FaDSS

FAMILY DEVELOPMENT & SELF-SUFFICIENCY

The Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) program at Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation is a voluntary, strength based home visiting program for low-income families. FaDSS provides services that promote, empower and nuture families toward economic and emotional self-sufficiency.


CORE SERVICES IN THE FADSS PROGRAM

Home Visits: Certified Family Development Specialists work with you where you are most comfortable - in your own home.

Support: Ongoing, strength-based and solution focused support is provided. Families know their Specialists are only a phone call away.

Referrals: Specialists assist families in accessing community resources to better meet their needs.

Advocacy: FaDSS Specialists advocate for families, with families and model skills to support families to advocate for themselves.

Assessment Tools: Strength-Based Assessments aid the family to indentify strengths that they possess to be used to eliminate barriers to self-sufficiency.

Goal Setting: FaDSS works with your entire family to identify your priorities, set goals and celebrate progress in moving towards self-sufficiency.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR FADSS

Families receiving FIP (cash assistance through DHS)

Families not receiving FIP, with income at or below 80% of the poverty level

"They impacted me by giving me someone to talk to who listens, without judgement. They gave me a home, helped me get a job and got me back on my feet. That means a lot." ~ Tina

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families requirements for ALL FaDSS enrollments:

Citizen or qualified alien

Social security number or proof of application.

Iowa residency

Dependent child in the household

Experiencing barriers to self-sufficiency

Referrals to FaDSS are often made from the PROMISE JOBS Program, collaborating service agencies, our NEICAC agency, or self-inquiry. Participation in FaDSS is voluntary. FaDSS services promote, empower, and nurture families towards economic and emotional self-sufficiency. The foundation of FaDSS is regular home visits with families, using a strength-based approach.

FaDSS Mission Statement: Improve the lives of families at risk of long term welfare dependency or family instability by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency. For more information about FaDSS visit https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/fadss

NEICAC FaDSS Annual Report (PDF) compiled by the Department of Human Rights

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CHANGE A LIFE

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation (NEICAC) is a 501(c)3 private non-profit operating in NE Iowa. Charitable donations from individuals, businesses, school⁄church groups, made to NEICAC are always needed and may have a tax benefit to the donor.Individuals and families in your community struggle every day to provide basic needs such as food, shelter and utilities. Your contribution to NEICAC can make the difference to provide a hand-up to self-sufficiency.

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MESSAGES OF APPRECIATION

Agency Appreciations

"Thank you for your fabulous work with the Decorah community & surrounding areas. All of you truly embody the spirit of hope & change people's lives to not only help themselves but to encourage & help those around them. At a time when our country needs love & compassion, you & your staff deserve a well-deserved BRAVO." 

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"Embrace Iowa helped our family be getting us a stove. The stove we had was hazardous. When we would cook on it, it would stink the whole house up. Also, it leaked underneath the stove. That stove was so small that my two year old son could see inside the pan without standing on anything. Now, with our new stove we can cook without smelling anything or without cleaning up a leaky mess. Thanks so much for our new stove. We really appreciated it."

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"Cheryl & Denise. Happy CACFP Week. You both are: Courageous & Calm as a Cucumber. Astounding & Accessible & Able. Cheerful & Capable. Fascinating & we are Fortunate to have you !! Positive & Peppy. Thanks for All you do!!"

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