Don’t let the name of this non-profit organization throw you off. Employee and Family Resources helps people who are not currently employed, as well as single individuals whose problem isn’t a “family” issue.


Employee and Family Resources (EFR) focuses on prevention of unhealthy behaviors, student assistance, workplace training, and counseling.


Here in Dallas County, you may walk in to their office at 1212 Second Street in Perry. Bilingual therapist Francine Ybarra-Rojas is available for counseling by calling 515-471-2417.


Prevention services offered by EFR include education and support with problem gambling, substance abuse and violence. Our contact person is Allison Kupka, available at 515-471-2399 or akupka@efr.org. She can arrange for anything from paycheck stuffers on quitting smoking to a full scale staff presentation on the slippery slope of wagering that leads to problem gambling.


Besides information on prevention, employers may access EFR for free workplace training on leadership, diversity awareness, personality differences and active listening, to name a few. Additionally, EFR can help companies who have experienced a crisis such as on-site accidents, assault or robbery on the job, or a large lay-off of staff. Particularly if your company is required to hold specific employee trainings, contact EFR for free assistance. Don’t reinvent the wheel.


The EFR student assistance programming is similar to what is offered for employees, but is age-appropriately geared to students from Kindergarten through high school. Even young children experience stress and relationship problems, and EFR can equip them to deal with these.