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The Crisis Center of Johnson County is changing its name

After almost 50 years serving people both within Johnson County and well beyond the county’s borders, the Crisis Center of Johnson County is changing its name. “Our organization will now be known as CommUnity Crisis Services and Foodbank, CommUnity for short,” Becci Reedus, the nonprofit’s executive director, announced on Monday evening. “I can’t stress enough […]

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Best of the CRANDIC 2018: Community

The results are in! Here are the winners of Little Village’s 2018 Best of the CRANDIC competition in the Community category, representing voters’ favorite people, places, organizations and innovations in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City area. […]

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Donation Drive: Catherine’s Boutique supports the Crisis Center of Johnson County

Little Village’s Donation Drive pairs local businesses with nonprofits they believe in to raise awareness for these organizations and encourage giving this holiday season. Presented by Catherine’s Boutique Buy Catherine’s cashmere socks on Nov. 24, support the Crisis Center Every individual in our community deserves support in a time of need. On Small Business Saturday […]

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Sharing the stories of suicide attempt survivors, an artist hopes to reduce stigma

As part of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the Crisis Center of Johnson County is hosting a presentation by Dese’Rae L. Stage, creator of a nationally recognized art project in which suicide attempt survivors tell their stories. “Live Through This” publishes those stories, along with a portrait of the attempt survivors taken by Stage. […]

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Iowa City cleans up after flooding rains and high winds (and turf bubbles at Kinnick)

Iowa City residents were cleaning up storm debris on Wednesday following severe weather that knocked out power to 5,000 businesses and homes, and caused flash-flooding in some areas. According to the National Weather Service, the storm brought winds in excess of 60 miles per hour, and spawned three tornadoes elsewhere in eastern Iowa. The field […]

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Crisis Center of Johnson County is celebrating the new addition to its food bank

The Crisis Center of Johnson County will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house for the new and much-needed expansion to its food bank warehouse. When the center broke ground on the expansion in March, Sara Sedlacek explained to Little Village just how great the need was. […]

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Project Holiday has helped those in need enjoy a holiday meal for 30 years

Once again this year, the Crisis Center of Johnson County’s Project Holiday is helping those in need to enjoy an important part of the season: a special meal with their loved ones. “This is our 30th year for Project Holiday,” said Sara Sedlacek, the Crisis Center’s communications and development director. […]

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Letter to the editor: I’m sick of talking about ‘13 Reasons Why’

After Netflix released ’13 Reasons Why,’ the show instantly produced record internet buzz — over 11 million Twitter mentions in the first month after its release. Increasing the visibility of suicide is important and, when done correctly, makes a difference. The show, with its millions of viewers, had potential to bring suicide prevention into public consciousness, bringing about positive change. Instead, the show produced a negative effect. […]

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Letter to the editor: Crisis Center director says upcoming state, federal legislative decisions will impact Center clients

By Becci Reedus Our politicians and policymakers will face many important decisions in the coming months. Now more than ever, those leaders need to hear from all of us about the issues impacting our community. As executive director of The Crisis Center of Johnson County, one of my jobs is to educate our policymakers and […]

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