The Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) awarded nearly $90,000 this month to 16 Iowa nonprofit organizations to create pathways to economic security for Iowa’s women and their families. One of this year’s recipients is Opening Doors which received a $5,000 grant to support its Building Brighter Tomorrows for Homeless Women and Children program.
Since 1997, the IWF has awarded more than $555,000 to 99 organizations across the state. The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of Iowa’s women and girls, partnering with local organizations that are creating pathways to economic security for women and families in their local communities.
Opening Doors’ programs at Maria House and Teresa Shelter strive to ensure brighter tomorrows for women previously struggling with homelessness by helping to increase their financial resources, helping them find permanent housing, and helping to provide other necessary support services to end the cycle of poverty. Through regular (at least twice a week) meetings with a case manager, women define their life goals and identify steps and necessary resources to achieve those goals.
Over the next five years, the IWF has committed at least $100,000 a year to continue creating pathways to economic security for low-income women and their families in Iowa.