We empower people to get on stable financial ground with proven methods like job training, financial wellness classes and more. The result is thriving communities where everyone has more opportunity to succeed.


13,797 adults and children receive basic needs, emergency and shelter services

374 low income residents receive legal assistance with civil legal issues

97 survivors of domestic violence receive free legal representation

186 survivors of domestic abuse have access to local sheltering services

892 adults and children receive referrals to community education, housing and basic need services that best fit their needs

29 homeowners with low incomes receive safety improvements to their home, such as ramps

988 area residents have volunteer opportunities with local agencies and assisting the elderly

Members of the local community will find meaningful employment that will ultimately provide financial security through a career center.



Enrique came to the Goodwill Helms Career Center in crisis. He was new to the area and was getting evicted from a room he rented. He had no money, no job and no family. He needed help. The Career Center Coordinator collaborated with Muscatine Center for Social Action (MCSA) to help Enrique develop a plan. Enrique’s goal was to gain employment and become eligible for MCSA’s housing assistance to help him get back on his feet, and stay at the homeless shelter in the meantime.

Enrique worked with the Career Center Coordinator to develop a resume, identify and apply for jobs. He attended a job fair at the Helms Career Center and interviewed with employers. As a result, Enrique secured full-time employment as a 2nd shift production worker earning $8.50 per hour, and will soon be eligible for benefits. He is making good progress and is saving up money for his own apartment. This would not have been possible without the support of the community.