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Variety – the Children’s Charity Impacts Youth Mental Health through Grant


Variety – the Children’s Charity Impacts Youth Mental Health through Grant

“At Orchard Place, we understand that anxiety, depression, history of trauma, being away from home, and other worries may keep kids up at night,” said Anne Starr, CEO of Orchard Place.

Yet, a good night’s sleep is essential to healing. “Without adequate sleep, ability to problem solve, focus, learn in school, and manage emotions can be significantly lessened,” said Isabella North, tLMHC, CADC, who provides mental health therapy for youth in the intensive residential treatment program at Orchard Place Campus. “On average, youth need anywhere from 8-12 hours of sleep.”

“Thank you to Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa for your generous grant to support our Campus Furniture Campaign,” said Starr. “This funding will help us make each bedroom on Campus a safe, cozy space for a child in treatment to rest, read, and recharge.”

About Us  

Orchard Place is a leading Iowa nonprofit dedicated to helping youth with mental and/or behavioral health challenges.  Our mission is Developing Strong Futures.  In 2022, Orchard Place cared for 7,029 youth through inpatient, outpatient, and community-based programs. Our branches include Campus, Child Guidance Center, and PACE. To learn more about our programs and services including how to refer a youth, career and volunteer opportunities, or make a donation, please visit www.orchardplace.org  

About Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa 

Variety - the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are underprivileged, at-risk, critically ill or living with special needs. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children in our community.  

For more information on Variety grants and programs please visit Home - Variety - The Children's Charity | Iowa (varietyiowa.com).