Love Your Neighbor Emergency Assistance


The Love Your Neighbor (LYN) fund provides emergency assistance to Story County families.

LYN is funded by the tithe of 3.00% of the parish collection, including envelopes, loose change and direct deposits.  LYN also accepts donations from individuals, and occasional grants from other sources. In 2020-21, seven parishioners volunteer to interview those who come to the parish seeking help. The vast majority of assistance is homelessness prevention in the form of rent and utility payments.

To Qualify for Assistance

  •  A household must not have received assistance from the parish fund within the previous 12 months.
  • Appointment calls are accepted only during office hours, currently, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Appointments are limited, and in order to fairly schedule appointments, voice mail messagfes cannot be accepted, and if left, will not be returned.
  • Applicants will be given instructions as to the process and requirements.
  • For the forseeable future, no face to face interviews are being held for rent and utility assistance.The information you provide will be sent, along with the required paperwork, to an interviewer who will call applicants.  The interviewer will then return the paperwork to St. Thomas with their comments and the amount of asistance which they approved.
  • To request an appointment, call 515-292-3810.   No walk-in appointments will be considerd. 

Required documentation:

  • Copy of utility bill showing past due amount (if requesting utility assistance).
  • Copy of lease and past due notice from landlord (if requesting rental assistance).
  • Copy of lease or utility contract stating amount of deposit (if requesting deposit assistance).

For more information about the program or how to volunteer, contact Tom Budnik.

Annually during Advent, the parish brings in goods from the local Fair Trade Store, Worldly Goods, to raise awareness of fair trade and as a fundraiser for Love Your Neighbor.  To volunteer to assist with the sale, contact Tom Budnik.


COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Story County Immigrants

LYN also works together with this Emergency Fund to provide help with rent and utilities for immigrants living in Story County. More information is available for donors, English-speaking applicants, and ellos que hablan Espanol.   

An October 2020 report on the activity of the fund since its inception in April 2020 and thank you to STA parishioners is in the October Fund Report.