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Audubon County Family Development Center
109 Tracy Street
Audubon, IA 50025
September - April
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May - August
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Closed on all Federal Holidays
The Audubon County Family Development Center is the information, application and referral center for all of the income-eligible programs offered by New Opportunities, Inc. to serve the residents of Audubon County.
Backpack Program - A sack consisting of 12 food items are sent home with the eligible child each week on Friday (or the last school day of the week).
Children K - 6th grade on free and reduced lunches are eligible for the Backpack Program. To sign up, contact the school secretary.
Backpack Program is offered at Audubon Elementary and Exira Elementary School, in partnership with the Food Bank of Iowa.
Thanksgiving Food Baskets - Click here for food basket nomination form!
Christmas Gifts for Children (October-December) Click here to sign up!
How to Volunteer/Get Involved
You can make a difference!
Prepare bags of food for Backpack Program
Prepare Christmas Toy Packages
Adopt a Family for Christmas
Take a name from The Giving Tree
(available by appointment) - Click here for Application!
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally-funded program that has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. By doing so, you can reduce the risk of health and safety problems (such as illness, fire or eviction). The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing. Your application for energy assistance is also an application for weatherization of your home. Weatherization currently has an income guideline of 200% POV or lower. Visit the Weatherization page to view more information.
*Mailable energy assistance applications can be utilized by an individual household for no more than two successive years. A face-to-face meeting for the purpose of taking the application is required every third year.
Other Forms Available:
|Household Size||Annual Gross Income|
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Emergency food is available through our food pantry. Depending on availability, a food package would consist of meats, canned goods, baking products and toiletry items. It can be accessed every other month throughout the year per household. There is no charge for the food pantry, but you will be asked basic household information and proof of residency in Audubon county when applying.
The New Opportunities Food Pantry is a proud partner of the Food Bank of Iowa. The Food Bank of Iowa supplements food pantry needs.
If you are in need of clothing for you or someone in your family, go to your Audubon County Family Development Center office to see what is available. If you are relocating and are in need of furniture, the center may have items to furnish your apartment or home. A sample of possible items to be found in the center are coats, shoes, trinkets, cooking utensils, beds, linens, toys, etc. The cost for the items is very minimal. The money received from these purchases is used to help out other crisis situations that do occur. All items are donated to center for re-sale. New donated items are received daily.
Elderly Waiver Chore Program
Seniors need to apply for the Elderly Waiver at their local County Department of Human Services (DHS) office. Approved applicants are assigned to a Case Manager, who notifies New Opportunities, Inc., that they are qualified for Elderly Waiver Chore services. Clients are assigned a monthly budget for each service they will receive through the Waiver.
When a client is approved for the Elderly Waiver Chore Program, New Opportunities, Inc., receives a Notice of Decision document that tells us how many hours of service are allowed for that client. The Elderly Waiver Chore Program covers lawn mowing and snow removal, up to the budgeted limit of hours. New Opportunities, Inc., pays the chore provider and bills the Federal Government for the service.
Financial Literacy Counseling
Visit the Financial Literacy Counseling page for more information on how to build your financial security through reducing debt, building savings, restoring credit, budgeting and wise shopping.
New Opportunities is happy to partner with the Food Bank of Iowa in offering a Mobile Food Pantry at the National Guard Armory, 601 Southside Avenue in Audubon. Click here for more information.
Other Services Offered
Other Helpful Quick Links
Iowa Utilities Board: https://iub.iowa.gov/about-us/contact-us