2009-2010: A Year in Review

·         F2 launched the revised website and mailed promotional postcards to announce the change.

·         Tours of the F2 facilities were given to area legislators, Rob Hogg and Renee Schulte, as well as Kristie Oliver, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Children and Families in Iowa.

·         Deb Peddycoart and Cheryl Plotz have trained 14 F2 employees in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

·         Site visits were completed for federal programs (Basic Center, shelter & counseling, TLP and SOS) as well as Aftercare – both very successful and complimentary of F2’s programming and staff.

·         Paul Swanson was honored with a 2009 Alumni Award, The Misericordiae.

·         Skills and Youth Shelter began partnering with the AARP Senior Community Service Employment program to fill staffing needs.

·         F2 is a member of committees that were formed to assist with the 211 service.

·         Bob Hintz will be retiring after 27 years with F2.

·         The agency reorganized leadership roles, including Deb Peddycoart becoming the Quality Director and Carol O’Brien joining the agency as the Operations Director.

·         Crisis Center added Des Moines County Case Management and Siouxland 211 as new contracted services for afterhours support.

·         F2 was selected as one of 12 agencies to receive support from The Robject, a 12 month project focused on spreading a message of volunteerism throughout the Cedar Rapids community.

·         Dennis Dozier began the Anger Management Youth Therapy Group.

·         The F2 Food Pantry now offers pet food to clients through our partnership with the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

·         F2 was awarded a Variety Club van for use at the youth shelter.

·         Street Outreach Services staff is exploring collaborations with area neighborhood associations.

·         Audrey Meyer worked with the Board Finance Committee to select a new 401k plan for employees.

·         Suicide Survivors Group, facilitated by Nancy Oehlert, reached a 10 year record high of group members.

·         F2 Therapists, Sarah Knight and Dennis Dozier and Family Counselors, Stephanie Hamer and Amy Bostwick, began consultation meetings which are coordinated by Deb Peddycoart.

·         The F2 Board revised By-laws, adding a new Board Emeritus status.

·         WAM, the staff Wellness, Activities, and Morale committee, completed an employee health interest survey & coordinated chair massages, walking presentations, the annual workshop and a winter social gathering.  F2 staff contributing to the committee this year included Stephanie Hamer, Barb Rogen, Nikki Lynch, Shannon Melsha, Leland Freie, Deb Peddycoart, Elisabeth Kissling, Audrey Meyer, Amy Bostwick, Kim Brown, Lindsey Ungs, and Michelle Irons.

·         The annual Pancake Breakfast was held by the Knights of Columbus, with F2 staff and board members helping to share information agency information during the event while the Robject volunteers served food.  Paul Swanson was the liaison with the Knights, and led the effort to coordinate the food items.

·         Crisis Center has completed an 18 month study with Lifeline, the national suicide prevention hotline.

·         Youth shelter capacity was increased from 15 to 17.

·         MCO continues as one of few crisis outreach services in the state.

·         The agency has continued the expansion of child welfare emergency service pilot projects with the addition of MCO and additional in-home shelter case management.

·         F2 participated in First Lady Mari Culver’s Annual Shelter Awareness Day, and had volunteers from AmeriCorps at the youth shelter.

·         F2 has been nominated for the Corridor Business Journal’s Nonprofit Innovation Award by Back in Line Family Chiropractic and Wellness for the agency website and social marketing efforts that are led by Elisabeth Kissling.

·         Several community organizations held food drives to support F2’s Food Pantry, including Yellow Book, the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Linn County IDPA, and Old Navy.

·         Community groups that did fundraising efforts for F2 include Stuff, Etc., Bagolitas, Genghis Grill, and Back in Line Family Chiropractic and Wellness.

·         The agency has been the recipient of numerous generous donations, including funding from Intermec for perishable foods & freezers given to the Food Pantry; Miracle-Ear & Cedar Memorial for Partners in Charity advertising; Kirkwood Community College for frozen food to the youth shelter;  and support from Rockwell Collins, Mediacom, Allegra, and Hy-Vee for the F2 40th anniversary events.

·         F2 participated in many community events, including the Military Family Jamboree; the Sleep Out for the Homeless, Beyond Rubies; United Way’s Power of the Purse; Veterans Stand Down; and the Walkin’ for McAuley Community Fair.

It has been a busy year!

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