Jefferson County Community Resource Guide

This resource guide was developed by community residents and elected officials to provide a central location for important community resources. You can filter the guide by “category” or search for an individual resource using the search box on the left.

The guide was developed by local volunteers and a collaboration between Pathfinders RC&D, Jefferson County Supervisors, Jefferson County Mental Health Office, and the Jefferson County Hunger Dialogue.

Resources Found: 138

10-15 Transit

10-15 Transit

Transportation

Transportation services available to the public, call to schedule. Riders may use the bus for nearly any purpose: grocery shopping, medical and dental visits, congregate meals, going to work or school, or personal business.

Access to Recovery

Access to Recovery

Counseling/Mental Health/Substance AbuseHelpline

Free services, based on meeting income criteria, for individuals in recovery from alcohol and substance use disorders. Ages 12 and older.

ADDS

ADDS

Counseling/Mental Health/Substance Abuse

Outpatient substance abuse treatment, residential substance treatment (Burlington), problem gambling treatment, Drug Free Workplace programming, prevention education, substance abuse screenings, OWI screenings and classes, juvenile diversion, problem gambling crisis intervention. Serves Jefferson County residents.

African Violet Foundation

African Violet Foundation

Food/Clothing/Financial

During the holiday season, this Foundation serves middle school and high school students in the Fairfield, Pekin, and Van Buren Community School Districts. These students are provided with school hoodies and candy at Christmas. The African Violet foundation also holds a 'Caring through Clothing Event' that provides about 700 people with clothing and laundry supplies.

Alert Iowa

Alert Iowa

Emergency

In the event of an emergency or severe weather condition, an alert will be sent to the phone number and/or email address provided by voice, text and/or email. To sign up for alerts, call 866-998-9367 or sign up at https://entry.inspironlogistics.com/jefferson_ia/wens.cfm

America's Small Business Development Center Iowa

America's Small Business Development Center Iowa

Employment & Job Training

Offers free and confidential 1-on-1 consulting for business owners to start, expand or close their business. Call to make an appointment. Serves Jefferson County residents.

American Homefinding Association

American Homefinding Association

Food/Clothing/Financial

American Home Finding Association is a private, not-for-profit family service agency.  Services include Adoption, WIC, Maternal & Child Health Programs, Emergency Shelter for adolescents, Child Care and the Foster Grandparent Program. Serves Jefferson County residents.

American Red Cross (Emergency Disaster Assistance)

American Red Cross (Emergency Disaster Assistance)

Housing Assistance

Help with emergency housing after a natural disaster or fire.

Amerigroup Iowa (Logisticare)

Amerigroup Iowa (Logisticare)

Transportation

Mileage reimbursement or non-emergency medicaid transportation

AmeriHealth Caritas (Access2Care)

AmeriHealth Caritas (Access2Care)

Transportation

Mileage reimbursement or non-emergency medicaid transportation

Bargain Box

Bargain Box

Food/Clothing/Financial

Resale shop with discount clothing and household items.

Batavia Public Library

Batavia Public Library

City, County & Community Organizations

Books, DVDs, copying, printing, computers, free wifi.

Birthright of Burlington

Birthright of Burlington

Family Services & ChildcareHealth Care

Pregnancy services and testing. Free and confidential. Resources and referrals for pregnant & maternal moms. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Carry on Bags

Carry on Bags

Food/Clothing/Financial

Provides free food bags for income qualifying students at the Fairfield Community School District and Maharishi School on Fridays and before school breaks.

Cedar View Trail

Cedar View Trail

Parks, Trails & Recreation

4.5-mile natural trail connects Libertyville and Fairfield. Also connects to the Fairfield Loop Trail and trails in Jefferson County Park. Entrance is on 32nd Street, one mile south of Business 34.

Central Park

Central Park

Parks, Trails & Recreation

City park in downtown Fairfield; walking paths

Chautauqua Park

Chautauqua Park

City, County & Community OrganizationsParks, Trails & Recreation

A 28.7 acre full featured park within the city limits of Fairfield. The park features a .77 mile walk loop, multiple playgrounds, a disc golf course, shelters and picnic areas, restrooms, a fruit orchard, and easy access to the 16-mile Jefferson County Loop Trail.

Child Health Specialty Clinics

Child Health Specialty Clinics

Family Services & ChildcareHealth Care

Iowa's Title V program for children with special health care needs. Services are provided to children and youth, birth through 21, who have a chronic condition (physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional) or who have an increased risk for a chronic condition and a need for special services. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Come to Supper

Come to Supper

Food/Clothing/Financial

Free meal every Tuesday of each month, no questions asked. 6:00-7:00 PM at First Lutheran Church in Fairfield.

Community Childcare Center & Preschool

Community Childcare Center & Preschool

EducationFamily Services & Childcare

Preschool for children ages 3 -5 (free for 4 year olds) and childcare for children infant through 5th grade.

Cornerstone Community Well

Cornerstone Community Well

EducationFood/Clothing/FinancialUtility Assistance

Provides practical assistance and life skills training to Jefferson county residents in financial crisis. Practical assistance includes financial, utility bills, and clothing assistance. Life skills training includes classes and workshops.

Cradle of Hope

Cradle of Hope

Counseling/Mental Health/Substance AbuseFamily Services & ChildcareHealth CareHelpline

Offers free pregnancy testing, prenatal classes, parenting, life skills classes, mentoring, counseling (pregnancy, adoption, and post termination), health and nutrition, home skills, abstinence, and STD education. Earn While You Learn program allows women to earn 'mommy bucks' which can be redeemed for car seats, cribs, diapers, and clothing.

DHS, Iowa Department of Human Services

DHS, Iowa Department of Human Services

Family Services & ChildcareFood/Clothing/FinancialHealth Care

Economic Programs: FIP (Family Investment Program), food assistance, medical assistance (Medicaid). Referrals/funding for service programs including: foster care, shelter care, institutional care, adoption, independent living, day care, and child abuse assessments.

Disability Rights Iowa (DRI)

Disability Rights Iowa (DRI)

Counseling/Mental Health/Substance AbuseLegal Services

A private, non-profit corporation who defend and promote the human and legal rights of Iowans who have disabilities and mental illnesses.

Early ACCESS

Early ACCESS

Family Services & Childcare

Iowa's early intervention system for children birth to three with delays in development or health/physical conditions or diabilities that affect development.

Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce

City, County & Community Organizations

Welcome center and event organizer for the Fairfield community, resources and advocacy for members.

Fairfield Cares

Fairfield Cares

Food/Clothing/Financial

A local non-profit that organizes volunteers to help those in need. And when volunteer help is not enough, we will offer information about local sources of professional help.

Fairfield Community Center

Fairfield Community Center

Food/Clothing/Financial

Provides meals on site and some home delivery for those age 60 or older. Suggested guidelines for contributions are posted at the meal centers. Ability to contribute does not determine eligibility. Individuals under age 60 are required to pay the full cost of the meal.

Fairfield Economic Development Association (FEDA)

Fairfield Economic Development Association (FEDA)

City, County & Community Organizations

Facilitates economic growth in Fairfield by providing assistance in locating financing for business and community development projects, grant administration, and land development. FEDA works with local community development organizations, businesses, financial institutions, and local, county, state and federal government agencies and elected officials.

Fairfield Farmer's Market

Fairfield Farmer's Market

Food/Clothing/Financial

Winter Market: first Saturday of November thru the last Saturday of April Fairfield Senior Center, 209 S. Court Street. ​ Hours: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Fairfield Loop Trail

Fairfield Loop Trail

Parks, Trails & Recreation

The 16 mile Fairfield Loop Trail officially begins (and ends) next to the Maasdam Barns at Mile Marker Zero. This access is near Jefferson County Health Center (at the interchange of Hwy 1 & US 34). However, plenty of other entrances and exits let you customize your enjoyment of this unique trail. Trail surface is crushed limestone on most segments but a couple are concrete.

Fairfield Park and Recreation

Fairfield Park and Recreation

City, County & Community Organizations

Outdoor and indoor community recreation amenities including public swimming pools (indoor and outdoor), cardio room, weight room, basketball courts, track, baseball fields, disc golf courses

Fairfield Public Library

Fairfield Public Library

City, County & Community Organizations

Books, DVDs, audio books, copying, printing, computers, free wifi, fax machine, free workshops & events

FAMA (Fairfield Area Ministerial Association)

FAMA (Fairfield Area Ministerial Association)

Food/Clothing/Financial

Administers a 'Transient Fund' which provides emergency assistance for persons traveling through the community.

Forest Park

Forest Park

Parks, Trails & Recreation

0.9 acre city park with playfield for spontaneous game play and organized sports

General Relief

General Relief

Food/Clothing/FinancialUtility Assistance

Assistance with rent, food, utilities, limited medical and burial assistance. Must meet income guidelines and the limits on help during a 12 month period.

Goodwill

Goodwill

Food/Clothing/Financial

Resale shop with discount clothing and household items

Great Prairie AEA

Great Prairie AEA

EducationFamily Services & Childcare

Iowa Family & Educator Partnership: Coordinates partnerships between families, educators, and community providers to promote the success of all children with special needs. Special Education: Free services to children with special needs and all children with disabilities (birth-21 yrs). Services include: hearing screenings and diagnostic testing, services to the mentally disabled, severe/profound and physically handicapped children located in selected school centers, speech-language services and special education consulting.

Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (HAWK-I)

Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (HAWK-I)

Health Care

Health insurance for uninsured children, no family pays more than $40/month. Qualifications apply.

Helping Hands Loan Closet

Helping Hands Loan Closet

Health Care

Offers a free lending library of medical rehabilitation and home hospice equipment. Supplies available include walkers and baskets for them, wheelchairs, hospital beds, lift chairs, bedpans, crutches, etc. on a first come, first service basis. They also give away adult diapers. A project of the First Christian Church.

Heritage Park

Heritage Park

Parks, Trails & Recreation

1.9 acre city park with a skate park for skateboarding, playground, ball field, basketball hoop, and picnic shelter

Hospice Compassus

Hospice Compassus

Health Care

Hospice and home health care

Hospice of Washington County

Hospice of Washington County

Health Care

Hospice care. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Howard Park

Howard Park

Parks, Trails & Recreation

The 0.9 acre Howard Park provides a playground area, bicycle racks, rest area, picnic gazebo, and hosts the Farmer's Market during the warmer months.

Indian Hills Community College

Indian Hills Community College

EducationEmployment & Job Training

Full service community college, GED assessment and advising. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Iowa Find-A-Lawyer

Iowa Find-A-Lawyer

Legal Services

Attorneys listed on the Iowa Find-A-Lawyer website charge $25 or less for the first 30 minutes of consultation.

Iowa Legal Aid

Iowa Legal Aid

Legal Services

Free legal help with civil law problems for eligible low-income Iowans..

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services

Employment & Job Training

Works for and with individuals who have disabilities to achieve their employment, independence and economic goals. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Iowa Workforce Development

Iowa Workforce Development

Employment & Job Training

Provides employment services for individual job seekers through the IowaWORKS partnership. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Jefferson County Central Point of Coordination (CPC)

Jefferson County Central Point of Coordination (CPC)

Counseling/Mental Health/Substance Abuse

Funding assistance and referral for mental health, mental retardation, and developmental disability related services.

Jefferson County Clerk of District Court

Jefferson County Clerk of District Court

Legal Services

The district court is responsible for many legal/court matters including: Change of Name, Child Support, Civil Actions, Domestic Relations Cases, Mental Commitments, Probate, Small Claims, Traffic Tickets

Jefferson County Courthouse

Jefferson County Courthouse

City, County & Community Organizations

Provides services to all residents including mental health coordination, motor vehicle registration, drivers licenses, property taxes, and more.

Jefferson County Extension

Jefferson County Extension

City, County & Community OrganizationsEducation

Information and educational programs: Aging, childcare, child development, consumer decisions, financial management, family relationships, leadership, nutrition, parent education, and youth.

Jefferson County Health Center

Jefferson County Health Center

Health Care

Full service hospital for in-patient and out-patient care

Jefferson County Park

Jefferson County Park

City, County & Community OrganizationsParks, Trails & Recreation

Jefferson County Park offers camp sites, cabins, picnic shelters, trails, fishing, handicapped facilities, nature center, playground equipment, baseball field, prairie plantings.

Jefferson County Public Health

Jefferson County Public Health

Health Care

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities. This work is achieved by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, and detecting, preventing and responding to infectious diseases.

Jefferson County Veterans Affairs

Jefferson County Veterans Affairs

City, County & Community Organizations

Services for veterans including: Compensation for Service-Connected Disability/Death, Non-Service-Connected Disability Pension, Death Pension for Surviving Spouse and Dependent Children, Aid and Attendance for Nursing Home and Housebound Veterans, Appeals of Unfavorable VA Rulings, Eligibility Verification Reports (EVR), Application for Iowa Veterans Home, Obtaining military records and awards, Ordering grave markers and flag holders

Lamson Woods

Lamson Woods

Parks, Trails & Recreation

42-acre city park with rustic wooded trails and ponds. Connect to the Fairfield Loop Trail.

Lantern Park

Lantern Park

Housing Assistance

Accessible housing for elderly and differently abled people

Lockridge Senior Center

Lockridge Senior Center

Food/Clothing/Financial

Provides meals on site and some home delivery for those age 60 or older. Suggested guidelines for contributions are posted at the meal centers. Ability to contribute does not determine eligibility. Individuals under age 60 are required to pay the full cost of the meal.

Lord's Cupboard of Jefferson County

Lord's Cupboard of Jefferson County

Food/Clothing/Financial

Jefferson County residents who meet income guidelines can receive bread and milk once a week. Every 3 months, clients may receive a full order of groceries that includes non-perishable foods, bakery and meat items, milk and supplies such as paper products, laundry soap, and shampoo.

Maharishi Children's House

Maharishi Children's House

EducationFamily Services & Childcare

Childcare, preschool (18 months – age 5) and kindergarten utilizing the Montessori education model, an outdoor nature explore classroom, social/emotional learning, and the SCI interactive program

Maharishi School

Maharishi School

Education

An innovative pre-school – 12th grade college preparatory day and boarding school

Maharishi University of Management

Maharishi University of Management

EducationEmployment & Job Training

Accredited University offering undergradute and graduate degrees

Maharishi University Recreation Center

Maharishi University Recreation Center

Parks, Trails & Recreation

The Fitness & Recreation Center is a 60,000-square-foot indoor facilitywhich includes: 4 tennis courts, two basketball / volleyball courts, three pickle-ball courts, aerobic area, weight training area, dance studio, gymnastics / parkour area and climbing wall. Outdoor rental equipment available: sailboats, canoes, kayaks, cross country skis, stand-up paddling boards and bicycles.

Manpower

Manpower

Employment & Job Training

Staffing, recruitment, and workplace solutions,. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Milestones Area Agency on Aging

Milestones Area Agency on Aging

Food/Clothing/FinancialHealth Care

Provides funding for community-based services that enable seniors 60 years and older to remain in their own home and community for as long as possible. Offers support services to family caregivers. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Mother's Day Out Preschool & Pre-K

Mother's Day Out Preschool & Pre-K

Education

Christian early childhood programs which emphasize the total child by giving guidance in the dimensions of spiritual, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth.

My Lucky Day

My Lucky Day

Food/Clothing/Financial

Resale shop with discount clothing and household items

Nuturing Families Community Partnerships for Protecting Children

Nuturing Families Community Partnerships for Protecting Children

Family Services & Childcare

Supporting children's safety including child abuse prevention though community awareness, parental education and support, and advocating for services that promote child well-being.

O. B. Nelson Park

O. B. Nelson Park

Parks, Trails & Recreation

21-acre city park provides softball fields, skate park, sand volleyball courts, playground, shelter, restrooms and enclosed dog park.

Optimae Life Services

Optimae Life Services

Counseling/Mental Health/Substance Abuse

Provides health care and human services for individuals with disabilities and mental illness.

Ottumwa Job Corps Center

Ottumwa Job Corps Center

Employment & Job Training

Job training for ages 16 to 24 years. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Pathfinders RC&D

Pathfinders RC&D

City, County & Community Organizations

Offers small business support including small business loans, information about things to do in the region, natural resource conservation, community resources

PAWS of Hope

PAWS of Hope

Food/Clothing/Financial

Distributes food bags for weekends and school breaks for students at Pekin Community School District

Pekin Child Care Center

Pekin Child Care Center

EducationFamily Services & Childcare

Child care offered all year for infants through 5th grade and (free) on-site preschool for 4-year olds.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (Iowa City Health Clinic)

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (Iowa City Health Clinic)

Health Care

Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Prompt Care

Prompt Care

Health Care

Walk-in clinic with nurse practitioner, also telemedicine

Proteus

Proteus

Employment & Job Training

Proteus National Farmworker Jobs Program serves migrant and seasonal farmworkers with financial assistance while attending school and job placement. They can help individuals complete up to a two year program (often at community colleges), general education development (GED), Adult Basic Education, and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. Serves Jefferson County residents.

River Hills Community Health Center

River Hills Community Health Center

Health Care

River Hills Community Health Center (RHCHC) provides comprehensive Family Practice, Pediatrics, Women's Health & Family Planning, Behavioral Health, and General Dentistry services throughout Southeastern Iowa. Some services have a sliding scale for payment. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Safe Link

Safe Link

Food/Clothing/Financial

Free cell phone for qualified participants

SHARE

SHARE

Food/Clothing/Financial

SHARE Iowa offers food packages up to 50% off the supermarket prices. You can pay by cash, check, EBT or online using Pay Pal. Pick up at Fairfield SHARE located at Eagles Club, 1707 S Main Saturdays at 8:00 AM. Must order in advance. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services

Sieda Behavioral Health and Treatment Services

Counseling/Mental Health/Substance Abuse

Provides outpatient substance abuse treatment and evaluation services as well as counseling groups.

Sieda Community Action Parents as Teachers

Sieda Community Action Parents as Teachers

Family Services & Childcare

In-home visitation program for parents with children ages birth to age 5. Provides parenting support, early detection of developmental delays and health issues.

Sieda Community Action Resource Center

Sieda Community Action Resource Center

Food/Clothing/FinancialHousing AssistanceUtility Assistance

Helps crisis assistance with past-due bills, school supplies, Christmas presents, and some emergency clothing.

Sieda Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) Program

Sieda Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) Program

Family Services & Childcare

The program is an intensive in-home visitation program for families receiving FIP. The FaDSS staff work with families to assist them in meeting emotional and economic independence.

Sieda Head Start Jefferson Center

Sieda Head Start Jefferson Center

Education

Preschool experience for low income and disabled children 3-5 years of age. No cost to families.

Sieda Head Start Parenting Workshops

Sieda Head Start Parenting Workshops

Family Services & Childcare

Family-friendly parenting skills workshop open to all parents and extended family members in the service area, which includes Jefferson County.

Singing Cedars

Singing Cedars

Education

Waldorf education for grades 1 -8

SNAP - Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (Jeff Co DHS)

SNAP - Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (Jeff Co DHS)

Food/Clothing/Financial

Nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families in the form of an Electronic Benefits Card (EBT) to purchase food.

South Wood Park

South Wood Park

Parks, Trails & Recreation

3.7-acre city park provides walking trails and a playground.

Southeast Iowa Link (SEIL)

Southeast Iowa Link (SEIL)

Counseling/Mental Health/Substance AbuseHelpline

The SEIL Region 24 hour crisis line provides immediate help to individuals and families of people in emotional crisis. Trained crisis intervention specialists are available to receive crisis calls 24 hours a day, every day. Staff provides prompt and compassionate crisis intervention, information, referrals for follow-up service, and support to individuals experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric crisis including depression, suicide and loneliness.

Southeast Iowa Regional Housing Authority (SIRHA)

Southeast Iowa Regional Housing Authority (SIRHA)

Housing Assistance

SEIRHA administers a Section 8 Rental Assistance Program, also known as the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The program allows qualified applicants the freedom to choose quality privately owned housing throughout their community while maintaining rent payments that they can afford.

Touching Our Grief

Touching Our Grief

Counseling/Mental Health/Substance Abuse

A free, confidential, and open to the public educational grief support group organized by a bereavement counselor.

Transition Iowa

Transition Iowa

Family Services & Childcare

Website for youth with disabilities approaching the transition from Jr/Sr high school to adulthood. This website provides information and tools for youth, their families and professionals to plan for a successful move to adulthood.

United Health Care (MTM)

United Health Care (MTM)

Transportation

Mileage reimbursement or non-emergency medicaid transportation

USDA Rural Development

USDA Rural Development

Housing Assistance

Provides rent assistance, housing loans and grants. Serves Jefferson County residents.

VA Home Front

VA Home Front

Food/Clothing/FinancialHelplineHousing AssistanceVeteran Services

Connecting homeless and at-risk veterans with housing solutions, health care, community employment services and other required supports.

Waterworks Park

Waterworks Park

Parks, Trails & Recreation

97-acre city park has lake with boat launch & swimming beach; picnic tables, shelter, playground, restrooms, fishing. Connects to Fairfield Loop Trail.

WIC (Women, Infants, Children) - Fairfield

WIC (Women, Infants, Children) - Fairfield

Food/Clothing/Financial

Assistance for food and nutrition for babies, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months.

WIC (Women, Infants, Children)- Ottumwa Clinic

WIC (Women, Infants, Children)- Ottumwa Clinic

Food/Clothing/Financial

Assistance for food and nutrition for babies, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months. Serves Jefferson County residents.

Wilson Park

Wilson Park

Parks, Trails & Recreation

0.6-acre city park with playground, picnic table, shelter

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS)

Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS)

Counseling/Mental Health/Substance AbuseFamily Services & ChildcareHelpline

Provides emergency shelter, respite, crisis care, & counseling for children birth - 17. YESS works with families dealing with trouble at school, abuse, drug & alcohol use, divorce & families in need of a support system designed to keep children safe & families together.