June 14 Meeting

We had another extraordinary DCC meeting last Thursday! Lots of great information and conversations!! Thank you so much to Jason Duncan with the Salvation Army, Eric DeLeon with One Siouxland, and Pam Miller with Leadership Dakota County for sharing with us! Thank you to everyone for the great conversations and connections! I have attached the updates that were shared at our meeting and they will be on our website as well along with the meeting notes. Our next meeting will be on July 12th at 9:00 a.m., I know it will be another fantastic meeting!

View the meeting notes here.


Dakota County Connections Updates, June 2018

Heartland Counseling Services, Inc.

Heartland is hiring 2 full-time mental health practitioners for the SSC Schools. (Student Loan Forgiveness $47,000-52,000. Email cover letter and resume to Michelle Halladay.

Nonprofit Resource Sharing Conversations:

This is an ongoing conversation – talking about how nonprofits can share everything from ideas, office space, or staff. If you would like more information email Heather.

World Refugee Day

A dedication to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world.

June 20th, 9:00am-2:00pm

Oligmuller Law Firm, PCLLO-1915 Dakota Ave. South Sioux City 68776

Come join us for treats, coffee, and tea as we recognize those who have to flee their homes due to conflict or natural disaster and for those who have arrived safely in a new “home” but are waiting for their families.

Check your case status, ask questions about the refugee process and discuss how you can make a difference.

Explore Your Opportunities-Northeast Community College

6/27/18 from 4-7 pm

Free hotdogs, tours, equipment exploration! Explore programs to Begin your education or Grow you skills.

Haven House Central Office is moving to a new home-On July 31st

Haven House is purchasing a building near downtown Wayne that will serve as the new home for it main office. We are moving from a rental to our own building as part of our 40thanniversary of service to the area. The location will be 217 E. 2nd St. Wayne.

Discover Bethany- An Overview of Adoption

August 2nd, 2018 at 4:30

123 Albany Ave, SE Orange City, IA 51041

Business Diploma-Northeast Community College

This convenient hybrid course format allows you to meet face-to face once a week on Monday evenings from 5:30-8:30p.m., while the rest of the coursework is completed online – the best of both worlds.

Classes begin August – 402-241-6400

The SSC Chamber of Commerce and CVB would like to spot light different groups from our DCC Collaboration in their Newsletter. If you would send 2-4 Facts associated with your group and your link to Jgieselman@siouxlandship.org , I  will get it to them and they can put the link on the bottom of the facts.

For Example:
South Sioux City is in great need of Foster Homes. Presently we have 45 children and only 5 beds.
For more information click here Building Blocks.

Attention Gardeners!!

Over 1,700 people in our community are considered food insecure; about 500 of those are children.

You can help feed a family and a community simply by growing an extra row of produce and donating to families in need.

It’s Easy!

“Grow an Extra Row”

Locate a produce collection site at www.Dakota.unl.edu or call Nebraska Extension at 402-987-2140.

Drop off your produce.

Volunteers Needed:

Unity in Action is looking for volunteers to help with their “Get out to Vote Campaign” for the 2018 elections.

For more information contact Cristina at 402-412-3333 or cristina.topete@unitedinactionne.org.

Drone Camp:

July 9-13, 2018 at Northeast Community College – Cost $150

Ages 9-11 – Morning Sessions M-F, 8:00 am-12:00 pm

Ages 12-14 – Afternoon Session M-F, 1:00pm-5:00pm

Drone Camp is about hands-on learning, innovation and adventure. You’ll take to the skies and become an honorary junior drone pilot.

Biking for School Supplies

July 31st, 2018 At the Cardinal Complex Park by the Jr. High School – Great opportunity for our youth to ride their bikes through a course and learn about bike safety, get fun school supplies, and many fun groups will be there with fun give-a-ways and activities.

Tri State Early Childhood Conference

Oct. 13th, 2018 (Marina Inn) Delta Marriott on the River, Conference Center

Flyers will come from Carol Larvick, at the Dakota County UNL Extension Office and Erika Fink, ESU #1 ELC.

Governor recognizes System of Care work in Nebraska

Governor Ricketts held a news conference in May to acknowledge Mental Health Awareness Month and to celebrate the many accomplishments of the System of Care initiative. Among those who spoke at the press conference was a mother from northeast Nebraska whose adult son desperately needed mental health services as a child but none were available that could meet his needs. She has become a strong advocate for mental health services for children and youth and serves on the Leadership Board for the System of Care initiative. A Jennifer Jackson involved with the Dakota County Connections Collaborative spoke about the efforts underway to make early intervention services available to youth and their families and how schools are working with the collaborative to identify youth with behavioral health issues and to connect them to services. Nebraska Children President and CEO Mary Jo Pankoke talked about NC’s role as a private partner and how private dollars are being used to fund community-based prevention services across the state. “We know that by making supports and services available in the community, we can reach kids and families early and prevent problems from escalating to the point that more intrusive and more expensive interventions are needed,” she said.