Dordt College News

Family Crisis Centers director to speak at First Mondays Speaker Series

August 29, 2011

As executive director of the Family Crisis Centers of Northwest Iowa, Shari Kastein has seen firsthand how God can turn tragedy into blessing. On Monday, Sept. 5, Kastein will talk about her work and share what she has learned in a lecture titled “Through anguish comes growth.” The event is free and open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium on the campus of Dordt College as part of the First Mondays Speaker Series.

Kastein will discuss how victims of crime can become servants in God’s kingdom and will show how “God uses common folks like Moses to pick up the staff to lead others to safety.”

Kastein is the first guest lecturer of this academic year’s First Mondays Speaker Series, which brings biblically based thinkers, writers, and opinion leaders to Dordt College. It is designed to promote Dordt’s mission through enriching academic experience to equip students, alumni, and the broader community to work effectively toward Christ centered renewal in contemporary life.

The Family Crisis Center provides many free services 24 hours a day – including safe shelter, advocacy, counseling, community outreach, and education – to victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. “All people have a right to safety and freedom from violence,” it says on the center’s website. “This is the basis for all of our services and interventions with domestic violence and sexual assault victims.”

In addition to her work at the Family Crisis Center, Kastein has over 25 years of not-for-profit and public administration experience, having worked for South Dakota Victims’ Compensation Commissioner and the Aaker Institute. She is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and also holds an M.B.A. in business administration from the University of Sioux Falls.

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