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Barnabas Uplift
“A Mission of Encouragement”

Barnabas Uplift fosters partnerships between faith-based and secular organizations and groups. The name Barnabas honors a member of the second set of Apostles, Joseph, nicknamed "Barnabas," which means "son of encouragement." Barnabas encouraged many to speak about their faith. It was Barnabas who was a sponsor for Paul after Paul’s conversion, and who encouraged the disciples to receive him. And it was Barnabas who encouraged Paul to go to Antioch where together they taught the church. “Uplift” honors the work and commitment of secular organizations and groups as each works diligently alongside low-income Iowans providing opportunities that would lift them up. Together, Barnabas Uplift encourages individuals, families, and communities to become self-sufficient and to alleviate poverty in Iowa.

Barnabas Uplift in Postville

In 2009, the community of Postville began providing Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training to area individuals at no cost to them.  Currently, St. Paul Lutheran Church is funding the bulk of the program with assistance from the Northeastern Iowa Synod of the ELCA. St. Paul has also received a two year $2000 Hunger Grant from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a $2000 grant from the Upper Mississippi Gaming Corporation.  St. Paul partners with Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) and the Good Samaritan Society-Postville Center to provide the program.  Students are registered through NICC, with NICC providing an instructor for all class, lab, and clinical work. Over 40 individuals have graduated from the Postville program.  In 2014 St. Paul began offering two classes per year—one in the spring and one in the fall. This will continue as long as funding continues.  If you know of anyone who would benefit from CNA training, please contact Marsha Ruby at 563-864-7643.

Donations to support the Barnabas Uplift program are greatly appreciated and may be made through St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Northeastern Iowa Synod.

link to Barnabas Uplift web page
link to NEIA Synod Barnabas web page