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. […]
Imagine you’re suffering prolonged financial hardship. You’ve been struggling, maybe relying on the local food bank for extra groceries. Then, finally, when you’ve almost given up on the search, you find a job. Your new manager tells you that you can start once you buy a pair of steel-toed boots. A pair of boots may […]
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 […]
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. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in our area collected 15,348 pounds of food: just over 7.5 tons. This amazing amount of food will go […]
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.”
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.