On August 9th, Together 4 Families held their annual meeting. Mike Nolte will serve as the T4F Chairperson and Chuck Bakker will serve as the T4F Vice-Chairperson for the 2013 Fiscal Year. The board also recently made funding decisions for the fiscal year.
This year was a difficult decision making process because the requests for funding exceeded the resources that were available. The board carefully reviewed the requests for funding and compared those to the funding that was available, along with the criteria for which the funding must be used. Although the Together 4 Families Board was not able to fund all the requests, there continues to be a lot of wonderful programs and services that are supported and available to families with children in Bremer, Butler, Franklin and Grundy Counties.
Together 4 Families helps to fund a number of positions that are designed to support quality early care and education environments, preschool tuition scholarships, home and group based parent education and support services, family team meetings and adolescent substance abuse outreach. Those services are available at no charge to families living in the four-county area or have children who attend a school district within the four-county area. In addition to those services, Together 4 Families also provides services and flexible supports to assist families with children who are currently involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice system. Together 4 Families will continue their ongoing planning throughout the year.
Together 4 Families Board Members, front row from left to right are Kim Young-Kent, Gina Greene, Nancy Magnall, Shawna Lebeck (Coordinator) and Becky Diani. Back row from left to right are Linda Thoreson, Dawn Bruhn, Cindy Johnson, Cassie McAllister, Tom Heidenwirth, Rus Boersma, Steve Reuter, Mike Nolte (Chairperson) and Chuck Bakker (Vice-Chairperson). Board members not available for the picture include Todd Rickert and Jen Walton.
All meetings of Together 4 Families are open to the public. If you would like more information about Together 4 Families, community planning meetings, or resources for families with children in the area, please feel free to contact Shawna Lebeck, T4F Project Coordinator at 319-267-2594 or visit www.together4families.org.