“Parenting Teens” for Parents and Teens

“Parenting Teens” for PARENTS & TEENS Addressing issues of School Avoidance, School Conflicts and Truancy   Presenting ways to act through Clear Communication & Support  Saturday,January 28, 2012 from 8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m. at Family Directions of Iowa 1211 Vine St., Bldg 1, West Des Moines, Iowa    8:30 a.m.         Check-In 8:45 a.m.         Introductions – Charlene Beattie, Child Abuse Prevention Council Instructor 9:00 a.m.         The Law on Truancy – Christina Gonzalez, Polk County Attorney’s Office 10:00 a.m.       Break 10:15 a.m.       Active Parenting of Teens – Charlene Beattie Parents attend this session 10:15 a.m.       Problem Solving School Avoidance – Lynda O’Meara, Child Abuse Prevention Council Teens attend this session 11:45 a.m.       Lunch Break – Pizza will be provided 12:30 p.m.       Comments from Truancy Court Judge 12:45 p.m.       How to work with your child’s school – Lynda O’Meara 1:45 p.m.         Active Parenting of Teens – Charlene Beattie 1:45 p.m.         Problem Solving School Avoidance – Lynda O’Meara 3:00 p.m.         Break 3:15 p.m.         Communication between parents and teens – Charlene Beattie and Lynda O’Meara 4:00 p.m.         Follow-Up — Dave Dhainin & Jenny Moats, Family Directions 4:30 p.m.         Dismiss – Participants will receive attendance certificates   Please Note:      Parents, if you are required to attend this class as a result of your involvement  in Truancy Court, you are also required to bring your teen with you to the class.  Breakout sessions are provided for teens. This class is sponsored free-of charge by the Child Abuse Prevention Council and Family Directions of Iowa with funding provided by Community Based Child Abuse Prevention. To register:  Call the Child Abuse Prevention Council @ 725-2682 or Family Directions of...

Visiting Nurse Services

VNS 1111 9th St, Ste. 320 515-188-1516(T), 515-288-0437(F) Email Website Since 1908, Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa has provided a variety of supportive services to meet the health and social service needs of our community. We do this in many ways every day, working with a diverse group of people, from prenatal to the elderly. Examples of some of the work we do include: Women, Children & Family Services Senior Services Home Health Care Services Community Services In the summer of 1908, Miss Luella Bristol began her work as the first public health nurse for what later became Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa. With her work began the long tradition of public health nurses serving the health needs of central Iowa, in their homes as well as in clinics. Six years later, Adah Hershey, the Director of Public Health for the precursor to VNS of Iowa, the Nursing Association of Des Moines, initiated the “Save the Babies” Campaign as a response to a dramatic increase in infant deaths during the summer. The agency provided ice and safe milk for infants and education for mothers. Well-child clinics evolved from this initiative and preventive health services were offered to children in low-income families. Carrying tradition into the present, the current staff of VNS of Iowa is comprised of nurses, social workers, case managers and outreach workers. Interpreters are available in 12 different languages and dialects to work with the expanding refugee and immigrant population residing in Iowa. True to the tradition of VNS of Iowa, the agency continues to work with all clients including those who do not have the ability...

Learning of the Lord Revival Ministries, Inc. COGIC/”For I Was Hungered” Outreach & Youth Services, Inc.

Learning of the Lord Revival Ministries, Inc. COGIC is the parent organization for our non-profit, 501C3 organization, “For I Was Hungered” Outreach & Youth Services, Inc. Below is listed the majority of the projects which fall under that umbrella: Bread Ministry – serving approximately 500 families monthly. Food Pantry – serving approximately 100 families monthly. Monthly Meat Distribution – serving approximately 100 families monthly. Clothing closet – serving approximately 100 individuals monthly. Baby Shop – formula, diapers, wipes, furniture, clothing – serving approximately 25-30 new mothers monthly. Shoe Ministry – serving approximately 100 individuals monthly. Remedial Services – mental health services for children – serving 70 children monthly. This project is paid for through the State of Iowa. Tutoring – serving approximately 50 children monthly. Fine Arts – DOP (Definition of Praise Dance Troup) – 25 youth involved. 3P (Power, Principle, Praise) Gospel Choir- 25 young adults 13-25 involved. Hospitality – ministry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4pm, for the homeless can come in to socialize, watch Christian TV, warm up in the winter, have coffee and donuts, shower, etc. – serving approximately 50 homeless persons weekly. Personal Needs Pantry – shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, socks, tee shirts. Family Team Meetings – a tool which surrounds families with supports and people to help them solve their own personal issues – serving approximately 25 families monthly. This project is paid for through the Iowa Department of Human Services. Referral Assistance for rent and emergency needs through the Black Ministerial Alliance and other partnerships in the city. Contact Sheperdess Suzanne Erwin-Holmes 515-783-2484 or...

Community Family Team Meeting

The Community Family Team Meeting is a unique strategy to help families stay strong and deal with life’s hurdles.  A community is only as strong as the families that live there.  Read on to find out about this valuable resource. Community Family Team Meetings work directly with the family to address challenges and identify solutions. Some reasons for a Family Team Meeting are: Keeping a child safely at home Improving upsetting behavior Eliminating student suspension and expulsion from school. Involving family, friends, and neighbors in treatment and recovery Increasing safety for family Focusing on the strengths of the family and helping them succeed Identifying neighborhood resources to help families that are struggling Family Team Meetings work because Families are valued and respected Families know themselves better than anyone, so they can come up with the most creative solutions Each family is unique and special Children can best be kept safe when families, friends and neighbors work together. Community Family Team Meetings are funded by the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC).  CPPC helps neighbors protect children and help families. It helps all of us to help struggling families find the assistance they need and you can help families too.  You can refer them to the program or be a mentor for a family who needs support and encouragement.  There is always a need for space, food, or other assistance to support the family team meetings in your neighborhood.  You can even be a trained facilitator. To find out more contact Calleus Orr at 515-725-2787 or corr@dhs.state.ia.us or  contact Suzanne Erwin-Holmes at...

Trinity United Methodist Church

1548 8th Street Des Moines, IA 50314-2895 – (515) 288-4056 Click here for the website Click here for the facebook page Trinity United Methodist Church is a Christ centered, inclusive worship community whose love of God, creation and humankind is made visible through their  peace and justice ministries. Trinity is one of the most utilized church buildings in the city.  Trinity has three ministries; Trinity United Methodist Church, Las Americas, and Children and Family Urban Ministries.  On an average, 300 people come through our doors on a daily basis for ministry and there are approximately 5,000 opportunities for volunteers to serve annually through the three ministries. Trinity United Methodist Church and Las Americas provide worship and Christian Education Citizenship classes Computer Classes in Spanish Spanish Alcoholics Anonymous Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings Parenting Class in Spanish Pastoral Care, General Assistance, and Referrals Transportation provided by volunteers to visit loved ones in prison Re-entry team for those coming out of prison Advocacy services College and Seminary internships and service opportunities Meals, gender specific programs, youth programs, produce and bread distribution offered at CFUM Currently, Trinity is undergoing a major restoration project Cornerstone 2010.  Trinity’s church building is celebrating it’s centennial in June 2011 and houses one of the oldest organs in the City of Des Moines. There are many wonderful things going on at Trinity and Las Americas.  Check out  www.trinityumcdm.org for details and a complete listing of information about programs, worship, and Cornerstone 2010. You can also call Reverend Diane Mclanahan at...

Move the Food

3816 36th St. 515-277-6969 Healthy food for all. Here. Now. Tomorrow. Website Facebook Food Pantry Director: Elisabeth Ballstadt MovetheFood is an entire city coming together to make sure everyone in Greater Des Moines has enough to eat, working through the DMARC Emergency Food Pantry Network. MovetheFood is businesses, schools, congregations, youth groups, civic agencies and more. MovetheFood is about giving, volunteering, learning, and being totally surprised. MovetheFood is based on almost 40 years of civic service by the Des Moines Area Religious Council, an interfaith organization founded in 1952 to promote the welfare of the community. The DMARC Emergency Food Pantry Network is a centralized warehouse that services 12 neighborhood pantry sites in the metro area. Check out their website for information on your local Emergency Food Panty. There are plenty to choose...