Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) has resumed monthly in-person support group meetings. The meetings will be held on the 3rd Monday of each month from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the Education Room of the Spectrum Network building, located at 607 Washington Street, in Decorah. Masks are recommended, and anyone experiencing COVID symptoms should stay home. A phone-in or Zoom option is also available for convenience.
Kelly Kuennen, a social worker from NEI3A, will facilitate the meeting. The next meeting will take place on January 17 at 10:00 am. This is a free group, and all caregivers of elderly or disabled persons are welcomed and encouraged to attend. No reservations are needed. If you are interested in the meeting and need more information, please contact Kelly Kuennen, Family Caregiver Specialist at NEI3A, at 563-277-6024
ALLAMAKEE COUNTY VETERANS MUSEUM
The Allamakee County Veterans Museum will observe Pearl Harbor Day on December 7th by offering a program to the public in the Program Room of its new museum in the former Vet’s Club building in Waukon.
On Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. a video documentary will be presented about the Japanese air raid on the U.S. Naval and Air Bases at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Islands, which marked the entry of the United States into the Second World War.
The Pearl Harbor documentary will be preceded by a video that museum staff are calling “The last summer of peace in Waukon before the War.” It includes movie film shot in downtown Waukon in the summers of 1940-41 by the Cote family for entertainment viewing in their newly opened Town Theatre. Staff encourages you to try to spot and identify relatives and family friends depicted in the film, and enjoy a nostalgic look back at the “good old days.” Period vehicles, dress, and businesses are featured, with candid closeups of people about town.
The program room currently seats about 45 people. Due to Covid concerns, masks are encouraged but not required. There is no admission or membership charge. The facility is handicapped accessible. Light refreshments will be available.
The museum remodeling was finished in late summer. Preparation and installation of exhibits is underway and should be completed by Memorial Day 2022. Tours will not be offered until the exhibits have been completed. However, educational programs will continue to be offered periodically.
Northeast Iowa Community Action Early Head Start is accepting applications. The program serves pregnant women and children birth to three years old. The program provides weekly home visits to help parents be their child’s first and most important teacher. Socializations and playgroups are held for families to participate in. If you live in Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette, Howard & Winneshiek counties contact Northeast Iowa Community Action .
Have you thought about becoming a mentor? Tuesday, November 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at T-Bocks Upstairs; Youth Mentoring at Helping Services is hosting a Mentoring Social.
This is the perfect event to attend to find out more about how YOU can become involved. Mentors will informally share stories about the impact mentoring has on their youth and them as an adult, the dire need for boys to have male role models, and the ways you can get started so that you are comfortable with being a mentor.
All adults are invited to come and connect with others about mentoring. It is the event for you to attend or bring along a friend that you know who will make a great mentor. Everyone will enjoy socializing and free appetizers. Drinks will be available for purchase.This event is open house style. Come and stay the whole time or come for a portion of the time.
There are many options available to mentors. Community mentors spend a minimum of four hours per month with their youth doing things that they both enjoy like going to a ball game, enjoying a meal together, or going for a walk. School-based mentors meet their youth for one hour per week in their building. This option is available in the Decorah and Howard-Winneshiek School Districts. Mentors can be individuals, two buddies assigned to one youth, and families. There are also part-time mentors who attend the events that fit their schedule.
Youth Mentoring has a place for you! For more information, attend the Mentoring Social or contact Colinne or Kathy at email@example.com, 563-387-1720, or visit www.helpingservices.org/mentoring.
Serving families since 1973, Helping Services for Youth & Families is dedicated to responding to current health and safety needs of youth and families through empowerment, support, and education.