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.
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.
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.
Community means an eclectic group of individuals sharing common interests and attitudes. MOM is filled with a wonderfully broad spectrum of volunteers, giving us both balance and diversity. The many uses we've gotten out of some unique donated material demonstrates this. Ideas are typically born with one question, "What might I do," and this project started the same way.
Heather has fond memories of gardening with her mother as a little girl—particularly of the fabulous, fresh veggies she got to eat when their work was drawing to a close. Recently, Heather decided to take advantage of MOM’s Food Pantry Gardens to recreate the gardening experience for her sons. The gardens helped the family enjoy freshly grown peas and other healthy vegetables to eat. It also offered them the promise of community and a path to a better life.
When Janet’s husband passed away, it was hard not to let fear take over. In her 70s and now widowed, Janet didn’t know how she was going to make ends meet. Janet felt alone. Coming to MOM helped Janet fill her pantry with a supply of canned goods and helped her connect with neighbors who could help with a few chores. It also gave her the courage she needed to make it through difficult times.
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.
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