Success Stories

The stories we report here are actual client cases. They are the children, parents, couples and individuals we work with every day. For most, their names, photos and some details have been changed to protect their privacy. But some of our clients are strong advocates for the services they received, and tell their stories through video. All offer their stories so you can better understand how lives can be changed when someone in need asks for our help.

Randy Finds a Place to Call Home

Randy Finds a Place to Call Home

When Randy was a young boy in Council Bluffs, he grew up in a home without any positive role models. His mother walked out on their family when he was nine years old, and his father was rarely home. As the oldest of four children, he took it upon himself to be the adult because he knew his siblings relied on him. Eventually, Randy grew weary of carrying this responsibility and rushed off to join the Navy at the age of 18, eager to start a new and exciting life.

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Paw Paw Bonds with Her Children

Paw Paw Bonds with Her Children

When Paw Paw came to the United States from Myanmar eight years ago, she faced many of the same struggles other refugees experience. She did not speak any English and was filled with anxiety after spending years in a refugee camp.

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Zech Finds His Path to Well-Being

Zech Finds His Path to Well-Being

When Zech was a toddler, he suffered abuse at the hands of a close relative. Soon after, he began acting out by throwing things and hitting his mother. By the time he was in elementary school, his behavior had gotten out of control.

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Anita Turns Her Life Around for Her Family

Anita Turns Her Life Around for Her Family

Anita grew up in a traumatic home environment, regularly witnessing an abusive relationship between her mother and father. Both of her parents were also alcoholics. By the time she finished high school, Anita was drinking daily. After having two children in her twenties, her dependence on alcohol was out of control, and her addiction soon ruled her day-to-day life.

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