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Building a stronger tomorrow for the Thurmon family

Together, Four Oaks, Jane Boyd, and the Affordable Housing Network work to ensure the success of children and families across Iowa. Through a comprehensive network of resources and programs, our partnership of agencies is able to create a continuum of care to address a variety of barriers to success.

For the Thurmon family, this innovative approach that brings the child, family and community together in a wide-ranging way has helped them build a stronger tomorrow for their family.

“It can only benefit your family and make it stronger,” Destiny Thurmon said. “Four Oaks has given so many supports. It has helped our family survive. Four Oaks has helped make the kids more positive, healthy and productive young adults.”

Destiny and her children, Desmarie (26), Jerome (24), Nashaunda (20), Jamar (18), and Jquan (9), with the support of resources and programs through Four Oaks and Jane Boyd, have worked on their family relationships, communication and problem-solving, self-sufficiency, and setting goals for their futures. Since starting their relationship with Four Oaks and its affiliates, the Thurmon family has achieved stability and are continuing on their journey to success.


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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.”

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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.”