Airtag Stalking

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I want to inform you of a rising issue: Airtag stalking.

The Apple Airtag is a coin sized device that can help locate personal items that rolled out last year. While these devices were created with the intention of finding lost items, they are now frequently being used by stalkers to track the location of people.

The Airtags seem to be most often hidden in cars to track a person’s location. If an Airtag has been separated from its owner ...

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New Year! New…Org?

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Well, 2022 certainly started with a BANG!  On Friday, January 21st, Family Service Society, Inc. and Grant Blackford Mental Health, Inc. jointly announced our strategic partnership to the community that we’ve been actively working toward for over a year.  This is such an extraordinary milestone to have met along our journey to fully implementing our vision of a unified team advancing mental wellness in Grant County and beyond.

GBMH and FSSI have been working closely with an independent consultant over the ...

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The Power of a Friend

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I’ve just returned home from the Grant County YMCA after doing 45 minutes in the pool with one on my friends.  We get up at an hour that is usually reserved for emergency services, shift workers and bakers and take ourselves to the local pool to work out our aging joints—oh, and our mouths.  We talk and laugh and share advice as we stretch, walk and swim through our workout.

I’ve traditionally been a more solo exercise individual—until now.  I am ...

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Creating a Community of Safety

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Last week I was in the chiropractor’s office hoping for some headache relief after a quick crack of the neck.  As I waited my turn in the waiting area, a young woman signed in and sat down.  The woman who entered the facility immediately after her signed in and came to sit across from her in a chair.  She asked the first woman, “Does he get mad like that a lot?  He was really mean towards ...

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When You Know Better, You Do Better

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A signature statement throughout all of Family Service Society is “when you know better, you do better.”  This is how we challenge ourselves to always be learning and improving.  Our continuous improvement path leads us to seek the best possible solutions for clients including those from Hands of Hope who are domestic violence, stalking and sexual assault victims and survivors.  Five years ago we set out to learn more about how to better serve this population as we could see ...

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Start with Why

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This week our organization hosted a virtual fundraising event and our keynote speaker, Lee Prosenjak, from Simon Sinek’s organization, led us through “Start with Why”.  This provided us with the opportunity to think more deeply about WHY we do what we do.  At Family Service Society, Ed Pereira put it best when he said, “We work because every child deserves to be guaranteed these five rights:

  1. To have sufficient food to eat
  2. A physical and emotionally safe place to live
  3. To have sufficient ...
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Moving Forward

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Recently I had the unfortunate honor of attending the funeral of a close friend’s brother.  A man who died, too young, of brain cancer.  And during that time I got to thinking about how even amidst his diagnosis, he continued to move forward and live.  Shockingly, what was a six to 12 weeks life expectancy, turned out to be just over a year—and during a pandemic as a pile on.  He loved hard and lived hard for 12+ glorious months ...

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Statement of Solidarity with Asian American Community

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Family Service Society, Inc. believes in creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive environment for all. The pandemic of the last year has been difficult for many, but it has added a new level of violence and discrimination for our Asian American individuals and communities. They have faced a substantial rise in racially motivated hate incidents during this time. As Rep. Young Kim noted at the hearing: “No American of any race or ethnic group is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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The Good Stuff

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My in-laws were visiting from Nebraska over the weekend and while catching up on all the family news, my mother-in-law, Pat, told me a story worth repeating.

My husband and his family are from a small (pop. 1000) rural farming community in Northeast Nebraska.  Pat is a hairdresser and my father-in-law, Gary, drives trucks for farmers.  The smallest of towns have the most amazing way of taking care of their neighbors and Randolph is no exception.  There’s a retirement aged gentlemen, ...

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Children’s Mental Health and Telehealth

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This is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week and at Family Service Society, Inc. the majority of our clients are children and youth aged 0 to 20.  For FSSI, the mental wellness of our young clients is of primary importance because of the downstream impacts of poor mental health—lower economic achievement, lower academic achievement, relationship issues, poor physical health.

The Child Mind Institute has published its 2020 Children’s Mental Health Report: Telehealth in an Increasingly Virtual World.  There are both disturbing and hopeful ...

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