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Mid-Step Services was founded in 1977, we provide services to children and adults that have intellectual disabilities or autism. Our non-profit organization is dedicated to providing residential needs, vocational and educational opportunities and recreation services to these individuals in a caring supportive environment where each individual is encouraged to reach new achievements. Our recent endeavors include: The Pier Center for Autism, which provides state of the art services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder; and a newly constructed duplex that serves children and young adults who are medically fragile, that require 24 hour nursing care. We will continue to improve our effectiveness as a provider of services to individuals with intellectual disabilities, as an employer, and to the community at large. We look forward to the day when everyone – whatever their abilities – will be an accepted and appreciated member of society.
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SIOUX CITY SPECIAL OLYMPICS
The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. Athletes are from East High, East Middle, North High, North Middle, West High and West Middle schools. They participate in golf, bowling, basketball, cheer/
dance, powerlifting, bocce, swimming, soccer and track and field. All of the coaches are volunteers and the athletes pay NOTHING to participate. Our organization is funded by donations and money raised from fundraisers.
CROSSROADS SHELTER FOR HOMELESS WOMEN & CHILDREN
Crossroads is a transitional housing program offering a structured environment for homeless women and children, providing them with shelter, food, and preparation for independent living. It is a safe, healing environment designed to help women set goals for education, job training, and gainful employment.
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S.T.A.R.S. (Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School)
The Special Troopers Adaptive Riding School (STARS) is one of the most unique programs in the Siouxland area. Established in 1984, STARS remains highly-efficient and financially solvent while continuing to initiate remarkable and significant change in our community. Since its inception by Dr. Mark & Sue Wheeler, STARS has quietly grown from a small start-up program to one of Siouxland's most established nonprofit organizations, while also becoming one of the oldest Equine Assisted programs in the Midwest. STARS also reaches out those patients at Unity Point-St. Lukes, Sioux City Downtown Library, local elementary schools, Morningside College, Briar Cliff & Buena Vista University with the K-9 STARS program. Today, the demand for the STARS specialized form of animal-assisted therapy is growing by leaps and bounds.
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ST. FLORIAN FIRE & BURN FOUNDATION
St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation was founded in 1993 through the efforts and partnership of dedicated nurses at the St. Luke’s Burn Center and the Sioux City Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local #7. It was founded with the express purpose of reducing the number of injuries and deaths associated with burn trauma in Sioux City, Iowa and the surrounding communities. St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation helped purchase the Children’s Fire Safety House used by the Sioux City Fire Department and visited by thousands of school children annually.
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THREE RIVERS COSMOPOLITAN CLUB
We are affiliated with Cosmopolitan International, www.cosmopolitan.org and the Cornbelt Federation (our regional groups in Iowa and Nebraska) and their respective diabetic charities. However, Three Rivers concentrates on Siouxland diabetic projects. We focus primarily on sponsoring diabetic kids for diabetic summer camp. This helps the kids learn to adopt healthy living habits to better deal with the lifetime of diabetes. The kids have gone to the Hertko Hollow Diabetic Camp which is near Boone, Iowa, www.CampHertkoHollow.com. Doctors, nurses and nutrition staff are on hand 24 hours a day during the camp.