MFLCares Gives Back to Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center

Midwest Family Lending’s Mark Engleman presents Taylor Sullivan, communication & technology coordinator with Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center, a donation of $1800 through Midwest Family Lending’s MFLCares program.

Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center (CIAC) has received an $1800 donation through Midwest Family Lending’s MFLCares program. The funds will be used in support the local nonprofit’s mission to “unite communities to end violence and oppression for all people.”

“Each day we face the worst of what humans can do to each other and the ways systems often fail survivors,” says Taylor Sullivan, Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center’s communication & technology coordinator. “When a business like Midwest Family Lending takes the time to hear our mission, it’s also coming alongside us to see violence and oppression in its own communities and doing something about it. Thank you for choosing to donate and support our mission to make our communities stronger and safer.”

Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month that is dear to their hearts to receive a donation.

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“It was important to me to support a worthwhile charity in my community,” says Mark Engleman, mortgage loan originator with Midwest Family Lending. “When I learned about all CIAC does to support the diverse needs of fellow Iowans whom have been hurt by others, I knew our team would agree this cause needed to be on our calendar for 2019.”

What They Do

Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center is an amazing resource serving these diverse needs in 10 southwestern Iowa counties. The center’s services are free, voluntary, confidential and available to all without discrimination. Trained advocates provide acute crisis response and long-term advocacy services. Crisis intervention includes support, listening, information, options and assessing danger. Advocacy includes exploring alternatives, formulating action plans and providing follow up and resources. 

  • A sexual assault occurs in the U.S. once every three minutes.*
  • One in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually assaulted before his or her 18th birthday.
  • Battering is the major cause of injury to women between the ages of 18 and 44.

Access to support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, homicide, violent crime and those experiencing homelessness is even more challenging for those living in rural communities, like much of the state of Iowa.

How can you help?

Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center could not provide its many services to the community without the help of its many volunteers and supporters. Opportunities to help include:

Start by checking out these links to learn how to support someone affected by domestic violence or sexual assault.

  • Staffing the 24-hour crisis line.
  • Helping to educate the community about Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center, the services provided and the dynamics of domestic abuse and sexual assault
  • Providing child care during support group sessions or assisting with office operations, facility maintenance, deliveries, etc.
  • Donating money, making in-kind donations, including Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center in your will or other planned giving vehicle, or by helping to plan a fundraising event

Your support offers hope to these victims.

“By supporting survivors we aim to unite communities to promote social change.”

– Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and to community impact. Check out our calendar to learn more about all the great causes in our area MFLCares has supported this year.

*Data from Supportingsurvivors.org

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MFLCares About Christian Opportunity Center

Thankful. Grateful. Blessed. These words adorn everything from throw pillows to dish towels currently on display on store shelves and remind us that November is a season of gratitude. We have so much to be thankful for in the harvest season and throughout the year.

We often don’t think about the blessings of finding purpose through employment or autonomy in daily activities of living. These are gifts people with disabilities don’t take for granted.

November’s MFLCares Charity Christian Opportunity Center (COC) has been proving what’s possible for Iowans with disabilities for 50 years. COC prides itself on its caring and quality staff and its responsiveness to the needs and wants of the people it serves.

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“Christian Opportunity Center (COC) is so incredibly grateful to be chosen as the November MFLCares’ recipient,” says Amy Zuck, COC’s public information director. “This donation will truly make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities in our residential, vocational and spiritual services.”

Christian Opportunity Center (COC) staff and volunteers provide services to more than 300 people with disabilities in four regions of southern Iowa. COC offers a full range of services for working and living in Des Moines, Indianola, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, and Pella. Work skills training includes the Community-Based Employment (CBE) program and small group employment. Training in living skills includes homes with 24-hour staff support, apartments with minimal staff support, and community-based living arrangements with follow-along support.

Midwest Family Lending employees selected COC as November’s charity after learning about the impact the public benefit corporation has had on one of the team’s family members.

“When we heard the reason COC was chosen, it made this experience so special to us,” Amy says. “To be selected by a family member of an individual that we have supported in the past for this donation truly touched every employee of COC’s heart.” 

Check out this video featuring interviews with COC employees and people supported to learn more:

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and community impact. Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month that is dear to their hearts to receive a donation. Check out our calendar to learn more about these great causes in our area.

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MFLCares Gives Back to Bryce’s Warriors Foundation

Pictured from left to right: Midwest Family Lending President Chuck West presents Derek and Michelle Draisey of Bryce’s Warriors Foundation a donation of $1800 through the company’s MFLCares program.

Though each of the charities MFLCares supports throughout the year are meaningful to Midwest Family Lending’s employees, Bryce’s Warriors Foundation holds a special significance. Bryce was the son of one of our loan officers, and Bryce’s memory and impact lives on through the foundation in his name. Midwest Family Lending was honored to present a $1800 donation to this cause dear to our hearts.

“We thank Midwest Family Lending for this very generous donation,” says Bryce’s Warriors Foundation’s Michelle Draisey. “This kind of financial support will allow Bryce’s Warriors to expand the support that we give to heart transplant children and their families. Our very small and modest charity is growing because of people and businesses like Midwest Family Lending. You are the reason we are able to find new areas that we can make an impact in the lives of these children and their families.”

Bryce’s Warriors Foundation supports the Bryce Draisey Memorial Dollars for Scholars scholarship fund, families of children waiting for and who have had heart transplants, Children’s Miracle Network and Iowa Donor Network. Funds raised through the Foundation also provide Thanksgiving meals to children and families in the PICU at University of Iowa Hospitals, as well as food and gas cards to those families in need while a child is living at the hospital.

“MFLCares is a blessing to Bryce’s Warriors as our largest single donor three years in a row now. We can’t thank you enough!”

-Michelle Draisey, Bryce’s Warriors Foundation and mother of Bryce

Record Funds Raised at the 7th Annual Bryce Draisey Memorial Golf Tournament

The majority of Bryce’s Warrior’s funds are raised through an annual golf tournament held each September at which Midwest Family Lending staff participated. About 130 golfers attended the 7th Annual Bryce Draisey Memorial Golf Tournament, which raised record funds of about $18,000!

The Draiseys credit the event’s success to the ideas, support and hard work of Bryce’s Warrior’s volunteer board.

“Derek, Brooklyn, and I would like to thank everyone who was involved this year whether you donated funds, prizes, raffles items or treats, helped out with the tournament, or played in the tournament,” Michelle says. “To all of those who have been involved with Bryce’s Warriors since day one, in any capacity, your continued love and support overwhelms us continually.”

Learn more about Bryce’s Warriors Foundation and its four missions here. Bryce was proud to spread his story to as many people as he could to create awareness for organ donation. In doing this, he also spread a story of love, courage, and forgiveness that all who knew him will remember.

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and community impact. Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month that is dear to their hearts to receive a donation. Check out our calendar to learn more about these great causes in our area.

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MFLCares about Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center

Each day we face the worst of what humans can do to each other and the ways systems often fail survivors.

  • A sexual assault occurs in the U.S. once every three minutes.*
  • One in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually assaulted before his or her 18th birthday.
  • Battering is the major cause of injury to women between the ages of 18 and 44.

Access to support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse, sexual abuse, homicide, violent crime and those experiencing homelessness  is even more challenging for those living in rural communities, like much of the state of Iowa. Thankfully, an amazing resource exists to serve these diverse needs in 10 southwestern Iowa counties.

Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center, MFLCares’ October charity, “unites communities to end violence and oppression for all people.”

The center’s services are free, voluntary, confidential and available to all without discrimination. Trained advocates provide acute crisis response and longterm advocacy services.

Crisis Intervention includes support, listening, information, options and assessing danger. Advocacy includes exploring alternatives, formulating action plans and providing follow up and resources.

“When a business like Midwest Family Lending takes the time to hear our mission, it’s also coming alongside us to see violence and oppression in its own communities and doing something about it,” says Taylor Sullivan, Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center’s communication & technology coordinator.  “Thank you for choosing to donate and support our mission to make our communities stronger and safer.”

How can you help?

Start by checking out these links to learn how to support someone affected by domestic violence or sexual assault. Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center could not provide its many services to the community without the help of its many volunteers and supporters. Opportunities to help include:

  • Staffing the 24-hour crisis line.
  • Helping to educate the community about Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center, the services provide,d and the dynamics of domestic abuse and sexual assault
  • Providing child care during support group sessions or assisting with office operations, facility maintenance, deliveries, etc.
  • Donating money, making in-kind donations, including Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center in your will or other planned giving vehicle, or by helping to plan a fundraising event

Your support offers hope to these victims.

“By supporting survivors we aim to unite communities to promote social change.”


– Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and to community impact. Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month that is dear to their hearts to receive a donation. Check out our calendar to learn more about these great causes in our area.

*Data from Supportingsurvivors.org

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MFLCares Remembers Iowa’s Fallen Heroes through Iowa C.O.P.S.


Midwest Family Lending’s Jason Pleggenkuhle presents Concerns of Police Survivors Iowa Chapter Director Toni Galetich-Christofferson with a donation from the MFLCares program at our Urbandale office on September 12. Funds will be used to support surviving family members and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.

“Remembering their Sacrifices – Honoring their Surviving Families”

Police offers are pillars of strengthen in our communities.

When an officer is killed in the line of duty, the ripple effect has a wide impact. Surviving family members and affected co-workers have both immediate and ongoing needs, explained Toni Galetich-Christofferson, Iowa Chapter Director of  Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) when visiting with Midwest Family Lending staff about the nonprofit organization’s mission.

Iowa C.O.P.S. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. The nonprofit organization provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to provide ongoing support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.

All donations made to Iowa C.O.P.S. stays in Iowa to support Iowa survivors. Monies are used to support such activities as sending families to National Police Week in Washington, DC, the funeral response team, cost of training, and other related activities.

“Knowing the donation from Midwest Family Lending will be used to help a family in need through such a worthy charity is an awesome feeling,” says Jason Pleggenkuhle, the mortgage loan originator with Midwest Family Lending who nominated Iowa C.O.P.S. to be selected as one of MFLCares’ 2019 charities. “I hope to raise awareness so other will take the time to learn more about the organization and to donate as well.”

Funding for Iowa C.O.P.S. comes solely through individual donations and the proceeds from fundraising events, such as the annual Black and Blue Ball, held in March. The chapter is in need of donations and volunteers for the following:

  • Black & Blue Ball
  • Iowa C.O.P.S RABRAI Bike Team
  • Golf Tournament
  • Seeking grants and grant writing
  • Becoming a funeral response team member
  • Becoming a C.O.P.S. elected board member
  • Becoming a newsletter contributor
  • Becoming a sponsor for events
  • Obtaining a funeral response trailer
  • Making mourning bands
  • Assisting with fundraising

For more information, visit Iowa C.O.P.S.’ website.

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and to community impact. Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month that is dear to their hearts to receive a donation. Check out our calendar to learn more about these great causes in our area.

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MFLCares Gives Back to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Iowa Chapter

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America. (HDSA) is “the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families. It’s mission is:

• To help individuals affected by Huntington’s Disease and their families through support and services

• To educate both the public and health care professionals about Huntington’s Disease

• To promote and support research directed at discovering a treatment and ultimately a cure for Huntington’s disease.

While there is still no cure for HD, today there is more hope than ever that we can beat this disease. Until then, our chapter will strive to provide support and sustenance to our HD families, knowing that while research provides hope for the future, We must provide care for our HD community today. We have become an active community, educating ourselves, sharing information, and advocating for ourselves and our loved ones.”

For more information, visit http://iowa.hdsa.org.

The 2019 HDSA Celebration of Hope Gala is one way to support this important cause and to opportunity to honor those individuals and families whose contributions during the past year have advanced the cause of the HD community. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Jordan Creek Holiday Inn in West Des Moines. Enjoy an evening featuring fine cuisine, cocktails, live music as well as live and silent auctions while supporting an important mission.

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and community impact. Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month that is dear to their hearts to receive a donation. Check out our calendar to learn more about these great causes in our area.

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MFLCares’ September Spotlight: Bryce’s Warriors

Bryce Draisey was a happy and presumably healthy 11-year-old boy when he was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy. Over the next 2+ years, he endured several surgeries, including a heart transplant, rejection of his new heart, many hospital stays and many other health complications that arose during that time. He endured all of this believing that each day is a new one and the trials, sadness, or anger that may have happened yesterday no longer matter today. He took his health problems seriously and complied with all of his doctors’ instructions, but he also took all of it in stride most of the time. He just wanted to be a normal teenager who went to school and had fun with friends.

Bryce was proud to spread his story to as many people as he could to create awareness for organ donation. In doing this, he also spread a story of love, courage, and forgiveness that all who knew him will remember.

MFLCares is honored to support Bryce’s Warriors and its four missions:

  1. To tell Bryce Draisey’s story in hopes of raising awareness for organ donation and encouraging people to sign up to be organ donors.
  2. To provide scholarships to graduating seniors at Southeast Polk High School in memory of Bryce Draisey who died of complications after a heart transplant while awaiting his second heart transplant.
  3. To provide financial and emotional support to families of pediatric patients who are waiting for or have received a heart transplant.
  4. To give back to other organizations who made a large impact in the life of Bryce Draisey and his family during his battle with his health and who continue to help children in need.

Help keep Bryce’s memory alive and other families in need by participating in the 7th Annual Bryce Draisey Memorial Golf Tournament. The 4-Person Best Ball event will be held Saturday, September 28 at Terrace Hills Golf Course in Altoona, IA. Please register by September 14. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and dinner provided by Smokey D’s. Hole sponsorships are also available. Questions? Please contact Derek Draisey at 515-564-9524 or at bryceswarriors@gmail.com

MFLCares is a program of Midwest Family Lending, a local mortgage company committed to creating customers for life and community impact. Through MFLCares, Midwest Family Lending employees nominate and select one cause a month that is dear to their hearts to receive a donation. Check out our calendar to learn more about these great causes in our area.

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March of Dimes selected as June’s MFLCares recipient

MFLCares is proud to support March of Dimes’ mission to improve the health of all moms and babies. For 80 years, March of Dimes has helped millions of babies survive and thrive. The national nonprofit with a local Iowa chapter is committed to leveling the playing field for all moms and babies, no matter their age, socio-economic background or demographics. March of Dimes fights for the health of all moms and babies.

From MarchofDimes.com, “We’re advocating for policies to protect them. We’re working to radically improve the health care they receive. We’re pioneering research to find solutions. We’re empowering families with the knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies. By uniting communities, we’re building a brighter future for us all.”

Support Iowa’s March of Dimes chapter by purchasing tickets to its upcoming Signature Chefs Auction – the annual gathering of the area’s finest culinary talent in support of the March of Dimes. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at The Ron Pearson Center, located at 5820 Westown Pkwy in West Des Moines, IA. Taste the chef’s creations before taking your seats for the Live Auction and Fund the Mission. Enjoy dessert while you bid on one of our unique packages, and raise your paddle to give generously to save babies.

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MFLCares about Iowa COPS

In the month of August MFLCares charity is Iowa COPS. Iowa Concerns of Police Survivors, C.O.P.S. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Iowa C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to provide ongoing support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.

All donations made to Iowa C.O.P.S. stays in Iowa to support Iowa survivors. Monies are used to support such activities as sending families to National Police Week in Washington, DC, the funeral response team, cost of training, and other related activities

Check out FaceBook to learn more about how they continue to give back to fallen police officer families and survivors.
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MFLCares about Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Iowa Chapter

HDSA is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families.

The HDSA mission:
• To help individuals affected by Huntington’s Disease and their families through support and services
• To educate both the public and health care professionals about Huntington’s Disease
• To promote and support research directed at discovering a treatment and ultimately a cure for Huntington’s disease.

While there is still no cure for HD, today there is more hope than ever that we can beat this disease. Until then, they will strive to provide support and sustenance to our HD families, knowing that while research provides hope for the future. They have become an active community, educating ourselves, sharing information, and advocating for others and there loved ones.

A future event to attend is the Ankeny Team Hope Walk, Saturday August 24th. Please watch our page for further registration information.

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