Posted on: 04/23/2020

Youth Homes of Mid-America has received a $9,650.00 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to remove and replace our existing dining room floor. This location is the center of or campus and where many of our youth find stability, success and love our youth may have not been lucky enough to receive elsewhere.

Youth Homes which is celebrating its 77th anniversary, is a nonprofit organization serving youth and families with behavioral, emotional and educational difficulties. This grant from Variety – The Children’s Charity allows Youth Homes to fulfill its mission of providing troubled youth and their families a path to independence.

The Variety- the Children’s Charity grant, allows the use of this space, in our W.T. & Edna Dahl Education Center, to be utilized multiple times a day for many purposes. This room is where all youth living on our campus are served lunch and dinner daily. Each meal is driven as a learning opportunity for our youth. We eat family style with their staff to ensure a stable environment and free place for conversation. Many of our youth are still planning to go back to their families or guardians and have never eaten a formal meal. With this structure it shows youth the stability they need to thrive. Youth can count on every day, being able to sit down with those closest to them, and speak about their struggles, success and worries in a safe place.

Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children. For more information on Variety grants and programs please visit varietyiowa.com.

For additional information on Youth Homes, please contact Brooke Earleywine at brookeearleywine@yhma.org.

About Youth Homes of Mid-America

Youth Homes of Mid-America is a non-profit social service agency serving both young men and young women that offers individualized programs and services for children and families with behavioral, emotional, and educational difficulties. YHMA maintains a focus on strengthening family life, re-establishing the self-worth of the individual, and teaching basic skills for living in the community.  YHMA has been providing services to Iowa youth and families since 1943.

For additional information, contact Wendy Ingham at 515-276-3473, ext 205 or wendyingham@yhma.org.