We Help Iowa's Families Grow and Heal


Building a stronger tomorrow for the Thurmon's

For the Thurmon family, Four Oaks' approach of bringing the child, the family, and the community together helped them build a stronger tomorrow for themselves.

Four Oaks has given us so much support. It has helped our family survive. Four Oaks has helped make the kids more positive, healthy, and productive young adults. [Working with Four Oaks] can only benefit your family and make it stronger.

- Destiny Thurmond

For thousands of people like Destiny and her children, Four Oaks, the Jane Boyd Community House, and the Affordable Housing Network work each day to ensure everyone is given an opportunity to succeed in life. Through our network of resources and programs, our partnership of agencies creates a continuum of care that assists families like the Thurmonds to overcome a variety of barriers to their success.


Meet Jamar

Jamar and his Success Manager worked on his long term goal to graduate from high school and play a sport at a college level. Jamar graduated high school in spring 2019 and is in his second semester at Iowa Western Community College and will play football in the spring.

“Jamar is a great kid with a presence that makes you comfortable and at ease. I saw this when he was with his peers as well as in professional settings,” Danielle Rodriguez, Jamar’s Success Manager said. “Jamar has the will and resilience to continue to be successful in any career he goes after.”


Meet Nashaunda

Nashaunda and her Success Manager worked on her educational and professional goals through mentoring conversations with community professionals and an internship at Toyota Financial Services. Nashuanda was awarded the United Fire Scholarship to attend Kirkwood, where she is pursuing a career in helping others either through human services or teaching.

“Danielle, my Workforce Success Manager, was a great role model,” Nashuanda said. “She helped me out a lot with school and getting job offers. She has done a lot to support my entire family, including bringing us food boxes and other things to meet our needs.”

How do we do it? What's our process?

Using Trauma Informed Care, Four Oaks sees 90% of its participants achieve stability within 12 months.