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Hillcrest Family Services

August 5, 2014

Hillcrest Family Services is a large multi-service health and education ministry that started in 1896 and became a mission of the Iowa Conference in 1914. Today Hillcrest provides over thirty programs in Iowa, serving over 24,000 people. Michele Watters, a member of the Hillcrest staff, reported that 739 people from the Southeast District benefited from their ministry in 2013, “not including the members of their families who were positively impacted as a result of Hillcrest’s efforts.”

Their Spiritual and Health Integration ministry has a staff of two part-time chaplains plus a part-time director. They collaborate to promote spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of staff, clients, and their families. Last year they addressed the spiritual needs of approximately 70 residential youth who had been abused, neglected, and abandoned. In addition, they worked with 66 residential adults who were not able to live independently due to mental, emotional, or behavioral health needs.

A Matthew 25 grant from the Southeast District helps to support this ministry.

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