November Board Meeting Highlights Partnerships
MICA hosted a special meeting of its Board of Directors in November. At this meeting, community partners, volunteers, and family successes were honored.
We honor community partners because their work and partnership with us has made a significant difference in the lives of the families we serve. This year, we honored Region 6 Housing Trust and Trinity Lutheran Church for their help during the 2018 Marshalltown tornado. Both organizations were instrumental in ensuring that families got the help they needed to begin rebuilding. We also honored the Poweshiek County Renovation Committee, who helped us fund renovations to our Poweshiek County Family Development Center.
Our outstanding volunteers go above and beyond for families in need. This year we honored Amy Stahlin and Kathy McCune for their help immediately following the tornado, and Nikki Rieber for her assistance and advocacy in Hardin County.
Finally, we honored three families who had exceptional progress in our programs. These families have made great strides toward stability, security, and success.
Poweshiek County Renovation Project Nearing Completion
Our facilities team has been hard at work finishing the Poweshiek County Renovation Project. The project has brought our Head Start classroom into our family development center while making several improvements to the interior and exterior of the building.
The Head Start classroom held its first classes in January, complete with a new playground in the back of the building, new kitchen facilities, and a new bathroom.
Currently, the team is finishing new spaces for families and staff that include more space for the food pantry, a separate wing of the building for the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of Central Iowa (SATUCI), offices, and meeting rooms.
Marshall County Disaster Assistance Update: Long-Term Recovery
MICA is still administering case management to connect families affected by the tornado with assistance available in the community. There is no income requirement to receive case management.
MICA is working closely with other organizations in Marshalltown on a long-term recovery effort to help families who were affected by the tornado. We are still working with more than 130 families to ensure that as many people as possible are connected with available resources.
Over the duration of the tornado recovery effort we have helped 776 families and distributed over $2 million in aid, including both donations and the state-funded Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program. Through these programs, MICA staff helped distribute emergency aid immediately following the storm, guided families through available resources in case management, and repaired damage to homes.
Much of the work of the recovery has passed to the Long-Term Family Recovery Committee (LTFRC), a committee of dozens of Marshalltown organizations working together to address issues resulting from the storm. Through MICA's membership in the LTFRC, we continue to ensure that the recovery effort moves forward and families are able to access the assistance they need.
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