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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 #

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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

Become a Social Media Ambassador!

You can be a voice for understanding, hope and healing by serving as a Social Media Ambassador for the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center. While it’s true that social media can be used in negative ways, it is also true that it can be a powerful tool for the greater good. We choose to use it for the greater good, and we invite you to join us.

Who should sign up?

  1. Anyone who cares about counseling and education.
  2. Anyone who wants to help destigmatize mental health.
  3. Anyone who wishes to help others access quality services.
  4. . . .and who is already using Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

What do ambassadors do?

  1. Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and/or follow us on LinkedIn.
  2. Invite your social media friends to like and follow our pages.
  3. Share our posts with your social media friends.
  4. We will send you private notices to apprise you when special announcements will be made.

Where do social media ambassadors work?

  1. Our social media ambassadors work from the comfort of their own surroundings, where ever they already connect with their social media friends.


  1. Social media ambassadors can share posts daily, weekly or monthly.
  2. We will let our ambassadors know when special campaigns are scheduled (such as #GivingTuesday on November 28).

Why should you become a Social Media Ambassador?

  1. It’s fun.
  2. It’s easy.
  3. It’s free.
  4. It helps others to access mental health services.
  5. It helps others to become educated about health and wellness opportunities.
  6. It helps promote understanding, hope and healing.

How do you sign up to be an Social Media Ambassador?

  1. Please either email Terri Speirs at or sign up here.

Thank you!