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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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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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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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Yoga Benefits the Body, Mind, and Spirit!

September 29, 2015

Has the topic of yoga been coming up in conversations lately? Have you wondered what all the rage is about? Yoga is more than a workout class and it also has the benefits of exercise. It is more than a relaxation exercise yet it has the benefits of reducing tension in the body.  Yoga is […]

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We miss you Tom!

July 9, 2015

Hillcrest Family Services mourns the sudden passing of Tom Gassman last evening. Words cannot express our sadness or our level of sympathy for his family and friends. Tom, beloved by so many, was a tireless volunteer for Hillcrest’s Reflections in the Park for many years. Along with his band of fun loving, Dubuque loving, and […]

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Easter Season

April 2, 2015

Hillcrest has deep spiritual roots with the United Methodist Church since 1914 and the Presbyterian Church USA since 1968.  The Spiritual and Health Integration department specializes in offering spiritual opportunities and support to those we serve.  HFS as a whole offers hope and healing to people when they need it most.  The story of Jeremy […]

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Meditation

February 5, 2015

Have you heard about the benefits of meditation?  Research shows that individuals who meditate regularly are happier and calmer.  We could all use more of that!  How to get started?  Here are some tips for starting a medication practice. 1. Create a special place for meditation; the atmosphere will help still the mind. 2. Choose a time […]

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EAGLE Accreditation

January 27, 2015

Gary Gansemer, the president and CEO of Hillcrest, sent out a special announcement this week. He wrote: Today I want to share some breaking news that focuses on our program quality.  The United Methodist Association’s EAGLE Commission – EAGLE stands for Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence – has awarded a four-year accreditation to Hillcrest […]

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An Interview with Michelle Watters, Director of Spiritual and Health Integration

August 28, 2014

My focus is to provide spiritual opportunities for clients and staff in an effort to incorporate spirituality as a component of healing. I like to incorporate body-mind-spirit wellness for in the lives of staff and clients.

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Meet our Chaplain, Brian Beverly III

July 30, 2014

The youth I serve have been neglected or abused—sometimes both. So it takes a lot of effort to gain their trust. It is a humbling experience each time I gain a clients trust.

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