January/February 2015 Newsletter


January & February Offline Happenings!

January is National Mentoring Month.

January is Crime Stoppers Month. 
To report a crime, call 258-TIPS (258-8477) or 1-800-728-6401. 

January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
MLK Day is a federal holiday that recognizes one of our national heroes.
Dr. King was a civil-rights leader who had a dream that one day all people would be judged not by the color of their skin
but by the content of their character.  Reverend King’s quest for equality and fairness continues
through the commitment and actions of individuals and businesses. 

Monday, January 19, 7 p.m.
beSomebody Leadership Training provided by BCU Enactus Team
City Hall, 405 6th Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Monday, January 19, 7 p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Full MYC Meeting

City Hall, 405 6th Street, Council Chambers
Sioux City, Iowa

Wednesday, January 21, Noon
Siouxland Council on Child Abuse and Neglect Meeting
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Tuesday, January 27, 5:00 p.m.
Dakota County Teen Court
City Hall, 1615 First Avenue
South Sioux City, Nebraska

Tuesday, February 3, all day
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Des Moines Legislative Day

Des Moines, Iowa

Thursday, February 5, 10:00 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Thursday, February 5, Noon
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board

Siouxland Chamber of Commerce Building, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Tuesday, February 17, 5:00 p.m.
Dakota County Teen Court
City Hall, 1615 First Avenue
South Sioux City, Nebraska

Monday, February 23, 7 p.m.
Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission Full MYC Meeting

City Hall, 405 6th Street, Council Chambers
Sioux City, Iowa


Making peace must start within ourselves, our families, our homes, and in our community.  Each of us commits ourselves as best we can to become non-violent and peaceful people:
To Respect My Self
To care for myself physically, emotionally and mentally; to take responsibility for myself; and to resist negative peer pressure and self-destructive behaviors.

To Respect Others
To affirm others and to respect diversity among people and to avoid uncaring criticism, 
hateful words, physical attacks, and self-destructive behavior.
To Communicate Better
To share my feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express my anger and other emotions, and to work at solving problems peacefully.
To Listen
To listen carefully to others, especially those who disagree with me and to consider others’ feelings and needs rather than insist on having my own way.
 To Forgive
To apologize and make amends when I have hurt another,
to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.
To Respect the Environment
To treat the environment and all living things with respect
and to use resources carefully.
To Play Creatively
To select entertainment and toys that support nonviolent values and to avoid
entertainment that makes violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.
To Be Courageous
To challenge violence in all its forms whenever I encounter it, whether at home, at school, at work, or in the community and to stand with others who are treated unfairly.
 “Eliminating violence one person at a time, starting with ourselves.”

Become a Mentor Today!

Do you have a couple of hours every couple of weeks to share with a young person?  It doesn’t take much time to change someone’s life.  That life may be yours!  beSomebody and contact a local mentoring agency today (Big Brothers Big Sisters or Team Mates to name a few).    

SPF SIG Grant Makes Positive Impact

Special thanks to Jackson Recovery Centers Prevention Department employees Joe Maffit, Holly Keegan, and Davidson Wissing for serving as the coordinators for the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant. Grants were awarded to Monona, Plymouth, and Woodbury Counties in Iowa to reduce underage and binge drinking in our communities.  These coordinators worked with Monona County Community Alliance ERASE, the Plymouth County Health Planning Committee, and Siouxland CARES community anti-drug coalition. Environmental strategies that were utilized included Responsible Beverage Service Training, School Policy Review, Alcohol Restrictions at Community Events, Compliance Checks, and Media Campaigns.  This grant heightened the awareness of the substance abuse problem in our communities and moved people to action.  Thank you for all of your efforts.

The SPF SIG Grant was funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health, through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Siouxland CARES Job Opening

Siouxland CARES has a job opening for a part-time Program/Teen Court Coordinator. The applicant must be proficient in Word, Excel, and the utilization of Social Media tools. For more information about the job, go to www.siouxlandcares.org.  If interested, please send a resume to cares@longlines.com.    





If someone you know is in danger, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or talk with a counselor at WWW.THEHOTLINE.ORG/HELP to discuss other ways you can help.
In our area, contact the Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence 1-800-982-7233.

Looking for some helpful websites?

Great information for parents and youth on laws and other helpful tools can be found in the 13th Anniversary Issue of the Parent Survival Guide from IHeart Media by clicking on http://www.1071kissfm.com/articles/parents-survival-guide-489226/parents-survival-guide-12899289/




Other Resources
Contact the Boys Town National Hot Line,
1-800-448-3000 or
the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline,

If you think someone is a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, 1-888-3737.888, yo obtain information and to access supportive services for the victim.  www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking  


Find out more about the beSomebody campaign by connecting to the Siouxland CARES website at www.siouxlandcares.org or Like us on the beSomebody Facebook page. 

JOIN the beSomebody initiative today and text “41411” and type in besomebody to receive weekly text messages (rates may apply).

Tri-State Curfew

The following curfew is in effect in Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, and Woodbury County, Iowa, North Sioux City, South Dakota, South Sioux City, Nebraska, and Dakota County, Nebraska.
Please enforce these times in your home.

10:00 p.m. for minors under the age of 14
11:00 p.m. for minors ages 14 and 15
Midnight for minors ages 16 and 17  


About Siouxland CARES

Siouxland CARES (Community-wide Awareness, Resources, Education and Support) About Substance Abuse is a community coalition comprised of 350 volunteers. Volunteers for Siouxland CARES (representing 12 community systems) and staff contributed 13,996.25 hours in 2013 to CARES programs and services. The mission of CARES is to improve the quality of life in Siouxland by eliminating the abuse of alcohol and other drugs and related violence.

The Anti-Drug is Communication.
Ask Who? Ask What? Ask Where?
It’s not pestering, it’s parenting!

Trustworthiness:  Think it. Be it.
RespectGive it. Get it.
ResponsibilityTake it. Teach It.
FairnessShare it. Practice it.
Caring: Show it. Receive it.
Citizenship: Have it. Honor it.

Make Your Character Count in Siouxland!! 

Siouxland CARES is now part of the AmazonSmile Program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to CARES is you select our charitable organization.   It’s easy.  Go to this direct link for Siouxland CARES and shop.  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1331282


Please consider supporting the efforts of Siouxland CARES.   Your gift will allow us to continue providing much needed support as we work together to reduce the negative effects of alcohol and other drugs and related violence.  Your investment in our organization helps us encourage youth to make the choice to be drug free and improve outcomes for children and families.  Thank you for your consideration of a gift to CARES.

Please send your gift made payable to Siouxland CARES, 101 Pierce Street, Sioux City, Iowa 51101.  Siouxland CARES is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non profit corporation.  Gifts to Siouxland CARES are deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. 


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