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Contact: Friends of the Family, Ben Brustkern  

Phone: 319-352-1108

Email: [email protected]

Service Expansion

Additional funding increases service area


Effective September 1, 2020 – Additional funding has allowed for the expansion of services in our existing counties and the additional coverage of several new counties. The Federal CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security) Act has awarded funds to Friends of the Family to assist household facing homelessness. These additional dollars allow for the expansion of services that we offer. The counties with additional funds to victims of crime who are facing homelessness are Black Hawk, Dubuque, & Delaware, with the addition of new counties Grundy, & Tama. The counties with additional funds to serve those who are homeless Allamakee, Clayton, Buchanan, Bremer, Fayette, Winneshiek, Howard, Chickasaw, Butler, Floyd, Mitchell, Worth, Cerro Gordo, Franklin – with the new addition of counites Winnebago, Hancock, Wright, Hamilton, & Kossuth.


  • Who: People living on the street or those in a shelter.  People fleeing domestic violence.
  • What: Rental & utility assistance, & case management
  • When: starting 9.1.2020
  • How: Call our crisis line at 1-800-410-7233 to speak with staff to determine eligibility


Our mission: To provide safe shelter, confidential services, and housing assistance to individuals in crisis due to homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.



Media outlets – for interviews, please call Ben Brustkern, Executive Director, at 319-352-1108 ext. 207 or email [email protected].