Sioux County Resource Fair set for Aug. 18

Sioux Rivers Regional Mental Health & Disabilities Services is co-sponsoring the first-ever Sioux County Resources Fair Aug. 18 in Orange City. The event will feature more than 40 organizations that provide services ranging from mental-health assistance, counseling, housing, education and more.

ORANGE CITY—N’West Iowa is chock-full of organizations that help people experiencing a wide of range of needs, and the public will have a chance to learn more about them Wednesday, Aug. 18, in Orange City.

Sioux Rivers Regional Mental Health & Disabilities Services and Trinity Church of Orange City are sponsoring the first-ever Sioux County Resource Fair, which will be held 3-7 p.m. in the county seat community’s city hall.

“There are several residents in the communities that just don’t simply know what’s available for resources in a time of crisis, or just simply in a time of need,” said Mavis Anema, service coordinator for the mental health region.

The event will showcase more than 40 entities that provide services ranging from mental health care, counseling, education, housing, reproductive health care, food insecurity and more. Zestos, a faith-based nonprofit in Alton that will have a booth at the fair, will also be sharing back-to-school supplies, backpacks, water bottles, T-shirts and food to families that come to the fair.

The resource fair is the brainchild of Anema and Kristin Brouwer, family ministry director at Trinity Church. Anema said the duo have discussed doing an event like the fair for a couple years and decided to go through with organizing it earlier this month.

They brainstormed a list of potential organizations and resource providers in N’West Iowa and surrounding regions who could attend, then e-mailed invitations out. Anema said the response from organizations proved to be positive.

“All these people are like, ‘Great idea. We’ve never had this opportunity before,’” she said.

Anema and Brouwer initially guessed they would get about 15 providers to agree to attend the resource fair, but Anema said more organizations kept signing up as word got out about the event.

Aside from giving members of the public a free opportunity to learn about resources available to them, the fair will also give the participating organizations a chance to network with one another.

Not all of the organizations that will be at the fair are based in N’West Iowa but will have representatives present at the event.

ASK (Access for Special Kids) Resource Center, an organization that helps families with special-needs children, is out of Johnston.

“I was like, ‘Well, we at Sioux Rivers, we’ll have a booth set up. If you just want to even send me some information, we would be willing to share it on our table,’” Anema said. “And the gal that I contacted there, she was like, ‘No, I want to be there.’”

Harvest Academy — a life skills program for those with criminal backgrounds or who are recovering from substance abuse or who experienced homelessness — is in Indianola, but its program director, Braedon Dowty, likewise plans on traveling to Orange City for the resource fair.

“I really hope it opens people’s eyes and ears,” Anema said of the fair. “That’s what we’re here for, just getting them in touch with the right resources.”


FAIR VENDORS:

These are the organizations that plan to have booths at the Sioux County Resource Fair 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, in Orange City:

  • ADHD Good Life
  • All Kids Can
  • ASK Resource
  • Attaining Truth, Love and Self-Control Orange City Area
  • Behavior Care Specialists
  • Bethany Christian Services
  • Bethesda Christian Counseling
  • Centers for Financial Education
  • Community Health Partners
  • Creative Living Center
  • Elderbridge Agency on Aging
  • Family Crisis Centers
  • Family Solutions Services Inc.
  • Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Programs
  • Genesis House
  • Guiding Star Orange City
  • Harvest Academy
  • Hegg Health Center
  • Hope Haven Inc.
  • Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  • Love In the Name of Christ
  • Mid-Sioux Opportunity Inc.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • New Homestead
  • Northwest Area Education Agency
  • Orange City Area Health System
  • Orange City Public Library
  • Partners For Patriots
  • Plains Area Mental Health
  • Promise Community Health Center
  • Rosecrance Jackson Centers
  • Seasons
  • Senior Life Solutions
  • Sioux Center Health
  • Sioux Rivers Regional MHDS
  • Siouxland Adaptive Sports
  • Siouxland Mental Health Center
  • Thrive
  • Village Northwest Unlimited
  • Whispers of Hope
  • Zestos