In 2016, we worked hard to help people, change lives, and build communities. Here are some of the highlights:
Advocating for People in Need
This year we raised awareness about the difficulties faced by people struggling with poverty. We did this by hosting nonpartisan candidate forums, speaking with legislators, posting about poverty issues on Facebook, and bringing stakeholders together to discuss how poverty affects their community.
Working One-on-One with Families
From our dental clinic to our food pantries, we helped over 9,000 families live healthier, more stable, safer lives. The one-on-one work that we do helps create lasting change as we connect families to resources that help them meet their goals.
Our partnerships with Fareway, Theisen's, the United Way, the Ames Chamber of Commerce, and others helped us do more for families. We were able to connect people with needed transportation, food, and other resources thanks to the generosity of the community.
Grace and her son moved to Grinnell from New Orleans to live with her boyfriend. When she first moved, she had no housing, job, child care, or transportation. She participated in MICA’s Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) program.
In FaDSS she worked one-on-one with a specialist to help her improve her situation. Thanks to a generous donation of a car, she was able to get a good job, make connections in the community, and enroll in college classes. Her goal is to become a special education teacher and she is taking her first steps to obtain a degree while working and taking care of her family.
Who We Served
that's 1 in 7 people in our core service area.
of the people we served earned some or all of their income from employment. Only 4% received income from TANF (Temporary Aid for Needy Families), sometimes known as welfare.
A little over two-thirds, or
of the population MICA served earned less than 100% of the federal poverty level.
Federal Poverty Guidelines, 2016
Family of 1: $11,880 a year
Family of 2: $16,020 a year
Family of 3: $20,160 a year
Family of 4: $24,300 a year
of those MICA served were children under the age of 18. 21% were children under the age of 5.
Our Staff and Volunteers
The progress we made this year is thanks to the effort and hard work of:
Federal, State, and Other Grants
Contributions and Public Support
United Way Income
Working with Families
Material Assistance to Families
Space, Materials, and Supplies
Other (insurance, depreciation,
Looking to Get Involved?
Change doesn't happen in a vacuum. It takes the efforts of the whole community to help build support for people struggling with poverty. Here are some steps you can take today to help!
Join us on Facebook! Share news and stories about poverty in your area and be a part of the conversation about poverty in your community.
Your donation helps us work with families in need in your community.
There are many ways you can help, from sorting food in our emergency food pantries to helping families in our Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms.
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