Four Oaks receives Dubuque Racing grant

May 30, 2014

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Four Oaks receives Dubuque Racing grant (Dubuque) – Thanks to the Dubuque Racing Association, lighting enhancements are on the list of improvements at Four Oaks – Dubuque.

The child welfare agency with several programs in the Dubuque area was awarded $10,000 to replace existing fluorescent lighting fixtures with LED inserts and bulbs within each of its nine classrooms. Housed in the building that was once St. Patrick’s school, Four Oaks continues to see an increase in clients and now serves approximately 1,400 kids and families in the greater Dubuque area.

“This grant will offer a much improved learning environment for our students and we appreciate support from the Dubuque Racing Association,” said Danielle Peterson, program manager for Four Oaks- Dubuque. “We want to equip students with a quality education so they can go on to be successful, contributing adults. LED lighting is the best, most natural lighting that a learning environment can have.

“Four Oaks is driven to obtain quality results for those served. Current research proves that LED lighting in classroom settings helps students improve on a variety of levels. Our population deserves to have the best possible chance at being successful.”

The Four Oaks - Dubuque site offers a variety of comprehensive and quality services to children and families within the community. More than 60 staff work out of the local facility, serving kids and families with the following programs:  Alternative classrooms for at-risk and special education students, Supervised Community Treatment and Functional Family Therapy for court involved youth, Outpatient and Family Centered Counseling and Therapy; Foster Care Licensing, in home family support services for low income families (Family Development and Self Sufficiency/ FaDSS), and Parents as Teachers.

With headquarters in Cedar Rapids and sites throughout Iowa, Four Oaks is one of the state’s largest child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health agencies. Four Oaks and its affiliates serves more than 15,000 children and families annually.