Children’s Square USA – Christian Home Association – Council Bluffs, Iowa

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    Children’s Square USA – Christian Home Association – Council Bluffs, Iowa

This home for children is a beautifully landscaped campus. Adults can enjoy the Lemen Visitor Center with displays and historical timeline dating back to 1883 when the Christian Home was founded. Features waterfalls, a soaring red canopy and a "wooden mountain."

Mission Statement:

To teach each child, every day, the values and life skills essential to a successful life-one full of Caring, Contribution and Commitment
empowering each with:

The Vision To See…
and the values of setting an ideal for which to reach;
The Courage To Try…
and the value of accepting each obstacle as a challenge to meet;
The Will To Succeed…
and the value of making the commitment to persevere.

Vision Statement:

Be a community based resource and a life education center that is responsive to child,
family and community needs, and through an array of programs & services, provide opportunities to develop life skills and values that enhance overall well being.

Directions: N 6th St and Ave E, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Phone: (712) 322-3700 or (888) 245-3593

Email: visitorcenter@childrenssquare.org

Hours: Daily 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Free admission. 

Comments

  1. nick schirmbeck says:

    i was a resident in pearl miller from sept 82 til aug 83 curious if any of the staff is still around it had major impact onmy life from monday night business groups to thursday night feelings groups hated to go there in beginning but place has been on my heart since i left 26 years ago the 8th of aug god bless you all

  2. Molly Defenbaugh says:

    My sister is a resident of Cotten Wood Cottage and will be probaly untill she reaches 18. I’ve seen major improvement in her every day. She has set back but yet she strives to become a better person. She always talks about Ms. Emily there and how wonderful she is. I’m so glad that you are takign the tiem to help her through her problems and helping her to become the wonderful person I know she it. Thank you all so very much for putting hope back into her heart and showing her that not everyone is against her. Thanks so Much.

  3. NANCY CHADWICK says:

    I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT I HAVE SPOKEN WITH MY GRAND-DAUGHTER CURSTY PIPER AND SHE SEEMS TO BE HAPPY THERE BUT WANTS TO COME HOME. MT GRAND-SON GAVEN GREEN WILL NOT TALK TO ME YET BUT WILL GIVE HIM TIME. JUST WANT TO SAY I THINK YOU ALL ARE DOING A GREAT JOB AND IT TAKES SPECIAL HEARTED PEOPLE TO DO WHAT YOU ALL DO EVERYDAY. I HAVE SPOKEN TO DUSTY AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL GET OUR BABIES BACK HOME HERE TO ALABAMA WITH US. WE MISS THEM VERY MUCH AND LOVE THEM VERY MUCH. BUT THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO KEEP THEM SAFE, AND FEEL LIKE SOMEONE REALLY CARES FOR THEM WHILE THEY CANT BE HOME WITH THE ONES THAT LOVE THEM THE MOST.

  4. cody winger says:

    they just have awesome staff there

  5. Dave Gorden says:

    My two brothers, Mike, Rick and I were residents in The Christian Home for 3 years. That was back in apx. 1953 thru 1956. While on a business trip to Omaha year ago, I looked for and found the location where the home was located. Only the front of the chapel was left after a tornado hit, at least that is the best I can recall. My wife and I talked to the staff and found that it was now Children’s Square. I also started a page “The Christian Home” on Facebook and invite anyone to visit the page. Two nice ladys from Children’s Square are members. Facebook changed their format a year or so ago and it may be hard to find.

    I cried when we were put in the home and I cried when I left. We were well treated and couldn’t have been in a better place short of being with our grandparents.

    The only names I recall are Ron and Terry Lichty (sp) and Eugene Ecker(sp) and Gene’s brothers. I also remember a girl by the name of Lucy who was in the big girl’s dormitory. Rev. Barnsby was our pastor. I remember Dave Lemon and Mrs Lemon.

    Thank you.

    Dave Gorden

  6. Brittany campbell says:

    i was there a year ago it was awsome. it helped my favorite was mrs reiter she helped me the most with everything.with family issues. she helped me with everything. THANKS ALOT i dont know wat i would do without them beside me to help

    THANKS ALOT, BRITTANY

  7. Jon Elphic says:

    My mother was adopted from here in 1918. Alive and well in AZ

  8. Thank you the time I spent there in the late 50′s. I have many great memories. Ken Carlson

  9. Keith L Reed says:

    My Two Brothers and one sister spent time in 1963 in the christian home of Iowa
    I still have nightmares about that place i live in phx az now faraway

  10. Around 1918 My dad Lloyd Clifford Tooley , & his siblings were put there by their mother Alice Tooley. I’m told Alice Tooley resided there as well. I’d like to know anything you could tell me about this Family, like Alice’s maden name, her parents names , what caused her to bring her family there, what happened to her husband, & why he didn’t take care of his family ? I know Arthur Tooley (the husband ) lived until 1958. When did she die ,or leave there & why ? My cousin says her maden name was Koons but I’m not sure. We’re looking for Alice Tooley’s side of the family & anything you could give us on the family would be greatly appreciated, even personal stuff. thank you so much. Jeanette McKenzie 1546 34th ave Vero Beach Fl 32960 Phone# 772-501-7062

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