Bethany Christian Services Helps Young Refugees

 

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Bethany Christian Services
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Mark Allen Hanrahan, a real estate investment professional based in Iowa, serves as managing partner at Markmel Co. LLC. In this position, Mark Allen Hanrahan oversees acquisitions, dispositions, and joint venture formation related to commercial real estate transactions. Aside from his professional responsibilities, Mr. Hanrahan supports a variety of charitable organizations, including Bethany Christian Services.

Bethany Christian Services, located in 36 states, aims to strengthen families across the globe by providing adoption services, pregnancy support, and counseling. In addition, the organization offers services to refugees and immigrants.

In situations that involve violence, turmoil, and natural disaster, many families become separated before reaching refugee camps near their home countries. When children arrive in camps without their parents or family members, they are considered orphans or unaccompanied minors and may be resettled in other countries. When these young refugees arrive in the United States, they are in need of welcoming homes where they can heal and begin new lives in a new country.

Bethany Christian Services’ refugee and immigrant foster care programs gives these children an opportunity to start again in the context of a family. Within a safe environment, vulnerable children have access to counseling as well as the education that will equip them to live a life of independence.

Families in Bethany’s refugee and immigrant foster care program are provided with the training they need to parent a child from a different culture. They are also paired with mentors and provided with medical insurance and a stipend to offset the costs of an additional family member.

Bethany Christian Services offers additional services to refugees and immigrants that include assistance with resettlement and employment as well as counseling.

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Des Moines Triathlon Club Works with Iowa Games Triathlon

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Iowa Games Triathlon
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A graduate of Drake University’s MBA program, Mark Allen Hanrahan serves as managing director of Markmel Co. LLC based out of Urbandale, Iowa. An active individual, Mark Allen Hanrahan participates in triathlons and sits on the board of the Des Moines Triathlon Club.

Formed in 2002, the Des Moines Triathlon Club seeks to increase awareness about the sport, offer financial support to those in financial need to participate, and help athletes achieve their goals. The organization began when Jason Halfpap and Andrew Shipley sought a network for other triathletes in the area. Through their efforts, the organization helped establish the Hy-Vee World Cup Triathlon, which is now known as the Des Moines Escape Triathlon.

In addition to its name, the Des Moines Triathlon Club has participants in the Iowa Games Triathlon. The 2017 race occurred on July 9 at Big Creek State Park in Polk City. The open course event had participants sharing the road with traffic, so during the cycling portion, participants could not wear headphones or use iPods and must have donned helmets. The race featured a swim distance of 1/4 mile, a bike portion for 20 kilometers, and a 5K run. Logan Marvin came in first overall with a time of 57:01, while Jennifer Groos came in first for females with a time of 1:03:35.