Girls happily reading their books - at Orchard Place Des Moines

We did it! Orchard Place Receives Sanctuary Certification



Orchard Place, mental health experts for Iowa's children, is proud to announce it has achieved Sanctuary Certification.  This has been accomplished after three years of organizational training to reflect the Sanctuary Model, a blueprint for clinical and organizational change. Orchard Place is the only organization in Iowa to have received Sanctuary Certification.

This model promotes safety and recovery from adversity by teaching a trauma-informed care approach to organizational change and treatment.  This training recognizes that just as humans are susceptible to adversity, organizations themselves are equally as vulnerable.

"We are very proud to receive our certification for the past three years of work to create a safer, healthier organization," said Orchard Place Chief Executive Officer Anne Starr.  "This would not have been possible without the hard work of our employees who recognize the importance and positive outcomes the Sanctuary Model provides."

Funding for the project came from the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, the Gartner Foundation, Mid Iowa Health Foundation, Principal Financial Group and the United Way of Central Iowa.

The Sanctuary Model originated in the Philadelphia area in the early 1980's, created by Dr. Sandra Bloom and her colleagues.  Dr. Bloom was a featured speaker at the 2014 Trauma Informed Care Conference that was sponsored by Orchard Place.  Over time, the model has been adapted for a wide range of human service organizations.

Now that Sanctuary Certification has been achieved, Orchard Place will continue to build on the Model's seven commitments that include; growth and change, democracy, social responsibility, open communication, social learning, emotional, and nonviolence.