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Our office is temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). You can still receive assistance. Please reference our contact information below.
Guthrie County Family Development Center
400 State Street
PO Box 22
Guthrie Center, IA 50115
September - April
Monday - Friday:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May - August
8am - 12pm
Wednesday: 1pm - 5pm
Closed on all Federal Holidays
The Guthrie County Family Development Center serves income eligible residents in Guthrie 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 Guthrie County.
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
(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|
|Each Additional Member Add:||$7,735|
In an emergency situation where there is a shortage of food for your family or for yourself, you would go to the Family Development Center. The coordinator will then supply you a food package according to the number in the household to get you through for a short time. The pantry supplies will be such possible items as: meat, canned vegetables, cereal, soups, tuna, macaroni and cheese, hamburger helper, etc. depending on availability. The food pantry can only be accessed 4 times a fiscal year (October-September) per household. per emergency situations. There is no charge for the food pantry, but you will be asked to complete a basic intake form for applying for this emergency food pantry.
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 Guthrie 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.
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.
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.