History & Board of Directors


Cedar Valley Friends of the Family – 24 Years of Service 1992-2016

1992 – Organized by Church Women United to provide victim services to the people of Bremer and Butler counties

1994 – First paid staff hired in July; AmeriCorps worker added to staff in October

1996 – Grew to 3-person full-time paid staff; renting office space in Waverly, CVFF provides crisis line, victim and child advocacy; families are sheltered in local motels

1998 – Launched effort to raise $330,000 through grants and donations to build the Family Crisis Center, including office space and an emergency shelter.

1999 – Opened first satellite office in Allison to better serve victims in Butler County. On May 5, 1999 Turning Point Rural Housing Project housed its first client.

2000 – Construction of Friends House (8 beds/2 bedroom) shelter and crisis center; facility debt-free by October 2000. Chickasaw County added to service area; satellite office opened in New Hampton. Launched pilot program for Project D.A.T.E. (Dating Abuse Tendencies Education); received DHS funding to bring D.A.T.E. to area schools in January 2001.

2001 – Prevent Child Abuse funds initiated sexual abuse prevention curriculum “Take Charge of Your Body” in area elementary schools.

2002 – Agency website launched; www.cvfriendsofthefamily.org

2005 – Named as a Julbilee Center in partnership with St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Waverly. Friends House emergency safte shelter expanded (14 beds, 5 bedrooms) through a donation from the Bolger Foundation and administration offices moved off-site.

2007 – Administration Office relocated to 100 E. Bremer Ave, 2nd Floor, Suite 1, Waverly, IA 50677

2008 – Administration Office relocated to 118 E. Bremer, Suite A, Waverly, IA 50677, following the June 2008 flood.

2010 – Administration Office relocated to permanent location in Waverly. A new support service building was funded by Governor Culver’s I-JOB Public Service Shelter Grant in the amount of $266,666.

2011- Northeast Iowa Permanent Housing Program was started for homeless families and individuals with disabilities. Coaching Boys into Men was introduced in the Waverly High School athletics.

2012 – Darkness to Light’s Stewards of Children child sexual abuse prevention program was first offered for adults interested in preventing child sexual abuse in Bremer, Butler, and Chickasaw Counties.

2013 – The agency’s Northeast Iowa Shelter Services Program funded to provide emergency safe shelter to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in 14 counties of Northeast Iowa. CVFF’s advocates transition outreach services to the new providers of comprehensive domestic violence and sexual assault services. CVFF adds several new positions to its staff in order to serve the region.

2014 – Awarded by HUD to provide Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) housing assistance to victims of domestic violence in 13 counties of Northeast Iowa.

Today – our violence prevention programs are educating thousands of youth and adults on how they can prevent violence. Our housing programs help homeless families and individuals achieve independence and stability. And our emergency shelter program helps victims of violent crime achieve safety and an independent life, free from abuse.

Board of Directors

CVFF is governed by a Board of Directors. Current members are:

Alan Heisterkamp, Board President

Drew Kahler, Secretary

Mike Byl, Treasurer

Kathy Olson, Vice Chair

Lindsay Cassman

Drew Kahler

Jim Atty

Jason Leonard

Barb Dahlby

Christy Hamblin

Michelle Jungers




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