Iowa Homeless Shelter Starting Girl Scout Troop

MICAH House will provide girls in grades K-12 an opportunity to be a Girl Scout

(COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa) – A partnership between MICAH House and Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa will give girls an opportunity to be a Girl Scout while living at the homeless shelter.

Founded in 1986, MICAH House is an emergency homeless shelter that serves families in Southwest Iowa and the Omaha-Metro area. MICAH House provides safe shelter, nutritious meals, case management services, adult education and budgeting classes, and a trauma informed play program (BUDDY Program) for children ages 1 to 10.

MICAH House is one of the first homeless shelters outside of New York City to host a Girl Scout Troop. Girls living at the shelter will have the opportunity to be involved in the program, while developing courage, confidence, and character. A $1,000 grant from the Pottawattamie Youth Council was awarded to get the troop started.

“We are thrilled about the partnership with Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa,” said Jaymes Sime, MICAH House Executive Director. “A troop at MICAH House will provide amazing opportunities for girls and I want them to know that being in the shelter is a life circumstance and it doesn’t limit their potential.”

“Every girl deserves access to a safe and friendly environment where she can stand up for what she believes in, and discover her own courage, confidence, and character.” stated Beth Shelton, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. “We are so excited to bring the Girl Scout experience to MICAH House.”

Before troop meetings begin on February 5, volunteer troop leaders are still needed. Volunteer applications can be found on the MICAH House’s website, themicahhouse.org/volunteer. Eligible volunteers will also complete orientation and training through Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa. Help Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa and MICAH House change girls’ lives today. To support programs like this, donations are being accepted at girlscoutsiowa.org/donate.




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