Student Outreach and Support (SOS)

We’re Here to Help

We know our students have a lot going on in their lives and it can be overwhelming to balance it all. Student Outreach and Support (SOS) is here to help! We offer a range of FREE services that support your needs in and out of the classroom.

Mental Health Mental Health Services

College is stressful for many students, whether or not you have existing mental health concerns. Our mental health practitioners provide free, short-term, confidential counseling to all Iowa Western students. Here are just a few reasons why a student may need support from our mental health services:

  • Personal tragedies or events
  • Depression, suicidal thoughts, or emotional disturbances
  • Homesickness or trouble adjusting to college life

For more information about mental health supports or services, email or see the SOS page in ROC.

If you are concerned about a student who may need mental health support, please submit a CARE referral.

Food Pantry Rocky’s Emergency Pantry

Almost half of all college students struggle with basic needs, and we know that Iowa Western students are no exception. Rocky’s Emergency Pantry is available for students who need food, personal hygiene, and toiletry items. To learn more about our pantry, or to donate, email Current students can access more information on the SOS page in ROC.

Emergency AssistanceReiver Relief Fund

We understand that a flat tire, broken bone, or other unexpected expense can be financially and mentally draining. Unfortunately, these things happen and when they do, school is probably the last thing on your mind.

The Reiver Relief Fund (RRF) is available to help you manage unexpected financial burdens that are impacting your ability to be successful. The RRF is only available to students enrolled in the current semester. For information about the RRF, email or visit the SOS page in ROC.

Disability Services Pottawattamie Co. Public Health

Iowa Western has partnered with the Pottawattamie County Department of Public Health to offer free services located on campus in the Student Center on the 2nd floor, room 2036.

Services include but are not limited to the following:

  • Vaping and Smoking Cessation tool kits, education, and resources
  • Covid-19 vaccines, guidance, test kits, education
  • Sexual Health Education, STI/HIV testing/treatment, free safe sex supplies 
  • Referrals as needed

No appointments needed, walk-ins accepted.

For more questions, please call Rebekkah Reilich at 712.828.2052

Contact Information

Lindy Larsen

Director of Student Outreach & Support

STC 2022

Hannah Sims

Mental Health Practitioner

STC 2026

Marie Carter

Student Care Specialist

STC 2025