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Family Resources is hosting its annual Fill the Truck event on June 15

Family Resources and Hy-vee employees attended 2023's Fill the Truck event.
Rochelle Dougall
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Family Resources
Family Resources and Hy-vee employees attended 2023's Fill the Truck event.

Family Resources is conducting its annual Fill the Truck event this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at 12 Hy-Vee stores in and around the Quad Cities.

Rochelle Dougall, fundraising and community relations coordinator at Family Resources, says the organization accepts kitchen and bath items, bed linens as well as baby and toddler supplies.

"I would say cleaning products and over-the-counter medicine are two of the biggest needs," Dougall said in a phone interview with WVIK. "So toilet paper, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, and then Tylenol, Advil and especially medication formulated for children as well."

The items benefit services that Family Resources provides to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, sex and labor trafficking, homicide and other violent crimes throughout the year.

According to Dougall, the organization served more than 3,500 survivors in 2023, and she expects more of the same in 2024.

Dougall says people take for granted the convenience of obtaining these items in our day-to-day lives.

"There are families and individuals that are neighbors, that we work with and go to school with that need these items," Dougall said. "It seems very simple and easy for us, but there are other people that don't even have these basic necessities."

Between 100 and 200 Family Resource employees, volunteers, and Hy-Vee staff are helping with the event on June 15.

Below is a list of the 12 Hy-Vee locations accepting donations:

  • Bettendorf: Middle and Devils Glen Road
  • Bettendorf: 53rd and Utica Ridge Road
  • Clinton: S. 4th Street
  • Davenport: Kimberly and Eastern Ave.
  • Davenport: W. Locust and Lincoln Road
  • Davenport: W. Kimberly and N. Pine Street
  • Milan: W. 10th Street
  • Moline: Avenue of the Cities
  • Muscatine: 2nd Avenue
  • Rock Island: 18th Avenue
  • Silvis: 5th Street
  • Eldridge: E. LeClaire Road

WVIK asked about the recent round of layoffs at Family Resources.

"At the end of the day, the bottom line is continuing the services for the community that we serve," Dougall said. "Sharing the services that we continue to have and how people can get that help."

She followed up with this statement over email on Thursday:

"We wanted to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude for the overwhelming support we've received following the recent announcement of layoffs. In times of uncertainty, the strength of our community shines brightest, and we've been touched by the outpouring of care and solidarity.

We understand that when funding is reduced, difficult decisions, such as layoffs, become unavoidable. It's never easy, and we want to acknowledge the impact this has on everyone involved. To our teammates affected by these changes, we want you to know that we are grateful for your dedication to our mission. Your contributions have made a lasting difference, and we are committed to supporting you during this transition in any way we can.

Despite the challenges we face, our commitment to serving those in need remains steadfast. Our services are still available to anyone who requires assistance, including:

Services include:

Survivor Services - We provide free, confidential services to survivors of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking, homicide, and other violent crime. Services are offered in Clinton, Jackson, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa and Cedar counties in Iowa, and Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties in Illinois.

Mental Health and Counseling – We are a private provider of mental and behavioral health services in Muscatine and Scott counties. Our therapists provide individual, family and group therapy services on an outpatient basis.

Coordinated Assessment Program (CAP), which is funded in part by the cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Scott County, John Deere Foundation and United Way. This program is currently only provided in Scott County and serves youth and families in need of services by offering comprehensive care coordination.

Integrated Health Homes (IHH), holistic care coordination for individuals with Medicaid and a qualifying mental health diagnosis. Services are offered in Scott and Muscatine Counties. In addition, Holistic Care Coordination is offered to youth and families who do not qualify for IHH or CAP through the generous support of donors.

Eastern Iowa Mental Health and Disabilities Region Care Coordination – Care coordination is offered to youth and families with complex needs, or who are involved with Juvenile Court Services or Health and Human Services as part of the system of mental health services in Clinton, Jackson, Scott, Muscatine and Cedar counties.

Co-Response with Law Enforcement – Co-response with law enforcement partners to address mental health challenges is offered in Clinton, Jackson, Muscatine and Cedar counties.

Iowa Aftercare Services Network - Family Resources is a member of the Iowa Aftercare Services Network which provides voluntary services and support to young people ages 18-24 who have aged out of foster care or other court-ordered placement. Services are offered in the Eastern Iowa Region.

Foster and Adoption Services - We offer licensing and support to prospective and current foster and adoptive families. Services are offered in 17 counties in the Eastern Iowa Region.

High Roads Advantage Program The mission of High Roads Advantage Youth Program is to promote literacy and economic stability for young adults and families by providing effective, rewarding, work-based education that integrates basic skills in real work situations for youth ages 16-24.

In the wake of recent events, many in our community have asked how they can lend a helping hand. Here are a few ways you can make a difference:

Donate: Your financial support enables us to continue providing vital services to those who rely on us. To donate, please visit https://secure.givelively.org/donate/family-resources-inc.

Volunteer: Your time and expertise are invaluable to us. Whether it's lending a hand at our facilities or assisting with special events, your support makes a significant impact.

Spread the Word: Help us raise awareness about our mission and the services we offer. Share our social media posts, tell your friends and family about our work, and encourage others to get involved.

Your support means everything to us, and together, we can navigate through these challenging times and emerge stronger than ever.

Thank you for standing with us. "

Brady is a 2021 Augustana College graduate majoring in Multimedia Journalism-Mass Communication and Political Science. Over the last eight years, he has reported in central Illinois at various media outlets, including The Peoria Journal Star, WCBU Peoria Public Radio, Advanced Media Partners, and WGLT Bloomington-Normal's Public Media.