Message from our President & CEO

Message from our President & CEO

FY2020 was a shift for both the world and for our organization. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit back in March, we became even more focused and determined to ensure the success and safety of the children and families we serve. From adding protective measures like the use of Personal Protective Equipment in all of our residential and shelter programs, to moving other programs virtual, we adapted and responded to these challenges with resilience.

While how we operate may look a little different today than it did before, our mission is still the same, “To assure children become successful adults.”

Whether it’s helping families find safety and stability through affordable housing, assisting youth in their challenges with mental health or school, empowering young adults to reach their potential through professional careers, or supporting foster and adoptive families across Iowa, the Four Oaks Enterprise, comprised of Four Oaks, the Affordable Housing Network, and Jane Boyd Community House, are committed to comprehensively helping children and families through their barriers to success.

As you’ll see in this report, our powerful network of services and programs enables us to create a continuum of care that holistically addresses the needs of children and families, whatever they may be. This collaborative approach is based on our TotalChild® service model that was designed to achieve positive short and long-term outcomes for children and their families facing multiple challenges.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has created its own unique barriers to success for those we serve, we have met those barriers head on and are able to do so because of the incredible support of our community partners, volunteers, donors, and others like you. Your support has helped build an organization that’s able to quickly respond to our community’s needs.

Thank you for making this organization strong and able to take on whatever challenges come our way. Together, we are creating a community that is committed to allowing our best asset – our children, to succeed.

Together, we can Expect Success.

Anne Gruenewald

President & CEO