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Poverty Doesn't Have To Be Permanent Image

Poverty Doesn't Have To Be Permanent

We offer services that support people in their efforts to pursue better, more financially stable lives for themselves.

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Poverty Affects People in Every Zip Code

More than 22 percent of Story County residents live below the federal poverty line, which is significantly higher than the 14 percent national poverty rate.

We don't always recognize the face of poverty, even when it's in our own community.


How We Help Overcome Poverty

Representative Payee Program
We help clients who are required by the Social Security Administration to have a representative payee by managing their limited, fixed income so their housing, food, medical and material needs are met. Our community partners include the United Way of Story County, Central Iowa Community Services and the City of Ames. 

Homelessness Prevention
We recognize that for many a car breaking down, job loss or a medical emergency can cripple the household budget and create the need for emergency help. If you are in need of rent, mortgage or utility assistance, please call 515-233-3567 to set up an appointment with a case manager. Funds are limited to Story County residents only. A photo ID and household information is required in addition to a lease and/or utility bill for proof of residency.

We also work with local homelessness prevention agencies and shelters, the faith-based community, Story County, Iowa State University's Government of Student Body, United Way of Story County, Story County Housing Trust and the City of Nevada. 

Food Programs
We offer a food and family pantry and a daily market to help people struggling with hunger and food insecurity make ends meet. Learn more about how we help cure hunger.

Christmas Assistance
Because the holidays can bring added financial and emotional stress to families living in poverty, we assist between 225 and 250 families annually with toys and food during the Christmas season. 

To make an appointment, please call (515) 233-3567.

Other Ways We Meet Needs