As the new director of Youth and Family Center as of August 2011, I would like to introduce myself.?
I was born in Webster City and have spent most of my adult life here after brief stays in Wisconsin and Michigan while receiving my education. I?have a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education from the University of Northern Iowa and a Masters Degree in counseling from the University of Wisconsin. I am also a certified drug and alcohol counselor. I have 35 years of experience as a counselor, educator and administrator in the human services, mental health and substance abuse fields.
The Youth and Family Center of Hamilton County, officially known as YSS?of Hamilton County, is an affiliate of Youth and Shelter Services, a nonprofit agency with 20 locations in Central Iowa.
One advantage of our affiliation with YSS?is that Hamilton County youths can be served by specialized services in other YSS?locations. Rosedale Shelter in Ames is a good example.
YFC?receives financial support from individual donors, the Hamilton County Board of Supervisors, Enhance Hamilton County Foundation, businesses, churches, service clubs, Department of Human Services client fees and local city governments in and around Hamilton County.
Individual and family counseling helps youths and their families deal with problems related to school, family communication, depression, involvement with the law, issues concerning alcohol and other drugs, physical and sexual abuse and conflict with peers. The cost of counseling depends on a client's family size, income and ability to pay. No one is denied service because an inability to pay.
Youths may voluntarily seek help and receive counseling. Other referrals come from concerned persons, parents, school personnel, clergy, attorneys, Juvenile Court Services, and the Department of Human Services.
Each year, YFC?provides services to several hundred families throughout Hamilton County. Programs we offer include crisis intervention, runaway and homeless youth services, individual and family counseling, in-home counseling, prevention and education services, skill development services, substance abuse evaluation and aftercare for youths aging out of care or group homes.
This year, Youth and Family Center will celebrate its 30th year of continuous operation. We invite you to join ust as we commemorate this milestone with festivities beginning June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Bridge in Webster City.