. . . ASSISTANCE IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF DIGNITY, COMFORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT.
In these difficult economic times, hundreds of families in Story County struggle to stay in their homes, keep the heat and lights going, and put healthy food on their table. The mission of Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation organized by member faith groups in Ames and Story County, Iowa, is to provide emergency rent, utility, food, and fuel assistance in an atmosphere of dignity, comfort and encouragement.
Good Neighbor’s mission is born of compassion for people.
Before we opened our doors in 1997, people who needed charitable assistance beyond the resources available from other agencies in Story County had no choice but to seek it from widely scattered sites. And even when they were able to find such help from individual faith groups, the funds were limited and sporadic, and the staff was not equipped to make decisions about the requests.
Out of their compassion and vision for stewardship, a few faith groups pooled their resources to organize Good Neighbor.
Good Neighbor offers a central location where a qualified director evaluates requests for assistance, and provides counseling and advocacy with the support of dedicated volunteers. Representatives from member organizations form Good Neighbor’s board, to provide oversight and direction to the agency.