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Patrick Garcia Selected Board President for the Coalition of Children and Families of Iowa Garcia Selected Board President for the Coalition of Children and Families of Iowa<p>Boys Town would like to congratulate Patrick Garcia, Boys Town Iowa's Executive Director, for being selected as the Board President for the Coalition of Children and Families of Iowa. </p><p>The Coalition of Children and Families of Iowa is a collection of providers that provide a range of mental health, child welfare, juvenile justice, and other social services to children and families in need. </p><p>In Patrick's new role as Board President, he will serve as the official spokesperson for the Coalition and chair the Executive Committee. He will also collaborate with the Executive Director and other members of the Board to execute a strategic plan for the Coalition. </p><p>"I am very honored to be asked to serve as the President of the Coalition's Board of Directors.", said Patrick. "The Coalition is a collective membership of providers for the children and family services in Iowa that works for system change. The Coalition consistently works toward keeping families together when it is safe to do so and ensuring high quality out of home care when it is necessary to remove a child from their home. The Coalition has become the platform for the Private Public partnership with the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justices systems in Iowa. This opportunity will allow me to continue to lead and influence how Iowa cares for its children and families."</p><p>Boys Town is very thankful for Patrick and his dedication to being an advocate for children and families in Iowa. </p>2021-07-22T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Patrick Garcia" src="/locations/iowa/PublishingImages/Pat-Garcia-Photo_web.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Boys Town Stands for Racial Equality Town Stands for Racial Equality<p>Nearly a century ago, Boys Town founder Father Edward Flanagan spoke these profound words: </p><p>" I … see danger for all in an ideology which discriminates against anyone politically or economically because he or she was born into the 'wrong' race, has skin of the 'wrong' color, or worships at the 'wrong' altar."</p><p>Today, America is at a crossroads. The dangerous ideology of racism Father Flanagan described then continues to exist today. </p><p>At Boys Town, we share the sadness of so many mourning the senseless killings due to violence and racism. We also share the anger that is sweeping our nation as we unequivocally condemn all forms of racism, hatred, and injustice that tear at the seams of our society.</p><p>When Father Flanagan opened his first Home for Boys in 1917, he welcomed kids of every race, color, and creed. But his efforts to be inclusive and compassionate in his care of children went far beyond creating a place where they could grow and thrive. Father Flanagan also recognized and rejected the laws and customs that enshrined and reinforced institutional racism. He passionately attacked those unfair laws and practices, shining a spotlight on prejudice and injustice, and using Boys Town as a model for the incredible possibilities that existed when people of all colors lived, worked, and played side by side in mutual respect and equality.</p><p><strong>Boys Town has never wavered from the principles on which it was founded. As a passionate advocate of positive social change, we firmly stand with those individuals and groups who have dedicated themselves to the cause of racial equality and justice, and strongly support their efforts to bring about lasting, significant change. </strong><strong> </strong></p><p>We have recognized since our formation that it is not enough to simply avoid racist behavior as individuals. We all must work together proactively to create a more just, a more peaceful, and a more equitable society. We all must live by the values of diversity and inclusion more deeply in the days, months, and years to come. We all must strive to re-create a society in which everyone feels that they belong, that they matter, and that they are respected for who they are.     </p><p>People have rediscovered their voice, and their pain and anger are being felt and heard. Boys Town adds its voice to this rising chorus with the fervent hope that racism, injustice, and prejudice can finally be vanquished.     </p><p>God's Blessings,</p><p>Father Steven E. Boes<br>President and National Executive Director, Boys Town</p>2020-06-17T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Father Flanagan" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Flanagan_with_Boys_1942_682-rollup.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Patrick Garcia Named as Executive Director of Boys Town Iowa Garcia Named as Executive Director of Boys Town Iowa<p>​​​​Boys Town is pleased to announce that Patrick Garcia has been named as Executive Director of Boys Town Iowa. </p><p>Pat has more than 30 years of experience in youth and family services, including 15 years of experience at Boys Town. In his role as Executive Director, Pat will lead and manage the operations of the Boys Town Iowa Site which currently provides s​ervices in over one-third of the state. He will be responsible for community outreach and advocacy, business planning, and the management and operation of Boys Town services throughout the state of Iowa. </p><p>“Pat’s knowledge of the Boys Town mission, his background in community outreach and his overall experience in the youth and family services sector make him ready to take this next step in his career,” said Barb Vollmer, Executive Vice President, Youth Care. “I look forward to seeing how he will continue to grow the Boys Town Iowa site and further our mission throughout the state of Iowa.” </p><p>Pat began his career at Boys Town in 1990 as an Assistant Family Teacher. He then served as a Family Teacher for eight years from 1992 – 2000. Before returning to Boys Town in 2014, Pat held a variety of leadership roles at Omaha Home for Boys and spent two years as President and CEO of Epworth Village in York, NE. Most recently, Pat served as the Community Outreach Developer for Boys Town Iowa where he established key political relationships and created business opportunities for the site. </p><p>In addition to his experience, Patrick holds a master’s degree in Human Services from Bellevue University and a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and The Family from the University of Nebraska – Omaha. </p><p>​Please congratulate Pat on his new position as Executive Director of Boys Town Iowa.<br></p>2020-03-05T06:00:00ZNews<img alt="" src="/locations/iowa/PublishingImages/Pat-Garcia-Photo_web.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
The Holiday season at Boys Town Iowa Holiday season at Boys Town Iowa<p>​​​Boys Town Iowa received a very generous donation for the holiday season. Jeff Hackett and his church, St. Michael in Sioux City adopted thirty families for Christmas. Boys Town Iowa provided the church a list of items the children wanted and needed, and the congregation joined together to purchase these gifts. These gifts helped make Christmas a little easier for the families who received them. ​<br></p>2020-01-24T06:00:00ZNewstext/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
8th Annual Blue Water Bash Annual Blue Water Bash<span aria-hidden="true"> <p>The 8th annual Blue Water Bash took place on July 20, 2019 at the Boys Town Okoboji Camp and this year they made a splash by raising more than $175,000. </p> <p>The event hosted more than 300 guests with The Dixon Family Foundation as 175k the event Anchor Sponsor.</p> <p>Those in attendance enjoyed live and silent auctions, a game of heads or tails sponsored by Sazerac Distributors, the Boys Town graduation video and a speech from our chair, Joe Johns, whose dad was a 1963 Boys Town graduate. </p> <p>In his speech, Joe reflected on how the skills and examples his dad learned at Boys Town served as an instrumental roadmap for his life. </p> <p>"As the oldest of three boys growing up in the South Omaha projects in a broken home, my dad was robbed of his childhood," said Joe. "Boys Town offered my dad a safe haven, a solid foundation and stable environment, where he could foster relationships, focus on his schoolwork, and achieve success.  Boys Town molded my dad into a young man with a pathway to and vision of success.  Boys Town exposed my Dad to what is possible, and he went out and provided endless opportunities for me."</p> <p>This year's event also honored Knobby Meysenburg posthumously with the Wavemaker Award. The award recognized all of Knobby's contributions to the Boys Town community. Knobby was an employee for more than 40 years and ran the Okoboji camp from 1976 – 1992. He was a selfless individual who was always giving back. From teaching kids how to ski, to helping maintain the physical structure of the camp, Meysenburg was an instrumental part of the camp for many years. His wife, Betty Meysenburg, accepted the award on his behalf. </p> <p>The bash ended of the night with drinks, dancing and music by The Fishheads was kicked off with a rendition of "He Aint Heavy" by the Hollies. </p> <p>Boys Town extends a thank you to all the gracious donors and sponsors who contributed to this year's event which affords our youth and families the opportunity to experience a safe and memorable family vacation while helping to revitalize the existing camp facilities so they're safe and preserved to meet future needs.<br></p> <p> <img src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Annual-Blue-Water-Bash-July-20/BWB4.jpg" alt="Blue Water Bash Participants - Group Photo" style="margin:5px;" /> <br> </p></span>2019-09-04T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Blue Water Bash" src="/locations/nebraska/news-and-events/PublishingImages/BWB2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent
Tyson Foods Interns Gain Experience at Boys Town Foods Interns Gain Experience at Boys Town<p>This summer Boys Town Iowa hosted two interns from the Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program - Caitlin Makovicka from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and Katie Gruhn from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.</p><p>This program provides full-time college students an eight-week paid summer internship to assist community organizations and gain experience with diverse social issues. Tyson Foods is underwriting the program in the Chicago area and in Sioux City, Storm Lake and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Campus Compact affiliates in Iowa and Illinois are overseeing and administering the program.</p><p>Caitlin is a junior majoring in social and behavioral science with a second major in general business. During the internship she shadowed Giannella Witt, In-Home Family Services<sup>® </sup>(IHFS) Consultant, Boys Town Iowa.</p><p>"I chose the career path of social work because I have a strong interest of helping people and making everyone feel loved and that they have a purpose," said Caitlin. "The social work field is a flexible career that gives me the opportunity to work in different environments and with different people.  Social work allows me to make a difference in my community."</p><p>Caitlin reflected on how the people she has met through this internship with Boys Town has been the most enjoyable part for her.</p><p>"From the first day that I started, my supervisor, Jenni DeBoer, and In-Home Family Consultant, Giannella Witt, have made me feel like I am part of the Boys Town family and not just an intern," said Caitlin. "The other members of the Boys Town team have also been very friendly and fun to get to know throughout the summer."</p><img src="/locations/iowa/news-and-events/PublishingImages/Pages/Tyson-Foods-Interns-Gain-Experience-at-Boys-Town/tyson2.jpg" alt="" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px 10px;width:190px;height:254px;" /><p>The other intern, Katie, is a sophomore majoring in social work. She chose this path because she wanted a career that gave her purpose. This summer she was mentored by IHFS consultant Tammy Russell.</p><p>During this internship, Katie has experienced firsthand just how rewarding a career in social services can be.</p><p>"The most enjoyable part of the internship was when I was able to witness families reuniting. Boys Town's focus is on the reunification of families and keeping kids in their homes. That may not always be possible, but when it is and it works it's an amazing feeling," said Katie.</p><p>The Tyson interns are right alongside with their Consultant in the field gaining perspective and skills they will need when they enter the field themselves. Along with learning new skills, interns at Boys Town also have the opportunity to learn about other services to address areas such as mental health, substance abuse, and domestic violence.  Some additional experiences include attending court hearings, family treatment court, family staffing, internal and community training, and family team meetings. </p><p>"I think Boys Town is a great place for the Tyson interns to gain experience as it gives these students a chance to be immersed in the position of an In-Home Family Services (IHFS) Consultant," said Jennifer DeBoer, Supervisor In-Home Family Services, Boys Town Iowa.</p><p>When asked what this internships has taught them both Caitlin and Katie mentioned how they have been able to see what the day-to-day operation of social work looks like and they can now use what they are learning in school and apply it to the real world.</p><p>"The experiences help to give a broader understanding of the work being completed and how their course work is put to use. This experience helps both the intern and our organization network for the present and future," said Gina Bullard, Supervisor IHFS, Boys Town Iowa. "The internship is a fantastic way to build relationships for future quality employees."<br></p>2019-08-01T05:00:00ZNews<img alt="Tyson Foods" src="/locations/iowa/PublishingImages/tyson.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />text/html; charset=utf-8 NewsEvent