About FIRE NE Iowa

FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa believes in the potential of every child.  Our mission is to provide children with special needs the opportunity for an inclusive Catholic education in their home parish.

In Partnership with the Archdioceses of Dubuque:
The leadership at the Archdioceses of Dubuque supports FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa.

From the FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa Founders:
Our 17th grandchild, born in 2013, has Down syndrome. His birth has opened our eyes and our hearts in a whole new way to God’s love. We believe FIRE of Northeast Iowa will ultimately open the doors of Catholic schools for countless children who learn differently than their peers.  From the very beginning, the Holy Spirit has been inspiring us and leading our family on this wonderful journey.”

– Teresa Schmitz, Co-Founder of FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa

The Schmitz family, founders of FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa, is now more aware of the challenges that a child with special needs & their parents face.  The founders have also found that many families desire a Catholic education for ALL of their children regardless of ability.

Charitable Organization:
FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa is a 501c3, charitable organization.

Special Dedication:
FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa is dedicated to Earl & Agnes Youngblut. The Youngblut’s valued their faith & Catholic education. In 1972 Earl started a farm chemical business, then in 2004 their oldest child, Teresa, her husband and seven children purchased the corporation. God blessed the family in many ways through the years. In 2016 an opportunity to sell the business came; & the family knew they wanted to do something good with the proceeds of the sale. They donated the proceeds to FIRE Foundation of Northeast Iowa.