Ember Recovery Campus

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

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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 Ember:

  • 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.



Ember Visionaries
CICS - $10 million
Adele & Dean Bowden - $1.5 million
Linda & Tom Koehn - $1 million
Variety - The Children's Charity - $1 million
Sharon and Jeff Becker
Jan & George Beran
Mary Ann & Jim Black
Lohse Family Foundation Fund
Prairie Meadows Legacy Grant
Ember Champions
Renewable Energy Group
Underwood Family Foundation
The Sehgal Family Foundation
Ember Innovators
JoAnn & Curtis Clark
Jon, Emily, Phil & Susan Sargent
Pam & Dan Sargent
Wise Family Foundation
Fareway Stores, Inc.
Ember Supporters
Lynell Dougherty
Randi and Steve Peters
Monica and Max Porter
Nancy and Keith Swanson
Erin and Noah Wendt
Kathi and Larry Zimpleman
Ember Friends
Frances and Roger Armstrong
Sue and Bill Ballard
Rick Bartosh
George Belitsos and Peter Wolfe
Barbara Bellizzi
Sarah and J. Ben Buck
Callyn's Crusaders
Collin Cheatham
Margaret and William Connet
Patricia and Michael Bird
Darrell Jebsen
Sheryl and David Thomas
Ellen Corwin
Paula Curran
Bradley Duckstein
Judi and Gary Eyles
Allison and Jim Fleming
Clare and James Frevert
Mary Gallagher
Glenn Goecke
Henry G. and Norma A. Peterson Trust
Jerry Jones
Pat and Louis Banitt
Bonnie and David Orth
Theresa and Renald Bernard
Karen and Thomas Smith
Dianna Jordan
Roberta Milinsky
Patricia Miller
Mary Neubauer and Larry Loss
Patty and Jim Cownie Charitable Fund
Gerald Peterson
Julene Powell
Carolyn and Scott Raymond
Mary Kay and Dennis Rhodes
Chris and Todd Berryhill
Gina and Mark Erickson
Allison and Thomas Greenwald
Mary Jo and Jack Swanson
Shannon Rose
Betty and Rodney Ruppel
Evelyn and Richard Shibles
Suzy and John Shierholz
Linda Simpson
Judy Stammeyer
Karen Wagner
Skip Walter
Natalie and Mike Welter
Karen and Jonathan Wickert
Melissa and Austin Woodin
Julie and Greg Perkins
Stephen VanHouten
Amy and Greg Hawthorne
Jean and Selden Spencer
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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 our cause.
Contact us to get involved, receive more information and help make this campus a reality.


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 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.

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