Youth Recovery Campus

YSS is excited to announce plans for a new youth recovery campus near Cambridge, Iowa. Located in a serene, nature-based setting, the facility will provide crisis stabilization, emergency shelter, and residential addiction treatment for youth.

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Save the Date

Join us as we official break ground on this exciting project!

YSS Youth Recovery Campus Groundbreaking
Tuesday, Aug. 9
10 a.m.
Campus site
32385 580th Avenue
Cambridge, Iowa

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Introducing Ember

We are excited to announce the official campus name: Ember. A small glowing fragment of a fire that can be revived, Ember reminds families and youth there is always hope. There is still enough fire in their hearts to overcome life’s challenges.

About the Project

Thanks to generous friends, donors, and a transformational investment from CICS and the state of Iowa, YSS is planning to create a place that will provide treatment and support for Iowa youth.

A modern, homelike residential space will complement and enhance YSS services. The best-in-class facility will include retreat-style cottages, wellness and recreation areas, nature trails, and therapy spaces.

Our vision for the campus:

  • Multi-building campus that takes a holistic approach to treatment and recovery
  • Nature-based environment that supports mental wellbeing
  • Centrally located and close to other community-based services and YSS headquarters in Ames
  • A safe and welcoming place that complements YSS’s successful, wrap-around services
  • Shared spaces specifically designed with youth’s needs in mind

In addition to upgraded facilities, we’re adapting and enhancing our programs and approach to give youth new tools. The additional support extends beyond our facilities and includes an alumni network for peer support and innovations such as a collegiate recovery program.


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Campus Supporters
$500,000+
CICS $10 million
Dean Bowden $1.5 million
Lohse Family Foundation Fund
Dean Bowden
George Beran
Mary Ann Black
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Campus Supporters
$200,000+
Underwood Family Foundation
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Campus Supporters
$100,000+
Curtis Clark
Dan Sargent
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Campus Supporters
Under $100,000
Keith Swanson
Max Porter
Lynell M Dougherty
Randi Peters
James Austin
John Shierholz
Skip Walter
Austin Woodin
Sarah and J. Ben Buck
Natalie Welter
Patty and Jim Cownie Charitable Fund
Jonathan Wickert
Roberta Milinsky
Scott Raymond
George Belitsos
Ellen Corwin
Dennis Rhodes
Glenn Goecke
Jerry Jones
Mary Gallagher
Roger Armstrong
William Connet
Collin Cheatham
Judy Stammeyer
Linda Simpson
Julene Powell
Shannon ROSE
Barbara Bellizzi
Patricia Miller
Rodney Ruppel
Bill Ballard
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Get Involved

You can be part of this amazing project focused on youth mental health and addiction services in Central Iowa.

Champion

Champion our cause.
Contact us to get involved, receive more information and help make this campus a reality.

Invite

Invite other people to come along with YSS on our journey.
Tell your friends and family about this transformational project, which will impact youth around the state.

Invest

Invest your time, treasure and talents.
Give to YSS, or contact YSS President & CEO Andrew Allen at AAllen@yss.org to learn how you can support the campus project.

FAQ

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley congratulates YSS on the unveiling of its new youth recovery campus and recognizes all the organization is doing to help youth and families across the state.

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