Human Support Services

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Clients and staff of Human Support Services (HSS) have spent countless summer afternoons fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking on the grounds of Camp Wartburg, a Lutheran retreat center and summer camp facility outside Waterloo. It was through these activities that Robert "Bob" Polansky, executive director of Camp Wartburg, first came to experience the people and culture...

HSS saw 46% more youth in our mental health counseling program in the first quarter of this fiscal year than ever before. What kind of mental health concerns are the children of our community facing? We see youth who are dealing with a variety of concerns, from depression and anxiety related to school and family issues, to...

One worker spends his nights caring for adults with intellectual disabilities, and his days working a job part-time to make ends meet. Two others left their caregiver jobs last year to become waitresses, choosing better pay over a fulfilling career they loved. Many more here at Human Support Services (HSS) are logging 60-plus hour work weeks...

  Pictures are worth a thousand words but there isn’t a photograph that will show you all that we do here at Human Support Services (HSS.) Our services are complicated and not always pretty. Suicide prevention, substance abuse treatment, job training for those with intellectual or developmental disabilities - these are not the billboard photo-worthy services that capture...

Left untreated, addiction is a wrecking ball – destroying careers, relationships, finances and even life itself.   Ultimately, the repercussions of addiction affect everyone in its path – from the person struggling to overcome it to their families and friends. That’s why loving an addict, and supporting them through the highs and lows of their struggle, can...