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Nest Prenatal Bootie Camp Being Held

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Operation Threshold’s Nest program will be holding a Prenatal Bootie Camp on Monday, September 28th, 2015. The event will be held from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Operation Threshold main office at 1535 Lafayette Street, Waterloo.  Pregnant/Expecting parents are invited to attend. Attendees will learn valuable information about topics such as the importance of prenatal care, healthy eating, preparation for the hospital stay, fetal development, etc.

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Operation Threshold Releases New WIC Income Guidelines

Thursday, 20 August 2015

WIC Announces New Income Guidelines WATERLOO- Operation Threshold’s WIC program implemented new income guidelines on July 1st.  These income guidelines are 185% of the federal poverty guidelines and are updated annually.  Applicants with a gross income equal to, or less than, than the amounts listed are income eligible for WIC services. The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a program available in every county in Iowa and throughout all 50 states.

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Independence Office to Relocate

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Operation Threshold’s Independence office will be moving to a new location at 1827 1st Street West, Independence. In order to complete the move, the office will be closed on Tuesday, August 11th and Friday, August 14th.   The office may also be closed Monday, August 17th, depending on the availability of equipment and network services. Monday hours, if any will be posted at the new site.

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OT Conducting A Client Needs Assessment

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Operation Threshold is currently conducting a Client Needs Assessment.  The goal is to identify the needs of our clients as well as plan potential programming for the future. Hard copies are available at OT offices in Waterloo, Independence, and Grundy Center.  Clients can also access the survey online at SurveyMonkey by clicking here.

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Home Buyer Education Classes to be Offered in April

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Operation Threshold’s Housing and Fair Lending program will be offering Home Buyer Education classes in April.  Classes will be held Tuesday’s in April from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, beginning April 7th.  Click here for more information.

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8th Annual Nest Parenting Fair to be held March 19th

Friday, 27 February 2015

The 8th Annual Nest Parenting Fair will be held on Thursday, March 19th from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Click here for more information. (Español)

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From The Heart Currently Taking Applications

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Click here to download the application.   The From the Heart program is now seeking applications for qualified Owner-Occupied Homeowners in Waterloo.  The From the Heart: Waterloo Home Enhancement Project is a Co-Sponsor Agreement between various Waterloo Agencies, Community Members, and Group Workcamp Foundation. This partnership will lead to the repair and improvement of up to 65 homes in Waterloo, Iowa.

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WIC Tip – Baby Behavior

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Check out the WIC Tip of the Month about Baby Behavior!  A great resource for new parents! Click here.

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Operation Threshold Participates in Operation Thaw

Thursday, 6 March 2014

“OPERATION THAW” FROZEN WATER SERVICE LINE RELIEF PROJECT Waterloo, Iowa.  Waterloo mayor Buck Clark, Operation Threshold (O/T) executive director Barbara Grant, Waterloo Water Works general manager Dennis Clark and Black Hawk County Gaming Association (BHCGA) board chairman Tim Hurley announced today an emergency grant program aimed at assisting income-eligible homeowners with the costs for thawing frozen water service lines to their homes.

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Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends Soon

Monday, 3 March 2014

Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Ends March 31, 2014—ARE YOU COVERED? Waterloo, IA: Did you know the Affordable Care Act law is now in effect?  Did you know that Operation Threshold staff can help you learn about the new law? Under the Affordable Care Act, starting in 2014, every individual must have Minimum Essential Health Care Coverage or Pay a Tax Penalty.

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Affordable Care Act Awareness

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Affordable Care Act Awareness – Did you know you know that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) most people, students included, must have health insurance coverage in 2014 or there will be a penalty?

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WIC Program Update

Thursday, 17 October 2013

The government shut-sown is over!  As a result, Operation Threshold’s WIC program is able to again issue three months of WIC checks to our participants.  This is effective today, October 17, 2013.

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Operation Threshold WIC Program Update

Wednesday, 02 October 2013

The government shut-sown is over!  As a result, Operation Threshold’s WIC program is able to again issue three months of WIC checks to our participants.  This is effective today, October 17, 2013.

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WIC Program Disruption Discussed on KWWL

Wednesday, 02 October 2013

Operation Threshold’s WIC Program has been impacted dramatically by the Federal government shutdown.  Click here to see KWWL’s coverage of the issue.

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Can You Live on $9 per Hour? Play the Game and See

Monday, 26 September 2011

Jennifer Nicholson of McKinney, an advertising company out of Durham, North Carolina created at game for her client Urban Ministries.  The game, Spent, presents players with a choice of jobs paying $8 – $9 per hour.

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Harkin: Nearly $1.9 Million in Low-Income Heating Assistance Funding Coming to Iowa

Monday, 26 September 2011

Washington D.C – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, announced today that Iowa has been awarded $1,874,008 through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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When Income Grows, Who Gains?

Monday, 19 September 2011

Follow this link to an article by Economic Policy Institute’s web page on the State of Working America.  It has a great interactive pie chart showing how growth in average income has been shared between the richest 10% and the remaining 90% of the country.

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