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Located in the heart of Waterloo, the Jesse Cosby Center has been dedicated to keeping and enhancing the quality of life for our neighborhood families. For over 50 years, the center has provided senior services with an adult day center, meals on wheels, and the youth summer feeding program throughout Black Hawk County. The center also provides services for the disabled, the sick, shut-ins, the homeless, and low-income households in crisis by providing connections to financial assistance programs and services. 


Using his musical talents and square-dance-calling skills, Jesse Cosby was responsible for creating some of Cedar Valley's first racially integrated social venues, bringing the community together in a radical way. In 1950, his efforts were recognized at the National White House Conference on Children and Youth in Washington, D.C. It was here that he began organizing a traveling choir, the proceeds of which were intended for a Waterloo community center - a dream that wouldn't actualize during his life. 


Black Hawk County General Assistance (BHCGA) 
Cedar Valley United Way
City of Waterloo

Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa

Emergency Food & Shelter 
Helen Guernsey Foundation
Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging (NEI3A) 
Otto Schiotz Foundation


Antioch Baptist Church
Bakari Behavioral Health
CBE Group
Corinthians Baptist Church
Emergency Food and Shelter 
First Presbyterian Church
Payne A.M.E. Church
Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church

Savior Baptist Community Church

Tyson Foods
UAW Local 838
University of Northern Iowa
Veridian Credit Union

Dr. Allen Green

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