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Families Helping Families of Iowa, Inc
Our mission is to meet the needs of youth who have been abused or neglected to allow them to have the same chance as their peers to be healthy and productive citizens. Caring for Iowa’s children in foster care.
Families Helping Families of Iowa is proud to offer support programs to help families and children in foster care throughout the state of Iowa. Our support programs are utilized by thousands of families across the state each year, from preparing students for school through tutoring and activity scholarships to providing clothing options for foster families in need. You can help make a difference, too, by volunteering or making a donation to Families Helping Families.
Clothing Closet With generous donations from sponsors and the community, Families Helping Families offers new and gently used clothing, infant supplies and hygiene items suitable for children aged newborn to 18 years old. Our Clothing Closet is located in the lower level of our Families Helping Families office and is staffed by volunteers.
Haircuts for Kids We support the confidence every child and student needs while going to school, which is why we offer a Haircuts for Kids program. Eligible students in foster care can receive two complimentary haircuts, as well as one at the Back to School Rally, care of professional hairdressers and local salons.
Holiday Party Each December, Families Helping Families hosts a Holiday Party for members of Iowa’s foster care community, catering to hundreds of children from across the state and reuniting children and families.
Our many gracious volunteers sponsor activities and toy drives through our Holiday Giving Tree program. Area businesses also help support this event by hosting giving trees or sponsoring toy drives on behalf of FHF, bringing so many smiles to the faces of children.
School Supplies To ensure children are prepared for school, Families Helping Families offers a School Supplies Closet, along with an annual Back to School Rally. Each year, backpacks are filled with new supplies and a voucher for a free haircut. We also fill extra backpacks to ensure children entering foster care during the school year have the materials they need. Local businesses and organizations graciously support our effort with their own school supplies drives. The supplies closet is available throughout the year. Senior Pictures Every high school senior wants to feel good about his or her legacy in the school yearbook.
At Families Helping Families of Iowa, we support that goal with a complimentary one-hour photography session for professionally-taken senior pictures. Foster parents and guardians receive electronic copies of the final photos, so you can print them at your leisure.
Spread Your Wings Program The Spread Your Wings Program helps children in foster care, relative, or other approved placement gain confidence by offering extracurricular activity scholarships of interest including art, music, sports and more. We have funded hundreds of children with these opportunities by providing financial assistance for program fees, equipment, uniforms and more. Our Spread Your Wings Program also provides tutoring opportunities for students throughout the area, giving children at least a three month-long tutoring program to help sustain confidence and abilities throughout the school year.
Shoe Voucher Program Through a collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Cedar Rapids, each child placed in foster care, relative, or other approved placement is eligible to receive one shoe voucher valued at $50, redeemable at any Kohl’s Department Store, through our Shoe Voucher Program. Thanks to funds received from the Kiwanis Club, private donations, and grants, we can offer more than 1,000 pairs of shoes for children throughout Iowa.
The Quilt Project As a child transitions from their family home to protective or foster care, they are provided with a quilt for added comfort during this challenging time through our Quilt Project. You can assist to make a positive impact by donating fabric, your skills or by adopting a quilt with a tax deductible monetary gift.