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News — Mary Riche and Jackie Servellon to headline the 22nd annual Women Helping Women luncheon

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center announces the honoree and speaker for the 22nd annual Women Helping Women luncheon

December 10, 2019, Des Moines, IA — Two highly respected community advocates will headline the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s 22nd annual Women Helping Women luncheon on May 15, 2020 in Des Moines.

Mary Riche, Honoree, 2020 Women Helping Women (high resolution image)

Proceeds support counseling, education, trainings and other services that impact women, children and families who are underinsured or from low income households.

Mary Riche, retired therapist and marketing professional, will be honored as an effective leader in many sectors including mental health, women’s issues, and civic engagement. Mary is a longtime supporter of the Center as a past member of the board of directors and more recently as a co-chair of the 2018 WHW event.

Jackie Servellon, local business owner and human services provider, will deliver the keynote address – sharing her personal story of hope and healing as a survivor of domestic violence. Jackie will speak on this devastating reality for many women and girls, and how the power of counseling changed her.

Jackie Servellon, Speaker, 2020 Women Helping Women (hi resolution image)

“Jackie and Mary are strong, giving and amazing women who will bring much meaning to our luncheon,” said Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, the Center’s director of development. “On behalf of the many women who seek to heal from heartbreaking life challenges – thank you to Jackie and Mary for saying ‘yes’ to serving the community in this way.”

The luncheon will be held on May 15, 2020 at the Embassy Suites by the river in downtown Des Moines. The Center expects to host 600 guests and raise more than $200,000. Since 1998 the event has raised more than $1.2 million, providing access and care to thousands of women and girls – a population who experience poverty, crime and abuse at disproportionately high rates. To follow news on the 2020 Women Helping Women luncheon and learn how you can be involved, please visit http://www.dmpcc.org/WHW. #

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The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to walk with people through counseling and education to find hope and healing, and to live a fulfilling life. Annually, the Center serves more than 2,600 individuals (including nearly 700 children and adolescents) through holistic counseling and other clinical services. Additionally, the Center serves more than 2,400 individuals annually through mental health education and training services.

For more information contact:
Terri Speirs, director of community relations
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
515-251-6670 or email tspeirs@dmpcc.org

Training the next generation of mental health counselors

Training the next generation of mental health counselors

By Terri Speirs, Director of Community Relations

October 14, 2019 – The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is pleased to welcome two new graduate practicum students for the 2019-2020 academic year. Erin Moskal is a graduate student in the clinical mental health program at Drake University. Emily Yen is a graduate student in the social work program at the University of Iowa. Erin and Emily form the latest cohort in a unique professional formation program that offers an intensive, structured group training experience.

“We are thrilled to welcome Erin and Emily,” said Dr. Christine Dietz, who directs the training program and is also a licensed clinical social worker and spiritual director at the Center. “The training program adds another layer of richness to the Center’s culture of learning as we all learn from one other.”

The Center’s Graduate Training Program was founded in 1980 to help address a mental health workforce need in the state of Iowa, and since then has graduated more than 125 mental health providers with an expanded knowledge base.

But the program isn’t for the faint of heart! The students are embedded into the very heart of the Center’s work through the following expectations:
• Ten-hour orientation process prior to beginning their placements.
• One-hour weekly of individual supervision and 1 hour of group supervision.
• One to two hours weekly of group case discussions with Center clinical staff.
• Required to present all intakes to supervisory staff.
• Required to present at least one case conference to the entire body of clinical staff.
• Required to participate in three didactic seminars (becoming a therapist, trauma-informed counseling, and LGBTQ-affirmative counseling) as well as , an assessment seminar and an integrative seminar.

“The Center takes seriously a responsibility to do our part to prepare the next generation of counselors,” said Jim Hayes, executive director. “With Iowa being in almost last place in terms of mental health workforce availability, we are extremely grateful to our donors who make it possible to offer our unique training program to graduate students seeking a rigorous educational experience.”

The Center’s training program has earned a reputation as one of very best, and one-of-a-kind in terms of the quality and depth of the learning. The Center invests more than $50,000 annually into the program. It is only possible due to the Center’s broad-base of community support as the students do not pay tuition, and their respective academic institutions do not reimburse the Center for the costs associated with the training.

For more information about the Center’s training program: https://dmpcc.org/our-services/clinical-education-training/frequently-asked-questions-graduate-psychotherapy-training/

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The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to walk with people through counseling and education to find hope and healing, and live a fulfilling life. Annually, the Center serves more than 2,600 individuals through holistic mental health counseling and other clinical services (including nearly 700 children and adolescents). Additionally, the Center serves more than 2,400 individuals annually through mental health education and training services.

News Release

For Immediate Release

For more information contact
Terri Speirs, director of community relations
515-251-6670 or email tspeirs@dmpcc.org

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is awarded $5,000 grant from West Bancorporation Foundation

Geoffrey Gade, West Bank vice president; Jim Hayes, executive director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center; and Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, director of development, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

September 16, 2019, Des Moines, IA – The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center (the Center) has been awarded $5,000 from West Bank’s charitable foundation, West Bancorporation Foundation. This funding supports a three-year project to increase administrative efficiencies and client satisfaction through technology upgrades. The project is a one-time, multifaceted equipment and software boost that will annually benefit more than 2,600 children, adolescents and adults in who need high quality mental health services — and 2,400 individuals who need mental health training and education.

“West Bank has been a proud supporter of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center and the good work they do for many years,” said Geoffrey Gade, West Bank vice president, who also serves on the Center’s board finance committee. “The Center fills a need in our community and helps make Greater Des Moines a better place to live.”

“West Bank’s charitable foundation is proud to be a long-time supporter of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center and its mission to improve the lives of Central Iowans through its comprehensive counseling and education services,” said Jill Thompson Hansen, senior vice president/human resources and executive director, West Bancorporation Foundation. “We value our partnership and always know that our funding, whether to directly benefit those services or to support capital investments that create efficiencies and expand capacity, will be put to good use.”

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Since 1972 the Center has offered unique mind-body-spirit approaches to processing difficult life challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, addiction, suicide and other issues. Clients may address their concerns through a variety of techniques at the Center including counseling, psychiatry, spiritual direction, renewal opportunities and educational classes.

“Our clinicians are trained to walk alongside clients through dark times with compassion and skill,” said the Center’s executive director Jim Hayes. “We are tremendously grateful to West Bank for this critical support to our administrative infrastructure that enables us to provide holistic, innovative and effective services.”

“Thank you to West Bank for this generous gift that will benefit the whole community,” said Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, the Center’s director of development. “As a nonprofit organization we are deeply grateful to our steadfast donors who help us make our services not only excellent, but also accessible to the underinsured and uninsured.”

The Center is one of few providers in Greater Des Moines who serves people from all income levels, including those from low-income households who are underinsured or uninsured. This is only possible through generous community support. #

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education. Annually, the Center serves more than 2,600 individuals through holistic counseling and other clinical services (including nearly 700 children and adolescents). Additionally, the Center serves more than 2,400 individuals annually through education and training services.

Media Release – The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center announces staff growth and changes

For Immediate Release

For more information contact Terri Speirs, Director of Community Relations, 515-251-6670 or email tspeirs@dmpcc.org

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center announces staff growth and changes

Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, Director of Development

July 31, 2019, Des Moines, IA – The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center (the Center) has hired Laurie Betts Sloterdyk as the director of development, as of July 8, 2019. Terri Mork Speirs has been promoted to director of community relations. The two will collaborate to grow the Center’s donor base, communicate hope and healing, create partnerships, and advance the mission of mental health counseling and education in Central Iowa.

“Joining the Center’s staff offers me a way to be a force for good in a city I love,” said Sloterdyk. “The Center’s commitments to excellence and access are important to me. I can’t wait to help community members channel goodwill in ways that are meaningful to their values.”

“We are excited to move boldly forward with Laurie on staff,” said Jim Hayes, the Center’s executive director. “Laurie’s tremendous competence with events and donor relations is exactly what the Center needs right now to reach our next level of innovation in serving the community. I am grateful to our amazing donor base who make our mission possible, and to our board of directors for their visionary leadership.”

Terri Mork Speirs, Director of Community Relations

“I am thrilled to welcome Laurie to the team,” said Speirs, who has been with the Center since 2015. “For years Laurie has volunteered with our flourishing annual spring luncheon, Women Helping Women, lending her considerable skills for the cause. It is my privilege to join together with such a pro as Laurie to further engage stakeholders for the greater common good.”

Sloterdyk and Speirs bring a combined 47-plus years of nonprofit experience to the Center, an interesting fit to mark the Center’s growth and changes in its 47 years of operation. Founded in 1972, the Center opened its doors with a staff of one counselor. Today, the Center serves a diverse client base through a multidisciplinary staff of 30 clinicians plus a team of steadfast administrators and support staff. The Center was founded on the ideal of providing high quality mental health services to clients from all walks of life, including those from low-income households who are underinsured – a pursuit made possible through a dedicated and generous donor base. #

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education. Annually, the Center serves more than 2,600 individuals through holistic counseling and other clinical services (including nearly 700 children and adolescents). Additionally, the Center serves more than 2,400 individuals annually through education and training services.

Media Release – The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is awarded $45,000 from Prairie Meadows

For Immediate Release

For more information contact
Terri Speirs, Director of Community Relations
515 – 251-6670 or email tspeirs@dmpcc.org

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is awarded $45,000 from Prairie Meadows for technology updates and innovation

July 9, 2019, Des Moines, IA – The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center (the Center) has been awarded a $45,000 Prairie Meadows Community Betterment grant. Funding will provide critical medical technology upgrades for the Center’s 30-clinician-strong practice to maintain HIPAA compliance and ensure data security. Funds will also launch a new initiative at the Center, integrating digital tablets to assess therapeutic metrics and increase client satisfaction. The project is expected to be completed in early 2020.

James E. Hayes, D. Min., M. Div., Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

“Thank you to Prairie Meadows for this tremendous boost for our clients and counselors,” said Jim Hayes, the Center’s Executive Director. “Thousands of individuals in Central Iowa will benefit from this generosity.”

Every single person in Iowa is affected by mental health issues. Whether episodic depression, complex trauma or chronic anxiety – psychological concerns are serious and can be life threatening. The needs impact families, businesses, schools and our entire community. However Iowa ranks among the lowest in the nation for providing adequate access to mental health services.

People from all walks of life choose the Center to help manage their mental health needs, although the Center is one of the few metro providers serving individuals who are uninsured or underinsured. As a nonprofit organization, 100 percent of the Center’s board and staff donate resources to support the Center’s mission.

Hayes continued: “The needs in Iowa are great and yet there is hope. I am so proud of the excellence that our clinicians bring on a daily basis. Our long-standing partnership with Prairie Meadows further strengthens our ability to serve the community with innovation and integrity.”

“At Prairie Meadows, we are dedicated to transforming the lives of those living in Central Iowa. We are proud and excited to support this and many other projects in our community,” said Julie Stewart, Prairie Meadows’ Director of Community Relations.

To date, Prairie Meadows has given $1.8 billion to the state of Iowa, with more than $803 million remaining right here in Polk County.

Founded in 1972, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education. The Center serves more than 2,600 individuals annually through holistic counseling and other clinical services (including nearly 700 children and adolescents). Additionally, the Center serves more than 2,400 individuals through education and training services. #

Thank you to our 2018 donors!

Click image to launch 2018 Annual Report Summary

We gratefully acknowledge and thank all who so kindly contributed to the Center in 2018. This generosity brings hope and healing to children, teens and adults in need of high quality mental health services.

CHAMPIONS ($20,000+)
Fred Maytag Family Foundation
Polk County Board of Supervisors

VISIONARIES ($10,000 – 19,999)
American Enterprise Group
Mary and Doug Bruce
Sandra and C. Dean Carlson
Delta Dental of Iowa
Douglas A. Fick
Sammons Financial Group

PATRONS ($5,000 – $9,999)
Robert Burnett
BWA Foundation
Susan and Bill Knapp
Prairie Meadows
Kay and Bob Riley
The Viking Foundation of Lincoln
West Bancorporation Foundation, Inc.
Wells Fargo
Connie Wimer and Frank Fogarty
Sally T. Wood

HEALERS ($2,500 – $4,999)
Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey
Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation
Sharon and Dennis Goldford
Mary Gottschalk and Kent Zimmerman
Sally and Tom Graf
Hy-Vee
Kathleen and Larry Zimpleman

NURTURERS ($1,000 – $2,499)
Teresa Adams-Tomka
Zanzibar’s Coffee Adventure
Sandra L. and Rev. Paul R. Axness
Roxanne Barton Conlin and Jim Conlin
Dr. Barbara Beatty
Borgen Systems
Elizabeth Burmeister
Beth and Tim Coonan
Patty and Jim Cownie
Des Moines University
Paula Duncan
Easter Family Fund
Sondra Eddings
Kathy and William Fehrman
Jann Freed and John Fisher
Judith and Marshall Flapan
Ann Flood
Foster Group
Full Court Press / Iowa Taproom
Barbara and Michael Gartner
Janet and Gary Goodhall
Elizabeth Goodwin
John and Jeannine Hayes
Sarah and Jim Hayes
Diane Hedden
Starr and Harry Hinrichs
Trudy Holman Hurd
Ann and Thomas Holme
Charlotte and Fred Hubbell
Ellen and James Hubbell
Rusty Hubbell
Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts
Iowa Radiology
Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines
Dianne and Roger Jones
Charlotte Kimball
Linda and Tom Koehn
Mary Kramer
Mary Langen
Virginia and Nix Lauridsen
Janet Linn
Nancy Main
Sara and Steve Marquardt
LaDonna and Rich Matthes
Meredith Corporation
Karla and Mark Minear
Brenda and Dr. Bernard Mouw
Doris Jean and Owen J. Newlin
Jill and Mark Oman
Orchestrate Hospitality
Mary and John Pappajohn
Stephanie Pearl
Shirley Poertner
Ann and Dr. Michael Richards
Mary Riche
Kelle and Pat Rolfes
Janis Ruan and Mr. John Ruan III
Salon Spa W
Jackie Saunders and Cecil Goettsch
Mary and Stanley Seidler
Dr. Rebecca and Dr. Robert Shaw
Kathy and Ted Stuart
Mary H. Stuart and David Yepsen
Nanette D. Stubbs
Marsha Ternus
The IMT Group
The Iowa Clinic Women’s Center
Thrivent Financial
Toni and Tim Urban
Teresa Van Vleet-Danos
Susan and Carl Voss
Charlene and Mark Vukovich
Marti Wade and Benjamin B Ullem
Rhonda and Joe Watton
West Bank
Alan Zuckert

ADVOCATES ($500 – $999)
Accents + Interiors
Anonymous Anonymous
Christine Bening
Margaret and Arden Borgen
Phyllis and Richard Cacciatore
Bonnie Campbell and Mark Hamilton
Central Presbyterian Church
Carol Corning Hallquist
Davis Brown Law Firm
Davis Brown Law Firm
Lynn Ekblad
First Christian Church
First Christian Church
Deniz Franke
Rosalie Gallagher
Barbara Graham
Lori and Larry Hartsook
Trudie and Hal Higgs
Norma J. Hirsch
Kathleen Hoegh
Connie and Richard Isaacson
Josephs Jewelers
Anne M. and E.J. Kelly
Kemin Industries, Inc.
Jennie Legates and Fritz Wehrenberg
Marian and Ivan Lyddon
Ann Lyons
Rachel and Bill McDonough
Matt Meline
Robyn and Bret Mills
Diane H. Morain
Dawn Connet and Greg Nichols
Barbara and Andy Nish
Rep. Jo Oldson and Brice Oakley
Lynsey Oster
Marianne Parrs
Claudia and Brad Peyton
Deb and Bob Pulver Foundation
Janet and Mark Rosenbury
Sam Scheidler
Melanie Scupham
Judith and Larry Sheldon
Hallie and David Still-Caris
Sarah Sullivan Bigelow and Nicholas Bigelow
Veridian Credit Union
Wells Fargo Advisors
Amy Wimer
Annabel Wimer
Dr. Carey Wimer and Dr. Sean Cunningham
Kathy and Steve Zumbach

SUPPORTERS ($250 – $499)
Susan and Mark Ackelson
Robin Ahnen-Cacciatore and John Cacciatore
Linda and Bob Anderson
Becky Anthony
Stephanie Asklof
Barbara and John Bachman
Susan Ballard
Mary Ann Beard
Connie and Steve Beasley
Doris R. Beebe
Kris Benge
Sandy Benson Johnson
Jan Berg
Jan and Frank Berlin
Kathryn and Tom Bernau
Carol Bodensteiner
Christie and Bob Boesen
Meredith and J.R. Boesen
Nancy Bone
Mary Boote Roth
Mary and Bob Brooks
Michele and Tom Brown
Jamie Buelt
Randi Carr
Kevin Carroll
Espnola Cartmill
LaNae Ceryanec
Joyce and Rick Chapman
John and Holly Clark
Polly Clark and Jim Slife
David and Alicia Claypool
Margaret-Ann and Joseph Comito
Julie Ann and Michael Connolly
Dave and Kristi Dawson
M.J. Dolan
Margaret and Kevin Doyle
Marsha and Ellery Duke
Lou Ebinger and Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger
David J. Egleston
Karen and Arnold Engman
Denise Essman
Lois and Dr. Louis Fingerman
Peggy Fisher and Larry Stelter
Fran Fleck and Terry Greenley
Jim and Allison Fleming
Beth Gaul
Mary Susan and Richard Gibson
Kathy and Scott Giles
Shawna and Paul Gisi
Debbie Gitchell
Diane Glass and J. Jeffrey Means
Suzie Glazer Burt
Linda Goeldner
Patricia and Larry Goetz
Judy Goodwin
Gina and Allan Graham
Bonnie Green
Jill Greiner
Norma Hanke
Lynn and Dr. William Heggen
Cara and Kurt Heiden
Babs and Doug Hein
Jill Hittner
Dixie and Will Hoekman
Michelle Hogan
Debbie and Michael Hubbell
Peggy Huppert
Bev and Michael Hutney
Marian Jacobs
Martha James and Michael Myszewski
Karen and Douglas L. Jeske
Linda Johnson
Connie Cook and Joe Jongewaard
Susan Judkins and Robert Josten
Maureen Keehnle
Suzan Kelsey Brooks
Sue and Ed Kenny
Kathi Koenig
Diane and Keith Krell
Mary and Charles Kunkel
Laden and Pearson, P.C.
Caroline Levine
Christine and Robert Lewis
Jennifer Lock Oman
Kristi Lund Lozier and Bill Lozier
Sharon and Susan Malheiro
Richard and Robbie Malm
Cyril and John Mandelbaum
Kate Massop
Diane and Arthur McClanahan
Claudette and Patrick J McDonald
Andrea and Dan McGuire
Jan and John Mechem
Shirl Melton
Rebecca and Brian Metzger
Ann Michelson
Lisa Minear
Jana Montgomery
Ann and Alfred Moore
Terri Mork Speirs and Robert Speirs
Debra Moyer
Ellen Nelson
Linda Neuman
Liz and Rick Neumann
Pauline and William Niebur
Roy and Mary Nilsen
Charlotte Noble
Nancy Nunn
Dennis and Sandy O’Brien
Jeanne and Jim O’Halloran
Sen. Janet Petersen and Brian Pattinson
Donna Paulsen and Tom Press
Gail Pearl
Sally Pederson and Jim Autry
Muriel and Jim Pemble
Rita Perea
Virginia Peterson
Paul Proksa
Kurt and Lynette Rasmussen
Martha A. Reno
Dixie Rhiner
Dennis Rhodes and Mary Kay Shanley
Dawn and Steve Roberts
Helen Robinson
Katherine and Charles Safris
Lou Ann and Kent Sandburg
Patrice Sayre
Renee and Steve Schaaf
Deb Wiley and John Schmidt
Pam Schoffner
Laurie and Ashley Sloterdyk
Annie S. Brandt and Matt Brandt
A. Joyce Smith
Sue and Larry Sonner
Betty Speas
St. John’s Lutheran Church
Stamatelos & Tollakson, PLLC
Joan Stark
State of Iowa One Gift Pgm
Rachel Stauffer and Jim Lawson
Beth Stelle Jones
Randi Stern
Ellen and Lawrence Strachota
Gail and David Stubbs
Cheryl and Steve Sypal
April Talbot
Sue Ann and Richard Tempero
Joyce and Harold Templeman
Rachel Thorson Mithelman and Jack Mithelman
Ashley Tollakson
Karen and Robert Unrau
Terri Vaughan and Bob Carter
Susan Vujnovich-McRoberts
Marilyn Warling
Linda and William Weidmaier
Karrie and Mark Weinhardt
Michele and Steve Whitty
Malinda Wiesner Hammerstrom
Jean and Robert Williams
Emily Williams-Bouska
Dr. Judy Winkelpleck
Kyrie Wong
Christine and Tony Woods
Roberta and Reg Yoder

FRIENDS ($100 – $249)
Sophia Ahmad and John Helmich
Terra and Jay Amundson
Rep. Marti Anderson and Bob Brammer
Chrystal and James Austin
Leslie Babich
Lori Baker
Mollie and Britt Baker
Jennifer Barp
Michelle Bartusek
Marcia Baumhover
Joan Betts
Patricia Boddy and Robert Davis
Michelle Book
Cynthia Bowen
Judy Bradshaw
Katie Bradshaw
La Verne and Blaine Briggs Donor Advised Fund at the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation
Jane Brimmer
Rachel Bruns
Marilyn Burch
Judith Burns
Albert and Wilma Carter
Cindy Chicoine
Liz and James Chrisinger
Eva and David Christiansen
Kathleen Clark and Erika Ellenbogen
Mary and Milton Cole-Duvall
Evelyn and Kenneth Cook
Meg and Jeff Courter
Patricia and Jay Cramer
Judy Curtis-Latessa
Diane and Charles Cutler
Rachel Dahlen
Troy DeJoode
Elaine Dekovic
Lori and Tim Diebel
Amy Donnelly
Richard and Cris Douglass
Louisa Dykstra
The Middleton Family
Ruth Foster
Shayla and Joel From
Katherine Gamble
Martha Gelhaus and Kevin Pokorny
Priscilla Gilbert
Sandra Githens
Eve and Darrell Goodhue
Nancy Green
Nancy Greening
Gary and Nancy Guthrie
Kathleen Heinzel
Kelli Hill
Jack and Jennifer Hilmes
Brenda and Keith Hobson
Dr. Alex and Cooper Hubbell
Iowa Center for Economic Success
Linda Jennings
Peggy and Joseph Jester
Mary Josten
Megan and Lance Kading
Onnalee Kelley
Angelyn King
David King
Jenna and Izaah Knox
Lynn Knudsen
Susan Koehler
Claire Lamb
Kristen and Joseph Lee
Teri Legg
Angela Loomis
Susan Maher
Ali Makris
Margaret Mallgren
Meghan McConville
Lynn Z. and David G. Mc Creery
Cathy McMullen
Michael McNeil
Reo Menning
Debra Moore and Donn Stanley
Megan Moritz
Cindy Mumm
Maura Nelson and James Stick
Debbie O’Leary and Randy Bauer
Doris and Michael O’Malley
Katie Patterson
Cheryl and Dennis Pederson
Betty and Michael Perry
Susan and Earl Pierce
William Poland
Melissa Poley
Donni Popejoy
Meilssa Primus
Deanna Questad
Dr. Linda Railsback
Kathy Reardon
Michelle Reinert
Gail and Gary Rhodes
Jenny Richmond
Mary Ritchie
Maureen Roach Tobin and Terry Tobin
Tracy Rodgers
Audrey and Harlan Rosenberg
Julie Ross
Anne Roth
Linda and Ruben Rullan
Robert and Marcia Safirstein
Tom Sager
Debra and Neil Salowitz
Christine Sand
Jackie and Richard Seibert
Kimberly and Dr. Craig Shadur
Erica Shannon Stueve
Barb and Bruce Sherman
Marti Sivi
Meg and Chuck Smith
Amy and Bill Spangler-Dunning
Kelly and Kurt Sparks
Amanda Speirs
Cheryl Standing
Reverend David and Betty Stout
Paul H. Strayer, Jr.
Jan Stump
Emily Susanin Kessinger and Mason Kessinger
Mara Swanson
Susan and Anita Terry
Deb Tharnish and Nick Roby
John Tone
Robert Vedral
Ann-Charlotte Wade
Wakonda Christian Church
Cynthia and Kent Wanamaker
Kimberly Weis
Katie Wengert
West Des Moines Christian Church
Martha Willits
Dania Wilson
Windsor Presbyterian Church

COMPANIONS (gifts up to $99)
Colet and Jerry Abramovich
Susan and Charles Anderson
Beverly Apel
Jane Augspurger
Albert Augustine
Doug Aupperle
Erica Axiotis
Bank of America
Delores and Wayne Bauman
Teresa Baustian
Glenys Bittick Lynch
Betty and Merrill Blackburn
Judy Blank
Breakfast Exchange
Anne and Neil Broderick
Natalie Burnham
Ellen and John Burnquist
Marilyn and Frank Carroll
Deborah Cattoor
Diane and Tom Child
Azure and Zach Christensen
Sue Clark
Connie Conlin Newlin
Cris and Julius Conner
Sue Cosner and Gene Blanshan
Cheryl Critelli
Kay Crose
Mary Daily Lange
Teresa Daleske
Janet Daniels
Linda Dawe
Mary Day
Suzanna de Baca
John Dee
Tara Deering-Hansen
Kendall and Mike Dillon
Anonymous Donor
Mary Beth Drey
Linda (Chick) and Mike Duffy
Beth Ann and John Edwards
Julie and Bob Fleming
Jane and Eric Fogg
Carol Fredrich and John Fairweather
Mary Ann and Gene Gardner
Cindy Giunta
Patricia J. Goldberg
Phyllis Goodman
Mary and Randy Gordon
Mary Helen and David Grace
Kimberly Graham
Dennis Grohn
Ron and Sally Hampton
Carrie Hansen
Diana Hansen
Jan and Robert Hardin
Lisa Harms Rickets
Highland Park Christian Church
The Reverend Martha Hill
Heidi Hoffman
Karen and Larry Hoier
Sue and Nick Honkamp
Jody Ingersoll
Amanda Jansen
Nancy Johnson
Becky Kalitzki
Lou Lou Kane
Mary Ellen and James Kimball
Kristi and Lauren Knous
Wendy Knowles
Lois and Roger Kriebs
Gary Lewis
Linda Liston
Richard and Kaye Lozier
Elaine Lundstrom and David Yurdin
Barbara J. Lyford
Katherine Mahoney
Li and Justin Mandelbaum
Lynn and Paul Mankins
Judy McCoy Davis
Louise and Charles McDonald
Carol and Thomas McGarvey
Ramona McKee
Mary Ann and Eugene M. Meister
M. Ann Mendleson
Amy Mills
Polly Moore
Lynn Morse
Cheryl and Roscoe Morton
Marilyn Mullin
Mary and R.W. Nelson
Nancy and Ed Nichols
Jackie and John Norris
Laura and Rodell Nydam
William and Mary O’Brien
Carla and Chuck Offenburger
Catherine Olesen
Vickie Olsen
Cyndi Pederson
Allison and Timothy Peet
Linda Phillips
Linn Phillips
Peg and Layne Rasmussen
Barbara Reiff
Mary Anne and Bob Rennebohm
Wilma Richards
Sandy Riesberg
Sue Roberts
Cassie Sampson
Laura Sands and Dave Busiek
Priscilla Sayeed
Nicky and John Schissel
Barb and Mark Schmidt
Jill and Jack Schreiber
Susan Seidenfeld
Cinda Lu Shambaugh
Craig and Kathy Shives
Gina and Matthew Skinner-Thebo
Carol Sue Smith and Michael Slyby
Deanna Snyder
Siobhan Spain
Barbara and Paul Spong
Martha and John Squire
Heather and Jason Starr
Cynthia Steidl Bishop
Karen and Charles Stockton
Lu and Jim Stone
Carol Stratemeyer
Sr. Cathy Talarico
JoAnne Talarico, CHM
Mary Ann Tayloe
Ellen Taylor and Harvey Harrison
Bobbie Thies
Sheena and Frank Thomas
Reina Toledo
Cecilia J. Tomlonovic
Julie Triplett
Derek Trobaugh
Jill Trobaugh
Elaine Van Dyck
Mary Van Heukelom
Peri L. Van Tassel
Jan Vogel
Marie and Marvin Walker
James Waltrip
Susan Watts
Charyl Sue and Myron White
Jessica Wietzke
Dee Willemsen
Suzann and Wayne Wilson
Sam Wong
Tilly Woodward
JoAnn and Tom Zimmerman

HONOR GIFTS – Gifts were given in honor of:
Eleanor Bricker
Mary Bruce
Janet Carl
Eva Christiansen
Beth Coonan
Connie Wimer
Ellery Duke
Paula Duncan
Dena Goplerud
Mary Gottschalk and Kent Zimmerman
Hal Higgs
Diane McClanahan and Suzanne Stout
Karla and Mark Minear
Kathy Reardon
Andrea Severson
Diane McClanahan and Suzanne Stout
Connie Wimer

MEMORIAL GIFTS – Gift were given in memory of:
Joy Corning
Lizanne Dillon
Walt Githens
Winnie Hayes
Ray Speas

Gifts in Kind
Boxwoods Fine Furnishings
Business Publications Corporation
Connie Wilson Design
Des Moines Radio Group
Iowa Retail Packaging
La Mie Bakery
Susan Koehler
Nothing Bundt Cakes

Greatest care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of our donor list and gifts received between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. If we have made an error please contact Terri Speirs, Director of Development and Marketing at 515-271-6670 or tspeirs@dmpcc.org.

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2019 Women Helping Women speaker, Gina Skinner-Thebo, and honoree, Susan Voss inspired a crowd of more than 600 people. Click photo to link to full photo album. Credit: Whitney Warne, Ivory House Photography

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Women Helping Women event raises $210,000 to provide mental health services for women and girls in need

May 20, 2019, Des Moines, IA – More than 600 people attended the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s 21st annual Women Helping Women Luncheon on May 17th which raised $210,000 to provide mental health counseling and education to underserved women and girls, helping to address the acute mental health issues in Central Iowa and beyond. This is the most money raised in the event’s history with the proceeds used to increase access to vitally important mental health services.

Young professional and keynote speaker, Gina Skinner-Thebo spoke poignantly of her personal experience with suicide, prompting her to transform her grief into positive action related to awareness and prevention of suicide. Gina founded the Atwood Center for Women, an organization to empower and connect women and help end isolation and self-doubt. The Atwood Center is best known for its Incredible Women Parties held throughout the metro area on a quarterly basis.

Community leader and mental health advocate, Susan Voss, was this year’s event honoree. Susan has given more than ten years of service to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center as both a Board member and Board President and is passionate about ensuring access and quality mental health care is available to all persons in need.

“This remarkable outpouring of generosity from the community will help provide critically important counseling sessions for vulnerable women and girls who would otherwise lack access to services,” said Terri Speirs, the Center’s director of development and marketing. “We are tremendously grateful to our sponsors, donors, attendees and volunteers who gave so much to make the event beautiful and meaningful.” 

Since 1998 the Center’s Women Helping Women luncheon has raised more than $1.2 million, providing access and care to thousands of women and girls – a population who experience poverty, crime and abuse at disproportionately high levels.

Founded in 1972, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education. The Center served more than 5,000 persons in 2018 including nearly 700 children and adolescents.

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Thank you West Bank!

Jim Hayes, Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, and Geoff Gade, Vice President, Commercial and Industrial Banking, West Bank

The Center was thrilled to receive a $5,000 grant award from West Bank to support C.O.O.L. (Children Overcoming the Obstacles of Life), the Center’s specialized mental health services for children and adolescents. COOL is a unique approach to counseling, integrating play, art, music, food, music, sports, nature and fun into the therapeutic process.
The Center is a nonprofit organization and is grateful for a broad base of community support to strengthen the mission to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.
This generous funding is critical to assisting children in Iowa who need high quality services. The need is demonstrated by the following statistics:
In Iowa:
  • 15 percent of children (ages 0-17) live under the poverty level. (Kids Count 2018)
  • 21 percent of children ages two to 17 with a parent who has been told by a doctor their child has autism, developmental delays, depression or anxiety, ADD/ADHD, or behavioral/conduct problems. (Kids Count 2018)
  • Approximately 50 percent of children who need mental health treatment do not receive the services needed. (The National Alliance on Mental Health, NAMI)
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 15 — 34 years. (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2017)
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death for ages 10-14 years. (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2017)

The need for children’s mental health services is great. The Center’s C.O.O.L. clinic is honored to partner with West Bank to make a positive difference for children and families in Central Iowa.

It’s been a great year

James E. Hayes, D. Min., M. Div., Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center

December 2017 – A reflection by Jim Hayes, Executive Director, Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

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It’s been a great year.

December 5, 2016 I began my tenure at the executive director of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center (DMPCC). I had the privilege of two weeks of sitting at the feet of Ellery Duke who served this institution for forty years. He didn’t quite impart all his wisdom in that time, but had a plane ticket, so had to depart for warmer climes on December 23, 2016. The way I see it, my tenure really began once everyone returned from holiday break on January 3, 2017.

It’s been a great year.

How do I capture all that is good about this place? It’s been a whirlwind for me personally and professionally, so putting my thoughts into a tidy box of memories hardly seems fair. One construct that works for me is all that we learned undergoing a strategic planning process ably led by our consultant Sheri Vohs, thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. During the process, we explored the “Value Proposition” of our work here at the Center. Let me reflect a bit on how I have witnessed one of those values lived out in the day to day lives of the many people connected to our organization.

People. It is clear to me on a daily basis that this place is special because of the people involved in our organization. It starts with our clients. They are courageous. They accept the responsibility of vulnerability in order to face whatever it takes to work on hope and healing in their lives. There are often stigmas to our work. These folks testify to the brokenness that is a part of each of us and that it’s ok to own the limitations and contingency of our lives and that by doing so in the context of a safe environment, we can all live more fully. Wow, that was a long sentence, read it again! One comment that came up during the planning process is that we meet people where they are and not as a problem that needs to be fixed–as a person who just needs someone to walk with them. We respect the people who come through our door and the values they bring with them. We love them rather than manage their issues. That’s a high bar and an important value added to our community.

People in our organization are talented. Clinicians, spiritual directors and all our staff live out our mission to bring understanding hope and healing to others each day. The quality of our staff and the diversity of our services make this place hum with activity. There is a tremendous amount of intellectual curiosity around this place. Folks are always trying to figure out how to get better. Our value of trying to serve as many people as possible regardless of ability to pay requires great sacrifice of time and resources. I am inspired by the commitment of my colleagues and have learned much from them in my first year. I thank them for grace and patience as we all grow as leaders in this field.

The value of people in our organization stretches well beyond the confines of this building. There are many stakeholders that contribute to our success: volunteers, friends, donors, foundations, politicians and anyone who recommends to a friend or family member that we can help. I have enjoyed meeting many of you and look forward to meeting many more. Thank you!

All of you contribute to other values that we had a hard time naming. Words like peaceful, holistic, and spirit came up. When pushed to the limit of words, I often resort to stories. As I head out of this place for a meeting or engagement in the community, I often hold the door for someone entering the Center and say hello. I respect their privacy and don’t make much small talk. There is still a connection, at least for me. I know that regardless of why they are here, for counseling, spiritual direction, scheduling a future appointment, addressing a question about a bill,  a class, a prescription re-fill, or any other number of reasons, I know they will encounter someone who cares. I like to think they will leave this place with a stronger sense of peace; that whatever strategy for healing is necessary, their whole story (body, mind and spirit) will be taken into account; that their spirit will be lifted up as a result of their time with us.

Knowing that I work in a place that does that kind of work brings me great joy, along with a healthy dose of humility and privilege. Thank you, all of you, for all you do to make it possible to carry on this crucial mission.

It’s been a great year.

I can’t wait for an even better 2018.

Jim

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More blog posts from Jim Hayes here: www.dmpcc.org/Jim

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If you are still making end of year philanthropy decisions, please consider helping children, teens and adults who need access to mental health counseling and education.DonateNow