50 years of helping overcome addictions

A group of CFR employees and board members gathered for a photo after their 50th anniversary celebration in Clarion. Photo by Kacey Ginn

In 1968, in the former Mercy Hospital building in Fort Dodge, a small human service organization got its start. The organization? Community and Family Resources, which today helps thousands of people in north central Iowa improve their lives by overcoming addictions. Fifty years after their start, they’re beginning construction on a new building and celebrating how far they’ve come.

The organization plans to hold a 50th anniversary celebration in all eight counties they serve (Webster, Hamilton, Wright, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Calhoun, Boone and Story). On Friday, CFR held the Wright County celebration in the Professional Building in Clarion.

Many community guests enjoyed a lunch and words from members of the organization.

Lauris Olson, a long-time CFR board member from Story County who attended the celebration, said CFR counselors do a great job of encouraging and not judging their clients, even when they “fall off the wagon.”

“We make the choice every day…” Olson said, “but there are life circumstances that I think our staff can help the clients through and help them deal with the types of situations that come into their life.”


For the full story, see the May 10 edition of the Monitor.