May 2023 Volume 33; Issue 8

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From the Executive Director's Desk

May brings us to the end of the Iowa legislative session. A lot happened this year. Property tax changes, school choice, tort reform and government re-organization to name a few. Mid-Sioux was fortunate to have six of the new Health and Human Services staff visit our agency on May 2nd. Staff visited our LeMars WIC clinic and then met with management staff in Remsen. A very good meeting. Changes in state government will likely keep happening over the next two years as staff become more familiar with services.

Our annual meeting took place on May 5th. A very nice day with training in the morning and then awards in the afternoon. Thanks to Miranda Monroy for her work in preparing for the meeting as well as the management staff and all who assisted. Richard Harz scholarships were awarded to Ashley Arriaga of Sioux Center and Madison DeJong who attends West Lyon community schools.

The coming weeks will be busy with grant renewals and the closeout of contracts ending on June 30th. Funding seems to be stable and not too many changes are expected.

Head Start classes will be closing for the summer which means recruitment of students is underway and plans for the new school year are being finalized. Please refer families who may need our preschool services.

Dick Sievers
Executive Director


Employment Opportunities

If you know of anyone interested in joining our team, they can apply at: under ‘Employment’ and view our openings. They can also contact Miranda directly with any questions pertaining to the open positions:

Miranda Monroy, HR Director
Phone: 712-386-3421


Head Start/Early Head Start

Free Preschool Programs for your 3 & 4 year old. Centers are located in Akron, Cherokee, Ida Grove, LeMars, Orange City, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley and Sioux Center. A Child Development Center is located in Hawarden.

Check the picture to go to our webpage for more information and to apply.


Lyon County Outreach Office

 Happy Spring from the Lyon County Outreach Office!

We have slowed down considerably in our Lyon County office. The LiHEAP application period has ended for this year, and we had an increase of 18 people from last year that signed up. We were very happy to see the extra people that signed up. We were thrilled to hear that we received a grant from the Riverboat Foundation for $3,000 to help with our local crisis account. With these funds, we will be able to help considerably more people with their struggles to pay their rent and other needs. Lyon county is one of our counties that definitely needs our assistance.

We are now taking applications for reduced swimming pool passes again this year for those that live in the Rock Rapids zip code or have children who attend Central Lyon School. We haven’t completed many yet, but now with the weather warming up, we're sure there will be quite a few people that want to take advantage of that service.

Applications for Head Start and Early Head Start are still being taken for the 23-24 school year. If you know of someone that would like to have their child(ren) join HS/EHS, please have them contact our office at 712-472-3746. We'd be happy to help them with the application process.

Clients from Lyon County are able to access our food pantry in Sioux Center. We have had quite a few that make the drive to us to help supplement their food supply at home. We are grateful for all the donations we receive in our food pantry to be able to help both Sioux and Lyon County residents.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding Sioux or Lyon County. Have a fabulous summer!

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Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. is a not-for-profit Community Action Agency established in 1965 to fight poverty at a local level by assisting low-income families in Northwest Iowa to become self-sufficient.

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