For over 40 years Crossroads of Western Iowa has been devoted to empowering individuals with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, chronic mental illness and brain injuries, to reach their fullest potential at home, at work and in their communities.
A big thank you to the clients, staff, family members and CWI supporters for attending Crossroads of Western Iowa’s Annual Meeting, September 26th, 2016. There was a great turn out of over 275 guests who wanted to come out and celebrate!
The CWI Foundation has recently created a Fund Charter for a new program, called the Fresh Start Fund. This fund is designated to assist clients of Crossroads of Western Iowa, who have basic needs as they come into our services; whether it is residential, employment or our Links program.
The Union Pacific Foundation is lifting up individuals with intellectual disabilities in the Council Bluffs and Omaha communities. Union Pacific's $10,000 check will help our clients find integrated employment opportunities in the community where they live. For those who make $11 to $12 an hour and who work around 22-24 hours per week or more. This lifts several of our clients above the Federal Poverty line for a single adult. These individuals will no longer be held to Federal funding for persons with disabilities.
The weather could not have been better in Council Bluffs, with the thundershowers holding off until after everyone had packed up and headed home. And this stands to reason, because we had Mike LaPoint, the Chief Meteorologist at WOWT Channel 6 as our Honorary Chairman for the event. Our own Andy Murray was again our Honorary Client and took the first shot to start the event.
May 6th, 2016 was the first year for our Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament, at Green Valley golf course in Sioux City. With a successful turnout of 13 teams of 4 and with a total of 52 golfers; we were able to raise $8,900! This event was designed to benefit Crossroads of Western Iowa and those we serve in the Sioux City area. With the money raised at the Mayor's Cup Golf Tournament, these funds will go towards a new accessible mini-van. This will help with transporting those we serve who have intellectual disabilities, mental illness and brain injury.
Are you interested in being a part of Crossroads by volunteering and staying connected with the latest news? We recently started a club within Crossroads called "The Diplomats Club", where Crossroads staff, parents and guardians of our clients, family, friends and people in the community are welcome to attend.
On Monday, September 28, Crossroads of Western Iowa held its Annual Meeting in Sioux City, Iowa. With several hundred people in attendance, Crossroads staff was recognized, Crossroads clients were honored, and Outstanding Community Parnter Awards were shared with several key partners in Western Iowa. Unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict, Angela and Tim Wilson received the Outstanding Community Partner Award for Advocacy and Awareness. The Wilsons were presented this honor at a private dinner scheduled a few weeks later. They asked that we share their letter of thanks and acceptance.
Rebecca, a consumer at Crossroads of Western Iowa, works at a local Culver’s restaurant. There, she maintains an entry-level position, a type of job that is consistently left vacant. She really enjoys her job, stating, “I am so excited to work in the community and earn money.” Rebecca also contributes to western Iowa’s low unemployment rate. While it varies by county, the region maintains a 2-4% unemployment rate, much less than the national average of 5.1%.