Family & Children’s Council is hiring a part time Program Coordinator!

Family & Children’s Council is accepting applications for a new team member to join our child abuse prevention and strengthening families team.

The Program Coordinator works an average of 20 hours a week with flexible schedule and the opportunity to pick up additional work hours, if needed.   This position oversees Wise Guys, new programming for 24:7 Dad, and is an active member of our parenting education team.

24:7 Dad is a new initiative to work with fathers through group based education in Waterloo/Cedar Falls.   Sadly statistics share 53% of dad’s feel they are replaceable.   Family & Children’s Council believes in strengthening families by teaching parents how to remain actively engaged in their child’s life through lessons surrounding communication, discipline, parenting, safety and more.

Please review the job description and contact Shelly Smith at 234-7600 for more information.

To apply, interested applicants need to submit a cover letter, updated resume and references to Shelly Smith at shelly@fccouncil.net as soon as possible.   Interviews will be scheduled for qualified applicants.

Wise Guys, Dad’s Program Coordinator – Job Posting

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Family & Children’s Council is Moving!

 

Did you know Family & Children’s Council is moving?  Beginning May 31st we will close the office to move into 2051 Kimball Avenue, Waterloo Iowa 50702.   The new office is in the northeast corner of the Kimball Ridge Center, and has it’s own parking area and ground floor entrance.   We anticipating resuming operations around June 10th!

This past fall our landlord, KWWL, notified all tenants of their re-development initiatives for the current building.  Unfortunately Family & Children’s Council learned we had to find new offices by July of 2015.   We appreciated the support and advanced notice which led to planning to move when programming would be least affected.   A planning committee took shape and explored many options for relocating in Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Evansdale.  Throughout the tours, site visits, conversations and researching of hidden costs the option that always remained in the top two preferences was the Kimball Ridge Center.

The Kimball Ridge Center, owned by Covenant Medical Center, Inc., used to be Shoitz Hospital until it’s closure in the 1980’s. Since then Covenant has moved it’s Wellness and Rehab center into the site and serves as landlord to the Volunteer Center of the Cedar Valley, Cedar Valley Hospice, NEI3A (the old Hawkeye Valley Area Agency on Aging), RSVP program, Horizons, WIC and now Family & Children’s Council.

FCC’s new office is also known as Dr. Verdine’s old office, the former Swine Flu inoculation center and several other medical offices that used to be housed in this space.   The new office offers some special features our staff are excited to tell you about.

  • 2051 Kimball has it’s own parking area and ground floor entrance with plenty of signage to direct or visitors.   If you take the alley between the Hospice home and the Medical Arts Center towards the back, you will see the entrance on your right.
  • FCC will host the WIC nutrition program one day a week, as well as the i-smile dental program once a month and the Iowa State Extension nutrition program once a quarter.
  • FCC will host parenting education programs in our new office, in the classrooms of the Kimball Ridge Center and offer them at current locations including the House of Hope and Women’s Center for Change.
  • The Kimball Ridge Center is on the bus route for those without transportation and near a pharmacy, Family Dollar Store and other retail shops so parents who use the bus can multitask their errand running.
  • FCC will have a secured lobby area for visitors, plenty of office space for staff and be able to house a budding non-profit or agency needing an incubation site until they are fully operational.
  • There are other features too that are interesting for the staff to enjoy, feel free to ask them!

We need your help, please consider donating some time to help with packing, moving or unpacking between May 26th and June 7th.   Your donations will be used to offset moving costs including the need to install our own networking and phone cabling and outlets.   Please contact Shelly Smith at shelly@fccouncil.net or 319-234-7600 extension 17.

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Parent Education Group Starting March 4th

EMPOWERING PARENTS FLYER

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Healthy Babies Group Starts January 30th @ 4:30 pm

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Welcome Stephanie Shavers!

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Stephanie Shavers, Program Coordinator of Healthy Babies and Parents Achieving Success with Support

Family and Children’s Council of Black Hawk County announces the hiring of Stephanie Shavers as the new Program Coordinator overseeing Healthy Babies.

“Stephanie’s experience working with at risk families, passion to support parents and history of making positive change in the Cedar Valley stood out the most.  Her references, peers and professional colleagues confirmed Stephanie’s dependability, knowledge and ability to achieve success!” Shelly Smith, Executive Director

Stephanie comes to Family and Children’s Council with seven years of experience working with local at risk youth through mentoring, educating, advocating and challenging youth and parents to succeed.  This spring she will graduate from UNI with a BA in Family Services to add to her Bachelor’s in Criminology from Upper Iowa University.   Prior to joining Family & Children’s Council Stephanie was a Behavioral Specialist with the Waterloo Community Schools and a Family Support Worker with Lutheran Services in Iowa.

As Family & Children’s Council Stephanie with facilitate Healthy Babies and PASS.   Healthy Babies is a prenatal education program designed for women. The Healthy Baby program aims to support women to deliver healthy babies through support, friendship, and education. Healthy Babies also supports women after they deliver their babies from birth until age 5. The statistics linking poverty and socio-economic environment to low birth weight babies are staggering.  Black Hawk County is 20 out of 99 with a high rate of low birth weight babies.

Contact Stephanie at 319-234-7600 ext. 20 with any questions or to find out how you can promote the Healthy Babies program.

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Sponsors Help FCC Achieve May Challenge

For the month of May, Family & Children’s Council of Black Hawk County was given a challenge by an anonymous donor to raise up to $5,000 that this donor would match. This challenge was not an easy task to accomplish, but with the help of some gregarious sponsors FCC was able to reach its goal by the end of the month.

The importance of this fundraiser for Family & Children’s Council results in a vast amount of programming that FCC would not be able to do otherwise. With the summer months being slower in donations for FCC the contributions that came through could not have come at a better time. The challenge that was set for FCC could have been difficult, but with the individuals and organizations that donated FCC was able to reach pass the challenger’s goal.

The importance of the donations that were received reaches beyond Family & Children’s Council, and is able to touch the lives of many in our community. With the money that was raised and that is matched will go towards the continuation of school programs for children and classes to strengthen families. “The need for both sets of these programs are vital to the community because with strong families, comes a stronger community and that is what our focus is here at Family & Children’s Council,” says Shelly Smith, Executive Director of FCC.

Family & Children’s Council strives for the betterment of the community, but without donations such as the ones received for the May Challenge it would not be able to have the impact that it does. Family & Children’s Council would like send out a big thank you to all of the donors that helped raise over $7,300! The anonymous donor will match the first $5,000 dollars, totally over $12,000 to help run programs to better the community. “Words cannot describe how pleased I am with the May Challenge outcome! I just want everyone that donated to know that myself and all of FCC is very grateful to have such great people willing to help our organization,” says Smith.

Family & Children’s Council would like to send out a special thank you to the following people and organizations who are the reason that FCC was able to reach its goal:

Belinda Alexander, J. Philip East, Louis Hellwig, Rick & Bea Koontz, Chastity & Eric Mueller, Susan Runkle, Marilyn Teig, Mary Ellen Warren, Wendell & Betty Wexter, and Cathy Young.

BH Retired School Personnel, Sunrise Exchange Club, Tyson Foods, UAW 838, and Westminister Presbyterian Church

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Upcoming Events
  • PASS (Parents Achieving Success with Support) September 24, 2014 at 3:45 PM – 6:00 PM YWCA, Lafayette Street, Waterloo, IA, United States A parent education and support group for individuals ages 20 to 26. Meet other young parents in similar situations, learn more about educ ational and employment opportunities for adults, and develop strategies fo r self-sufficiency and positive parenting. Earn participation "points" to p urchase items in the incentive store and Stork's Nest. No preregistration r…
  • PASS (Parents Achieving Success with Support) October 8, 2014 at 3:45 PM – 6:00 PM YWCA, Lafayette Street, Waterloo, IA, United States A parent education and support group for individuals ages 20 to 26. Meet other young parents in similar situations, learn more about educ ational and employment opportunities for adults, and develop strategies fo r self-sufficiency and positive parenting. Earn participation "points" to p urchase items in the incentive store and Stork's Nest. No preregistration r…
  • Harvesting for Prevention October 17, 2014 at 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM Annual dinner and auction fundraiser to raise funds to support child abuse prevention in Black Hawk County.
  • PASS (Parents Achieving Success with Support) October 22, 2014 at 8:45 PM – 12:00 AM YWCA, Lafayette Street, Waterloo, IA, United States A parent education and support group for individuals ages 20 to 26. Meet other young parents in similar situations, learn more about educ ational and employment opportunities for adults, and develop strategies fo r self-sufficiency and positive parenting. Earn participation "points" to p urchase items in the incentive store and Stork's Nest. No preregistration r…
  • Gift Wrapping at Crossroads Mall November 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM Crossroads Mall
  • Gift Wrapping at Crossroads Mall November 30, 2014 at 11:30 AM – 6:00 PM Crossroads Mall
Contact Information - We Moved in June 2014!
(319) 234-7600
www.fccouncil.net
www.facebook.com/FCCBHC
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