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What is MCSA and what do we do?

on Thu, 08/26/2010 - 4:44pm

MCSA provides emergency and temporary shelter, basic health care, educational and support services for those in need in Muscatine County.

Our goals are to: 

  • provide a clean, attractive safe and secure temporary home for people in need in order for them to have the time and place to rebuild their lives.

  • provide basic, unmet health care services and health education for people in need.

  • offer support, direction, education, job training and counseling to have each individual develop life skills needed to move back into society as productive citizens.

  • help people in accessing other needed

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MCSA bicycling team returns from successful RAGBRAI

on Thu, 07/31/2014 - 10:52am

MCSA sent 22 bicyclists and four other volunteers on the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, July 20-26, with two goals:

·         Raising awareness about homelessness in Iowa

·         Raising some money for MCSA.

The members of Team MCSA accomplished those goals while also having a lot of fun and forging many new friendships.

On the awareness front, members of the group talked to hundreds of other cyclists as RAGBRAI moved across the state from Rock Valley to Lake Okoboji to Emmetsburg, Forest City, Mason City, Waverly, Independence and Guttenberg.

MCSA launches Adopt-A-Day fundraiser

on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 4:19pm

Friday will kick off a big month at MCSA.

Since March, we have been giving tours of our facilities, sending letters and emails, making telephone calls and presentations. The goal was simple: Ask Muscatine-area businesses, churches and other groups to donate enough money to operate MCSA in August, which meant raising $1,500 for each of the month’s 31 days, or $46,500.

Today, as we roll out to the entire community this second annual fundraiser, which we call Adopt-A-Day at MCSA, a total of 50 businesses, churches, other organizations and some individuals have helped us raise a little more

Read all about it in the MCSA Spring 2014 Newsletter

on Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:56pm

The MCSA Spring 2014 is hot off the presses and available by clicking on the attached PDF.

Save the Date for New Beginnings

on Mon, 03/31/2014 - 2:04pm

Organizers are planning to hold the annual New Beginnings fundraiser for the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter from 6-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at Geneva Golf and Country Club in Muscatine. Invitations will be sent out in the coming weeks.

Highlights will include live and silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes. The event is being held to raise money for New Beginnings scholarships and the MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter.

If you would like to register now, please make payments to MCSA Domestic Violence Shelter of $60 per person via the New Beginings "Buy Now" button or mail checks

Muscatine Journal column: Muscatine's homeless always have a place

on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 8:48am

Chicago is known as The City of Big Shoulders, but it can’t muster Muscatine’s sense of community when it comes to facing a big challenge.

On MCSA’s Facebook page, I shared a link last week to an interview with Ronald Davis, a homeless man in Chicago. It was posted on YouTube by an organization called ryot.org. The video was produced by filmmakers Andrew Messer and Nicole Malovany and originally broadcast in 2012 by WNIT Public Television in South Bend, Ind.

Please go here to read the rest of this column as it appeared in the Muscatine Journal. But first you may want to go here to watch