Building Families is housed in Clarion at the Wright County Professional Building. Thus, the Bee Inspired Program and other Building Families services have been following protocol for ALL Wright County Offices since mid-March. The offices as of May 27, 2020 still remain CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC! However, our services have not stopped. Effective March 17th, until further notice, Building Families programming staff (including the Bee Inspired Program Coordinator) have been working remotely from home. Individuals/Clients are asked to make arrangements in advance, or schedule an appointment; for the safety of employees, clients, & the public.
To get in contact with programming/services that are funded by Building Families:
Phone: 515.602.6371 (follow extension prompts)
Visit our website at buildingfamilies.net
Or contact via social media/email:
Building Families Early Childhood Area
McKinley Bailey at email@example.com
Parent Connection HHW-
Angela Wesselink at firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Childhood Education Advisor through Building Families & Family Resource Center-
Amy Shannon at email@example.com
There are additional programs that are funded through Building Families that are following their own individual agency/county protocols.You can contact each HOPES Program at each offfice—
Hamilton County Public Health, Wright County Public Health, Humboldt County Public Health.
Questions on child care? You can contact McKinley and Amy, or we are referring to CCR&R at https://iowaccrr.org/families/ or
Child Care Resource & Referral of Northwest Iowa.
Building Families is a non-profit that provides funding & supports to quality programs and services in Hamilton, Humboldt, and Wright County that develop healthy, independent and successful children and families. If we aren’t able to assist, people can reach out to additional services offered in the surrounding counties. Some are listed in the RESOURCE DIRECTORY, which can be found at communitylinksforfamilies.org.
Remember to stay connected, while practicing social distancing. We are working remotely, but are here to help children, families, & communities however we can. Please reach out if you need resources & information, or support. There is so much uncertainty right now, including how the summer activities will take place or how the school year may look for schools, educators, students, & communities as a whole in the Fall. We are doing our best to share buzzworthy tidbits, tips, tools, & other resources on our social media platforms (Building Families is on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram; Bee Inspired Program is on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram; and Parent Connection is on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) to help individuals stay connected. We will be working on our continued updates to the Building Families [buildingfamilies.net]website and Bee Inspired [bee-inspired.org] website, too.
1. We have shared health and service-related and youth development info, ACES/trauma-informed care/social and emotional support info, adolescent sexual health topics, awareness months, and more ideas/topics from our collaborative partners in the serving area.
2. We shared some mental health resources, including the CICS 24/7 Crisis Line & Warm Line information, as well as info on [YourLifeIowa.org] yourlifeiowa.org. Here is that info for you:
a. A friendly reminder from CICS (serving 11 counties in North/Central Iowa) is that a great resource to have during this time of uncertainty and social distancing is the WARM LINE. The warm line is now available 7 days per week from 2-10pm.
b. The crisis line & mobile crisis unit are still available during this time of stress & anxiety! CICS utilizes the statewide crisis line (Your Life Iowa) for crisis calls, & to dispatch their Eyerly Ball mobile crisis teams. Please use or share with others!
Call: (855) 581-8111 Text: (855) 895-8398 or
Chat online: https://yourlifeiowa.org/
Foundation2 does have interpreting capabilities.
3. Below are a few other resources that we gathered and shared on the Building Families (Early Childhood Area) and Bee Inspired Program social media platforms:
a. Here is some food pantry info for Hamilton, Humboldt, Wright, & Franklin Counties. Note that some locations may have new safety proceduresfor distribution in place, or have changed their days/times. You may want to call ahead. https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1ZDG6qYIDlt4D1I1yHV042QNNYVs4nW5I?fbclid=IwAR0T5iBHu-xRaiWjpVR-QEsabzKNIIshOiPo6z6NeE3Ep0o0NOAao4NvksA
b. In an attempt to limit potential exposure, and based on recommendations from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health’s directive for social distancing, many Mental Health and Community, County, & Social Services are limiting personal public contact. We are sharing information from CICS for Hamilton & Franklin Counties, and County Social Services for Wright & Humboldt Counties. During this time, please call your local county office for assistance, and any other up-to-date information. Some locations are fraduallygradually opening to appointment only. https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/1tt8yXPz29Vn_TO6wRh-aFY3yhm7Nt9NA?fbclid=IwAR0rZjLqe2ZpQ9j2rek9hkVE2RXcnSUr_0HQInR3ik7Ds1Xg0_OLdmxSnGk
Iowa Specialty Hospital has posted tips and resources on their social media. In addition, individuals can connect with the Mental Health/Counseling Team at: https://www.iowaspecialtyhospital.com/services/counseling-and-therapy-services?fbclid=IwAR3fe3a164RItA94JQKSI7hFcfuzO09KgwBcnicI8k_KKJMLX8138Y0E2Ng
An article for supporting a child’s well-being: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/resources-for-supporting-childrens-emotional-well-being-during-the-covid-19-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR15QX40uMv1_rRKfnNFt0GroeTlXysvZMy6lbw_rctQv3fgtosmcSmcScE
c. CCR&R (Child Care Resource & Referral was kind enough to provide this resource for all things child care! The flyer contains contact numbers & links to current resources for families, businesses and the community as a whole to be aware of child care needs. https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=1ZLpwQB3DJ7V9nFDspEHIyYNeZQ0ELR6d&fbclid=IwAR2KZTIHrxtZtKgpsW37p7ngOtQ-8pZ3wvqc2ztdFv-LLw04UApS3f-aUC8
Additional Resources/Updates from local services, agencies, & other providers:
ISU Extension & Outreach is closed to the public in all counties. However, they are still available remotely. Below is their contact information. They are all posting useful resources & ideas on their social media. They have also shared the Iowa Concern Line info (see attachment)
Power Up YOUth (in Hamilton County) is sharing mindfulness and other resources on their Facebook Page. If you need any other ACES/Trauma-Informed Care Resources, touch base with Kathy Getting. She has connections to some individuals with resources to share.
If there are additional resources you are looking for, let me know. Building Families helps to coordinate a group of providers (serving prenatal to geriatrics) in a multi-county area. We have a 4-county resource directory that will be updated this summer (so some things might not be 100% up-to-date). In the meantime, here is the link to it: communitylinksforfamilies.org. It is available in English & Spanish.
The resource directory for Franklin County (and additional counties in that service area) is currently being updated for print. I do not have an ETA at this time, but will share once it is provided. CICS or Together 4 Families would be two great resources until then.
Schools are starting to wrap up their online/distance learning. Which means, summer “vacay”…& time to play! No matter what you do, play it safe. Get the Facts, Start Early, and Talk openly and often (with youth, parents/caregivers, your partner, your peers, your healthcare providers, & other supports). Although it may not be typical break, and have some new safety adaptations…Make it a happy, fun, safe, & healthy summer to remember! The Bee Inspired Program & Building Families are here to offer programming and services, including Parent Cafés, Let’s Talk House Parties, & other activities via virtual/online formats. #education #prevention #awareness #access #beeinspiredFHW