Resources and Referrals for Adult Education and Literacy Students
Hawkeye's Academic Career Education Specialist can provide assistance to students with barriers to success. Please view our list of community and college resources and services.
Little Free Pantry
The Little Free Pantry has free pantry food items available.
Located at the Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center, second floor at the end of the hallway.
Northeast Iowa Food Bank
1605 Lafayette Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Tri-County Head Start
Tri-County Head Start provides income-based childcare for qualifying families for children ages 0-4. Childcare and childcare partnership locations available throughout the Cedar Valley. Apply online to enroll in Tri-County Head Start.
Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle provides baby essentials, bus passes and gas cards, food boxes/essentials, furniture/appliances, minor home repair, in-home support, kitchen essentials, medical supplies, moving assistance, shoes, and transportation.
Call to make an appointment: 319-215-6151.
St. Vincent De Paul
320 Broadway Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
89 Franklin Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Operation Threshold — Rental Units (Independence and Waterloo)
Find rental units in Independence and Waterloo. Section 8 is welcome. Waterloo units are 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Independence units are 2 bedroom townhouses.
Operation Threshold Rental Application [pdf]
Operation Threshold — Safe and Stable Housing Program
Operation Threshold — Safe and Stable Housing Program provides short-term emergency assistance that meets a basic need as well as addresses barriers that prevent low-income families from accessing or maintaining safe and stable housing. Examples include security deposit assistance, health/safety assistance, rent assistance or other crisis needs that impact a households ability to access or maintain safe and stable housing.
House Christian Community Development (House of Hope)
The House Christian Community Development (House of Hope) is a two year transitional housing program to help single mothers achieve a greater education and financial stability. Apply online for House of Hope housing.
Friends of the Family
Friends of the Family provides assistance through different programs to qualified individuals to help overcome barriers to maintaining stable housing such as rental assistance, case management, and advocacy.
The Salvation Army provides assistance and shelter after an eviction.
Cedar Valley Hospitality House
The Cedar Valley Hospitality House is a daytime homeless shelter that provides breakfast, lunch, shower facilities, computer and phone access, free clothes, agency advocacy, and light meals on the weekends.
Operation Threshold — Crisis and Utility Assistance
Operation Threshold — Crisis and Utility Assistance provides financial assistance on a limited basis to households facing crisis situations such as utility disconnection, emergency fuel deliveries, air conditioning repair (homeowners only) and furnace repair/replacement.
Operation Threshold — Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Operation Threshold — Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program supplements the high cost of winter heating for low-income households, provides emergency furnace repairs or replacement for income qualifying homeowners.
Call: 319-291-2065 or 319-334-6081
Operation Threshold — Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
The Operation Threshold — Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program helps eligible households pay past due water bills and reconnection fees.
Operation Threshold — Weatherization Program
The Operation Threshold — Weatherization Program helps reduce the heating and cooling costs in an effort to reduce energy consumption and increase comfort in eligible participant homes. Available Weatherization benefits include: Insulation, furnace repair or replacement, water heater repair and replacement, and safety checks for gas leaks.
ACE-SAP Free Clinic
ACE-SAP Free Clinic provides care by registered nurses who are students in Allen College's nurse practitioner program (supervised by a certified nurse practitioner instructor.)
No appointment is needed, but appointments are encouraged if you have special needs such as specific immunizations or need an interpreter.
iHope Clinic provides low-cost medical and mental health services.
Operation Threshold — Family Development Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS)
Operation Threshold — Family Development Self-Sufficiency is an intensive, voluntary, one-on-one case management program to assist families receiving FIP with transitioning from welfare to work or assisting families with mental health issues. Families receive intensive case management including home visits, support (referrals, groups, linkages, and advocacy), assessment (identifying and building upon strengths), and goal setting.
Operation Threshold — Nest
Operation Threshold — Nest is an incentive based program for income-eligible families that are pregnant or have children 0-5. Participants earn incentive points for healthy behaviors such as keeping doctor appointments and attending parent and preventative educational classes. The points are then redeemed for incentive items such as diapers and wipes.
Operation Threshold — Parents as Teachers
Operation Threshold — Parents as Teachers provides voluntary early childhood, parent education, and family support programs. Serving families from the beginning of pregnancy until children enter preschool.
Operation Threshold — Pocket Change
Operation Threshold — Pocket Change provides financial assistance to households in need of attaining or retaining self-sufficiency when other assistance is not available. Examples include car repairs, bus passes, funds to get copies of birth certificates, test/class fees, or other situations that are job or education related.
Operation Threshold — Refugee Services
Operation Threshold — Refugee Services provides services to those who came as refugees or were granted asylum, orienting them to the Cedar Valley and our culture and norms, improving their employment options, and enhancing their financial knowledge and independence.
PaTi's Libelulas (Pati's Dragonflies)
PaTi's Libelulas (Pati's Dragonflies) provides a variety of services to Spanish speaking individuals and families including referrals and social services, family navigation and programs, English classes, computer classes, an art center, a youth center and a cultural center.