June 2014 Newsletter


June Offline Happenings!

June is Positive Parenting Month

Tuesday, June 4, 1-4 p.m.
Dakota County Teen Court Training

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

Thursday, June 5, Noon
Siouxland CARES Advisory Board

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

Tuesday, June 10, 9-11 a.m.
Comprehensive Strategy Data Meeting
Briar Cliff University, 3303 Rebecca Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Thursday, June 12, 10:00 a.m.
Bully Prevention Community Coalition
Siouxland Chamber of Commerce, 101 Pierce Street
Sioux City, Iowa

Sunday, June 15
Father’s Day

Tuesday, June 17, 9-3:30 p.m.
Human Trafficking – Modern Day Slavery Conference
Briar Cliff University-Francis Center

Free admission, register by June 10 at www.scdiocese.org/humantrafficking or call 712-233-7524.

Tuesday, June 24, 5:oo p.m.
Dakota County Teen Court
City Hall, 1615 First Avenue
South Sioux City, Nebraska


Making contracts with your child provides an opportunity for your child to make appropriate choices about their behavior.  The idea is to help a child learn to be responsible for his/her own behavior.  The idea is not to control the child, but to provide the child with the means to control him or herself. Every contract should outline what behavior is expected, the child’s responsibility to meet that expectation, and a consequence (logical, i.e. Relates to the violation and is not punitive) for not meeting their responsibility. 


For a sample contract worksheet, contact CARES at 712-255-3188 or go to the Siouxland CARES website at www.siouxlandcares.org/Resources.  Included are examples of freedoms and privileges, limitations to freedoms and privileges, responsibilities, consequences, and more.


Symptoms of alcohol poisoning:

  • Person is unconscious or semi-conscious and cannot be awakened.
  • Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin.
  • Check to see if breathing is slow, less than 8 times per minute, or irregular, with 10 seconds or more between breaths.
  • Vomiting while “sleeping” or passed out, and not waking up after vomiting.

If a person has any of these symptoms, he or she is suffering from acute alcohol intoxication and is in danger.

  • Get help.  Call someone, a staff member, an ambulance, public safety, anyone who can help. Call 911.
  • Do not leave the person alone.  Turn the victim on his/her side to prevent choking in case of vomiting.
  • Always be “better safe than sorry” if you are not sure what to do.  How can your friend be angry about you caring for him/her?


More than 120 adults and youth attended the Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking at City Hall in Sioux City in April, sponsored by Siouxland CARES, Sioux City Mayor’s Youth Commission, and Jackson Recovery Centers.  Those present were asked to respond to a short survey. Responses from the survey were as follows:

  • 82% said this was not okay for under age youth to drink alcohol at home in an unsupervised setting as long as they stayed at home.  
  • 39% of youth thought underage youth purchasing alcohol was a serious problem, 57% said it was somewhat serious and 4% said it was not serious at all.
  • 74% said that they felt their parents and grandparents have the power to influence them from using alcohol or other drugs.
  • 41% said that they felt that high school seniors using alcohol in the last 30 days (survey said 35%) was a serious problem and 53% said somewhat serious problem.
  • 71% said it was wrong or very wrong for underage youth to drink.
  • 98% said it was wrong or very wrong for underage youth to smoke cigarettes.
  • 84% said it was wrong or very wrong to smoke marijuana.
  • 59% thought it was wrong or very wrong for underage youth to gamble.
  • 93% thought it was wrong or very wrong to bully other youth.

The question was also asked of every participant what we could do to reduce underage drinking. Overwhelmingly the response was to provide more information on the consequences of underage drinking.  

Consequence:  Alcohol is a factor in the deaths of approximately 4,700 young people in the United States per year, shortening their lives by an average of 60 years.  IowaABD.com. 


Opportunity for Liquor License Holders--Jackson Recovery Centers is available to provide free training for your staff utilizing TIPs training materials.  Scheduled dates are June 12 and June 19 at 2 p.m. at Jackson Recovery Centers.  Please contact Davidson Wissing at 712-234-2327 to schedule your training today!

By Joe Maffit, Jackson Recovery Centers, SPF SIG Coordinator

The State of Iowa passed a new bill called “Social Host” in April.

Social Host laws are meant to communicate to individuals on private property that underage drinking will not be tolerated. This law holds parents and property owners responsible for hosting house parties or “keggers” where alcohol is distributed without restriction.  Parents/owners do not have to purchase, serve, or even provide the alcohol.  Simply permitting underage drinking in a residence or place of business is considered a violation of the law.  

Iowa now assumes that parents, guardians, and property owners have a responsibility to know what is happening on their property and stop the use and consumption of alcohol by young people under the age of 18. First-time offenders of the law will be charged with a misdemeanor and a fine of two hundred dollars.  Second or subsequent offenses are punishable by a misdemeanor charge and a fine of five hundred dollars.

Social Host does not apply to a landlord or manager of the property, a person under legal age who consumes or possesses any alcoholic liquor, wine, or beer in connection with a religious observance, ceremony, or rite or Iowa’s law does not affect 18, 19, and 20 year olds as it was passed.  Social Host is important because it helps dissuade adults from allowing their home to be used as a party location.

Since most underage drinking takes place in private settings, reducing the social availability of these locations can lead to a dramatic reduction in underage drinking. Parents and property lessees will need to be more diligent about the kinds of activities they allow on their property or in their homes. They should look at setting ground rules with their children and eliminating any parties where alcohol might be served especially when underage youth will be knowingly present.

A little prevention upfront can go a long way towards complying with the law and making your family and community a safer, healthier place to live, work, and raise families.





Parents are the leading influence in their kid’s decision to drink or not to drink alcohol.

Start Talking Before They Start Drinking!

Looking for some helpful websites?



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

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 received weekly text messages (rates may apply).

Tri-State Curfew

The following curfew is now 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!! 

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