Waterloo site receives grant

September 8, 2009

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Waterloo, IA) The Four Oaks Supervised Community Treatment (SCT) in Waterloo received a $10,000 boost last week from the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

SCT, in cooperation with Juvenile Court Services, is a delinquency specific program for juvenile offenders of medium and high risk who are involved in the Court system. Evidence-based treatment interventions for juvenile offenders are delivered, while keeping the youth connected to their families and the community. The $10,000 grant will support short-term residential placements for kids who are AWOL or seriously non-compliant with the program.

“When we were unable to financially support the residential stay for our kids who were non-compliant, we saw things get out of hand. They didn’t care if they were here or not,” said Steve Edman, Waterloo Site Manager “The idea of a night or two at a residential facility seems to motivate the kids to be more compliant, while providing a first-hand look at what life will be like if they continue their defiance. It is such an integral part of the program.”

The grant money will be used to pay for the residential short-term stays.

“The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa has made a tremendous commitment to human service agencies and have a clear understanding of what needs to be done,” Edman said. “We can’t thank them enough for making it possible for us to provide this much-needed service.”