Helping Families Find Help

June 2010

A Clay County Resource Directory for health and human services was developed this year as a result of ISU Extension Resource Management Specialist Jan’ Burk’s efforts. Burk wrote a successful $1,500 grant application to the Clay County Community Foundation to help fund the “Resources for Clay County Families” project.

The need for the directory was identified during a local World Food Day meeting in October of 2008. Often, individuals and families who need assistance have trouble idtentifying where to go for help. As new staff is replaced within various organizations, those who assist others need to know who to contact for assistance.

The “Resources for Clay County Families” directory includes 147 agencies in 20 different categories that were developed to give patrons quick access to needed agencies. The agencies are ones that could lend assistance for substance abuse, physical abuse, youth issues, disaster recovery, and legal issues. There are also resources for educational information, medical information, emergency numbers and much more.

We're so fortunate to have so many helpful organizations at our doorsteps here in Clay County, and we’re proud to help our community members find the assistance they need.

- Bonnie Dalager, ISU Extension Clay County Program Director

The 40 page book was developed and printed in spring of 2009. Organizations in Clay County were all given copies to hand out to their volunteers and patrons. The community has given a good response to having important and helpful information on these organizations right at their fingertips.