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Adair, Madison, Adams, Ringgold, Taylor, and Union County assistance programs.

Organizations in the region, including Adair, Taylor and other counties provide emergency financial help to the low income. Get one time assistance paying rent, funds for utility bills or security deposits, free food, low interest loans, LIHEAP heating bill help, and other support. The assistance can come from churches, the government, or charities, or non-profits.

Charities also work together to also offer free stuff, including school supplies, winter clothes, gasoline vouchers, or Christmas toys. The working poor can also sign up counseling for credit or debt issues, budgeting classes as well as job placement services.

Financial help with bills, rent, and basic needs

The MATURA Action Corporation is the region's leading community action agency. A wide number of services are provided for qualified low income and poor families.

FaDSS is a service that provides advocacy, referrals to other programs and agencies within the community and support for other needs. The only condition for a local family to receive FaDSS social services is that the family must be receiving FIP assistance from the state of Iowa.

The site is a Head Start center. This provides eligible preschool age children from low income families with a comprehensive program that focuses on early childhood development and education, health care, nutrition, and parent involvement, including information on job training in the Adams and Taylor County area.

Dental and medical care can be coordinated in partnership with the state's I-Smile Program. The government sponsored resource will help ensure that all children from low income and uninsured families receive age appropriate dental care. Another option is the Hawk-i, which is a low cost or free health and dental program for teenagers and children up to 19 years of age. Assistance is offered on a sliding fee scale. The program pays for needs such as Dental Care, Prescriptions, Vision Exams, Vaccines/Shots, Mental Health services and more. Find other health insurance plans for uninsured in Iowa.

The Maternal Health Program is for pregnant women. It offers Nutritional Counseling, Health Education, Support Services, Home Visit after Delivery, and support for females.




WIC applications are also processed by MATURA Action Corporation. This is the federal government Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. It is for children, infant, babies and women in Ringgold, Adair, and  Union County Iowa region.

Rent assistance and homeless prevention services can help families that are facing eviction, behind on paying their rent, or facing an upcoming utility disconnection. Any financial aid needs to prevent families from becoming homeless. This housing program can also assist homeless families with an emergency motel or hotel stay until they can secure more permanent housing in Adams, Adair, Madison or surrounding area.

Additional options are the federally funded Emergency Food and Shelter program. MATURA may have grants that can help pay one month's utilities, rent, or groceries for a short period of time.

Another service is run in partnership with the Family Development Center in their county. This can provide referrals, intake, and information on other local non-profits or state of Iowa and government programs.

The LIHEAP Heating and Energy Assistance program can help people from the region pay a portion of their residential heating bills during the winter heating season. It also encourage reduction of energy usage through energy efficiency. Many people also enroll into the federally funded weatherization program. Some grants from MATURA Action Corporation can also help with furnace repair/replacement, emergency heating fuel delivery, heaters, blankets and other energy needs.





The state also offers County General Assistance, and the community action agency can refer people to them. There may be emergency assistance for paying bills for low-income county residents in Adams, Adair, Taylor and Union counties.

Any General Assistance from a town is combined with job placement or employment programs. This is where MATURA can assist. They coordinate services in Madison, Adair, Taylor and other regions. Everything from online gig jobs to placement with companies, computer training and more is arranged.

The WIA Promise Jobs Program is for welfare recipients and people who take part in DHS activities. Clients can gain self-sufficiency and receive guidance, job readiness training and case management. WIA can help people find employment opportunities in Iowa. Get help in creating resumes, enhancing interview skills, and other advice.

The main MATURA offices are as follows.

  • Adair County, 354 Public Square, Greenfield, Iowa 50849, Phone: 641-743-2424
  • Adams County MATURA Outreach Center, 1609 Quincy, Suite 3, Corning, IA 50841, 641-322-4096
  • Madison County Outreach Center, 1724 N. John Wayne Drive, Winterset, Iowa 50273, main phone 515-462-4704
  • Ringgold County MATURA Outreach Center, 202 North Taylor Street, Mount Ayr, IA  50854, dial 641-464-2401
  • Taylor County location, 607 Madison Street, Bedford, IA 50833, telephone 712-523-3144
  • Union County MATURA Outreach Center is located at 207B North Elm, 641-782-8431

In addition to above, to find more information on their service, and any emergency financial aid that may be offered, continue with MATURA assistance programs.

Commission of Veteran Affairs provides assistance to veterans and their families. Programs can help with rent, provide free food, transportation needs, money for utilities, and prescriptions. Staff also help with VA pension applications, government benefits and nursing home assistance.

  • Adair County, PO Box 387, Greenfield, IA 50849, (641) 221-0250
  • 500 Ninth Street, Corning, IA 50841, 300 North Pine, Suite 180, Creston, Iowa 50801, call (641) 782-1723

Madison County Community Services – The main resource is General Assistance. The program provides support to working poor, low income individuals and families. Financial assistance is offered for rent, utilities, prescription medication, food, and medical assistance. Address is 209 East Madison Street, Winterset, IA 50273. Call (515) 462-2931.





St. Vincent De Paul Society operates in the area as well. There may be financial assistance for paying heating and energy bills and other social services. They also provide job placement, a low cost thrift store. There may also be free clothes, furniture, school backpacks or supplies or even toys at Christmas. Volunteers from this and other churches try to help the less fortunate. Call (515) 282-8327, or find more details on St. Vincent de Paul Adair County region.

Union County Ministerial Alliance - The group is based in Creston. The charity offers financial assistance to those in need. (641) 782-2427.

Multi-Purpose Centers serve as a local Outreach Center for Matura Action Corporation. See above. The locations provides information, referral, and applications to many programs including LIHEAP, WIC/ MCH, funds for heating bills, weatherization, food pantry, JTP, SNAP food stamps, and other community resources. Madison County, 1724 North John Wayne Drive, Winterset, Iowa 50273. Call (515) 462-4704 for intake.
Ringgold County Neighborhood Center, 202 North Taylor Street, Mount Ayr, IA 50854. Call (641) 464-2401.
Taylor County, 607 Madison Street, Bedford, Iowa 50833. Telephone - (712) 523-3144

Free medical care and clinics

Child Health Specialty Clinics has nurse practitioners that provide consultative services for children with behavioral, developmental and other medical concerns. Medical needs of the child and family can be met. (641) 782-9500

Ringgold County Public Health provides home care, free or low cost immunizations, public health, mental health administration, early childhood development, and other support. 119 South Fillmore, Mount Ayr, IA 50854. Call (641) 464-0691

Greater Regional Outreach - Public Health Services offers immunizations and other support, include referrals to local community clinics. 1715 West Prairie, Suite A, Creston, IA 50801.

Food assistance programs

Adair Senior Center may have home delivered meals, information on government assistance, and more for the elderly and home bound. (641) 742-5202.

The elderly, disabled, and homebound can get other food services too. Both free and low cost help is offered. Churches, charities, and other groups offer free delivery of meals, both year round and during the holidays, It is a Meals on Wheels service in Adair and other counties.

Eldora Food Shelf can be reached at (515) 858-2577. Free groceries, clothing, holiday meals, and other food assistance programs are offered.







Greenfield United Methodist Church is a charity that provides boxes of food to low income families. The pantry is at 108 Southwest Fifth Street, Greenfield, Iowa 50849, (641) 743-2715

Community Resources in Service to People (CRISP) of Madison County, 110 West Washington Street
Winterset, IA 50273


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