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Siouxland Human Investment Partnership (SHIP) is an Iowa licensed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves primarily as a local grant administering and servicing agency for the Siouxland area. SHIP is an organization capable of administering major initiatives with a Health, Human Service, Education and Public Safety focus and has a scope of pre-birth to death.

SHIP maintains its designation as the Early Childhood Iowa Board for Ida County and Woodbury County. Early Childhood Iowa (ECI) is an initiative to empower individuals and their communities to achieve desired results to improve the quality of life for children ages birth – 5 and their families. Through this initiative, SHIP administers state ECI funds that are annually awarded to community organizations serving children and families in Ida County and Woodbury County. For more information, please see the ECI page.  Additionally, SHIP administers the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) grant, a federal grant contracted with the Iowa Department of Public Health that expands family home visitation services in Woodbury County. For more information, please see the Family Support page.

SHIP is also the Decategorization Board for Woodbury County. The Decategorization (DCAT) Project was created as the result of Iowa legislation-92 Acts, Chapter 1229, Sec. 18 in 1987. The intention of DCAT Project is to establish a system of delivering human services based upon client needs to replace a system based upon a multitude of categorical programs and funding sources, each with different service definitions and eligibility requirements. For more information, please see the DCAT page.

Though ECI and DCAT remain the lifeblood of the organization, SHIP has diversified over the years and become involved in many community initiatives: SHIP oversees Beyond the Bell, a before, afterschool and summer program providing program in Sioux City, Iowa and South Sioux City, Nebraska, in collaboration with the Sioux City Community School District, South Sioux City Community Schools, United Way of Siouxland and the Iowa Department of Education’s 21st Century Learning Centers.

SHIP also receives federal funding from the U.S. Department of Labor for the BOOST program, is the backbone agency for Dakota County Connections, the Community Initiative for Native Children and Families (CINCF), and the Sioux City College Access Network. SHIP also helps to provide Native American programming and advocacy in the Siouxland area, and provides coordination for the Siouxland Street Project, (an initiative addressing the issue of homelessness in Siouxland). SHIP provides fiscal agent services and employer of record services to other non-profits and community projects (including SEAL program), administers grants and builds collaboration in the tri-state Siouxland area, Ida County and northwest Iowa.

Through its DCAT work, SHIP has built a strong relationship with the Siouxland Native American community. SHIP proudly participates in and provides staff support for CINCF (Community Initiative for Native Children and Families). SHIP also contracts with community advocate Frank LaMere to build advocacy and support for Native children and families that are involved with the child welfare system. SHIP is also a strong support of the annual Memorial March to Honor Lost Children.

SHIP’s main office is located inside the Northwest Area Education Agency, (1520 Morningside Ave.) directly across the street from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.

If you or your organization is interested in learning more about SHIP, please continue to browse through our website, or call us directly at: (712) 222-6368, or email: mohman@siouxlandship.org.