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America Saves Week: February 27 – March 4, 2017

February 28, 2017

This will be Hillcrest’s third year as a partner with America Saves Week, an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action.  For the past three years, we encouraged savers – or potential savers – just like you to set a goal, make a plan, and save automatically. This year we […]

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Therapy Dogs Help Soothe Anxiety In Troubled Youth

February 7, 2017

Mac (5) and Isis (10) are therapy dogs that visit the Hillcrest campus residential homes and the school classrooms in Dubuque. 2 nights a week they come to work with me to interact with the kids in the residential homes. The kids look forward to their visits and some make treats for them during their […]

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Adoption: Our History and Legacy

December 22, 2016

As we come to the close of 2016, several items that have come across my desk and computer this past week are a reminder that the adoption stories from Hillcrest’s 120 years have had am amazing impact on thousands of families. It was the mission of our founder, Dr. Nancy Hill, M.D. in 1896 to […]

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Adoption Awareness Month

November 21, 2016

There are a number of reasons people are thankful and November seems to be when people count those the most.  Family always seems to hit the top 3.  Every family is different. Every family is loved. Formed by a parent, two parents, step-parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and siblings.  Some formed by friends and some formed […]

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Suicide Kills

September 22, 2016

Suicide kills. Suicide kills dreams, hope, aspirations. Suicide kills relationships, warmth, connectedness. Suicide kills pain, despair, depression. Suicide kills the inability to live one more day. Suicide kills hopelessness. The point is that on a fundamental level suicide works. Suicide functions for those who see no other way; by providing a way. Suicide provides a […]

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Suicide – Start The Conversation!

September 8, 2016

I remember the first time I learned about suicide.  I was in middle school and one of the boys in my neighborhood hung himself.  It was a very difficult thing for me to wrap my mind around at that young age.  Equally confusing was the secrecy around the topic.  People only spoke about it the […]

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Trauma-Sensitive School Back in Session

August 26, 2016

As the school bus doors open and the children file out, they are welcomed by a crowd of teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators. With each wave there are smiles, laughing, high fives, and hugs. School is back in session at the Anna B. Lawther Academy at Hillcrest Family services in Dubuque, Iowa. The Anna B. Lawther […]

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4 Things To Know To Be Successful

August 19, 2016

Breastfeeding Success As I work with breastfeeding women, one of the most frequent comments I hear is “how can I be sure I will be successful so I can meet my breastfeeding goal?”  Well, there are four key steps that have been identified as being important in getting breastfeeding off to a good start and […]

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Mental Health Treatment Working in South East Iowa

August 9, 2016

Wednesday June 29th Mt Pleasant News headline on the bottom of front page states “Berndt says mental health treatment program working.” It goes on to discuss how Hillcrest Family Services has been providing mental health services for over a year in the Henry County Health Center Emergency Room.  The numbers indicate that services have been effective […]

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The Dollars and Cents of Treating Troubled Youth

June 21, 2016

After completing my thesis at Mt Mercy University on How Parents of Autistic Children Adapt and Persevere, I was asked to join a project with Dr. Jacob Christenson.  I was truly excited about the opportunity to participate in the research and writing process of this project. Our article was published in the “Child and Family  Studies Journal.” The […]

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