Fort Dodge Resources


1st Five

1st Five is a public-private partnership bridging primary care and public health services in Iowa. The 1st Five model supports health providers in the earlier detection of social-emotional and developmental delays and family risk-related factors in children birth to 5 and coordinates referrals, interventions and follow-up.

Clients must have a primary care physican referral.  Fax Referrals to: (712) 377-6165 or (712) 859-3892

Serving Clinics & Providers in Calhoun, Hamilton, Hardin, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Webster & Wright Counties

Categories :   Education, Family Services, Parenting, Youth Services

Phone Number :    (712) 298-6292

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Contact Person :   Meredith Mickelson

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Services :   care coordination, Education, Family Support Services

BRIDGES Mentoring Program

BRIDGES is a PreK-12 school-based youth service program for students who have significant absences or have multiple office/health referrals. Students serviced by BRIDGES experience serious emotional distress and struggle to make and maintain connections with the school. Academic achievement and social skills are negatively impacted. BRIDGES staff work with students/families to increase the connection students have with the school by providing the support necessary so students can attend school and remain in class, increasing instructional time.

BRIDGES is available to all students in the FDCSD. Parents are encouraged to become involved. The BRIDGES staff coordinates with parents, students, and the appropriate service provider to get the help needed where and when the student needs it - at school.

Categories :   Education, Youth Services

Phone Number :   515.574.5469

Address :   819 N. 25th St Fort Dodge, IA 50501

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Contact Person :   Corey Moody

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Services :   Dropout Prevention, Education, Mentoring, Problem Solving, Soft Skills

Buena Vista University – Fort Dodge

Located on the campus of Iowa Central Community College, this partnership of a public and a private institution serves the region by offering the first and second years at Iowa Central and the final two years at Buena Vista University. In addition to a large evening program in Fort Dodge, the location offers weekend and summer endorsements.

Categories :   Education

Phone Number :   712.749.1914

Address :   One Triton Circle, 102 Library, Fort Dodge

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Services :   Achieving Maximum Potential, Education, Leadership Skills

Career Navigators – Iowa Central Community College

A team of Career Navigators is dedicated to helping students discover their own unique career pathway and connect¬ing students with the resources they need to achieve their career goals. Understanding that every person has a unique set of skills, experience, values, challenges, and goals, we help develop a career pathway that is customized for each student, which will include a combination of career exploration activities and career education training.

Career Navigators assist students with the following services: career and education guidance, training program placement, one-to-one advising, tuition assistance, transportation assistance, childcare assistance, soft skills development, job placement assistance, and much more.
Call 515-574-1972 for more information.
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Categories :   Education, Employment Services, Family Services, Financial Assistance

Phone Number :   515-574-1972

Address :   One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge

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Services :   Achieving Maximum Potential, Education, Education and Training, Job Placement, Job Training, Leadership Skills, Vocational Training

Community Christian School

Community Christian School is a State of Iowa accredited non-denominational Christian school serving preschool through eighth grade students and their families. Community Christian School exists to serve God by providing families an academically excellent, Biblically integrated education, which encourages spiritual development and social responsibility in an environment where students can develop their God-given gifts and talents.

Categories :   Education

Phone Number :   515.573.3011

Address :   2406 9 1/2 Ave S, Fort Dodge

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Services :   Achieving Maximum Potential, Education, Leadership Skills

Educational Talent Search- TRIO

We work with students in 7th-12th grade who need help and assistance planning for and preparing to attend college. 2/3rds of the students we serve are first-generation and economically eligible. We met with students at Fort Dodge Middle and High Schools once a month during the school year. Services include: study skills, career assessments, leadership, community service, career exploration, academic advising, life skills, preparation for ACT/SAT testing, college visits, college application process, financial aid, scholarships, etc. Our program is federally funded and there is no charge to the student, their family or the school for our services. A completed application is required to receive our services.

Categories :   Education

Phone Number :   515-294-0210

Address :   Iowa State University 2010 Student Services Building Ames, IA 50011-2100

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Contact Person :   ROB LIPSEY

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Services :   Education

Fort Dodge Community Schools

Pre-K through 12 public education. Student Services providers assist students to be healthy academically, socially, emotionally and assist students in their career planning. Student Services providers include Student Services Director, Counselors, Bridges Case Management, Mental Health Therapist on staff, At-Risk Counselors and Coordinators, Nurses, Alternative School Staff and Drop Out Prevention Coordinator.

Categories :   Education, Mental Health Services, Youth Services

Phone Number :   515.574.5678 (Student Services) or 515.574.5772 (At-Risk Counselor/Coordinator)

Address :   819 N 25th St, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Marcy Harms, Director of Student Services or Peg Christensen, At-Risk Counselor/Coordinator

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Fort Dodge Human Rights Commission

The Fort Dodge Human Rights Commission is a neutral fact-finding agency whose mission is to secure for all individuals within the City of Fort Dodge freedom from discrimination because of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age or mental or physical disability in connection with employment, public accommodations, housing, and credit.

Categories :   Disability Services, Education, Employment Services, Housing & Shelter, Military/Veterans Assistance, Senior Citizens

Phone Number :   515.576.2201

Address :   819 1st Ave S, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Amanda Holmes

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Foster Grandparent Program

Foster Grandparents are men and women age 55 and older who serve as educational mentors for children age 3-10 in local schools, Head Start and other nonprofit locations. Those who meet income guidelines of less than $22,000 annually may qualify for a stipend of up to $3,000 per year. Training provided, free meals while working, assistance with travel costs to and from school each day. Paid vacations and holidays.

Categories :   Education, Senior Citizens, Volunteering

Phone Number :   515.576.5401

Address :   617 Central Ave, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Tina Patterson

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Gene Giraffe Project

Gene Giraffe Project is a 501c3 charity devoted to raising awareness, and providing funds for rare and inherited diseased children and families. We devote our time to providing awareness for rare diseases and providing help for families who endure long hospital visits due to rare diseases.

Categories :   Education, Family Services, Financial Assistance, Foundations

Phone Number :   5155710228

Address :   206 2nd Street PO Box 174

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Contact Person :   Doug Passow

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Iowa Central Community College (ICCC)

Iowa Central Community College is a comprehensive community college located in Fort Dodge that offers college transfer courses; career and technical training; general education; recreation and personal enrichment programs; economic development, community service activities for people with diverse interests, needs backgrounds and skills; and adult basic education. Iowa Central also offers a cooperative program with Buena Vista University in Storm Lake whereby students can earn a bachelor's degree attending evening classes. The students' first two years are completed at Iowa Central and the final two years at Buena Vista at the Fort Dodge Center. Visit for more information

Categories :   Education

Phone Number :   515.576.7201

Address :   One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge

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Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Prairie Lakes AEA is one of nine Area Education Agencies created in 1974 by the Iowa legislature to ensure equal educational opportunities for all children from birth through age 21. Support to local schools is provided through three service areas: Educational Services, Information & Technology and Special Education. Prairie Lakes AEA supports educators, parents, and the communities we serve as we work together toward one ultimate goal--to improve student learning. Our region stretches over 14 counties including 40 public and 11 accredited nonpublic schools.

Categories :   Child Care Services & Resources, Education, Family Services, Parenting

Address :   1235 5th Ave S, Fort Dodge

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Saint Edmond Catholic School

Saint Edmond is a diocesan preschool-12th grade Catholic School that welcomes all who seek a Christ-centered education. With excellence as our goal, discipline our guide, and caring our gift we take pride in providing our students with an environment where values and academics meet.

Categories :   Education

Phone Number :   515.576.5182

Address :   2321 6th Ave N, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Abigail Glass, Principal

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SALT Center - Shining A Light Together

The SALT Center = Shining A Light Together!
We are a Warming & Cooling Center for people in need.

Days Open: Mon-Sat
Hours: 1p-4p

Categories :   Crisis/Emergency Information, Education, Family Services, Housing & Shelter, Senior Citizens, Volunteering

Phone Number :   (515) 573-3517

Address :   First Baptist Church - 28 N 10th St , Fort Dodge, IA, United States, Iowa

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Contact Person :   Pastor Dani Rogers

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Services :   care coordination, Community Betterment, Emergency Shelter, Interest & Skills Assessment, Mentoring, Volunteer Opportunities

St. Paul Lutheran Church & School

St. Paul is a member church of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. As such we have a rich heritage of teachings passed down to us through the years. These teachings are summed up in the collection of documents known as the Book of Concord. St. Paul Lutheran Church & School has been educating families in the Fort Dodge area for over 150 years. Our school currently serves families with children 3 years old through 8th grade!

Categories :   Education, Youth Services

Phone Number :   515.955.7208

Address :   1217 4th Ave S, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Mark Johnson

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Your Own United Resources, Inc. (Y.O.U.R., Inc.) Head Start and Early Head Start

The agency provides home-based services for pregnant women, infants and toddlers and center-based preschool services for 3 and 4 year olds. Services address health, nutrition and language development; social-emotional, physical and cognitive development. Programs support school readiness and family well-being. In providing services, Y.O.U.R., Inc. relies on additional community resource agencies to assist families in moving toward self-sufficiency and to help children reach their full potential. Sensory and development screenings are completed with each child and research-based ongoing assessment tracks their progress.

Categories :   Child Care Services & Resources, Education, Family Services, Parenting, Pregnancy & Sexual Health

Phone Number :   515.573.2453 ext. 205 Fax: 515.573.2382

Address :   214 S 13th St, Fort Dodge

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Contact Person :   Michelle Carden

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