Araceli Briceno was working 12-hour days at a hair salon to help provide for her sons and daughter. But she felt guilty for never getting to spend any time with them. Sometimes, when she arrived home late at night, she would wake them up, get them out of bed, take them to the store, and buy them toys.
Jada had done it this time. Not that she cared, but she was in deep trouble after forging a check to get money to buy more meth.
Fifteen years ago, Carl suffered a serious back injury. A maintenance worker most of his life, he could no longer even use a broom on the job.
Dave was barely tall enough to see over the beat-up, beer-smelling card table in the garage when he was first introduced to gambling.
From the moment Sonya walked into the Heartland Family Service Ruth K. Solomon Girls Center as a chatty 9 year old, she was a friend to everyone and often the leader of the group. But then her parents got divorced.
When Misty and George got married, she knew that he had spent some time in prison for wire fraud, but she didn’t know that it was related to gambling.
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Homeless Women Face Hygiene Obstacles
In observance of National Women’s Health Week from May 10-16, Heartland Family Service is raising awareness for the health obstacles that our female homeless clients face on a regular basis. Read More
200 Volunteers Improve Council Bluffs Kids’ Lives & Futures with Play
Partners Join Forces to Create a New Playground at Heartland Family Service Therapeutic School Saturday, May 16, 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Read More
Golfing to Support Services FORE! Domestic Violence Victims
Heartland Family Service is looking for golfers to help putt an end to domestic violence and sexual assault. Read More
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Tips for Spending Quality Time with Loved Ones
As this year comes to an end, we are offering a special edition of our Tips for Families newsletter: A conglomeration of the year’s tips and topics for you, along with some of our favorite quotes. Take what you’d like to carry into 2015 and may it serve you and your family well.Read More
E-cigarettes: What Every Parent and Caregiver Needs to Know
What are e-cigarettes? Electronic or e-cigarettes are devices designed to mimic cigarettes. The metal tubes are designed to look like real cigarettes and contain a cartridge filled with a nicotine-laced liquid that is vaporized by a battery-powered heating element. The nicotine vapor is inhaled by smokers when they draw on the device, as they would a regular cigarette. Most e-cigarettes claim to contain nicotine, and some claim to also sell nicotine-free cartridges. They come in a number of flavors, nicotine levels, and varieties, all claiming to be a less dangerous alternative to smoking cigarettes, and are flooding the market.Read More
Kids and Technology
Youth today, also known as “digital natives” are part of the first U.S. generation to be so closely identified with technology. Read More