Our Services

Programming

Our mission at the Beacon of Life is to create an environment that empowers women in crisis to achieve positive long-term change. We seek to accomplish this through trauma-informed, equity-centered, evidence-based residential facilities and programming based on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, social, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational, and spiritual.

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Emotional

  • Weekly case management with an individualized service plan (in-house)
  • Mental health counseling (in-house)
  • Unconditional positive regard from staff
  • Journaling and mindfulness activities

Intellectual

  • Weekly case management with an individualized service plan (in-house)
  • Mental health counseling (win house)
  • Unconditional positive regard from staff
  • Journaling and mindfulness activities

Environmental

  • Environment of trauma-informed, equity-centered care
  • Remodeled home with four women and one bathroom in each large room
  • 24-hour staff and shared expectations to support safety and structure
  • Daily community activities such as chores and meal preparation
  • Weekly house meetings
  • Partnership with Wander Women for weekend nature excursions

Spiritual

  • Training and activities centered around mindfulness
  • Private and communal spaces for connecting and sharing
  • Referral sheet for clients with various religious or spiritual needs

Social

  • Group mental health counseling (in-house)
  • Weekly social activities in conjunction with former clients and community members
  • Partnership with Children & Families of Iowa for healthy relationships class
  • Mentoring relationships

Physical

  • Partnership with Grace Fitness and 8035 Traction for nutritional counseling and fitness classes
  • Partnership with Food Bank of Iowa for healthy, free food
  • Partnership with local sexual health educators
  • Partnership with Amerigroup for education on navigating healthcare

Financial

  • Partnership with Evelyn K. Davis Center for budget coaching, credit score focus, and debt reduction
  • Partnership with Freedom Financial Bank to build a savings account
  • Partnership with DART - Learn to Ride
  • Reduced rent rates that include utilities, WiFi, and 24-hour staffing

Occupational

  • Partnerships with Project Iowa, Children and Families of Iowa (Connect 2 Careers), Iowa Workforce Development, St. Vincent de Paul (Immersion), and Central Iowa Works for career development and job placement
  • Partnership with Dress for Success to equip clients with work clothing
  • Recommended physical health screenings
  • Partnership with Amerigroup for education on navigating healthcare
Darla

My addiction stemmed from a college softball knee injury. Years after the injury, after two surgeries and having a screw put in to address the lingering damage, I became addicted to pain pills. I started illegally obtaining them which ultimately lead me to prison. I had heard a lot about
the Beacon of Life, so…

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Caprice

I started using drugs in my mid-twenties, and before I went to prison, I was using heavily and not supporting my family like I should have been. Drugs had taken control of me; I had no support and my life had spiraled out of control. I was arrested and sent to prison. I didn’t want to go back down that road and knew I needed...

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Angelic

After several unhealthy relationships, drug usage, and losing my children, I became lost and depressed. It was after leaving an unhealthy living situation and spending the night in the sculpture park when I knew I needed help. I was broken, lonely, and trusted no one. I was admitted to Broadlawns Hospital and able to get a little sleep, but after…

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