ESC Facility Information
American Home Finding’s Emergency Shelter Care program started in 1979. The current facility was built in Agency Iowa in 1990.
Emergency Shelter Care is designed to service up to 15 individuals and is a licensed co-ed facility. Residents at the Shelter are school age up to 18 years of age. These individuals are placed due to a family or personal crisis.
The average stay is less than 30 days while the family, social worker and/or juvenile court considers placements options.
Families and young persons can make a self-referral, however appropriate written authorization must be obtained from a parent, guardian or juvenile court in order to remain. The Shelter is funded through a Contract with the Iowa Department of Human Services.
Residents are given daily responsibilities, participate in group discussions, have planned recreational activities and attend school when in session.
The Shelter has a point system through which residents may earn privileges and receive an allowance. The residents are paid an allowance for completing their assigned chores and duties. Residents may use their points to make phone calls to their parents, workers and relatives. Residents may receive calls from 8 AM to 9 PM. Residents may receive mail which is confidential, however, any mail or packages that are suspicious, may be required to be opened in front of staff.
All residents are required to attend school unless they have a diploma or GED.
Residents need to provide their own clothing, which is marked and inventoried into the Shelter. Residents are responsible for their own possessions.
Family members are welcome to visit and are asked to please call staff 24 hours before coming to the Shelter. Visitation is expected to be courteous and follow staff suggestions as residents earn the privilege for off grounds visits.
Medical /Dental Care & Emergencies:
Upon admission, the guardian is required to sign a medical consent form. This enables us to obtain medical, dental or emergency care. In an emergency situation, be assured that efforts will be made to contact the parent or guardian as soon as possible.
Shelter Residents are given daily responsibilities, participate in group discussions, have planned recreational activities and attend school when in session.
Judy Davidson, Director Agency Iowa