What We Do

Beacon of Life 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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• Weekly case management with individualized service plan (in house)

• Mental health counseling (in house)

• Partnership with Mosaic Counseling for development of healthy coping       skills related to trauma recovery (in house)

• Unconditional positive regard from staff

• Journaling and mindfulness activities

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• Group mental health counseling (in house)

• Weekly social activities in conjunction with former clients and community


•  Partnership with Children and Families of Iowa for healthy relationships       class

•  Mentoring relationships

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• Trauma-informed Guide Book written for the Beacon clients

• Education that connects Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) to

homelessness, incarceration, and substance use to reduce shame

• Required reading/listening: Becoming Ms. Burton (Susan Burton), I

Thought It Was Just Me (Brene Brown), and portions of books about

domestic violence and trauma

• Beacon Library


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• 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 health care

• Substance use support groups (in house)

• Clean and sober living environment


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• 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

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• 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

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• 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 health care

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• Training and activities centered around mindfulness

• Private and communal spaces for connecting and sharing

• Referral sheet for clients with various religious or spiritual needs