Other Assistance and Collaborations
In addition to food and clothing, MOM offers other type of assistance and collaborates with agencies to help people in our community remain stable.
Emergency grants are sometimes available to assist with car repairs, medical prescriptions and document replacements.
A single mother of two children, Brenda was working at a full-time job with benefits when she moved into her apartment. She had a Section 8 voucher to help pay for her housing, and she felt like she was on the road to stability. But when her daycare plans fell through, she missed several days of work—and lost her job. She soon fell behind on rent. When her apartment management started the eviction process, Brenda was scared. She didn’t know where to turn. Then she found out about MOM. MOM helped her spaghetti, avocados, school supplies for her kids--and an advocate to help negotiate with her landlord.
MOM is grateful to the Alliant Energy Center Foundation for their recent grant of $2500 for our Good Samaritan fund. Jill Bauer, Executive Director of the Alliant Energy Center Foundation, delivered the check in person.
Our partners at Hy-Vee provide assistance to both MOM and Second Harvest to help increase food security for people in our community through their One Step program. When customers purchase these One Step products, a portion of the proceeds is donated to "help feed people who are unable to feed themselves. It's one small step, one meal at a time."
Josiah had struggled with mental illness all his life, making maintaining work difficult. Without family in the area, he didn’t have much of a support network. When Josiah came to MOM, he had reached an all-time low. He was out of food, medication—and hope. At MOM, Josiah filled his grocery cart with food. With radishes in his fridge and peanut butter on his shelves, Josiah was able to re-ignite his natural resilience and plot a path out of the dark place he had found himself in.
Three years ago, when Hannah arrived at MOM for her first appointment with a case manager, things weren’t going well. If she didn’t make a payment soon, her utilities would be shut off. Hannah knew MOM had a food pantry and clothing center. She hoped she could leave with some bread, milk and maybe warm socks for the winter so she could use her limited resources to make a payment on her utility bill. MOM helped her with those things--and provided her the turning point she needed to be successful.
Both Amira and Ayden worked. The pay wasn’t great for either of them, but they managed. They lived in a small but tidy apartment with their daughter and paid all their bills on time. Then a medical setback threw a wrench in everything. MOM helped them get nutritious food such as fresh, juicy oranges. Even more importantly, it offered them the opportunity to get a new start.
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