Bidwell Riverside Center and Hawthorn Hill - both sharing roots with the United Methodist Church as well as being United Way of Central Iowa pattern agencies - traditionally worked in parallel to provide different programs with the similar goal of helping children and families in need.
In July 2023, Bidwell Riverside Center and Hawthorn Hill officially merged into Families Forward, an organization where the original four programs - Bidwell Pantry, Child Development Center, New Directions Shelter, and The Home Connection - work together to provide compassionate, life-changing assistance to families and their path to self-sufficiency.
Meet The Team
Development & PR Director
Child Development Center Director
The Home Connection Program Manager
Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager
New Directions Shelter Program Manager
Board Of Directors
Brian Hughes, President
Jill Kempkes, Vice President
Martha Ward, Secretary
Nick Roby, Treasurer
Dee Ann Wilson