Empowerment is the foundation of the work of the Iowa Department of Human Rights. When families become self-sufficient and independent, they lead productive lives and contribute to their community. The Family Development & Self Sufficiency (FaDSS) program assists families who experience barriers to self-sufficiency by providing home visits, helping the family set goals, and giving them support. Below is testimony from a former FaDSS participant who met her goals, furthered her education and employment, and became self-sufficient.
“When I first started the program, I was homeless with four children, no job, and just left my ex-husband due to physical abuse. My FaDSS workers and I created goals. I achieved getting all the utilities in my name, started employment, and started paying rent. I completed and received a diploma. After college, I found affordable housing. My FaDSS workers gave me the confidence to become more self-sufficient. I now can prepare my own taxes, financially maintain a household, and was able to get my divorce by doing it on my own. I greatly appreciate the FaDSS program for helping me and my family get the courage to be empowered to live life at the fullest.”