State legislators and other departments had a chance to learn more about the Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS) program. FaDSS Day on the Hill happens every year at the State Capitol Rotunda. Sieda Family Support Services Director Rebecca Falck, FaDSS Program Manager Deb Shubat, and FaDSS Generalists Jamie Anderson, Dianne Hendee, Stephanie Coffin, Melissa Maxey, and Joy Olson represented Sieda’s FaDSS program.
This year’s theme was “FaDSS: Thirty Years and Counting.” The event included informational booths. Furthermore, opening an opportunity for Iowa legislators to speak with FaDSS staff and participants. Sieda FaDSS’s are happy to have made contact with all five of the new legislators, and three incumbents.
Most importantly, Day on the Hill allows participants a chance to express how the program has affected their lives. Even if not in person their comments and stories were on Sieda’s display. Due to the theme, Sieda’s booth poster was based on thirty years of Sieda FaDSS. Therefore, the images collected for the film strip span back well over a decade. The stories about FaDSS participants are as old as 2010. However, the participant comments are from the last couple year.
In conclusion, FaDSS Program Manager Deb Shubat is pleased with the day and her FaDSS Generalists. She said, “I am so proud to be a part of this FaDSS team… It was especially rewarding to hear a legislator ask for a specific worker when they came to our display… they knew our Agency and specific names because they had received a personal invite/email from that FaDSS worker… The interaction I heard with visitors to our table was informative, and delivered in a friendly and positive manner.”