CommUnity welcomes our new Director of External Relations, Michelle Guthart Cole, MA, CNP. With over 25 years working in the nonprofit sector, Michelle has extensive experience in many areas.
If you were to stroll down the long neat rows of the Lettuce Feed Others Community Garden in early September, you would see raised garden boxes overflowing with lush green leaves of lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, turnips, beets, basil, chives, and oregano. Ripe tomatoes, banana peppers, and yellow squash peak through the tangled leaves revealing pops of red and gold.
Gary first came to CommUnity after finding himself stranded in a new city. With no transportation and all of his family 200 miles away in another state, he didn’t know where to go for help. That’s when an acquaintance suggested that he should come to CommUnity, and offered to give him a ride. “I came […]
How Training Can Prevent Farmer Suicide It’s no secret the agricultural industry is experiencing turmoil right now, but, according to one local farmer, we might be facing a farm crisis unlike any we’ve seen before. Mike Deahr farms in Muscatine County and, though he boasts 32,000 head, he’s still considered in just the 20th percentile […]
Seeking Volunteers: Client Advisory Committee The purpose of CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank’s Client Advisory Committee is to provide current and potential client perspectives and input into the programs and activities of CommUnity. Through regular meetings, the committee members will discuss and make recommendations related to the services provided by CommUnity, which will be […]
The results of the 2018 Iowa Youth Survey have recently come out, and we are seeing that the rate of thought of suicide in young people continues to rise. Nationally, surveys show that among teenagers, 3 out of 20 students has thought about suicide in the last year. The results of the 2018 Iowa Youth Survey show that a high number of those young people in Iowa have even gone so far as to make a plan for suicide.
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, […]
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.