Autumn’s Center Recognized by Iowa Rural Development Authority as Best Practice Site
April 16, 2018
Spencer, IA – Autumn’s Center was formally recognized as a “Community Development Best Practice” site by the Iowa Rural Development Authority in Grinnell, Iowa on Thursday, April 5. Seasons Center was nominated for several categories pertaining to Community Development Block Grant projects at Autumn’s Center and Camp Autumn.
Seasons Center Receives Grant Award from Clay County Convention & Visitors Bureau
April 13, 2018
Spencer, IA - Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has received a $1,000 grant from the Clay County Convention & Visitors Bureau to host a Kids’ Carnival at Autumn’s Center in September. The Kids’ Carnival will celebrate the two-year anniversary of the opening of Autumn’s Center and to promote positive mental health through a family-friendly event.
Seasons Center Awarded Grant Funds from the Clay County Community Foundation
April 12, 2018
Spencer, IA – Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has been awarded grant funding from the Clay County Community Foundation in the amount of $4,000.00. Grant funds will be used to purchase furniture to update the conference room located at 201 East 11th Street in Spencer.
Free Training for Foster & Adoptive Families on April 19 in Sioux City
March 28, 2018
Sioux City, Iowa – Seasons Center for Behavioral Health is hosting a free training for foster and adoptive parents on Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Sunnybrook Church in Sioux City. Childcare will be provided for those who attend and foster parent credit is also available.
Orange City, IA – Seasons Center for Behavioral Health is hosting the 4th Annual END IT! for Autumn Rally in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month on April 6, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office in Orange City.
Seasons Center's Winter Games Free Kids' Carnival on Saturday, January 27
January 12, 2018
Spirit Lake, Iowa – Seasons Center for Behavioral Health and Autumn’s Center are hosting the sixth annual Winter Games Free Kids’ Carnival on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Bedell Family YMCA in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Buena Vista University Lakes Region Book Drive Benefits Camp Autumn
December 20, 2017
Spencer, IA - Seasons Center for Behavioral Health received hundreds of books from the Buena Vista University Lakes Region Book Drive to benefit Camp Autumn.
Buena Vista University Lakes Region approached Seasons this fall on a special idea for a book drive to benefit children and families. BVU Lakes Region staff worked to gather a variety of books to engage the wide range of campers who attend Camp Autumn.
Autumn's Center Receives $9,000 Donation from Rotary Club for Playground Fence
December 14, 2017
Spencer, IA - Seasons Center for Behavioral Health received a $9,000 donation from the Spencer Rotary and District Rotary to be used to build a fence around Autumn’s Center’s playground. Autumn’s Center, a regional children’s center located in Spencer, opened in October of 2016 and has since served 1,471 children.
Seasons Center Receives $1,200 Grant from the American Legion of Iowa Foundation
December 4, 2017
Spencer, IA - Seasons Center for Behavioral Health received a $1,200 grant from the American Legion of Iowa Foundation to purchase a unique blend of therapy and skill development resources for Camp Autumn, a therapeutic camp for children, located near Sutherland, Iowa in O’Brien County. Services began at Camp Autumn on June 5, 2017, with nearly 150 children participating in the first nine week summer day camp session. Since that time, five additional special events have been offered at Camp Autumn, with nearly 150 children participating in these events.
Seasons Center Receives Transport Van from Variety- the Children's Charity
November 28, 2017
Spencer, IA - Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has received a van from Variety- the Children’s Charity to transport children and staff to and from Camp Autumn during summer camp sessions and throughout the year for respite care, specialized individual and group therapy, skill building groups, and other events. Camp Autumn is a space that is sensitive to the health and healing needs of children and families accessing behavioral health services through Seasons and Autumn’s Center.
Camp Autumn Receives American Camp Association Accreditation
November 14, 2017
Spencer, IA – Camp Autumn, a therapeutic day camp for children located in O’Brien County, has been awarded the American Camp Association (ACA) accreditation. Camp Autumn is an extension of Autumn’s Center, a regional children’s center located in Spencer, Iowa.
Auction for Autumn Raises Nearly $18,000 for Northwest Iowa Children
November 7, 2017
Orange City, IA – On Friday, October 28, 2017, 75 community members came together to raise $17,946.37 in Orange City, Iowa at a dessert auction to support northwest Iowa children. Proceeds from this annual fundraiser will benefit Camp Autumn, a therapeutic camp for children ages 4-21 located near Sutherland, Iowa. Camp Autumn, which opened in June 2017, provides a unique blend of therapy, skill development, and fun for those who have experienced trauma, abuse, loss, grief, parental substance abuse, divorce of parents, family violence, or those who have developmental conditions. Both Autumn’s Center and Camp Autumn were named in honor and memory of Autumn Elgersma, of Orange City, Iowa who died four years ago after being hospitalized due to the abuse she endured while in the care of her babysitter.
Seasons Center Awarded $3 Million Regional Partnership Grant from the Children's Bureau ACF
October 16, 2017
Spencer, IA – Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has been notified they are the recipient of a Regional Partnership Grant (RPG) from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Children’s Bureau (CB). With this grant award, Seasons will receive $600,000 per year for five years, beginning September 30, 2017. Seasons was one of fifteen agencies awarded funding for the Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for Children Affected by Substance Abuse (HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-CU-1229).
Seasons Center Receives $100,000 Grant to Expand Prevention and Early Intervention Services
October 6, 2017
Spencer, IA – Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has been awarded a $100,000 nine-month grant from the Iowa Department of Human Services. The purpose of the grant is to bring community agencies together to build and improve the effectiveness of prevention and early intervention programs and services to improve child and family well-being. Seasons was one of three agencies awarded this funding. The agency will work closely with partners: Avera, Boys Town, Clay County Public Health, Juvenile Court, Prairie Lake AEA, Siouxland Human Investment Partnership, and Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. in providing a collaborative voice on how prevention and early intervention services can be enhanced and expanded for children and their families.
Seasons Opens Internal Food Bank to Benefit Clients
September 28, 2017
Spencer, IA – Seasons Center has opened a food bank to benefit current clients and families served through the agency. The food bank, stocked by the Food Bank of Iowa and donations, has served over 20 households, totaling 82 individuals, since opening one month ago. Though the food bank is housed in Seasons’ Spencer office location, clients from all counties are able to benefit.
Seasons Receives Funding to Promote Recovery Month with Free Carnival & Open House
September 6, 2017
Spencer, IA – Autumn’s Center is hosting a one year anniversary celebration with a free kid’s carnival and open house on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The open house is in conjunction with the Spencer Chamber of Commerce’s After Hours. Autumn’s Center opened its doors in October of 2016 and has since served over 1,200 children.
Seasons Receives Grant from Dickinson County Endowment Fund for Kid's Carnival
September 5, 2017
Spencer, IA – Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has received $2,000 in grant funding from the Dickinson County Endowment Fund. The funding will be used by Seasons to host the 2018 Winter Games Kids Carnival. The carnival is designed to be an interactive, indoor event for children and their families to promote positive mental health through a family-friendly event.
Seasons Receives Emmet County Community Foundation Grant
July 5, 2017
Spencer, IA – Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has received $2,249.70 in grant funding from the Emmet County Community Foundation. The funding will be used to provide youth and their families in Emmet County with expanded respite care services and day camp services at Camp Autumn. Camp Autumn is a therapeutic camp for children, located at 4233 Yew Avenue in Sutherland, Iowa.
Seasons Receives $4,500 from O'Brien County Community Foundation Grant
June 20, 2017
Spencer, IA – Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has received a $4,500 grant from the O’Brien County Community Foundation/Siouxland Community Foundation. The funding will be used to purchase outdoor and indoor furniture for Camp Autumn, a therapeutic camp for children, located at 4233 Yew Avenue in Sutherland, Iowa. Weekly day camp services at Camp Autumn began on June 5, 2017 and will run for 9 weeks. Planning is underway to design, schedule, and offer additional camps, services, and events for the other months of the year.
Seasons Center Receives Funding for Mobile Crisis Services
May 25, 2017
Spencer, IA – Seasons Center received funding from Northwest Iowa Care Connections to provide mobile crisis services in six counties in northwest Iowa beginning January 1, 2018. The mobile crisis services will cover Clay, Dickinson, O’Brien, Osceola, Lyon and Palo Alto counties.
Camp Autumn Receives Donation from Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club
May 19, 2017
Spencer, IA – Camp Autumn received a donation of fishing supplies from the Iowa Great Lakes Fishing Club. The therapeutic day camp, located in O’Brien County, is home to a 30 acre lake, where many of the outdoor camp activities, like fishing, will take place.
Seasons Hosts Educational Summit for Foster and Adoptive Families on June 17
May 15, 2017
Sutherland, IA – Seasons invites all local foster and adoptive families to attend We are Family, a free one-day educational summit, on Saturday, June 17. Parents and caregivers will attend a training focused on trauma and its effects, attachment, and cultural competency, while the children enjoy a day at Camp Autumn.
Seasons Receives Grant for Specialized Prevention & Early Intervention Resources
May 12, 2017
Spencer, IA – Seasons Center for Behavioral Health has received a $20,000 grant from the Lakes Area Decat Board. This grant will be used to purchase resources and materials to support the implementation of specialized prevention and early intervention behavioral health, physical health, wellness, and nature-based programs and services at Autumn’s Center and Camp Autumn.
Color Run Raises Over $15,000 for Therapeutic Camp
May 10, 2017
Orange City, IA – On Saturday, April 8th, over 300 adults and children participated in the 2nd END IT! for Autumn Color Run benefiting Camp Autumn. The fundraiser brought in $15,001.08 for the therapeutic day camp opening June 5. Camp Autumn is an extension of Autumn’s Center, a regional children’s center located in Spencer, Iowa, which just served its 1,000th child since opening on October 31, 2016.
Spencer, IA – On October 31, 2016, Autumn’s Center opened its doors to provide specialty care for children ages 0-21 in northwest Iowa. In just over six months, Autumn’s Center, located in Spencer, is serving its 1,000th child.