Since its foundation in 1970, ICA has assisted people in need in Iceland in close cooperation with pastors and Social Workers countrywide. Families living below the poverty threshold are provided with material assistance through gift cards in food and clothing stores, payment of medical bills in an emergency, second-hand clothing, special support for children to be able to participate in extracurricular activities with their peers etc. Three ICA Social Workers offer counselling and organize various training courses and projects in cooperation with the participants leading to their empowerment and social inclusion.
Clothing distribution centre is closed due to COVID-19: Please note that following governmental social distancing rules effective as of 5 October 2020 our clothing distribution centre remains closed until further notice.
Our Social Workers meet with applicants for material assistance in walk-in appointments on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 15:30. Applicants are requested to provide information on income and basic living expenses such as rent, heat, electricity, child care and insurance. The Debtors´ Ombudsman minimum budget to support a family, helps us define the need of the applicant and many receive assistance in the form of a gift card in food stores, second hand clothing, payment of drug and medical costs and more.
Special emphasis is on responding to the needs of children and assistance is available to youth, who are financially not able to support themselves during secondary studies. ICA´s assistance aims at helping them graduate and be able to enter University level studies or graduate with certificates that make them more competitive on the job market.
ICA´s Social Workers work with people in need, responding to individual cases in an appropriate manner. Various counselling, free of charge, is offered as wells as self-help courses and activities aiming for social inclusion of the participants.
Information collected through individual interviews, enables ICA Social Workers to lobby for support measures from government and municipalities. ICA Social Workers participate in public committees promoting civil rights and pointing out various problems ICA beneficiaries face. Together with other NGOs and beneficiaries, ICA works on different levels at encouraging the law maker and the public to strife for social justice and equality.