Shelter & Youth Development

Some kids stay one night, others stay for months

Our shelter is the only one in Northwest Iowa and if room is needed we take in kids from all over the state as well as Nebraska and South Dakota. The shelter serves around 400 annually and averages 24 kids a month. They are here for a variety of reasons including abuse/neglect,family problems, parents are arrested, homes are red tagged,

some lose foster care placement or have ungovernable behavior, and some children are simply left here. Intended as a short-term home for youth ages birth through 17, our center for Shelter and

  • Only shelter in NW Iowa
  • Emergency Shelter for Children ages newborn to 17
  • Serves around 400 annually
  • Average 24 kids a month

Youth Development also provides crisis intervention, family visitation, aftercare case coordination, medical care, and supportive services.

The program utilizes a modified behavior management program and provides situation or crisis counseling to deal with personal problems when necessary. Physical assessments are completed by the agency within 24 hours of placement. Routine medical car, medication dispensing and other medical needs are supervised by the nursing staff, assuring the appropriate medical protocol is followed.

Daily programing includes:
  • Educational tutoring
  • Arts and crafts
  • Recreation and outings
  • Teen group counseling
  • Life skills and social skills classes on topics such as job searches, cooking and health
  • Vision, hearing and dental screening.
  • Behavior rewards

Visits and phone contacts with family are available at the shelter. Personal religious counseling is arranged, upon request, and they may attend the church of their choice.

Transportation is provided or arranged for youth to attend school and to make necessary appointments in the Sioux City area.

Referrals are made to the Shelter by Department of Human Services, Juvenile Court Services, or law enforcement.

Liberty Preschool

Our Liberty Preschool takes a holistic family approach to learning.

In collaboration with the Sioux City School District Preschool Initiative, we serve 4 year olds, at two preschool sites within Liberty Elementary.

In all of our programs, the focus is on the child’s social-emotional development. Through play and planned experiences, teachers provide opportunities for children to “take-in” the environment around them. Through an atmosphere of participation and communication, parents are encouraged to involve themselves in their child’s early learning. We believe that providing support in every aspect of the child’s life takes a holistic family approach.