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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, 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 […]
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.
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.