Dubuque, IA (PRWEB) June 10, 2014
Riverview Center, who provides support, legal and medical advocacy, counseling, and information for people affected by sexual assault or sexual abuse, has added two offices in previously underserved areas: Decorah, Iowa and Postville, Iowa to ensure access to services for survivors in Clayton, Allamakee, Winneshiek, and Howard Counties. Services will also be provided at public locations throughout these communities to meet the needs of survivors.
“We are pleased to provide these fundamental services to the people of the Decorah and Postville areas. It is our goal to bring hope and help, education and awareness, legal and medical advocacy, and one-on-one counseling to those in need,” says Faye Clark, Executive Director, Riverview Center. “Our two newest Riverview advocates, Sally Leibold in Decorah and Gina Makris in Postville, are experienced, qualified and compassionate. Their dedication will make a difference in these communities.”
Sally Leibold, who operates the Decorah office, brings almost two decades of experience in social work and human services to her new post. With a B.S. degree in Human Services from Upper Iowa University, Ms. Leibold’s prior employment includes seven years at Families First as a specialist in child sexual abuse, and before that, at Spectrum Network serving adults with mental and physical disabilities. Previously, Ms. Leibold volunteered for more than 10 years at Helping Services, serving victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence. Ms. Leibold is already actively reaching out in Decorah, networking and presenting information to community groups and at Luther College. The Decorah office is located at 1111 South Paine Street, Suite F. Telephone is: 563-380-3332.
Advocate Gina Makris manages Postville’s new Riverview Center office. Ms. Makris has worked in rural areas helping to meet individual’s basic needs for more than 15 years and has many years of experience in community and human services. Ms. Makris is bilingual (Spanish/English) and has lived and worked in cities and rural communities all over the world. She will call upon this practical knowledge to serve multicultural Postville. Ms. Makris holds a post-doctorate master’s degree in law and policy from Vermont Law School, and Ms. Makris is actively networking and organizing in Postville. Riverview Center’s Postville office can be reached at 563-513-8507.
Riverview Center is a nonprofit agency committed to providing compassionate, survivor-centered care for individuals affected by sexual violence in 14 counties in Iowa and for individuals affected by sexual and domestic violence in 2 counties in Illinois. Founded in 1992, Riverview Center’s free services include a 24-hour crisis hotline (888-557-0310 for sexual assault; 815-777-3680 for domestic violence), legal, medical, and social service advocacy, and counseling services. More information can be accessed at http://www.riverviewcenter.org.