Family Development



MICA's family development programs are designed to help low-income families rise out of poverty. Our family development model utilizes one-on-one meetings with families to develop goals, manage finances, and provide support and assistance.  We maintain five family development centers as the base of operations for these services in Hardin, Marshall, Tama, Story, and Poweshiek counties.


Find information about our family development programs below, or contact the family development center in your county.


Hardin County: 637 S. Oak Street in Iowa Falls. Call: 641-648-5036

Marshall County: 6 S. 2nd Street in Marshalltown. Call: 641-753-5523

Tama County: 105 S. State Street in Tama. Call: 641-484-4713

Story County: 230 SE 16th Street in Ames. Call: 515-956-3333

Poweshiek County: 609 4th Avenue in Grinnell. Call: 641-236-3923


The FaDSS program works with families to address barriers to success, including unemployment, substance abuse, education, physical health, and mental health. A family development specialist meets one-on-one with each family.

Food Pantry

MICA operates emergency food pantries in Story, Hardin, and Poweshiek counties. These pantries provide food to families in need and can refer them to community resources.

Project Home Mission

Project Home Mission is an outreach program in which local churches can sponsor family development services at MICA's family development centers.

Steps to Success

In Story County, MICA recently started the Steps to Success program. Steps to Success helps fund crisis intervention services and sponsor families who need Family Development services but wouldn't otherwise qualify.

Family Connections

Our Family Connections program  is designed to help families with young children improve their overall health and well-being.


LIHEAP is a low-income energy assistance program that can help you pay utility bills. Enrolling in LIHEAP also provides moratorium protection during the winter.

Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.

mail: 1001 S. 18th Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158


call: 641-752-7162

fax: 641-752-9724


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