Fall 2018
Community of Support

It has been a great summer of growth and process improvement at Dorothy’s House and I’ve shared with many of you that it feels like the wheels are beginning to turn on their own.

We have made strides in staff training, streamlining our intake process, tightening up internal procedures and made improvements to the way we offer programming to our participants. We hope all of this leads to longer and more productive stays for our participants.

As I have reflected back over the hurdles and challenges and the effort to overcome them, I realize again and again that Dorothy’s House continues to work not because of the time and energy I put against it but because the entire community in central Iowa has their arms firmly around us holding us up in support and prayer.

All of us at the house are so grateful for all you have done for us.
Meet Lyndsie - Care Coordinator

Lyndsie Angus joined the team at Dorothy's House more than a year ago as Direct Care staff. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology. 

Lyndsie's eyes were first opened to the human trafficking industry through her studies. She immediately became interested in pursuing a career related to victim rights and advocacy. She is passionate about working with survivors and walking alongside them during their recovery.

She recently moved into a new position within Dorothy's House as Care Coordinator. She helps build bridges between the community and Dorothy's House in order to provide services, opportunities, and resources to our participants. 
Lyndsie Angus has been on our team for more than a year and has recently moved to a new position as Care Coordinator.

Save the date: Gridshock Premieres in April 2, 2019

Vanessa McNeal is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, national speaker, and 2x TEDx speaker. She travels and speaks nationally on how to confront adversity with grace using her personal story as a vehicle to inspire and empower others.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University and went on to receive her Master in Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa. She is a survivor of childhood abuse and neglect and has completed a feature length documentary that explores and investigates the sex trafficking industry within Iowa.

The film will premiere at the Des Moines Civic Center on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019.
Tickets will go on sale on January 18, 2019. It will be a red carpet evening benefitting Dorothy’s House. Watch a preview.

The men of the Exec Club Connect hosted Oktoberfest at Wakonda Golf and Country Club. Ryan submitted the funds raised through his company and doubled the donation with a matching gift.

Jeremy and Sarah Schwertfeger opened their barn to about 50 of their closest friends and family for a fall barn bash . The cool weather did not deter the festivities. Jeremy filtered the money raised through his company and was able to double the donations with a matching gift!

Special thanks to Wells Fargo and the Dahl Trust.

Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up to give time and love this quarter!
Colleen R., Becky P., Jan K., Julie D., Teresa A., 100+ Men, Sonya G.,   
DeAnn M.,   Karen K.   
Check your email for more volunteer opportunities after the first of the year!

Variety – the Children’s Charity recently made an award to Dorothy’s House that allowed us to buy a van to help cover the miles we log in support of our participants

Around Town

We also had a presence at the Iowa Women Lead Change event at the Iowa Events Center in November.

Dorothy’s House had a booth at the Christ our Life conference at Wells Fargo Arena in September. Thanks to Karen, Bob and Larry for helping cover our booth!
The Fashion Fashion Show of Support

We will host the second annual Fashion Show of Support on Saturday, May 11, 2019. It will be at the Forte Event Center at 615 3rd Street in Des Moines. Watch for details in the coming months.

Amazon Smile - Give while you shop this holiday season

The holiday season is upon us. Remember to select Dorothy's House as your charity of choice when making purchases this holiday season. It's an easy way to make your favorite charity part of your holiday giving.
# Giving Tuesday
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, November 27 as a reminder to donate to your favorite charities!