MCSA Was Home

to 283 individuals

Sheltered 87 
from Domestic Violence

Helped 444 individuals  maintain housing

Cared &

Offered Hope




MCSA, a non-profit corporation, was established in 1991 to help meet the social needs of the Muscatine area. 


A group of private citizens were determined to keep the 36 dorm style rooms on the second floor of the YMCA available for single men in need. Richard Maeglin purchased the building with the intention that it might become a center for strategic action within the community. The building was originally referred to as the “Heart of Hearts”. 


MCSA was formed to make a difference in the quality of life in Muscatine. Specifically, the following unmet needs were identified: housing, poverty, family violence, barriers to service availability, substance abuse, and discrimination. 


Since its inception, MCSA has continuously worked to establish programs and lay the groundwork for improving the lives of Muscatine citizens. Early programs and activities included: housing for single men, the Fine Arts Academy, MuscaTEEN Center, clothing closet for migrants, a Saturday meal site, site of Muscatine Community College GED and ESL classes, opening the transitional family shelter, selling and relocating houses after the 1993 flood, and housing development on Muscatine’s west side. 


Later in 2000, MCSA narrowed its mission to focus on providing services that will tangibly improve the quality of life of those it serves. The mission, as adapted in 2000, was “to provide emergency and temporary shelter, basic health care, and educational and vocational support services for those in need in Muscatine County.”  The programs and projects of the 1990s and early 2000’s were refocused to the mission of helping Muscatine-area homeless get back on their feet through the expansion of case management, along with a focus on skill development and personal responsibility. 


In 2005, the Muscatine Pediatric Dental Clinic opened to meet the need for an affordable dental clinic. In 2009, MCSA opened the MCSA Vision Care Clinic, staffed by local volunteer optometrists, under the direction of Dr. Peter Korpi. In 2011, MCSA created systemized programming around homeless prevention. 


The Muscatine Domestic Violence Shelter was added to the organization, in 2014.This shelter promotes healing and change with trained staff and certified counselors available to clients.  


By the end of 2016, MCSA served 1,042 residents and clients; 41% of whom were children.    


As MCSA makes headway to meet the ever evolving needs of our community, in 2017, MCSA fine tuned their mission to "provides housing, basic health care, educational and support services for those in need in Muscatine County."


MCSA is poised to continue to fulfill its founders’ original intent, to meet unmet needs within our community, and will continue to evolve and serve. 

Enjoy our 25th Anniversary video highlighting past leaders & friends.

the TEAM

Scott Dahlke
Executive Director
Karen Heap
Jenny Leirness
Resource Development Officer
Teresa Cardoza
Shelter Manager
Joanna Green
Housing Stability Navigator
Manny Pulido
Judy Yates
DV Shelter Manager
Kharma Truitt
Wanetta Dykema-Sterner
Emily Jacobs
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Board of Directors

Ron Monahan
Jean Garner
Naomi DeWinter
Paula Durham
Vince Motto
Jeff Jarrett
Angie Johnson
Mary Jo Finchum
Andy Emmert
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Domestic Violence



DV Crisis Line:



Dental Clinic:



312 Iowa Avenue - Muscatine, IA 52761


Domestic Violence Shelter:

Location Undisclosed

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The Muscatine Center for Social Action is a non-profit 501 c(3) organization dedicated to serving those in need.

Jenny Leirness

Resource Development Officer