24/7 Dads is a free 12-week group designed to help with the challenges of fatherhood. The program, which is put on by Children & Families of Iowa (CFI), focuses on fathers becoming more involved in their child's life, learning good fathering practices, improving communication with children and other family members and respectful co-parenting. For more information on program dates, please contact Denise Herrington, 24/7 Dads Coordinator, at 515.573.2193 or email@example.com.
4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H youth programs provide opportunities for youth to develop skills they can use now and throughout their life. Iowa 4-H builds upon a century of experience as it fosters positive youth development that is based on the needs and strengths of youth, their families and communities.
Webster County 4-H has 14 clubs located around the county with numerous project areas. Learn more about topics ranging from aerospace, dogs, rabbits, photography, technology, horses and clothing, to name a few. 4-H'ers can attend camps, go on trips and attend conferences on the Iowa State University campus.
Action Realty, Inc. has rental units available throughout Fort Dodge including 1, 2 and 3+ bedroom apartments, townhomes and houses. Action Realty, Inc. accepts HUD vouchers on qualified units. Project-based Section 8 assistance is also available at Westridge Townhomes.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.
The Alzheimer’s Association works on a global, national and local level to enhance care and support for all those affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias. We are here to help. We hold educational workshops, host support groups, have a 24/7 1-800 helpline and are the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research in the world.
Together with our millions of supporters, the American Cancer Society (ACS) saves lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
The American Red Cross provides services to active duty military members and veterans and people displaced from their home due to a disaster. Training in CPR, First Aid, Swimming Lessons, Lifeguard Training and other safety courses is available.
The Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust is a cultural environmental center that exists to enhance/enrich the community through outreach and resources in the arts, music, literature, history, environmental conservation and stewardship, and social justice.
The Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust was established in the year 2000 as one of the final wishes of Miss Ann Smeltzer. She was a life long resident of Fort Dodge and Webster County in Iowa. She was a strong supporter of cultural events in Fort Dodge and helped many young artists throughout her life time. Ann was also a supporter of the environment through her many donations to organizations in Iowa and around the world. The Trust Board is made up of representatives from nine organizations from Fort Dodge and Webster County that best represent the beliefs and wishes of Miss Smeltzer.
Athletics for Education and Success (AFES) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that strives to help the youth and families of Fort Dodge and Webster County by providing hope and motivation for them. We aim to do this by any means necessary, giving the youth and parents the power to decide what they need, want and what may help them be successful. We offer our youth after-school programs, sports teams, mentoring groups, drum line groups, educational and cultural opportunities and much more. In addition to providing exceptional programming, we provide our youth with a sense of belonging and the determination to succeed.
Bethany Christian Services provides services to support and sustain expectant parents in unintended pregnancies through option counseling, resources, advocacy and more. A focus of this service is to de-stress expectant mothers and support them in connecting with their baby so that there is a better outcome for the baby.
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.
Scouting focuses on character development, spiritual growth, good citizenship, sportsmanship and fitness, family understanding, respectful relationships, personal achievement, friendly service, fun and adventure and it also prepares boys for being a contributing member of his community.
BRIDGES is a PreK-12 school based youth service program for students who have significant absences or have multiple office/health referrals. Students serviced by BRIDGES experience serious emotional distress and struggle to make and maintain connections with school. Academic achievement and social skills are negatively impacted. BRIDGES staff work with students/families to increase the connection students have with school by providing the supports necessary so students can attend school and remain in class, increasing instructional time.
BRIDGES is available to all students in the FDCSD. Parents are encouraged to become involved. The BRIDGES staff coordinates with parents, students and the appropriate service provider to get the help needed where and when the student needs it - at school.
The Bridging the Gap program provides assistance to families that are in need of home furnishings. These may include (but not limited to) couches, beds, dressers, dinning room tables and chairs, dishes, cookware and bedding. To receive services from the program you must have a referral from an in-home counselor or case worker and there MUST be children in the home.
Located on the campus of Iowa Central Community College, this partnership of a public and a private institution serves the region by offering the first and second years at Iowa Central and the final two years at Buena Vista University. In addition to a large evening program in Fort Dodge, the location offers weekend and summer endorsements.
Mrs. Catherine Deardorf established the Catherine Vincent Deardorf Charitable Foundation, a private 501(c)3 foundation, in February of 1993. Since its inception, the foundation has granted over $6.7 million to Webster County entities. The fine arts, education, libraries, and parks have been the key recipients of funds with non-recurring and broadly inclusive programs preferred. The foundation has a particular interest in linking community members, meaningful projects, and funds for the enrichment of all. Visit <a href="http://www.deardorf.org" target="_blank">www.deardorf.org</a> for more information or to apply for a grant.
Catholic Charities provides outpatient mental health services. Services provided include individual, family, couples and group therapy for all ages. Options counseling is also provided regarding an unplanned pregnancy for both mothers and fathers. Adoption services including agency and private adoption home studies and post placement supervision. Catholic Charities serves all individuals regardless of faith or spiritual beliefs.
Central Iowa RSVP (Retired & Senior Volulnteer Program) North provides adult volunteers aged 55+ from Hamilton and Webster Counties quality opportunities to share their skills, interests, and life experiences in response to a wide variety of community needs. RSVP provides an effective volunteer management infrastructure for screening, recruiting and placing volunteers in assignments that will enhance the services of public, nonprofit and health care agencies while also enriching the lives of the volunteers.
Character Counts in Fort Dodge provides youth with opportunities to develop important character values and leadership skills. The goal is to help youth reach their full potential and become positive and productive members of the community.
Activities coordinated by Character Counts in Fort Dodge include: providing Character Counts training for all interested businesses and organizations; integrating Character Counts into many businesses’ hiring and promotional processes; recognizing local students who exhibit strength of character; working with local schools; participating in community events; partnering with local businesses, organizations and churches to promote good character and promoting Character Counts in sports.
If you suspect a child under the age of 18 is being abused or neglected, call the Abuse Hotline, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please be ready to provide identifying information and the whereabouts of the child. You may remain anonymous.
Child Health Specialty Clinics (CHSC) is a community-based public health agency that serves Iowa children and youth (from birth through 21 years of age) with special health care needs. CHSC partners with families, communities, service providers, policymakers and other state agencies including the Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Education. CHSC administers Iowa's Title V program for children with special health care needs including physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional issues.
Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) is a private nonprofit organization that provides mental health therapy and group support; individual, family, and in-home counseling; and support services to children and families. Services also include parenting support, adoption services, community-based family team meetings, domestic violence support, and youth support groups. Programs included are Youth Employment Program, Integrated Health Home Program, Pediatric Integrated Health Home case management, and Behavioral Health Intervention Services.
Citizen's Central offers active adults over the age of 55 a wide range of activities and entertainment, including social activities, games, parties, billiards, adult education classes, exercise equipment, health, and wellness activities (including yoga), and computer lab with Internet capabilities.
Lunch is provided five days a week through a Congregate Meal Program for a suggested donation for those 55+. Diners under age 55 are welcome--call for the cost of lunch if you are under 55 years of age. A Salad Bar is available to diners with a lunch reservation. Advance reservations are necessary.
Weekly activity/meal schedule can be found in the Lifestyle section of Sunday's Messenger newspaper.
Community and Family Resources (CFR) is dedicated to proactively assisting individuals, families and communities achieve healthy behavior and lifestyle through advocacy, treatment and prevention of substance abuse, problem gambling and mental illness. CFR's addiction treatment services are provided to adolescents and adults on an outpatient basis as well as in a residential/inpatient setting. Additional services include detoxification, transitional living/halfway housing and substance abuse/problem gambling prevention services. CFR has been a free standing comprehensive substance abuse provider dedicated to serving families since 1968. CFR is licensed by the State of Iowa to provide Substance Abuse Services and accredited as a Mental Health Service Provider by the Iowa Department of Human Services.
Community Christian School is a State of Iowa accredited non-denominational Christian school serving preschool through eighth grade students and their families. Community Christian School exists to serve God by providing families an academically excellent, Biblically integrated education, which encourages spiritual development and social responsibility in an environment where students can develop their God-given gifts and talents.
Community Early Childhood Center is dedicated to offering services that build youth in the community. They offer childcare and early learning opportunities for infants through 12 years including after-school education, positive youth support, children’s homelessness and youth enrichment. Their after-school program provides children with a safe, consistent and positive learning environment where they encourage the development of new friendships, a sense of belonging, positive staff interactions and hands-on activities including arts and crafts, outdoor recreation and music as they discover more about the world around them.
Sliding fee primary health care, dental services and behavioral health services. Our mission is to make available quality medical and dental care, disease prevention, and health promotion services to anyone. Services include primary and preventative care, immunizations, family planning, women's health, well child visits, physicals/sports physicals, lab testing, dental care for all ages, preventative healthcare education, prescription assistance program, referrals to specialists, dental examinations & x-rays, dental treatment/fillings/extractions, chronic disease management, emergency treatment for pain/swelling/broken teeth, psychiatric medication management, on-site social worker consultations, individual, family, and couple mental health counseling, crisis intervention, treatment of anxiety disorders including PTSD, integrative behavioral therapy, stress management, treatment of mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder, treatment of chronic psychotic illnesses including schizophrenia, substance abuse and addictions treatment, etc.
Provides victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in North Central Iowa with confidential, 24-hour services, including emergency shelter, safety, support and education with the assistance of professional staff and trained volunteers.
DART is the public transportation system for the City of Fort Dodge. DART regularly schedules 6 routes in Fort Dodge.This is a flagging system, meaning riders stand along the route and signal to the bus they would like to be picked up. DART fares vary by the service. The fixed route price is $1.50 for adults and $1.25 for students and senior citizens. Monthly passes are sold too. For more information about schedules, routes, maps and additional services, visit www.midascog.net/transit/dart.
Supplies food to patrons living in the following towns: Dayton, Burnside, Boxholm, Pilot Mound, Harcourt, Lehigh, Frazer, Lanyon.
Deercreek Apartments offer affordable living for persons age 62 and over and/or having a disability. Features include an entrance security system, community room, congregate meals on site, chapel and hair salon. Rent is based upon a percentage of the household's monthly adjusted income.
Offers safety, support and hope to adult and child victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, violent crimes and loved ones of homicide victims. Call for services or contact Brenda McBride, executive director, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Elderbridge Agency on Aging provides support for the elderly, their families and caregivers. Our mission is to enable older Iowans to live with dignity, well being and independence. Our services include Elder Rights Specialists, a Senior Nutrition Program, Family Caregiver Support, Case Management, Senior Medicare Patrol along with Information and assistance and options counselors.
Evergreen Estates is complex of one, two and three bedroom apartments and offers secure buildings, playground equipment, on-site manager and maintenance. Heat, water and garbage included in rent. Evergreen Estates is a Low Income Housing Tax Credit property and is managed by the Fort Dodge Housing Agency.
The Experience Works Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) provides paid community service assignments at local public and non-profit organizations, training, referral to needed services and job search assistance. With updated skills, participants use their community service training as a springboard to permanent jobs with local employers.
Family Financial Education Foundation is a nonprofit debt consolidation group dedicated to providing customized education and training to individuals and families helping them build critical money-management skills to better their lives. Their goal is to help people become financially stable, debt-free and better able to manage their financial resources.
Family Foundations is a family support service available to all pregnant women and families with children up to age five in Calhoun, Pocahontas and Webster Counties. This is a free service provided by the Webster County Health Department. Nurses and family support workers can come to your home or an alternate location and provide information on pregnancy, new baby, toddler growth & development, family life skills and help you find available resources based on your family’s needs.
The Family Nutrition Program is a free program for households with children ages 10 and under and is put on by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach - Webster County. The program provides education on nutrition and healthy eating, food budgeting, saving money at the grocery store, hands-on cooking and food tasting, physical activity and free gifts. Graduates receive certificate and color cookbook. Lessons can be provided in the home. This series also satisfies 16 continuing education credit hours to qualifying childcare providers. Available in Webster and Humboldt Counties.
Free clothing for anyone in need. Donations also accepted.
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The Food and Nutrition Service works with State agencies, nutrition educators, and neighborhood and faith-based organizations to ensure that those eligible for nutrition assistance can make informed decisions about applying for the program and can access benefits. FNS also works with State partners and the retail community to improve program administration and ensure program integrity.
The Fort Dodge Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that enables people with charitable interests to develop lasting legacies through funds that support causes, programs and organizations in their community that they care about, easily and effectively.
As a qualified community foundation serving Fort Dodge, Webster County and Northwest Central Iowa, the Fort Dodge Community Foundation makes grants to a wide range of nonprofit organizations and charitable causes to advance the quality of life of all citizens and to address important community issues, challenges and opportunities.
Since 1890, Fort Dodge Community REC (formerly the Fort Dodge YMCA) has dedicated itself to promoting healthy lifestyles for youth, adults and families in an environment that encourages positive character and strong values. Today, with two locations, a staff of supportive wellness professionals and a full complement of sports and training equipment and facilities, Fort Dodge Community REC is well-positioned to play a role in improving your quality of life and the quality of life of our community. Stop in for a tour or contact the REC for more information about membership or other activities.
Pre-K through 12 public education. Student Services providers assist students to be healthy academically, socially, emotionally and assist students in their career planning. Student Services providers include Student Services Director, Counselors, Bridges Case Management, Mental Health Therapist on staff, At-Risk Counselors and Coordinators, Nurses, Alternative School Staff and Drop Out Prevention Coordinator.
Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association supports, promotes and connects visual, performing and literary artists, arts organizations and businesses.
Current Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association members are: Blanden Memorial Art Museum, Comedia Musica Players, Fort Dodge Area Symphony, Fort Dodge Camera Club, Fort Dodge Choral Society, Fort Dodge Senior High Choir Boosters, Fort Museum, Harmony Brigade, Hawkeye Community Theatre, Iowa Central Community College, Karl King Municipal Band, Lizard Creek Blues Society, Saint Edmond Music Boosters, Sonshine Singers, Stage Door Productions and YWCA’s Vincent House.
The Fort Dodge Housing Agency is dedicated to providing and ensuring quality affordable housing by being an innovative leader in setting housing standards. We are committed to establishing creative partnerships and sound economic practices to benefit the entire community. Low income rental assistance program, Section 8, HUD housing. We provide basic needs such as homeless shelter, housing, assistance in paying for private housing and rental/utility deposit assistance. We also have a self-sufficiency program that supports individuals in becoming employed/educated and connects them to area/community resources. This helps clients in getting the help they need and ultimately using less public assistance in the end.
The Fort Dodge Human Rights Commission's mission is to secure for all individuals within the City of Fort Dodge freedom from discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age or mental or physical disability in connection with employment, public accommodations, housing, and credit, and thereby to protect the personal dignity of these individuals to insure their full productive capacities, to preserve the public safety, health, and general welfare, and to promote the interests, rights, and privileges of individual citizens in Fort Dodge.
Under Chief Kevin Doty, The Fort Dodge Police Department (FDPD) consists of 40 sworn officers actively working for the safety and security of its citizens. The FDPD's basic mission is prevention of crime. The FDPD attempts this goal through prevention, deterrence and apprehension of offenders with the gathering of evidence.
Foster Grandparents are men and women age 55 and older who serve as educational mentors for children age 3-10 in local schools, Head Start and other nonprofit locations. Those who meet income guidelines of less than $22,000 annually may qualify for a stipend of up to $3,000 per year. Training provided, free meals while working, assistance with travel costs to and from school each day. Paid vacations and holidays.
Gateway to Discovery is a nonprofit organization that has established a two-year residential faith-based recovery program to support women in their rise from the depths of chemical addiction, homelessness and related struggles. It offers a long-term sanctuary as a haven from the social, psychological and economic factors that drive women to desperate means for survival--along with an array of support services and educational opportunities, at no cost to them. They learn social and other life skills crucial to maintaining sobriety and becoming independent contributing members of society. It is based on the simple premise that "Love Changes Lives."
Outpatient mental health assessment, counseling and medication management for children, families, couples and adults.
Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa serves nearly 14,000 girls and more than 4,000 adults. Their goal is to empower girls and provide them with the leadership skills they need to develop their full individual potential. Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa is comprised of 70 counties, including 67 in central and western Iowa, one county in Nebraska and two counties in South Dakota. Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, visit www.girlscoutsiowa.org.
Goodwill provides both retail and mission services. Mission services in Fort Dodge include the Youth Employment Services (YES), Community Based Employment Services, and the Ticket-to-Work Program. Each program provides employment services to individuals with disabilities.
Hawk-i is low cost/no cost health insurance for children. They offer two plans - a medical and dental plan and also a dental only plan. The cost per month is based on the family size and income. There are many services that Hawk-i covers such as doctor visits, hospital care, prescriptions, well-child check-ups, vaccines/shots, emergencies, surgery, dental care, vision exams, hearing services, mental health & substance abuse care, chiropractic care and speech therapy. This program is managed locally by the Webster County Health Department.
Food pantry open Wednesdays from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Drop-in center for persons diagnosed with mental illness with or without Title 19. Mental health counseling for persons with Title 19 ages 3-93. IPR Program for persons diagnosed with mental health illness that hold Title 19. Call for a tour. We would be happy to show you around and answer any questions you might have.
The I-Smile Dental Home Initiative connects Iowa families with preventive dental care and education for their children. As the I-Smile Coordinator for the Webster County Health Department, Angela Halfwassen, RDH, offers dental screenings and preventive fluoride varnish to children and pregnant women enrolled in the WIC and MH programs, as well as pre-schools. She follows up with families after these screenings to be sure they are aware of immediate dental needs. She also assists with setting appointments and helping clients overcome language and transportation barriers.
Iowa Central Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Fort Dodge that offers college transfer courses; career and technical training; general education; recreation and personal enrichment programs; economic development, community service activities for people with diverse interests, needs backgrounds and skills; and adult basic education. Iowa Central also offers a cooperative program with Buena Vista University in Storm Lake whereby students can earn a bachelor's degree attending evening classes. The students' first two years are completed at Iowa Central and the final two years at Buena Vista at the Fort Dodge Center. Visit www.iowacentral.edu for more information
Free, confidential student counseling services are available to currently registered students at Iowa Central Community College. The Student Counseling Center provides a confidential, supportive environment where students may discuss personal and academic concerns and work toward making positive changes in thoughts, feelings, behaviors and relationships. Services include mental health assessments, brief counseling, referrals to Iowa Central and community resources, consultations for concerned persons, including faculty and staff, psycho-educational programming/information and more.
Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) is a program supporting quality child care throughout the State of Iowa. CCR&R is available to assist families in selecting child care providers who best meet the needs of a child and their family. Child Care Consultants provide on-site consultation to licensed preschools, centers, non-registered home providers and Child Care Development Home providers.
The Department provides services to people who are legally blind or visually impaired. It offers a comprehensive array of options to build confidence and independence in all aspects of life through the Orientation Center, Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Independent Living Rehabilitation Services, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Business Enterprises Program, Aids and Devices Store, Public Education and In-Service Training.
The Orientation Center is a residential blindness training program that provides in-depth, individualized blindness training to adults so that they can return to their home communities, imbued with confidence and equipped to live independently. Training may include GED preparation, college preparation, classes in Braille, computer classes, cane travel, industrial arts, home and personal management.
Vocational Rehabilitation Program provides services in career counseling, technology assessment and training, adaptive devices for training and employment, job-seeking assistance, including seminars to teach job-seeking skills, supported employment assistance, job coaching, work site assessment and follow up, self-employment planning and follow along, post-employment follow up, blindness and attitude counseling.
Independent Living Rehabilitation Services has teachers that travel to the person's home or in small group settings. Services included are training in adaptive techniques for cooking, shopping, communication, travel, and leisure activities, peer counseling, support groups, basic adaptive devices, information and referral services, and in-service training for other service providers.
The Department will accept volunteers for transcribing print to Braille, narrating/recording print texts, proofreading Braille, tape and print materials, and providing clerical support.
Iowa Legal Aid provides legal help to eligible individuals who face civil legal problems. The services are free for those who qualify.
Kaden’s Kloset is a free clothing closet that carries clothing for all ages, and also accessories for infants and toddlers. All items are free and of good quality. Anyone can use the Kloset from any community. Kaden's Kloset hopes you will shop, donate, and share. Kaden's Kloset asks that all donations be new or gently used. This is ideal for families just entering into foster or adoptive care who need to stock up on clothes and needed items. This is a great “get ready for school” resource for any family. It is open to everyone, Kaden's Kloset likes to think of it as moms helping moms!
Retail for used clothing and household items. All proceeds from the store benefit the Domestic/Sexual Assault Outreach Center (D/SAOC).
Krueger Counseling Center is an outpatient mental health center providing individual, family, conjoint and group counseling, as well as in-home counseling and CRISIS Interventions. Krueger Counseling Center is a subsidiary of Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa (YSC).
Linking Families and Communities is devoted to empowering parents in raising happy, healthy children by providing families with educational, economic and health support by coordinating services with community resources. Linking Families and Communities provides information, referral and support to families.
Lord's Cupboard provides emergency food and basic household supplies that should last about a week. Assistance given five times per year. Clients may come when in need at their discretion - no calendar restrictions. Perishable and nonperishable food items provided using a client choice form. Assistance is also available to households that have had a fire or family members of domestic situations with no income eligibility required in these emergency situations.
Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic, Inc. provides services in support of several Iowa Department of Human Services programs. We also provide comprehensive, independent outpatient treatment and therapy services to children and adults. Behavioral Health Intervention Service are provided in the Ft. Dodge office. We have a licensed therapist on board and a psychiatrist that provides service through telehealth.
Miller Counseling Services,L.L.C. is staffed by Janette Miller, licensed marital and family therapist and licensed mental health counselor, who has been providing counseling services in Fort Dodge and the surrounding region for more than 30 years. Therapy services are offered to individuals (15 years of age and older), couples and families for a wide range of concerns, including depression, marital distress and conflict, anxiety, acute and chronic mental health problems, family relationship problems and more. Many EAP and insurances are accepted. Private payment for services is also welcomed.
MomTalk provides parent education and support for mothers raising children ages infant to 12 years. MomTalk addresses many issues facing families today including healthy lifestyle, self-sufficiency and improving family interactions. MomTalk is a program sponsored by Lutheran Family Service. For more information on program dates, please contact Janel Lincoln, MomTalk group leader, at 515.573.3138 or email@example.com.
Trinity Regional Medical Center is the North Central Iowa Chapter sponsor for the National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) and is dedicated to recognizing, encouraging and developing the leadership skills of youth.
Each spring, high school juniors from the Fort Dodge area are nominated for leadership they have shown in school, religious organizations or their community. The nominees must have been elected to a leadership position and have at least a B average to be eligible. All eligible nominees are invited to attend a leadership seminar in the spring where they take part in workshops on team-building, self-esteem and other leadership concepts. Students receive recognition through media coverage, a traveling photographic display and a recognition/award ceremony. In September, a Youth Salute is held with scholarship winners announced and "Youth Leaders of the Year" selected.
Provides free, confidential business advice and consulting. Assists entrepreneurs and owners of businesses with 500 employees or less.
Northridge Apartments offers quality apartment living for persons age 55 and older who meet income guidelines. Amenities include appliances, laundry rooms on each floor and phone entry system. Northridge Apartments is a Low Income Housing Tax Credit property and is managed by the Fort Dodge Housing Agency.
Opportunity Village, based in Clear Lake, provides and supports services to individuals with disabilities, of all ages, throughout northern Iowa. Northwoods Living, a service of Opportunity Village, concentrates on the Fort Dodge area. Additional services, such as the Children's Autism Center, are available through Opportunity Village.
Opportunity Village opened its first Children's Autism Center in Clear Lake in 2013 and has expanded services to the Fort Dodge area. The center offers hope for families overwhelmed by the challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum.
Children & Families of Iowa (CFI) provides parenting workshops for those who are experiencing challenges with young children (0-8 years). The parenting workshops provide parents with methods and strategies to promote positive behavior. These classes are very helpful in learning how to best foster your child's emotional and social skills and offer effective ways to develop and teach household rules, provide new methods to help your child follow directions and provide the importance of building relationships with your child.
Classes are held in Webster, Pocahontas and Calhoun County locations. For more information, class locations and dates, please contact Kelsey Casey at 515.573.2193. Each session includes six free classes (must attend all six classes). A light meal and childcare will also be provided.
Prairie Lakes AEA is one of nine Area Education Agencies created in 1974 by the Iowa legislature to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children from birth through age 21. Support to local schools is provided through three service areas: Educational Services, Information & Technology and Special Education. Prairie Lakes AEA supports educators, parents, and the communities we serve as we work together toward one ultimate goal--to improve student learning. Our region stretches over 14 counties including 40 public and 11 accredited nonpublic schools.
Pride in Community Appearance (PICA) is a volunteer group interested in improving the appearance of our community through projects such as raking leaves, landscaping, planting flowers, painting and more . PICA meets from 9 to 11 AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April through early November and welcomes new volunteers. PICA worksites are listed each week in The Messenger's Community Calendar, or you can contact Jan Wilson for more information.
Proteus provides seasonal farm workers and others with a variety of services that improve their health, education and economic opportunities. Proteus has a food pantry and clothing closet that is open every Monday to the general public.
Rabiner Treatment Center provides a full continuum of services for the youth they serve. Their programming, which includes residential and non-residential care, is geared to meet a wide variety of client needs. Core services include on-campus education; individual, family and group counseling; skill development; vocational training; community volunteerism and community service and restitution. Non-residential programs include an alternative school suspension center, GED, vocational training, placement for children needing a more structured school environment. Their program employs cognitive restructuring and skill development to help youth focus on identifying and changing irresponsible thinking patterns. With a comprehensive continuum of treatment services that support safety, permanency and well-being, their evidence-based cognitive/behavioral approach reinforces pro-social behaviors.
Saint Edmond is a diocesan preschool-12th grade Catholic School that welcomes all who seek a Christ-centered education. With excellence as our goal, discipline our guide, and caring our gift we take pride in providing our students with an environment where values and academics meet.
Faith based global organization with ministry of providing emergency assistance to the needy through social services program. Services include food pantry, emergency shelter, emergency financial assistance, food & nutrition programs, and noon meal.
The Strengthening Families Program is for all parents and youth in 6th grade for the Fort Dodge community schools and is put on by Iowa State University Extension & Outreach - Webster County. This is a fun and effective prevention program aimed to reduce youth problem behaviors, involves parent and middle school youth to enhance parenting skills and strengthen families. Voluntary enrollment. Fall and winter sessions.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.
Provides comprehensive pregnancy prevention programs including curriculum based sex education in schools grades 6-12, teen parent support group, youth and parent community awareness events, activities and presentations. Also increases adolescents' access to family planning services. TIPP is a program managed by the Webster County Health Department.
United Way of Greater Fort Dodge is a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to supporting and uplifting families and youth. United Way of Greater Fort Dodge supports numerous organizations and agencies that help families become self-sufficient and stable for the long-term.
United Way of Greater Fort Dodge is also dedicated to ensuring the best possible future for our youth by promoting positive choices and behaviors and helping youth access available services and resources so they have a greater opportunity to achieve their full potential and pursue their goals and dreams. By providing leadership and supporting a coalition of organizations, agencies, services and programs, United Way is building a synergistic network that effectively connects youth to opportunities that will provide them with the chance to grow and develop in a positive and healthy way; and in doing so, help them create an optimistic future filled with hope.
The team of health care professionals at UnityPoint at Home are here to provide services where you are most comfortable. We work with your physician to coordinate your care, whatever your needs--including managing a chronic illness, recovering from an injury or surgery or returning home from a hospital stay. We provide the care, support and education to help you achieve your best level of care in your own home. Our team of Nurses, Physical/Occupational/Speech Therapists and Home Health Aides focus on getting and keeping you at your healthiest.
Our experienced hospice team provides expert care that offers comfort, compassion and dignity for every patient and family. The team consists of the patient's primary physician, a medical director, nurse, social worker, aide, pharmacist, chaplain, volunteers and others. This team provides service in the patient's home, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities. The team coordinates to manage pain and symptoms, assist with the emotional, social and spiritual aspects of the end-of-life experience. Hospice provides necessary medications, medical supplies and equipment and educates family and other caregivers. Short term inpatient care or respite care is provided as needed. Bereavement care and counseling is provided to surviving family members and friends.
The team of health care professionals at UnityPoint Clinc believer that the needs of the patient come first. By putting patients at the center of everything we do, we work together for a coordinated care approach that guarantees the best outcome for every patient, every time. UnityPoint Clinc offers comprehensive services in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics and a wide variety of specialty services. The team at UnityPoint Clinic focuses on prevention services, including wellness screenings and health education.
Provides cancer patients with full service medical oncology and radiation, oncology care coordinators, nutritional services, spiritual care, physical therapy/occupational therapy, palliative care, lymphedema speech therapy.
UnityPoint Health - Trinity is a licensed 200 bed nonprofit hospital that serves Fort Dodge and surrounding communities. As a designated regional referral center, Trinity offers you and your family a wide range of primary and secondary care services. We employ over 1,000 healthcare professionals, technicians, and employees and boast a medical staff of 65 physicians. Trinity is accredited by DNV Healthcare Inc. and has achieved Pathway to Excellence designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
As one of 18 Community Action Agencies in Iowa, Upper Des Moines Opportunity, Inc. (UDMO) works in conjunction with general relief offices to provide emergency assistance programs and services to low income residents in need.
The Village General Store, a second-hand store, provides jobs and job training to people with disabilities, offers affordable clothing and household items for sale to the community, creates opportunities to serve through volunteerism and with non-cash contributions, generates needed revenue for Opportunity Village services, and increases awareness of Village services.
The United Way of Greater Fort Dodge's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free tax preparation for individuals and families who qualify based on our income guidelines and ensure taxpayers take advantage of every tax credit for which they are eligible such as the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
Please call our receptionist, Tonia Hayes, at 515.955.8880 with any questions or to make an appointment. If she is unavailable or out of the office, please leave a voicemail with your contact information and she will call you back to set up an appointment. Appointments are available Wednesdays 4-8 PM and Saturdays 9 AM - 4 PM starting January 30 and going through April 13. More information is available at www.unitedwayfd.org/cms-view-page.php?page=free-tax-preparation.
Income-based housing for seniors 62+ and disabled adults. Project-based Section 8 assistance/HUD eligible. Studio and one and two bedroom apartments are available. All utilities are included in the rent and pets under 30 lbs. are permitted. Amenities include computer center, exercise room, laundry facilities, party room and media room. Non-smoking building.
Webster County Veteran Affairs offers assistance for a wide range of benefits to our veterans, service members and their families. This includes Federal and State benefits as well as temporary county benefits to qualifying indigent veterans and their families. County benefits include rent, utilities, transportation for medical care, medications and burial expenses.
The Webster County Crime Stoppers organization has served the Webster County area for more than 30 years by providing a critical link between law enforcement services and the public. Directed by a board of committed volunteers, Crime Stoppers’ number one priority is to provide a safer community for all citizens and visitors of Fort Dodge, which positively impacts the quality of life.
If you have any information about a crime that's been committed, call the Webster County Crime Stoppers at 515.573.1444 or 800.542.9702, text "LEC" and your tip to 2-7-4-6-3-7 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit a tip online at www.wccrimestoppers.com. Your information will be taken in strictest confidence. Anonymity is protected and you never have to give your name. Tips that lead to the arrest of suspects, as well as the recovery of stolen property and drugs are eligible for cash rewards of up to $1,000, which are paid to tipsters on an anonymous basis.
Webster County Emergency Management is a coordinated effort, involving local, state, and federal government agencies as well as volunteer organizations and businesses. These various entities assist citizens and their communities to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and eliminate or reduce the effects of natural, civil, and technological emergencies and disasters. The primary goal is to prevent injuries. save lives, and reduce property damage in the community.
Family Planning Clinic offers quality, confidential health care, including various methods of birth control, STD testing, pregnancy testing, emergency contraceptives, pap test and pelvic exam, reproductive life planning, condoms and referrals. Medical services are provided by a nurse practitioner or doctor trained in family planning health care. Costs for service at WCHD family planning clinics are based on ability to pay, and are often less than at other health centers. There is no income limit for those choosing to access family planning services. Insurance is accepted.
Provides public health programs, home health services, nursing care, health counseling and immunizations and vaccinations. Additional services also include screenings, CPR/First Aid classes, nutrition programs, environmental health services, senior health, adolescent mental health, communicable diseases, maternal health, child health, developmental screenings, Breast & Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and a child care nurse consultant program. Other programs managed by the Webster County Health Department include: Family Foundations, Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (Hawk-i), I-Smile Dental Health, Prescriptions for Kids, Teen Information Pregnancy Prevention Program (TIPP), Tobacco/Smoking Cessation Program, Webster County Family Planning Clinic and the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) Program.
Call the Health Department with questions Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4:30 PM. An on-call nurse is also available 24/7 for questions/concerns.
The Webster County Sheriff's Department serves Webster County in all areas of law enforcement and is staffed by Sheriff James V. Stubbs, 16 sworn Deputies (I.L.E.A. Certified Peace Officers), four civil clerks, two civil process servers and a reserve unit.
Westridge Townhomes is a 125-unit complex offering both full market units and project-based Section 8 assistance to households that qualify. Westridge Townhomes is professionally managed by Action Realty, Inc.
The Wheels for Work program is designed to remove transportation barriers that often prevent families from being independent and able to fulfill their everyday needs. The United Way of Greater Fort Dodge, in partnership with Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, accepts donated vehicles and gives them to young families who are desperately in need of a car. Fort Dodge Ford Toyota assesses each donated car and services the vehicle to make sure that it is in safe, reliable running condition before it is given to a qualified family.
WIC is the nation’s public health nutrition program for pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under 5 years old. WIC is designed to designed to strengthen families by influencing lifetime nutrition and healthy behaviors in a specific high-risk population and provides nutrition counseling and education, breastfeeding promotion and support, checks to buy nutritious foods, immunizations and dental health screenings. This program is managed locally by the Webster County Health Department.
The agency provides home-based services for pregnant women, infants and toddlers and center-based preschool services for 3 and 4 year olds. Services address health, nutrition and language development; social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. Programs support school readiness and family well-being. In providing services, Y.O.U.R., Inc. relies on additional community resource agencies to assist families in moving toward self-sufficiency and to help children reach their full potential. Sensory and development screenings are completed with each child and research-based ongoing assessment tracks their progress.
Youth Shelter Care of North Central Iowa provides an emergency shelter for youth as well as community mental health therapy and in-home counseling. Also provides crisis intervention for youth and families.
The YWCA Center for Life Empowerment operates a residential treatment facility for women with alcohol and substance abuse issues and also offers a homeless shelter and transitional housing services for women and children. Clients may have their children with them in the facility. Support services are also provided for those living in the facility, including parenting programs for young mothers and children’s programs. Intensive outpatient and extended outpatient substance abuse programs for women and men are also offered.