Crisis Response Resources

VNS of Iowa is here for you. We have resources available to help you with the difficult discussions and feelings dealing with the recent tragedies. Please see below for links to helpful resources, including tips for parents to use when talking with their children about violence. If you need someone to talk to, or for further guidance, please call our therapists today at (515) 558-6251, or email us here.

Helpful Links:

A National Tragedy: Helping Children Cope

Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators

SAMHSA's “Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events"

School Crisis Guide: Helping and Healing in a Time of Crisis 


Community Resource Directory

As a valued health provider and educator, VNS of Iowa prides itself on offering in-depth resources to help inform and assist individuals and families in our service area.

The Community Resource Directory is created by VNS of Iowa in collaboration with the Drake University Law School and offers contact information for resources across central Iowa.

Resources include:

  • Addiction services
  • Adoption
  • Adult services
  • Advocacy groups and classes
  • Baby supplies
  • Child care funding and referrals
  • Clothing
  • Counseling and mental health services
  • Dental
  • Educational development services
  • Emergencies
  • Employment agencies/services
  • ESL classes
  • Family planning
  • Financial assistance
  • Food assistance programs
  • Food pantries
  • Furniture/appliances
  • Health services (free and subsidized)
  • Hospitals
  • Housing
  • Interpretation services
  • Legal services
  • Parenting programs
  • Respite care
  • Shelters
  • Support groups
  • Transportation
  • Vision
  • Youth residential services