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A Student Art Show, Shows More Than Art

May 23, 2016

On Tuesday, May 10, 2016 students of Anna B. Lawther Academy were featured in our first annual Art Show. Mary Jo Pancratz, our certified Art teacher, organized and presented the Art Show. Students began this school year by studying the elements of art, then moving forward to one point perspectives, still life drawing and watercolor […]

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A Month of Mental Health Awareness

May 13, 2016

It has come to my attention that May is Mental Health Awareness Month. I, for one, think this is a wonderful thing. Being that I myself work in the Integrated Health Home (IHH) department of Hillcrest, Mental health is a large concern to both me and my coworkers.  However, mental health is not only a […]

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Teenagers remind me of toddlers…

April 19, 2016

I find myself at a strange crossroad in my life. I am a mother of a two-year-old girl and a fourteen-year-old, 8th grade, girl. I find their behavior and personalities strikingly parallel. Teenagers remind me of toddlers…one second moody, independent, emotional, destructive, and upset with little reason or explanation. Then, like the flip of a […]

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Announcing Awakenings Academy

March 8, 2016
The Holistic Home

Hillcrest Family Services Announces the Opening of Awakenings Academy, a Residential Treatment Facility Open to Youth Across the Country. Dubuque, IA – March 8, 2016 – Years in development, supported by countless hours of research, with an unparalleled commitment to the most advanced and effective teaching, treatment and quality control methods, Hillcrest Family Services announced […]

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Does your metabolism need a boost?

March 3, 2016

March is National Nutrition Month!  It is also that time of year when we start getting to enjoy more sunshine and some warmer temperatures!  That always seems to give me some motivation to get moving and putting some thought into improving my health.  An important way to do that is to make sure my metabolism […]

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Through With Chew Week

February 18, 2016

More than 5 of every 100 high school students (5.5%) in the United States use smokeless tobacco (2014). The public awareness campaign  “Through With Chew Week” is designed to reduce the use of smokeless tobacco among young people and is celebrated February 15-20. Local youth chapters Iowa Students for Tobacco Education and Prevention (ISTEP) are […]

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Mentoring is Modeling

January 11, 2016

January is National Mentoring Month. It’s time when we reflect on the incredible power of the little things that make a big difference in the lives of a child. Last month, I got to hear one of our matches from the Mentor Dubuque program talk about their experience to a big group of people. The […]

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“Stressed Brains Can’t Learn”

December 21, 2015

In 2010, Jim Sporleder went to a conference with no idea of the impact that the information was going to have on himself, or the change that it would influence. The Principal of an alternative high school in Walla Walla, Washington, Sporleder had charged himself with the task of turning around a school populated with […]

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There is Homelessness in Dubuque Iowa

December 16, 2015

There is homelessness in Dubuque. It’s not as visible unless you know what you are seeing. It’s the man carrying all his possessions in a backpack, it’s the mother of three serving you fast food and it’s the child wearing the same clothes as yesterday. Every night there are individuals trying to find a warm […]

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Hillcrest and the First Lady Help Homeless Veterans

November 23, 2015

Homeless Veterans are a touchy subject, socially and politically these days.  The FLOTUS, Michele Obama, and Hillcrest Family services are working to help solve this epidemic.  In a recent video , Mrs. Obama called on landlords to open up vacant units to homeless veterans.  As encouragement to landlords, the First Lady mentioned programs such as […]

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