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Calhoun County FDC OfficeCalhoun County Family Development Center

334 Richmond Street
Rockwell City, IA 50579
Phone: 712.297.7721, Extension 3000
Cell: 515-478-5509
Fax: 712.297.9927
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Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closed on all Federal Holidays

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The Calhoun County Family Development Center serves income eligible residents in Calhoun County. The Family Development Center is the information, application and referral center for all of the income eligible programs offered by New Opportunities, Inc. to serve families, individuals and elderly people of Calhoun County.

Annual Events


How to Volunteer/Get Involved with the FDC!

You can make a Difference!

  • Prepare Christmas Toy Packages

  • Adopt a Family for Christmas

  • Take a name from the Giving Tree

  • Volunteer in the Food Pantry and/or Clothes Closet

Services Available

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

When to apply:

          Elderly (60 & over) and/or disabled apply October 1st to April 30th.

          All other households apply November 1st to April 30th 

(available by appointment) - Click here for Application!

Sign up for LIHEAP Online Now!

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. LIHEAP currently has an income guideline of 200% POV or lower.

Where to apply for LIHEAP?

What to bring to my appointment?

Other Forms Available:

FY 2024 Poverty Guidelines (200% POV)

Household Size Annual Gross Income
1 $29,160
2 $39,440
3 $49,720
4 $60,000
5 $70,280
6 $80,560
7 $90,840
8 $101,120
Each Additional Member Add: $10,280


Utility Crisis Assistance

Utility Crisis Assistance provides help to income eligible households with limited resources. Utility Crisis Assistance currently has an income guideline of 200% POV or lower. Visit the Utility Crisis Assistance page to view more information.


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.

Food Pantry

Food boxes are available once a month to Calhoun County families in need. Depending on availability, a food box would consist of meat, canned vegetables, cereal, soups, tuna, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, etc. depending on availability. There is no charge for the food pantry, but you will be asked basic household information and proof of residency in Calhoun 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.

Mobile Food Pantry

New Opportunities is happy to partner with the Food Bank of Iowa in offering a Mobile Food Pantry the 4th Thursday (*except November) of every other month (January, March, May, July, September & November) in Rockwell City. Click here for more information.

Clothing & Housewares

Are you or someone in your family in need of clothing? Stop in to see the range of donated items available, examples include: 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. To make a donation of clothing items, please contact Heidi to make an appointment.

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.

Disaster Assistance

Visit the Disaster Assistance page for more information on the Iowa Individual Disaster Assistance Grant Program and the Iowa Disaster Case Advocacy Program along with the application for assistance.

Other Services Offered

Additional New Opportunities Services

County Resource Directories

Elderly Waiver Chore Program


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