Love Your Neighbor Emergency Assistance


The Love Your Neighbor (LYN) fund provides emergency assistance to up 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 2019-20 eight 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, 9:30 AM to 12:30 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.
  • Currently, we are not scheduling in-person interviews.  Applicants receiving one of the limited available appointments, will be given instructions as to process and requirements
  • To request an appointment, call 515-292-3810.  

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.