In the Spring of 2017, I stepped in to W332 in the Adler Journalism Building for a typical day of class. Then my dad called. I ignored it once. My sister texted me, asking if I’d talked to him. He called again. I stepped out of class, knowing something was wrong, and barely made it down the hall before I sunk to the floor, stifling sobs. He told me my cousin had died by suicide the night before.
Teague started to isolate himself down in the basement of his home. First, he was unable to eat or sleep, then just living became even more difficult. He started losing weight and he even went without sleeping for nine days straight.
He began to dream of jumping off a bridge, feeling that it would be “easier to be gone than to be a failure.” That’s when Teague called The Crisis Center’s crisis line for the first time.
With the help of incredible community partners like the University of Iowa Community Credit Union and Adamantine Spine Moving, The Crisis Center overcame an unexpected cost increase, raising $100,000 more than was anticipated when starting the campaign. Thanks to amazing, flexible staff and volunteers, the food bank never once had to close during construction. It was a little cramped from time to time, but we never stopped providing services to the nearly 13,000 clients who count on it to meet their food needs each week.