NEWS RELEASE Aug. 9, 2018 by Siouxland Community Foundation
BIG GIVE DAY to Motivate Siouxland
A major day of giving – the first annual Siouxland Big Give – will encourage area residents to support their favorite area charities Tuesday, Oct. 9 and make a difference in their Iowa communities. Donors will be asked to make contributions online Oct. 9, 12 a.m. to 12 midnight to nonprofits of their choosing listed at SiouxlandBigGive.org.
Big Give Day is held to increase public awareness of local nonprofit organizations and inspire donors to support the causes they value. The minimum donation amount is $10. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 712-293-3303.
CRITTENTON CENTER’S BIG GIVE PROJECT:
Today’s Crittenton Center programs are multi-disciplinary, family oriented, and designed to give families support to care for and nurture their children so they are healthy, safe, develop appropriately and are successful in life.
PROJECT TITLE: SWEET DREAMS
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Crittenton Center is contracted with the Iowa Department of Human Services to shelter at-risk children (aged infancy – 17) who require a safe and nurturing environment. Crittenton Center is the only Emergency Shelter for Children in Northwest Iowa. The average stay for children is 30-45 days with many staying for months awaiting their next placement. The children who stay in the Shelter have behavioral and mental health needs, as well as a variety of medical needs, which often require constant supervision and attention. On average, Crittenton’s Shelter serves 300 children per year.
Crittenton Center seeks funding to renovate and upgrade the bedrooms for the children, so they can sleep in a more welcoming and safe environment. Please help us provide Sweet Dreams for the children by funding new furniture, carpet, curtains and bedding.
Crittenton’s Emergency Shelter for Children True Story:
“A disabled, homeless 17-year-old boy came to us bitten head-to-toe by bed bugs. It was determined that he couldn’t read, and testing showed that he had learning difficulties. Shelter Staff discovered that he was eligible for Social Security Benefits but had allowed them to lapse because he couldn’t read the documents. We worked with him to get his benefits re-established and found out he had $5,000 worth of back-benefits owed to him! We helped him find an apartment, get furnishings and set him up with someone at The Center for Siouxland to help him manage his money. He was so grateful for all our efforts and he’s now on the path to success.”
DESIGN & DINE NOV. 8 & 9, 2018
2018 DESIGN & DINE will be held Nov. 8 & 9 at Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center. Design & Dine is Crittenton Center’s two night, signature fundraising event in which designers create amazing, beautiful, extravagant, and, even a little crazy, decorated tables.
It’s unlike any other fundraiser you have seen before.
As we are busy planning this year’s event, we would like to extend an invitation to our supporters to help make this Design & Dine a resounding success! A couple ways your assistance would be appreciated:
* join a committee or sub-committee
* donate an auction item
* invite your friends to attend
On Thursday night the View & Vote Party takes place from 5 – 7 PM at Stoney Creek. This is a casual social time with a silent auction, free appetizers, a live band and cash bar. It’s also an opportunity for people to view all the tables and vote for their favorite! Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased in advance or at the door.
The sit-down Dinner & Auction takes place on Friday night at Stoney Creek. The social hour and silent auction start at 6 PM, followed by dinner and a unique auction. Votes from this night, combined with View & Vote, will determine the People’s Choice Design Winner. Individual dinner reservations are $100/person or $800/table of eight. Call Marian at 712-255-4321 ext. 149 or Angie at 255-4321 ext. 112.
A very special thanks goes to our Major Sponsor WinnaVegas Casino Resort! If you, or your company, are interested in a sponsorship please contact Marian or Angie at 255-4321 ext. 112, as those are limited. Watch our Facebook page for updates.
PURCHASE WITH A PURPOSE
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Dec. 5, 2017 SCHEELS (Sioux City, IA)
Thanks to SCHEELS for donating $130,000 total dollars to Crittenton Center and many other local nonprofits! We cannot do our important work without business partners such as yours. Thank you, SCHEELS!
Tyson Foods Donates $100,000 to the Siouxland Community Foundation
Dakota Dunes, SD – November 21, 2017 – Tyson Foods today announced a $100,000 grant to the Siouxland Community Foundation. The donation will go toward a Siouxland nonprofit capacity building program to enhance training and bolster the ability of hunger relief organizations to operate effectively.
Siouxland Community Foundation partnered with LaSalle University to deliver an eight-month capacity building program. Ten to 12 participating nonprofits will receive 50 hours of instruction, coaching and problem-based consulting services.
“We are so pleased Tyson Foods has funded this capacity building project,” said Rebecca Krohn, executive director of Siouxland Community Foundation. “So often nonprofits need this type of mentoring, but it is cost prohibitive.”
The program targets nonprofit organizations that focus on immigrant services, hunger relief, adult education and language services.
“The Siouxland Community Foundation is proud to partner with Tyson Foods and bring this needed opportunity to several nonprofits serving the Siouxland tri-state region,” said Krohn. “This will strengthen local nonprofits and in return it will benefit those they serve.”
SCF strives to enhance the quality of life in the greater Siouxland area by seeking charitable gifts to build permanent endowments for the community, a safety umbrella to receiving and distributing gifts of any size, contributing investments to community needs, and providing services that will help shape the well-being of Siouxland.
“We are honored to fund an organization that promotes healthier communities,” said Dan Heffernan, vice president of human resources operations, Tyson Fresh Meats. “Our hope is the Siouxland Community Foundation’s efforts will reach not only our 9,000 team members in the area, but positively affect the lives of many others.”
Nov. 2, 2017 Siouxland Community Foundation Grant
Due to a grant provided by the Siouxland Community Foundation, Crittenton Center was able to purchase children’s books printed in Spanish. This helped us create a small library area to be used with our Spanish speaking families utilizing the services in our Resource Center. Thank You Siouxland Community Foundation!
Click HERE to make a gift to Crittenton for #GIVINGTUESDAY, November 28! We’re asking everyone to remember us on this national day.
NEWS RELEASE Sept. 14, 2017:
Obermeyer and Wilton Join Crittenton Center Board
Crittenton Center’s Board of Directors recently elected two new board members, Larry Obermeyer and Paul Wilton.
Larry Obermeyer is interested in Crittenton’s services to area children and families, along with their commitment to individuals at risk. Obermeyer’s career spans more than 15 years in resource development for several community and non-profit organizations. Obermeyer has been responsible for generating over $60 million in grant awards, direct mail annual campaigns and special appeals.
For a complete listing of Crittenton’s 2017 Board of Directors visit www.crittentoncenter.org/about. Crittenton Center is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit agency serving the Siouxland community for over 120 years. Programs include; Stella Sanford Child Development Center & Preschools, West High Infant Center, Crittenton’s Resource Center & Supervised Apartment Living (SAL), HOPES/Healthy Families of Iowa and Crittenton’s Emergency Shelter and Youth Development.
NEWS RELEASE May 30, 2017:
Crittenton Center Elects New Board Members
Crittenton Center is pleased to announce two newly elected board members; Terrie Rasheed and Stacy “Skye” Sample.
Terrie Rasheed was born in Sioux City and has been a long-time supporter of Crittenton Center. “Sioux City is a special place and I love living here. The ideals the Crittenton Center embodies, and acts upon, are an important component of what makes our community special. I am honored to join the board and will do my utmost to raise awareness of the vital services Crittenton Center provides. I look forward to working with its outstanding staff and my fellow board members to insure its continued success,” said Rasheed.
Stacy “Skye” Sample moved to Sioux City in 2006. Sample’s passion lies with children as she used to be a foster parent, with her husband, in Sioux City for two and a half years. In that timeframe, they were foster parents for 17 children, some from Crittenton’s Emergency Shelter. “Crittenton Center holds a special place in my heart. We were fortunate to pick up a little boy the age of two years old at the Emergency Shelter. We helped make him feel safe, fed and cared for – just like Crittenton’s Shelter does. We are still in contact with him to this day. He’s now 9 years old. Knowing what some children go through and how Shelter is a safe, nurturing place for these children, I feel I’ve found my calling,” stated Sample.
For a complete listing of Crittenton’s 2017 Board of Directors visit www.crittentoncenter.org/about.
Crittenton Center is a nonprofit agency (501(c)3) serving the Siouxland community for more than 120 years. Programs include; Stella Sanford Child Development Center & Preschools, West High Infant Center, Crittenton’s Resource Center & Supervised Apartment Living (SAL), HOPES/Healthy Families of Iowa and Crittenton’s Emergency Shelter and Youth Development.
Step Up for Success in Sioux City
By Monica Rosenthal, CRC/SAL Program Director, Crittenton Center
Being a parent is hard. Being a young parent and a full-time student is even tougher.
West High School in Sioux City, in partnership with the Crittenton Center, hosts a unique program that allows any student with an infant to open enroll at the school so they can complete their high school education, participate in extra-curricular activities, and prepare for the future while their baby receives low cost (or no cost) quality childcare.
The Step Up for Success program helps these students by pairing them with a Family Support Worker to give them access to resources like transportation and teach them the life skills needed to be a successful, independent parent and student. While the program encourages young women to continue with their education after high school, it also provides supports to help participants find a job and access important community resources post-graduation.
The Iowa Women’s Foundation provides support to fund a part-time Family Support Worker, options for transportation, and childcare until the student’s state assistance begins. All of this support enhances West High School and the Infant Center’s already quality programming and increases the graduation rate for these student-parents.
For Carly*, who just moved to Iowa from Tennessee, Step Up for Success has allowed her to learn about her new community, the resources it offers, and how to get around from place to place.
Because IWF funded Step Up for Success, Carly is able to meet weekly with her Family Support Worker, who has helped her get referrals and complete the DHS state childcare assistance paperwork. She was awarded this assistance, but in the time between, Step Up for Success paid this bill so that she would not have to come up with this money on her own.
Carly’s Family Support Worker also provides emotional support and motivation whenever she feels like school is too tough and she wants to give up. We are happy to report that she is doing well and earning credits to graduate—thanks to the state-wide network of dedicated women committed to funding programs like Step Up for Success.
*Participant’s name has been changed to protect her anonymity.