To eliminate poverty by encouraging
individuals, families and communities to move toward
Barnabas Uplift offers programs to
help individuals, families and communities in Iowa move beyond
Certified Nursing Assistant
Barnabas Uplift works with area community colleges and sponsoring
churches to offer the 75-hour instruction and clinical course to
prepare students for the CNA certification exam and a career as
nursing assistants. The training takes place at Bethany
Lutheran, Iowa Falls; Zion Lutheran, Oelwein; and St. Paul
Lutheran, Postville. It is offered free for qualified individuals whose
income is no more than 200 percent above the poverty line.
Contact Pastor Mark Anderson to apply.
Earned Income Tax Credit
Free tax preparation assistance is
available to help low-income Iowans complete tax returns so they
can receive the refunds they are entitled to. Congregations
participate by providing a location where tax documents can be
photocopied, tax payers can log in, and volunteers can assist
with filing. Those needing income tax help through the program
may contact one of the participating churches below:
St. Paul Lutheran, Postville
Our Savior's Lutheran, Mason City
St. Paul Lutheran, Hampton
Zion Lutheran, Oelwein
Mission Health Program
In partnership with healthcare
providers, routine medical care is provided on a sliding fee
scale. Enrollees can also qualified for financial assistance.
Substance Abuse Awareness
Resources for preventing substance
abuse are available to help families overcome poverty.
Read about Barnabas Uplift in the February 2010 issue
of the Northeastern Iowa Synod's Star newsletter.
Uplift Helps Iowans Begin Careers in Caring
The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training Program of
Barnabas Uplift capped off a successful year of growth in rural
areas, with seven classes graduating in the last two months
alone. According to Pastor Vince Ramos, Barnabas Uplift state
coordinator, the program’s expansion into rural Iowa communities
has reached people who may not have otherwise had the means to
pursue a health care career.
“By working with the community colleges, we’re able to
reach a very specific group of folks that the colleges alone
may not have reached before,” Ramos says.
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Pastor Mark Anderson
Assistant to the Bishop, Northeastern Iowa Synod
Read testimony about Barnabas Uplift that Pastor Mark Anderson,
assistant to the Bishop, presented at the "Preserving America's
Economic Security" field hearing led by Senator Tom Harkin Feb.
5, 2011. The hearing
discussed the ways federal funding has helped give Iowans the
education and skills they need to find jobs.
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"I was the
first person in my immediate family to graduate from high
school. I completed my CNA training and am continuing classes to
become an LPN. I'm working a steady job and doing well in my