YSS Francis Lauer Building Hope Community Campaign

The youth, families, and staff of YSS Francis Lauer are pleased to announce the plans and undertaking of a $3.8M transformation to the Mason City campus, leading to the launch a $1M capital campaign.

The organization has secured over $2.8M of out of the $3.8M needed to complete the campus transformation. Through the newly announced capital campaign, known as Building Hope Community Campaign, YSS Francis Lauer aims to raise the remaining funds for the project.

The foundation for the campaign, known as the Building Hope Community Campaign, was set thanks to four key donors: Vicki and Steve Sukup, $1M; Richard O. Jacobson Foundation, $1M; First Citizens Charitable Foundation, $200,000; and Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa, $200,000. Additional commitments have been made by the Hanson Family Foundation, County Social Services, and the Roy J. Carver Charitable Foundation.

Transforming Facilities – Transforming Lives

For several years, YSS Francis Lauer has watched the demand for mental health, addiction treatment, and crisis services outgrow their current campus, which was constructed 20 years ago. The team at YSS has researched, planned, and prepared for an opportunity to address the needs of youth and families in North Iowa.

The campus transformation will place an emphasis on trauma-informed care and design, offering a welcoming environment conducive to recovery. The goal of trauma-informed care and design is to improve one’s sense of identity, worth, dignity, and empowerment – all key aspects of maintaining mental health and healing.

After renovations are complete, the campus will feature a new wellness center, an updated education wing, a renovated inpatient unit for adolescent addiction treatment, a new crisis intake center, and significant improvements to the expanding outpatient behavioral health clinic. This project has been designed from the ground up and includes best practices to ensure best-in-class care.

Campaign Resources

The team at YSS Francis Lauer have compiled a series of testimonials from community stakeholders, referral sources, and the youth and families impacted by the organization. Click here to catch up on latest videos.

The youth, families, and staff of YSS Francis Lauer appreciate your consideration in supporting the Building Hope Community Campaign. Click here to make a contribution to help transform the campus, change lives, and build hope in North Iowa.

Click here to download a copy of the Building Hope Community Campaign booklet.

Click here to download the Building Hope Community Campaign press release.

For more information about the Building Hope Community Campaign, please contact Shanda Hansen, Community-Based Center Director, at (641) 423-7362 x5225 or email shansen@yss.org.

Community Impact Testimonials

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