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Our Impact

We help you help your community! How? By making a difference right here in the Sioux Empire in the lives of children, families, individuals with disabilities and older adults. Here are just a few examples:

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Young children who are read to frequently are more likely to count to 20, write their own names, read or pretend to read.

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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program provides free books to children in the mail until age 5.  Over 10,600 children receive books each month.  Studies show that parents who have access to books are four times more likely to read and share books with their children.  This goes up to eight times more for mothers who receive welfare.  80% of local surveyed parents said that they read more often to their children as a direct result of Imagination Library.

 

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85.3% of Sioux Falls school-aged children live in households where all the parents work outside the home.

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Sioux Falls Family YMCA’s Middle School After School program provided a variety of activities to 835 students at five middle schools last year. 73% of those students feel that the program has helped them to make better decisions, and 77% feel that the program has helped them to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

 

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The count of homelessness in January 2014 in Minnehaha County, found 488 people homeless adults including 146 children. 25% of the homeless person surveyed reported they had full-time employment.

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Community Outreach’s Genesis mentoring program pairs volunteer mentors with homeless or near homeless families to help stabilize and focus on financial literacy.  Last year, 71 households were served through Genesis.  99% of participants achieved or maintained permanent housing one year after entering the Genesis program. 

 

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Research suggests that 60-80% of adults in the United States diagnosed with a mental illness are unemployed, and for individuals with severe mental illnesses that rate is as high as 90%.

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Southeastern Behavioral HealthCare’s Employment Connection program assisted 148 individuals suffering from mental illness in their career development last year.  40 job placements were made, generating $281,842 in income and saving the public $56,332.

 

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Inclusive recreation programs provide a setting for individuals with disabilities to experience social inclusion and develop friendships with people who share common interests.

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Augustana’s FriendsLink provides social/recreational and educational activities for adults with disabilities.  Last year, 62 different group activities and 84 small group or one-on-one activities were held.  45 individuals with disabilities benefited from the program. Stable and rewarding interpersonal relationships are arguably the single most important factor influencing a person’s quality of life.    

 

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The US Census Bureau estimates that more than 27% of South Dakota’s population will be over the age of 60 by 2030, an increase of 38% from 2012.

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Lutheran Social Services' Better Together program establishes trusting relationships and social opportunities between matched older adults and volunteers. This new initiative will create 20 new friendships this year, combatting loneliness and increasing quality of life.