Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - April 21, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Open House Monday at Oldest, Newest Homes for Children
By Tom Fruehling
Open houses will be held Monday at Cedar Rapids’ oldest and youngest group homes for emotionally disturbed adolescents.
Heartwood, which has been known as the Children’s Home for much of its 95-year history, will be open to the public from ll a m. to 3:30 p.m.
And its new sister home, Maplewood, will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Ceremonies will take place on the front lawn of the center, located at 1950 Fourth avenue SE.
vale, non-profit organizations with an appointed board of directors. Mike Prosser has been the full-time, salaried, executive director since August of 1972.
Heartwood, at 519 Fifteenth street NE, had its beginning in 1879 when it was founded as the Industrial School and Home association. For a period, it was also a home for aged wromen.
In 1888 it was renamed the Home for the Friendless and became the Children’s Home in 1940. The home has been at its present location since 1900.
Both homes operate as prl- Since Prosser has been at
the helm, the home has undergone a gradual transition from housing orphans, the poor and a variety of other youths to dealing only with the emotionally disturbed.
In addition to the name change. Heartwood has renovated its building, according to Prosser. All rooms have been individualized, and lounge areas have been added. Also, two counseling offices have been established on the second floor, and the third floor is now given over to ails and crafts activities.
The home can accommodate 14 youngsters, Prosser says,
Law Club Plans Mo ck
Murder Trial on May 1
The Linn County Law club will stage a mock trial, which will be open to the public, as part of the Law day observance in Cedar Rapids, James Affeldt, chairman of the project, announced Saturday.
The simulation will be based on the records of an actual Iowa murder trial which was conducted several years ago.
“Purpose of the mock trial presentation will be to provide people with an opportunity to see how a trial is conducted,” Affeldt said. “We hope it will give them a clearer insight into the functioning of criminal law.”
The Linn County Legal Secretaries will w'ork in cooperation with the Law club in presenting the project.
The “trial” will start at 7 p.m. May I in a third floor' courtroom of the Linn county courthouse.
District Judge James H.
Carter has consented to preside over the trial, Affeldt said.
The Law club also selected four attorneys to “prepare the 'case” and to present it — Benjamin Blackstock and Frank Mitvalsky for the defense; and Eugene Kopecky and Van Zimmer for the prosecution.
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The annual nationwide Law day observance is not a “lawyer’s day,” the Linn County Bar Assn. emphasized Saturday.
It was established by a joint resolution of the congress and presidential proclamation as I “a special day of celebration by the American people in appreci-j ation of their liberties” and as an occasion for “rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under law.”
Kiwanis club will serve as host for the 1974 Law' Day public luncheon at which speaker will be Fletcher Thompson of Washington, D . C ., assistant! director of the identification di-j vision of the FBI.
India's Ban on Alcohol Flops
NEW DEHU (UPI)—A ‘'ban-the-booze” campaign has virtually collapsed in India almost before it got started.
None of the 13 states which sent representatives to a federal prohibition committee meeting would agree to enforce a total ban on alcohol. Most maintained | they could not afford to lose the substantial revenue frairn excise duties on liquor.
Under Article 47 of the Indian constitution, enforcement of prohibition rests with the states.! And some which have been dry for years now- have decided to go wet to curb bootlegging and boost their incomes.
Today only one of India’s 211 states — Gujarat — is totally dry.
but now has eight, ranging in age from 14 to 18.
Maplewood, in a large, five-bedroom old home that the organization purchased early this year, is devoted to adolescent girls. Four are there now, but eight can be accommodated.
Prosser said this home, which has been in operation since the first of February, is for girls who are “mild to moderately disturbed.”
These girls function “pretty near normal,” the director commented. He said that while girls could be referred directly to Maplewood, it is intended for this home to be a continuation of Heartwood.
Those girls at Heartwood who have shown a “high degree of responsibility” will transfer to Maplewood, Prosser noted.
He said that he thinks it important for those girls at Heartwood who show an improved “change in behavior” to be given more indepen-d e n c e and responsibility, which is possible at Maplewood.
He stressed that those at Maplewood “live as a family” with the adult supervisors who live at the home. “They go to movies together, have family-type discussions and generally function as a family.”
Referrals to both homes are made by the department of social services, Linn county probation office, the state department of social services and, on occasion, private individuals.
The referral agency pays for the majority of the expense for the youths, but some of the cost is picked up by the \ homes’ endowment fund.
In the case of Heartwood, the agencies pay $885 a month. But the actual cost per individual amounts to $938, according to Prosser.
Maplewood receives $650 a month. As there are but four girls there now, however, the cost per girl is $747. If the maximum of eight girls were at the home, the cost per girl would be just $374, Prosser said.
The endowment fund is supported by donations and managed by a 22-person board of directors. Prosser said interest received from the fund is j sufficient to cover operating 1 expenses.
He added, however, that fund-raising activities may be instituted if further expansion takes pLace.
Prosser said that there is a possibility of establishing a campus-like treatment center, at which emotionally disturbed youths would live, attend classes and receive emotional treatment.
At present one teacher from the Cedar Rapids school system, Art Swanson, works fulltime at Heartwood. He teaches seventh through eleventh graders.
Also in the planning stage,
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says Prosser, is a boys’ home, on the order of Maplewood, and the establishment of a training program for foster parents.
Prosser came to his present post from McKinley junior high, where he was assistant principal for two years.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Carthage college, Carthage, 111., majoring in psychology. He taught secondary special education at Keokuk and elementary special education at Northwood before coming to Cedar Rapids to set up a work study pro
gram for the mentally retarded.
He received a master’s degree from Mankato State university in psychology and special education in 1964.
Prosser said that all care workers at the homes are required to have a degree in psychology, social work or one of the education disciplines.
Those on the adolescent care staff are Jim Davis, Kathy Davis, Steve Granberg, Mrs. Sidney Lutz, Judy Ritts, Pat Turner, Sue Young and Dave Zimmerman.
Besides Prosser, the administrative staff includes assistant director Robert Keene, program director Terry Green and case work therapist Sister Joyce Stechcon. Larry Ber-grud serves as school liaison officer.
Don and Dixie Wright stay at Maplewood from 8 a.m. to midnight. Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gelsky stay there two nights a week, and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Young are there the rest of the nights.
On a part-time basis at the homes are Drs. Jean Fitz
gerald and Leo Ogden, consulting p s y c hologists; Dr. Francis Vasquez, consulting psychiatrist; and Jack Breit-hatt, clinical psychologist.
In describing the program at the homes, Prosser said “basically, we use behavioral modification techniques.” However, he continued, “we use whatever we feel will be successful in treating each individual child.”
Based on past experience, Prosser thinks the program is working. “We’ve seen some remarkable changes in behavior,” he commented.
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