2016/2017 Partner Agency Recipients
American Red Cross
Emergency Services: The mission of the American Red Cross Emergency Services program is to respond to crisis in families by providing relief to victims of disaster, providing the emergency communication link for military families and teaching youth and adults to prevent, prepare for, and respond effectively when a disaster occurs. The Red Cross works in collaboration with other organizations to maximize the resources available to improve the self-sufficiency of people during and after a disaster such as a residential fire, tornado, or flooding.
Community Services: Provides health and safety programs to youth and adults; which include Infant and Child, CPR and AED with First Aid, swimming and life guarding classes.
Boy Scouts, Illowa Council
Youth Development: Provides mentoring, lifelong learning, character development and citizenship training through age-appropriate programs and outdoor education. Scouting provides leadership opportunities and challenging activities for boys (age 7-18) and young men and young women (age 14-20). Over 8,000 youth are served each year by the Illowa Council through the volunteer service of 3,000 adult role models.
Families, Inc. is committed to strengthening individuals and families through home-based therapy, education, and support services.
Through the Building Family Strengths (BFS) program, Families, Inc. has strengthened family bonds and improved client mental health across several east-central Iowa counties from 1985-2014. Recently, we have received start-up funding to provide this service to Muscatine County individuals and families. Families, Inc. has been serving low-income, at-risk families in Iowa since 1974, and was the first agency in the state to provide in-home family centered services.
The Building Family Strengths: This program provides up to six months in-home treatment to children, individuals, couples and families at no cost to the families. Clients are referred by schools, hospitals, churches, DHS, and other social service agencies. Self-referrals are also accepted. During intake and subsequent sessions, the counselor will collect information and complete documents that inform the client’s treatment strategy and identify necessary referrals to other agencies. Counselors collect information about the client’s presenting issues, assessment of needs, and community resources that the family has accessed. The Outcome Rating Scale, Session Rating Scale, case notes, and a closing summary are all completed throughout the course of treatment.
The mission of Family Resources is to strengthen children, families and individuals by providing quality services that engage community resources to create effective solutions. Family Resources (FRI) is a social services organization which provides multiple programs in the categories of: domestic violence and sexual assault services, sheltering and housing, child welfare, juvenile justice, mental and behavioral health.
Counseling & Therapy Services: Provides a safe, comfortable and confidential environment where individuals, couples, families, and children can come to make a positive change in their lives by meeting with a professionally trained therapist.
In-Home Counseling Program: Provides assistance to families with children ages 0-18 who reside in Muscatine. The program is voluntary and free of charge for families who are in need of in-home services but do not have the financial resources for counseling services. The services can provide family counseling, child development information and parenting skills, advocacy, behavior management, crisis intervention, household management skills, role modeling, and vocational counseling. For an appointment call 563-263-0067 and ask for the Family Centered Services Supervisor.
SafePath Domestic Abuse Comprehensive Program: Family Resources’ SafePath Survivor Resources’ (SafePath) mission is to “create a community free from domestic and sexual violence through education, counseling, and advocacy”. The purpose of the Domestic Abuse (DA) Comprehensive Services is to offer community based free and confidential services to women, men, children, and families whose lives have been affected by domestic violence. SafePath’s DA program provides the following services: 24 hour/365 day crisis intervention; emergency and long term individual advocacy (court/legal, housing, economic, medical, mobile, and personal/general advocacy); safety planning; case management; information and referral; services for non-abusive support systems for survivors; programming for children; system change advocacy; outreach; community collaboration, education, and awareness; trauma informed group and individual counseling; volunteer program; and client financial assistance for rent, deposits, utilities, etc.
SafePath Sexual Abuse Comprehensive Program: Family Resources’ SafePath Survivor Resources’ (SafePath) mission is to “create a community free from domestic and sexual violence through education, counseling, and advocacy”. The purpose of our Sexual Abuse (SA) Comprehensive Services is to offer community based, free and confidential services to women, men, children, and families whose lives have been affected by sexual violence. SafePath’s SA program provides the following services: 24 hour/365 day crisis intervention; emergency and long term individual advocacy (court/legal, housing, economic, medical, mobile, and personal/general advocacy); safety planning; case management; information and referral; services for non-abusive support systems for survivors; programming for children; system change advocacy; outreach; community collaboration, education, and awareness; trauma informed counseling groups and individual therapy; a volunteer program; and client financial assistance for rent, deposits, utilities, etc.
Flickinger Learning Center
The mission of the Flickinger Learning Center is to provide educational opportunities for learners of all ages, races, beliefs and abilities for stronger individuals and a healthier community.
Adult Education: The mission of the Adult Education Program of the Flickinger Learning Center is to provide educational opportunities for adult learners of all ages, races, beliefs and abilities for stronger individuals and a healthier community. Adult education classes offered include: English as a Second Language (ESL), basic computer skills in Spanish, US Citizenship preparation and assistance with employment skills and services.
After School Program: The after-school program provides learning support and enrichment opportunities to at risk elementary school students. The purpose of the after-school program is to provide academic and emotional support to ensure future success for the at risk children in our community. We strive to provide a safe, positive environment that is conducive to learning while teaching personal accountability and responsibility.
Girl Scouts, Eastern Iowa & Western Illinois
(800)798-0833 or (319)752-3639
Muscatine Girl Scouting: Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Girl is the premiere leadership organization for girls. Girls learn to lead on their own terms through a transformational leadership experience with events, service projects, group activities and more to help build their character and leadership. They explore diverse topics such as STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), outdoors and the environment, financial literacy, healthy living, art and culture, and more. The variety of experiences offered allows girls to “try on” different leadership roles through hands on activities where the learning is cooperative, not competitive.
Goodwill of the Heartland
Goodwill of the Heartland’s mission is to advance the social and economic well-being of people who experience barriers to independence. Founded on the principle of giving poor men and women a ‘hand up, not a hand out,’ Goodwill today provides a range of vocational and support services to members of our community who face barriers to independence. We live out our mission and values by looking for creative ways to provide even more opportunities for people to receive employment support so they can experience the dignity of self-sufficiency through work. 2015 marked Goodwill of the Heartland’s 50th anniversary and we are proud to have remained true to our core mission throughout our history. The Muscatine office of Goodwill of the Heartland opened 12 years ago, and the Muscatine Goodwill team works hard to advance the social and economic well-being of the individuals they serve.
Helms Career Center: The mission of the Helms Career Center is to help members of the local community find meaningful employment that will ultimately provide financial security. The Center is open to all members of the community and is located in the Muscatine Goodwill store. Individualized help in finding employment is offered through the following activities: basic computer skills, searching for open positions, completing applications, resume development and interview skills. In addition, small group classes are offered on job search skills, employment “soft” skills, and computer literacy. The Center maintains an active relationship with area employers and partners with them to host job fairs and ensure that job seekers have access to the most complete list of job openings.
Lutheran Services in Iowa
Lutheran Services in Iowa’s (LSI) mission is to “respond to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate service. “Based on our commitment to service, LSI actively seeks out opportunities to improve our communities without prejudice. LSI serves people of all ages, genders, nationalities, religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.
Hopes Program: Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) has been providing its Healthy Families America (HFA)-HOPES Program to Muscatine County families since 1996 and is one of few home visitation programs in the area that provides intensive services to high risk families. The program adheres to a nationally recognized evidence-based home visiting program model (HFA) designed to work with overburdened families who are at-risk for adverse childhood experiences, including child maltreatment. Services are available to Muscatine County families with children ages 0-5 and are offered voluntarily, intensively and over the long-term (3 to 5 years after the birth of the baby). The program was most recently re-credentialed by Healthy Families America in 2014.
Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center
The Child Abuse Council leads community efforts to eliminate child abuse and neglect by strengthening families through prevention, education, and treatment.
Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center: The mission of the Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center (MVCPC) is to provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary response to allegations of child abuse. The purpose of the MVCPC is to provide onsite forensic interviews, specialized medical exams, advocacy, and support to children and their non-offending caregivers when they are involved in child abuse allegations as part of a law enforcement and/or Department of Human Services investigation. As an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance the MVCPC follows NCA’s ten standards for accredited members. Following these standards ensures the MVCPC provides the highest quality services to child victims and their non-offending caregivers in a child friendly setting designed to reduce further trauma experienced by the child and their non-offending caregivers.
MVCPC forensic interviews are conducted in a manner that is legally sound, non-duplicative, non-leading, and neutral, which is needed in order to increase the likelihood of convictions for perpetrators of child abuse. Interviews are conducted to meet the unique needs of each child.
The MVCPC is also committed to education and awareness about child abuse and what community members need.
Muscatine Center for Social Action
MCSA provides emergency and temporary shelter, basic health care, educational and support services for those in need in Muscatine County.
MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter: The MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter’s mission is to empower individuals and families to lead and enjoy lives free of violence. It is the only shelter in Muscatine County that provides comprehensive, free and confidential 24-hour services and safe housing to individuals who are survivors of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and/or their non-offending family members. Services are provided at the Shelter and in appropriate community locations that are deemed safe and confidential by the clients.
The Shelter provides safe, comfortable housing for families that must leave their home situation for safety considerations. The facility features private family bedrooms, comfortable living spaces and a modern kitchen where families can prepare their meals.
Residents receive all services necessary to assist them in making good decisions about their futures. Health, mental health and legal services are available as well as social services for skill training, job search and income assistance.
MCSA Homeless Prevention Program: The mission and purpose of the MCSA Homeless Prevention Program is to help families who are on the verge of homelessness find and live in a safe and healthy environment. The program’s Navigator is available to:
1) Assist in finding individuals and families a place to live
2) Help obtain needed resources
3) Mediate, advocate, and negotiate with landlords and utilities
4) Guide in representation to governmental or private entities
The MCSA Homeless Prevention Program provides services and assistance to low-income families who are in danger of homelessness, including short-term mitigation of their emergent financial crisis, supportive services related to employment, education and transportation shortfalls, landlord mediation, and health and financial instruction.
MCSA Shelter Program: This program offers:
1) Transitional Housing
2) Emergency/Overnight Housing
3) Permanent Supportive Housing
The MCSA Family Transitional Housing Program is a place for women and children that features a community setting and nine private rooms — two of which are set aside for single women and one that is set aside for single fathers with children. In 2015, it was home to 91 women and 42 children. The median length of time they lived there was about three months.
The MCSA Overnight/Emergency Housing Program is an affordable place for men to live while they get back on their feet. Residents must be at least 18 years old. In 2015, 144 men lived in this shelter.
The MCSA Men’s Dorm provides long-term supportive housing for men who are least 18 years old and who have verifiable monthly income. In 2015, 54 men lived in MCSA’s dorm rooms.
Muscatine Community YMCA
The Muscatine Community YMCA, a membership movement, strengthened by diversity, nourished by its roots in Christian values, is dedicated to the empowerment of women, girls, men and boys and the development of spirit, mind and body to attain a common vision of dignity for all.
Family Program Services: Supports families through Family Focus, Self-Sufficiency, Parent Education, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and Respite Programs. FPS provides parents with parenting information, support and the opportunity to explore issues particular to their needs. Through different groups, FPS is able to address the special needs of both parent and child. All classes and groups are free, and child care is provided at the Y free of charge during all group meetings.
Character Development: Provides opportunities for self-discovery and skill development to promote growth into responsible adulthood for young people in an environment that values their diversity, leadership and point of view.
Special Olympics: The mission is to provide year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills, friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. We offer individual and team sports in Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cross Country Ski, Flag Football, Golf, Powerlifting, Snowshoe Racing, Softball, Soccer, Swimming and Track & Field.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS): The mission of BBBS of Muscatine County is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1 to 1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our services are delivered through two core programs; Community Based mentoring and School Based mentoring.
Muscatine Legal Services
The mission of Muscatine Legal Services (MLS) is to provide quality legal assistance to low income residents of Muscatine County.
Civil Legal Assistance: The mission of our civil legal assistance program is to provide low-cost, quality legal assistance to residents of Muscatine County whose incomes fall at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Muscatine Legal Services is a private, non-profit corporation which was founded in 1971. The primary purpose of MLS is to provide legal advice or representation to persons who would otherwise be unable to afford such assistance.
Domestic Violence Assistance Program: The mission of our domestic violence assistance program is to provide free legal representation to victims and children of domestic violence in their efforts to obtain a civil protective order under Iowa Code Chapter 236 against the alleged abuser. The purpose of our domestic violence program is to help make our community a safe and non-violent area for all families to live in.
Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency
Muscatine Municipal Housing Agency’s (MMHA) mission is to provide safe, decent, and sanitary housing conditions to very low income families and manage resources efficiently. The agency promotes personal, economic, and social upward mobility to provide families the opportunity to make the transition from subsidized to non-subsidized housing. The agency’s goals and objectives are set to ensure that the citizens of the City have a safe, decent, sanitary, and energy efficient place to live in a stable, vital, and secure neighborhood of their choice, at a price they can afford, and within reasonable access to employment, recreation, cultural opportunities, and goods and services.
Sunset Park Education Center: In coordination with local schools, the Sunset Park Education Program will create a supportive and healthy afterschool and summer enrichment environment aimed at enhancing academic success of school aged residents of Sunset Park. The program’s objectives are to provide support and resources to assist students’ efforts at completing required school assignments and improving the skill sets necessary for achieving academic success. The program also strives to support Sunset Park families in their efforts toward ensuring their children’s academic success with the goal of finishing high school. This will prepare them for future opportunities. It also offers enrichment opportunities that might otherwise be out of reach.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human need in His name without discrimination.
Social Services: The Salvation Army works to meet human need without discrimination. Our mission is based on the Bible, our ministry is motivated by the love of God, to meet human needs, especially in times of emergency of crisis without discrimination. These needs are generally, but not limited to: food, clothing and shelter. To provide guidance and emotional support to families and individuals facing stressful circumstances in life. To offer counseling and referrals to help network those in need to other social service agencies that can provide additional help support.
Youth Character Building/ Safe Haven After School/ Kidzone Day Camp: We offer a safe place for kids to be with adult supervision and well trained staff as well as different learning opportunities. During Safe Haven we provide help with homework and focus on important classroom skills. We offer snacks, crafts, recreational activities, and opportunities to grow their self-esteem and social skills. We also offer Kidzone Day Camp to keep the children active during the summer months. This includes daily devotional, crafts, recreational time and field trips every week. We also serve the children breakfast and lunch along with a snack daily. The children also perform a musical on the last night for the community.
Senior Resources Mission is to promote and provide programs to enhance the quality of life of our 60 + seniors in Muscatine County.
Adult Day Center: The mission of the Adult Day Center is to provide support, supervision, nutrition and stimulation via structured activities for at risk senior citizens of Muscatine, Iowa who are experiencing limitations in their life that restrict their independence. The Adult Day Center of Senior Resources provides a structured day for senior citizens in need of supervision and assistance with activities of daily living. This is the only program of its kind within the city or county of Muscatine.
Chore: The mission of the Chore department is to assist Muscatine Senior Citizens in maintaining their independence and enhancing their quality of life by providing snow removal, lawn maintenance, and other odd jobs/chores that, due to their strenuous nature, may be too challenging for the senior served.
Home Repair: The mission of the Home Repair department is to provide Muscatine County Senior Citizens with small home maintenance repairs and safety modifications at a reasonable cost to facilitate enhanced independence and safety.
Meals on Wheels: he mission of the Meals on Wheels program is to deliver nutrition to senior citizens in Muscatine who have limited ability to shop and/or prepare meals for themselves. Meals are delivered Monday through Saturday, with an extra frozen meal for use on Sunday.
Outreach: The mission of the outreach department is to enhance the quality of life of Muscatine County senior citizens by providing advocacy and support to seniors attempting to navigate the health care assistance system.
Trinity Muscatine Public Health
Trinity Muscatine Public Health provides health education, wellness and outreach activities for individuals and groups within Muscatine County and the surrounding area. Trinity Muscatine Public Health is contracted by Muscatine County to provide essential pubic health services for the residents of Muscatine County, working in coordination with the Muscatine County Board of Health.
Adolescent Sexual Health Prevention Program: The overall mission of the Trinity Muscatine Public Health’s (TMPH) Adolescent Sexual Health Prevention and Parenting Program is to increase access to pregnancy prevention education for teens age 19 and under in order to decrease the number of pregnancies during adolescence.
Enhanced Maternal Health Services: The overall mission of the Trinity Muscatine Public Health’s Enhanced Maternal Health Program is to improve the health and well-being of women and infants by ensuring access to quality maternal health preventive services for low income families or families with limited availability of other health services. These services are enhanced maternal health care for women who present with high risk social and emotional needs and are an additional service to their primary health care . The enhanced care provides extra support to the women served which increases their likelihood of a healthy pregnancy and delivery of a healthy baby.
School Based Dental Sealant Program: The School Based Dental Sealant Program mission is to improve oral health by preventing tooth decay in low-income, uninsured, and/or underinsured children. The School Based Dental Sealant Program brings dental care directly to children at highest risk by going into schools with the highest free and reduced lunch rates. A volunteer dentist provides a dental exam at the school, identifying teeth appropriate for sealants. Teeth must be free of disease to be appropriate for sealants. A Trinity Muscatine Public Health (TMPH) dental hygienist then applies those sealants also at the school setting. Additionally, those children identified in need of other dental treatment receive care coordination to assist them in accessing that care.
Small Grant Recipients 2016
Diversity Center Minority Seniors Program
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Muscatine Boxing Club
Muscatine County Boxing Club
Muscatine High School Special Education Work Experience Program
Rebuilding Together Muscatine County
Riding for Success
Youth Sports Foundation