Social Worker Newsletter

Samantha Kluesner, School Social Worker ; September 2021

Boletin del trabajador social

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Hello Bluejay Families!


As the 2021-2022 School year is underway I wanted to provide some community resources for food, clothing, mental/behavioral health resources, and other miscellaneous areas.


As always, if you and your family are in need of any support at this time, please feel free to check out these resources or connect with me personally. I am happy to help in any way! :)

Resources for Parents/Caregivers / Recursos Para Padres/Cuidadores

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Emergency Rental Assistance Program / Programa de asistencia de emergencia para alquiler

Transportation Assistance / Asistencia de transporte

Does your Child need additional positive adult support? Big Brothers Big Sisters has a great mentoring program!

Food Assistance / Asistencia alimentaria

Hope Ministries: Hot To-Go meals offered 7 days per week.

Hope Ministries: Se ofrecen comidas calientes para llevar los 7 días de la semana

· WIC Program – Polk/Dallas County WIC: WIC serves income eligible moms who are pregnant, breastfeeding, post-partum, and infant through children age 5 with supplemental food packages. We recognize that this has been a difficult year for so many and some families may benefit from the additional food resources WIC can provide. Visit our new website – https://polkdallaswiciowa.org/. Please feel free to share and pass this information along to community partners and families. In an effort to spread the news and some cheer we have goody bags for infants – preschool that we would be happy to share. Feel free to let us know if and how many you would like. Additionally, we would be open to joining any meetings you may have to explain more about WIC. We appreciate all that you do to serve families with young children and are here to help and collaborate in any way we can.

Urbandale Food Pantry will help provide food to families who may need assistance. Click the link below to get more information.


Urbandale Food Pantry ayudará a proporcionar alimentos a las familias que puedan necesitar ayuda. Haga clic en el enlace de abajo para obtener más información.

Bidwell Riverside Center offers a Food and Clothing a Pantry weekly. Call 515-244-6251 for questions.


Bidwell Riverside Center ofrence una despensa semanal de alimentos y ropa. Llame al 515-244-6251 si tiene preguntas.

The link below will assist you in applying to receive food assistance through the Family Investment Program (FIP)


El enlace a continuación lo ayudará a solicitar recibir asistencia alimentaria a través del Programa de Inversión Familiar (FIP)

Christ Apostolic Temple: offeres a food pantry 2x per week by appointment only.


Templo Apostólico de Cristo: ofrece una despensa de alimentos 2 veces por semana solo con cita previa.

Child Care Assistance / Asistencia de cuidado infantil

Other Assistance (vision, dental, etc.) / Otra asistencia

If your child is in need of a vision or dental exam, please reach out to me and I can get you connected with a resource.

Free eye exam and glasses!

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· Oakridge Neighborhood - HOPE for Stable Families is a one to two year high touch case management program designed to help low income families work toward self-sufficiency. The program works with families to set goals with a focus on keeping children at their current school and families secure long-term stable housing, employment and work toward financial independence. Flyer attached. For more program information and eligibility requirements, please contact our office at (515) 244 -7702 ask for Veleta or email: aabdalla@oakridgeneighborhood.org.




· Oakridge Workforce Resource Center – Adult & Family Programs: Oakridge Neighborhood Services is proud to offer adult and family programs that focus on helping people prepare themselves for employment – first jobs and better jobs. Our programs and services are open for all. Some of our services include, reducing barriers to employment and addressing immediate needs, facilitating job readiness, assisting with job placement, developing skills to aid in job retention, encouraging continued education for job advancement. We offer a number of services – for English speakers and other languages, including Arabic, Nuer, Somali, Swahili and Tigrinya. Flyer attached. For more information please contact us at (515) 244 -7702 or email: aabdalla@oakridgeneighborhood.org

Tax Assistance


· Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): LSI is focused on serving limited English speaking taxpayers and/or taxpayers who are immigrants or former refugees. Families can use this service to claim their Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Care Tax Credits. Clinic hours are by appointment only on: Tuesdays 9-2 | Thursdays 3-8 | Saturdays 9-3 | See the attached flyer for more information.



· UWCI – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): LET US PREPARE YOUR TAXES FOR FREE. VITA services are a free, accurate, and convenient way to file your taxes. VITA will help those who qualify to receive Earned Income Tax Credit or Child Care Tax Credits. Due to COVID-19, there are NEW PROGRAM PROCEDURES this year, including no admittance without an appointment, no exceptions. Call 211 to be screened for eligibility and to schedule an appointment. Visit https://www.unitedwaydm.org/vita-updates for eligibility requirements and additional appointment procedures.

Bilingual- Translation Resources / recursos bilingües - de traducción

Please Pass the Love – Bilingual Support Group: This has been a tough school year for teens, that's why we are offering a FREE bilingual virtual support group for teens! This will take place every Thursday from 5-6pm via Zoom. Hosted by Please Pass The Love, led by Carol King, LMFT. Register at https://www.pleasepassthelove.org/recursos-biling%C3%BCes

Mental or Behavioral Health Support / apoyo de salud mental o conductual

PARENTS -

Is your child needing additional mental health support? BFCSD has partnered with Orchard Place to provide School-Based Therapy for our middle and high school students. This is an awesome resourse to help further support our students! If you are interested in getting your child referred to our school-based therapist, please let me know!


Anderson and Morris students can currently receive counseling support from myself or one of of our school counselors. We are more than happy to meet with your child in a 1:1 setting or provide group counseling for specific skills. In addition, I can help connect you with outside resources if you are interested in your child receiving therapy.


Don't hesitate to reach out for support!

Emergency Mental Health Resources

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It is the policy of the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator - Chad Carlson, Director of Administrative Services, 300 Garfield St. SW, Bondurant, IA 50035, 515-967-7819, carlsonc@bfschools.org. or Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone (312) 730-1576, Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov


Es política del Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad Bondurant-Farrar no discriminar por motivos de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, religión, credo, edad (para empleo), estado civil (para programas), orientación sexual, identidad de género y estatus socioeconómico (para programas) en sus programas educativos y sus prácticas laborales. Existe un procedimiento de quejas para procesar las quejas de discriminación. Si tiene preguntas o una queja relacionada con esta política, comuníquese con el Coordinador de Equidad del distrito: Chad Carlson, Director de Servicios Administrativos, 300 Garfield St. SW, Bondurant, IA 50035, 515-967-7819, carlsonc@bfschools.org. o Director de la Oficina de Derechos Civiles del Departamento de Educación de EE. UU., Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Teléfono (312) 730-1576, Fax: (312) 730-1576, Correo electrónico : OCR.Chicago@ed.gov