Our Mission


MICA provides opportunities to people in vulnerable situations. We equip them to achieve stability, security, and success. We collaborate with families and partners to create communities where fewer people find themselves in poverty and those who do have a path out.


MICA’s vision is communities without poverty. We help create collaborative communities that are responsive to change and address the causes and conditions of poverty. We help build safe and healthy communities that offer abundant opportunities for all people to thrive.



We believe in the inherent worth of every individual and family. The well-being of families is the foundation for the well-being of communities. It is within families that individuals first learn to successfully interact with others. We see the greatest potential for significant, lasting, and positive change through our engagement with every member of the families we assist.

Helping Others

We care passionately about the people we assist, the communities in which we work, and the network of organizations that do the work of community action across the country.


MICA does not work alone. We believe success for individuals, families, organizations, and communities results from working together, sharing resources and risks, and involving all those affected in decision-making.

Achieving Results

Discovery, learning, growth, and change are the means by which individuals and organizations reach their full potential. We learn from those who have come before us and from our peers. We use evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and practices to ensure we’re offering the most effective support to the families we assist. Our work is outcome-oriented and data-driven. We collect and analyze data to monitor the effectiveness of our programs and help us improve.


MICA values learning and leading. We are creative. We thrive in an atmosphere that challenges us to excel.


We advocate for the families we assist. We empower the families we assist in advocating for themselves. We advocate for systemic change at the local, state, and federal levels that aims to eliminate the causes and conditions of poverty.