He told me my cousin had died by suicide the night before.
Teague started to isolate himself down in the basement of his home. First, he was unable to eat or sleep, then just living became even more difficult. He started losing weight and he even went without sleeping for nine days straight.
He began to dream of jumping off a bridge, feeling that it would be “easier to be gone than to be a failure.” That’s when Teague called The Crisis Center’s crisis line for the first time.
With the help of incredible community partners like the University of Iowa Community Credit Union and Adamantine Spine Moving, The Crisis Center overcame an unexpected cost increase, raising $100,000 more than was anticipated when starting the campaign. Thanks to amazing, flexible staff and volunteers, the food bank never once had to close during construction. It was a little cramped from time to time, but we never stopped providing services to the nearly 13,000 clients who count on it to meet their food needs each week.
Note: This was originally published in our Summer 2018 newsletter. View the print version online on our newsletter page. In 2011, when The Crisis Center started answering chats in addition to the 24-hour Crisis Line, they talked to a couple people a day. Soon after, Contact USA started to organize chat services on a national […]
By Kristie Fortmann-Doser Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program Note: This column was originally posted at thegazette.com. I remember 8 years ago when Becci Reedus, executive director of the Crisis Center of Johnson County, told me about an idea she had — it really just started because she wanted a parking lot. […]
Note: This was originally published in our Summer 2018 newsletter. View the print version online on our newsletter page. About 4,000 kids who live in Johnson County don’t know where or when they will get their next meal. Last year, 13,000 individuals received assistance from the food bank. Almost half of those were children under […]
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 new chapter in a new part of my life. Now, almost four years later, we are dealing with the aftermath of Kate Spade and Anthony […]