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Greetings From Crisis Intervention Services

February 13, 2019

We are kicking off the 2019 year with a bang! With everyone's busy schedule we wanted to take a minute to look back on the 2018 year and all of the wonderful things we have accomplished. We have stayed true to our vision when we started CIS 21 years ago: serving individuals of trauma by supporting them while they rebuild their lives. Crisis Intervention Services offers comprehensive sexual assault, violent crimes, emergency shelter, and housing services to victims of violent crimes. As always your continued support is a cornerstone of continuing our mission.

 

From Our Family To Yours: Happy New Year

 

The mission of Crisis Intervention Services is to provide prevention and education, intervention, shelter, and outreach services to empower persons, families and the community to end all forms of violence.

Crisis Intervention Services is a nonprofit organization that serves victims of violent crimes. We are supported by local, state and federal grants and donations from individuals, organizations and corporations in our community. We recognize that to be successful, community involvement and awareness are essential. 

 

Fast Stats
In 2018 CIS Has:
•    Served 1,174 clients
•    Provided 5,733 nights of safe shelter
•    Drove 150,000+  miles to provide services

 

 

Crisis Intervention Services In The Community

 

National Crime Victims' Rights Week Appreciation Day

On April 12, 2018 our Violent Crimes Advocate, Chris Cruz, organized an appreciation night during Naitonal Crime Victims' Rights Week. We honored those in the community who have gone above and beyond for victims of crime. 
Deb DeJong - The Official Mahaska County Outreach Thrift Store
Investigator Steve Harris - Ottumwa City Police Department
Jeremy Carlson - Marion County Victim Witness Coordinator 
Charlotte Kovacs - Wapello County Victim Witness Coordinator - Accepted on her behalf by Jolynn and Mel Messer 
Susan Daniels - Appanoose County Attorney

 

 

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

In April our sexual assault advocates participated in a campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault. They invited the community to wear teal with them to raise awareness for the community, and put up clothesline displays in various locations. 

 

 

Back To School Night

In August our staff assisted with the  United Way Back to School Fair in Oskaloosa. It was a fun-filled evening for families! Kids received backpacks, school supplies, shoes, coats, eye screenings, dental screenings, haircuts, nail painting, food, and much more.

 

Trunk Or Treat Night

In October our advocates in various counties participated in handing out candy to children and brochures to parents. They had such a blast!

 

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week

In November of 2018 our housing outreach team worked hard to address issues surrounding homelessness. Our team spent a week organizing community events to the pervasiveness of hunger and homelessness in our communities.  Events were hosted throughout our twelve counties and included: movie screenings of "Storied Streets" documentary, book readings to children at local libraries of The Teddy Bear, raffles and high school drives to raise items for our shelter.

 

 

A special thank you to our community members who helped make the raffles and the drives a success.
In Pella: Central College, Pizza Ranch, Breadeaux, Hy-Vee, Mid-town Tire, Central Tire and Auto, Applebees, Simple Treasures, Deja Vu Consignment, Brew Coffee House, Jaarsma Bakery, and Subway.

In Oskaloosa: William Penn, Breadeaux, Walmart, Hy-Vee, LulaRoe Boutique, Mahaska Drug, Jimmy Johns, Fareway, Kum and Go, Family Video, Fridley Theatres, and KFC.

Another big thank you to Sigourney JR/SR High School and Oskaloosa High School for having their competition drive! At Sigourney the 10th grade class won, and in Oskaloosa Mrs. Zimmerman's homeroom class won. 

 

 

Staff Spotlight
Martha Comfort


Martha has been working at CIS since September 2016, as a Child Sexual Assault Prevention Specialist.  
Prior to working with CIS Martha worked as a legal assistant for 15 years, and then went into retirement in 2009. Martha and a few other ladies in a book study noticed that there was a food insecurity problem in Oskaloosa, and felt the best way to help combat that would be to feed kids through the summer with a program. This is how Martha became the the Oskaloosa Summer Lunch Program Director from 2014-2016, and launched her career into helping others.
Martha went back to school in 2016, and graduated in 2017 with a degree in Human Services. She says that she would like to eventually go back and get her Master's degree.  Martha says that while she has never worked as a prevention specialist when she was interviewed it just seemed to be a good fit.  
 Martha remembers when she started, "a former employee advised me that I should 'take this job and make it my own', and it was the best advice I was given".Martha says that her favorite thing is to get out into the counties that she works in, be at schools with people, and  networking with other providers.  She has been hard at work for the last two years nurturing relationships so that she can build enough trust to teach prevention programs to children in their schools.  Martha finishes with the thought, "There are days when I feel like I am not making any headway in some counties, and then the next day I am invited to come and give a presentation. This job is not a sprint, but a marathon."  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have had so much fun in the last year being out in the community and meeting everyone!  We appreciate your continued support and encouragement! Thank you for giving us an opportunity to do what we love! We wish you continued inspiration, and success in the new year!

 

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Sexual Assault/Violent Crime Hotline: 1-800-270-1620 

Emergency Housing Hotline: 1-844-673-5499

Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-464-8340 (Provided by Family Crisis Center)

CIS is supported by United Way of Grinnell, Jasper, Mahaska and Marion Counties. 
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