August 2022 Volume 32; Issue 11
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From the Executive Director's Desk
August brings us very close to the end of our agency fiscal year on September 30th. Staff are busy preparing for the financial close out of the year and the start of our 58th year as an organization.
August will see the completion of our addition to the Head Start center in Cherokee. Thanks to Kendra Rensink, Head Start/Early Head Start Director and all of her staff for their hard work in getting this completed. It is a very nice addition to our facility and will serve staff and families very well.
Although the winter season is not quite here, we are preparing for holiday activities and the energy assistance or LIHEAP program. Additional funds provided through COVID-19 relief efforts will be used by September 30, 2022 which means a return to regular funding for LIHEAP.
Head Start classrooms will begin in September. We are still recruiting for open slots in some communities. Please refer anyone with a child 3-4 years of age to our outreach offices or the agency website to apply www.midsioux.org
Mid-Sioux was successful in its bid for the new service territory for W.I.C. services. Our service area will no longer include Ida County for W.I.C. services only. The area will include 6 additional counties bringing the total area to be served to 10 counties. They are: Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Cherokee, O’Brien, Osceola, Dickinson, Clay, Palo Alto, and Emmet. This is obviously a very big change which becomes effective on October 1, 2022. Staff are very busy preparing. Thanks to Cindy Harpenau and her staff for their hard work. More information will follow over the next several weeks.
Summer is nearly over with students returning to college and community schools. Fall is a great time of year but it certainly goes by too fast. Please take caution when driving during the harvest and enjoy the very nice weather.
Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Heating costs are still a concern for all. We purchase fuel for the winter currently from a lot of our propane/fuel oil vendors. Prices per gallon range from $1.80 to $2.09. Last year we were seeing prices that ranged from $1.45 to $1.70. In 2020 we were getting prices of $.90 to a high of $1.22.
A supplemental payment to all our current Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LiHEAP) families will be sent to the fuel vendors in September.
Much time has been spent getting ready for next year’s program. Clinic schedules have been set up, advertising updated, vendor contracts have gone out, and meeting preparations.
Please welcome Curiel Construction & Remodeling to our team of contractors. Gustavo Curiel and his crew has been with us since March of this year. We are feeling extremely lucky to have them since finding contractors has been such a struggle throughout Iowa. Gustavo and staff have had many years of experience and their work shows that.
The outreach staff have been extremely busy this summer taking crisis applications. We have been able to assist many households with heat, electric, water, and rent payments. On the down side, the additional funding our agency had received through COVID funding has come to an end. With utility costs still rising, our assistance levels will be at much lower levels.
Four families have received new beds thanks to Amerigroup. Although this was not a huge grant, it was so appreciated by the families and children receiving them.
Hello from the Plymouth County Outreach office!
We recently held our Back to School special project. In Plymouth County we received donations from local businesses and organizations. With those funds we purchased back packs and school kits. We helped 63 kids with school supplies and back packs this year!
Our office currently has some crisis funds available to help with past due rent or utilities. If you are going through a tough time financially and could use a little extra help, please give us a call to complete an application over the telephone or stop in on Tuesday or Thursday from 9-4.
We are still taking Head Start/Early Head Start applications for the 2022-2023 school year. Head Start is a free pre-school program for 3 and 4-year old children. Applications can be taken over the phone by calling the outreach offices.
The Akron Mid Sioux office will be open the second Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11:30. If you or someone you know needs help with food for their household in Akron, please give us a call 712-546-6603.