April 2019
Isn't it amazing what we can accomplish together? Our County Alliance for Child & Family Well-Being continues to ignite the power of collaborative action to achieve our shared vision for change. 

Together, with great partners like you, we stay focused on promoting hope and resiliency where families can thrive.   We keep moving forward because until every child, parent and caregiver has the support they need, we'll never stop. 

Our mission is to empower a caring community that promises the well-being of every child.  

It's both a privilege and a responsibility to be part of this mission. Thank you for being part of our alliance.

Patricia Russmann
Executive Director

Youth & Families Committee
Date: April 9 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location:  Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Prevent Child Abuse Committee
Date: April 17 10:30am - 12:30pm
Location:  Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Connections Matter Committee (date & location change)
Date: May 17 9:00am - 10:30am
Location:   Lutheran Family Services
300 W. Broadway, Suite 7, Council Bluffs

Promise Partners Governance Board
Date: May 22 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Promise Partners 1st floor Conference Room 
Careers Building -  Iowa School for the Deaf Campus

Meeting notes and agendas posted at www.promisepartners.org.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The majority of child abuse cases in Iowa stem from situations and conditions that are entirely preventable in an engaged and supportive community.  A community that cares about early childhood development, parent support and maternal mental health, for instance, is more likely to see families nurturing children who are born healthy and enter school ready to learn.

Approximately 80% of substantiated acts of child abuse and neglect are committed by parents or family members.  A lack of parenting skills, knowledge and support is cited as the primary reason.  Yet, we continue to ignore that overwhelming need to prepare parents and caregivers better.

Drive for Healthy Families
The Council Bluffs Police and Fire Departments are once again battling it out to see who can collect the most items for Boys Town Iowa families for their "Drive for Healthy Families" during the month of April.
Flooding Information & Resources 

Our hearts are heavy as flood waters wreak havoc in I owa.  The destruction to land and homes along with the number of displaced is overwhelming.

Our community is doing what we do best.  We rally and support one another.  Below are resources that may of assistance.

The Salvation Army located at 715 N. 16th Street in Council Bluffs is a designated Disaster Resource Center.  This location accepts donations of needed items and provides them to people who need them.  Caseworkers are on-site to help with intake and to ensure people's needs are met. 

If an emergency has forced someone to evacuate their home, shelter may be available.

Households that do not normally qualify for SNAP may be eligible for D-SNAP if they meet certain requirements.

Grants for families whose household's annual income is at 200% or less of the federal poverty level.  Each qualifying household may receive up to $5,000.

Find who's doing what and how you can help.
Quick Links
Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
America's Promise
Training Opportunities:

Navigating Through Mental Health Conference
April 25, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA
More Information Here

Youth Work Methods:
Building Community
April 27, 2019
Omaha, NE
More Information Here

Mental Health First Aid
April 30, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Child Abuse Prevention & FamilySupport
May 6-7, 2019
Ankeny, IA

 Over the Line? 
Ethics & Boundary Issues in Social Media and the Real World Blended Learning
May 13, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Coming Up:
Mayoral Proclamation:
Child Abuse 
Prevention Month
April 12, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Free Dental Clinic
April 13, 2019
Omaha, NE

Family & Money Matter
April 25, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Health Fair
April 27, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Medicine Cabinet
April 27, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

Laundry Love 
for the Bluffs
May 9, 2019
Council Bluffs, IA

For more events, visit www.unleashcb.com
Funding Opportunities:

America's Promise: 

These grants are not 
offered through Promise Partners, 
but they each relate to our mission.