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of the Lakes Area

FRIENDS TO WALK WITH YOU THROUGH TOUGH TIMES

Welcome to the Atlas Website

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As the Executive Director of Atlas of the Lakes Area I am pleased that you have chosen to visit our webpage. We have tried to share the essence of the Atlas ministry simply for you to quickly understand the complexity of what we do. We have also provided painstaking detail for those of you who wish to dig deeper. 

 

Our website goal is to share the opportunity for you to become a part of the Atlas Ministry Team by suggesting a variety of ways that residents of the Lakes Area can become increasingly involved in recognizing and helping those in our community who are facing life's challenges. 

We welcome the opportunity to partner with you, sharing a "heart for others" together.

                                                                                  Dave Butterworth 

Who We Are and What We Do

Companions and Advocates on the Road of Life

 

Atlas strives to be an advocate for those in need as they deal with life’s relational, physical, emotional, financial, and/or spiritual struggles. We strive to love unconditionally in each mentoring relationship.

Our goal for all on-going clients is three-fold:

Honest self-assessment of their situation,

Renewed hope for their future,

Holistic growth and betterment in their lives.

The spiritual elements encouraged for successful life change include prayer, gently sharing of the Gospel of Christ through actions and words, and encouraging participation in the local church.

Who We Are & Why We Exist

Our Mission & Vision

Volunteer or Donate

Sharing Atlas "God Stories"

What's  Happening at Atlas

Things You Should Know

Ministry Information

At ATLAS, we try not to be the answer,

but rather to help people find the answer.

Community support, awareness, and advocacy

are passions of ours and driving forces behind our ministry.

Ways We Can Help!

Down & Out? There is Hope

No matter what you're going through,

no matter the reason why you're down and out,

we want to help pull you out of the low spot you find yourself in.

The reasons are many but each reason has a solution.

 

We offer encouragement.

Providing A Listening Ear

Sometimes you just need somebody to talk to. We've been there before ourselves.

We're here to listen to your story, especially the problems you are facing.

Sometimes you figure things out just by talking and letting it out.

Other times it might take a gentle nudge in the right direction.

 

We offer hope.

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Networking Caregivers

We know people who know people.

If you have a need that we can't fill,

there's a pretty decent chance we'll be able to get you

in contact with someone who can.

 

We offer solutions.

Life is Often Messy

There are unlimited problems that we may face in our lives.

The scary things start with smaller problems but build upon themselves.

They can sneak up on you until, you suddenly realize that your life is spinning out of control. Here are some of the areas that we walk through with the people we talk to.

 

We offer support.   

In Addition to Support, We Offer Qualified Referrals

 

 Addictions

  • Alcohol

  • Drugs

  • Other

  • Rent Issues
  • Unpaid Utilities
  • Facing Eviction
  • Homelessness
Housing

Health Issues

  • Normal

  • Chronic

  • Addiction

  • Terminal

Emotional Afflictions

  • Depression

  • Addiction related

  • Hopelessness

  • Suicide – final way out

Relational

Struggles

  • Marriage problems

  • Divorce challenges

  • Custody Battles

  • Family isolation

  • Domestic violence

Employment Challenges

  • No job

  • Under-employed

  • No available childcare

Financial Difficulties

  • Inadequate income

  • Delinquent bills

  • Credit exhausted

  • No reserve

  • Destitute

Transportation Hurdles

  • No vehicle

  • Undependable vehicle

  • No license

  • No insurance

  • Unpaid fines

Spiritual

Barriers

  • Never exposed

  • Feeling unworthy

  • Societal isolation

You Can  Help Those In Need by Becoming An

Atlas of the Lakes Area

Ministry Partner

Atlas is only a tiny piece of the huge vision of helping those in need

in the Iowa Great Lakes Area and surrounding communities.

We truly need the help and hearts of the entire community

to meaningfully accomplish this Mission and Vision.

THANK YOU FOR THE PART EACH OF YOU DO TO HELP

THOSE IN NEED WHO YOU ENCOUNTER IN THE COMMUNITY.

Also, we are eternally grateful for all you do for Atlas that helps us do the same.

BY JOINING TOGETHER,

WE MAKE A SIGNIGICANT DIFFERENCE

IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS!