Mission: As a community action agency, it is the mission of dickinson iron community services agency to focus and coordinate all available resources upon the goal of enabling individuals to attain the opportunities to become self-sufficient thereby improving their quality of life. To this end, dickinson iron community services agency will sponsor a variety of programs and services intended to promote self-determination and independence for everyone in our community.
Programs: Senior citizens & discretionary senior citizens:family ties - family ties provides adult day services in a safe, secure and stimulating environment. These services are provided to individuals who are diagnosed with alzheimer's, other forms of dementia, cognitive and physical disabilities on a less than 24 hour basis. Family ties provides an activity program in a socially stimulating setting which, in turn, provides respite for their primary caregivers. Our door is always open to those in need of support, education and service information. It is our goal to support the families and caregivers by alleviating the stress and anxiety associated with providing full-time care for their loved ones. In-home program - provides homemaking, homecare assistance (personal care), respite care and home injury equipment to participants in dickinson and iron counties. The organization's service area includes the cities and villages of iron mountain, kingsford, norway, quinnesec, felch, hardwood, ralph, sagola, crystal falls, iron river, stambaugh, and gaastra. Home delivered meal program - serves dickinson, iron and baraga counties. The program is designed to assist homebound seniors in meeting their nutritional needs by delivering meals to their homes up to seven days a week. Persons qualify for a meal if they are 60 years of age or older, unable to leave their home, unable to prepare their own meals or have no other access to a nutritionally balanced meal. Congregate meal program - provides nutritious meals and nutrition education to older individuals in a congregate setting in dickinson, iron and baraga counties. The program also provides an opportunity for socialization and obtaining information about other services available in the area.
food and nutrition:commodity supplemental food program (csfp) - the csfp program is designed to supplement the nutritional needs of individuals 60 years of age or older and mothers, infants and children who are income eligible and do not receive wic. 3,685 families received a food package containing non-perishable items from the basic food groups. The csfp product is distributed monthly in dickinson and iron counties.
weatherization and energy assistance & housing and housing rehabilitation:weatherization - the weatherization program assisted income eligible households with reducing energy costs. All work is completed by licensed and insured contractors. Participants also received energy education including energy saving measures and information about reducing energy consumption. Housing services - community development block grant (cdbg) program provided housing rehabilitation services to income eligible homeowners in dickinson and iron counties. Upgrades to the home may include furnace, roof, plumbing and electrical repairs. The home is brought up to michigan state housing development authority housing quality standards. Emergency repairs to furnaces, roofs and water heaters are also provided.
community services:the emergency food assistance program (tefap) is designed to provide food at no cost to low-income residents of dickinson and iron counties. The food is provided by the united states department of agriculture and is distributed four times a year.