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Below you will find complete articles, links, and attachments for local resources. Know of resources/information that can help protect children and improve outcomes for families? Send it to me and I’ll include it in the next Polk CPPC Resource email! Thanks for reading!


News from CPPC

Community Announcements

Community Calendars

Community Events/Programs

Financial Independence

Volunteer/Donation Opportunities

Training/Conferences for Providers

Grants/Funding Opportunities for Providers


Youth Programs for Families

Parenting/Support Services for Families

Refugee Resources

Violence & Crime Solution

Juvenile Justice Resources

Employment Resources

General Resources for Families

News from CPPC

Providers of Color Fair! Great Success! Thank you so much!

Cultural Equity Resources for Child Welfare

Access **new resources** at the IDHS Training website http://training.hs.iastate.edu/. Create a free account if you don’t already have one, log in, and go to:

Categories => Resource Library => Cultural Equity Alliance Resources

to learn about working more effectively with all of Iowa’s children and families.

Check out the Facebook page too: www.facebook.com/CulturalEquityResourcesforIowa/


Please PRINT & SHARE this great INFOGRAPHIC!

Cultural Equity Alliance Resources - document with links!

Continuing Courageous Conversations Toolkit

Corrected - CJJP Release of Juvenile Justice Planning Data - 2016 Statewide Report

We found minor errors in the document that was shared with you yesterday and have posted the corrected report on our website.  Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.  We hope you will re-distribute this information with your respective audiences.  If you have any questions, please contact Dave Kuker at (515) 281-8078 or dave.kuker@iowa.gov.

Please use the following link to corrected report:  https://humanrights.iowa.gov/sites/default/files/media/2016%20Statewide%20Report%20-%20Juvenile%20Justice%20System%20Planning%20Data_1.pdf

More information can be found here: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/cjjp/disproportionate-minority-contact/data

Could you, or someone you know or work with, benefit from a Family Team Meeting?

What is a Family Team Meeting?

A community-based Family Team Decision Making meeting (FTDM) is a facilitated meeting that brings together individuals who can assist families in getting back on track while providing them with helpful resources and supports.

This approach draws upon a family‘s strengths, experiences, knowledge, and resources to create a plan that provides for the safety and well-being the family; especially the children. The family is assisted in building a circle of support that will see the family through difficult times.

FTDMs are based on these values: everyone has strengths, people can change, and people deserve support.

Would Your Family Like to Have a Family Team Decision Making meeting?

You can complete your own referral form and make a self-referral, or you can have someone that you trust complete the referral form on your behalf. The FTDM referral form can be obtained by contacting Polk County’s Project and CPPC Coordinator Cassie Thomas at cthomas@dhs.state.ia.us, or by calling 515-725-2639.

During the FTM, the team:

  • Is welcomed and introduces themselves
  • Learns what the family hopes to accomplish and defines the purpose of the meeting
  • Sets reasonable and meaningful goals
  • Recognizes and affirms the family’s strengths
  • Assesses the family’s needs
  • Designs an individualized course of action that includes supports and services matching the family’s needs and building on their strengths
  • Agrees on next steps and sets up supports

CPPC Calendar of Events

Find listings of local, regional, and statewide CPPC events HERE

Community Announcements

24 Hour Crisis Lines

  • Iowa Domestic Violence HelpLine: 1-800-770-1650
  • Domestic Abuse Survivors: 1-800-400-4884
  • Sexual Abuse Survivors: 1-800-550-0004

MOSAIC Family Counseling Center - Student Assistance Program (SAP)

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is designed to be a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, rapid response intervention for students and their families to help children and families have better success in school. Regardless of the difficulties, we are here to help! The Des Moines Public School System is partnering with MOSAIC FAMILY Counseling Center, Inc to deliver the services its students and their families need to help with current difficult behaviors and help families plan for successful outcomes for their children. Learn more HERE or Visit website HERE

ALSO Mosaic Family Counseling Center Inc is now offering medication management to children and adolescents. Learn more HERE (See 2nd page)

CommunityCommons - together for the common good

Check Racial Income Disparity Index here




Community Calendars

The Northwest Resource Team has their monthly "coffee klatch" meeting at Freedom Blend Coffee on the second MONDAY of every month at 8:30 a.m.

Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families

May Calendar

Goodwill Career Connection Center - South Des Moines

May Events Calendar

St. Vincent de Paul Education Center

May Calendar


May Calendar June Calendar

Community Events/Programs for Families Sort by Dates of Events

Specific, time-dated events


Young Women's Resource Center

Healing Arts Yoga

Through creative art expression and in a safe and predictable environment, clients are invited to notice sensation, experiment with movement & breathing, befriend & reconnect with their bodies and practice making choices that are right for them. Thursdays 3:00-4:15pm @YWRC

Connections Group

A FREE group for young women that focuses on emotional managment, healthy relationships and conflict resolution skills. Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:15 pm @ YWRC

Resources for Learning About and Addressing How The Opioid Crisis Impacts Young Children. Go to https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/federal-advocacy/Pages/Opioid-Factsheets.aspx

Financial Independence Sort by Organization Name

Bank On Central Iowa | EVERYONE CAN SAVE!



For more information on Bank On Central Iowa: http://www.everyonecansave.org/. Please contact Melissa Nordell-Earp at 515-323-8930 if you would like to learn more about how to open an account!

Download the present Bank On Central Iowa referral cards here EN | SPANISH

Consumer Credit of Des Moines

Program highlights

  • The Pay, Save, Spend Rule Workshop
  • Credit card help
  • Free budget and credit counseling
  • Bankruptcy counseling and education

Contact Information

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Your Money, Your Goals: A financial empowerment toolkit for Social Services programs

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

Program highlights

  • Financial Fitness Bootcamp (4-week series)
  • Masters Business Bootcamp
  • Non-Profit Business Bootcamp
  • Customized education for all audience from school-aged children to senior citizens.
  • Financial and small business coaching sessions

Contact Information

FHLB (Federal Home Loan Bank) Des Moines - Affordable Housing Products

FHLB Des Moines supports strong communities. Working together with their member financial institutions, the FHLD Des Moines offers a variety of products to support the purchase, construction, or rehabilitation of affordable housing. Affordable Housing Program products include the Competive Affordable Housing Program and Down Payment Products, including Home$tart®,Home$tart Plus, and the Native American Homeownership Initiative.

Learn more about Competitive Affordable Housing Program click here, and about Down Payment Products click here.

Goodwill Career Connection Center

Program Highlights

  • Budgeting and Money Management
  • Building Financial Stability

Contact Information

Iowa Credit Union Foundation

  • Individual Development Accounts
  • Financial Education
  • Grants & Scholarships

 website : https://www.iowacreditunionfoundation.org/index.cfm

Iowa State Bank - Community Reinvestment Home Loan Program

Loans to applicants in this Program will not be limited by income caps inside Iowa State Bank's community delineated Low- to Moderate - Income (LMI) area, as identified by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of H.U.D. Applicants seeking loans outside of the identified LMI census tracts in out community delineation will be considered if their income is 80% or less of the median income.

There is no minimum loan amount for home purchase or home improvment loans. The maximum loan amount within this program is $150,000.

Download a flyer here and contact Marsha A. Kephart, Exec. Vice President 515-246-6368 to learn more.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Program Highlights

  • Your Money, Your Future workshop series or stand-alone workshop (Dallas, Madison, Polk and Warren counties)
  • Iowa Concern
  • www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/
  • All calls, chats, and emails are free and confidential. Language interpretation available.
  • 24/7 Phone Support -Trained staff take your calls via a toll-free hotline at 1-800-447-1985.
  • Live Chat Services -Live chat for online, one-on-one support.
  • Email an Expert -Send your questions related to legal issues, finance, stress and crisis or disaster.

Contact Information

  • 1625 Adventureland Dr Ste A, Altoona
  • 515.957.5795
  • Carolyn Steckelberg steckelb@iastate.edu
  • www.extension.iastate.edu/humansciences/

Iowa Jump$tart | Improving Financial Literacy for Iowans

Nonprofit organization comprised of over 30 individuals and organizations representing business, government, and education who have joined together to improve the personal financial literacy of all Iowans.  We are an affiliate of the national “Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy”.  The national Jump$tart website is www.jumpstart.org



Neighborhood Finance Corporation (NFC)

Project Reinvest: Homeownership * Project Reinvest Polk County is scheduled to begin mid-June 2017. Keep your eyes on this program! :)

NFC is administering the Project Reinvest Homeownership program in Polk County. Project Reinvest: Homeownership is a Down Payment Assistance program. The program provides $10,500 in down payment assistance for eligible homebuyers who are purchasing a home within Polk County.

In order to be eligible for Project Reinvest: Homeownership down payment assistance, the homebuyer(s) must meet the following requirements:

  • Borrower(s)'s income, adjusted for household size, should not exceed 100% of the Area Median Income.
  • Complete an eight (8) hour Homebuyer Education Course in the last 12 months
  • Purchase a home within the target market
  • Agree to maintain the home as a primary owner occupant residence
  • Obtain a first mortgage loan from an approved Project Reinvest: Homeownership

Learn more about Neighborhood Finance Corp here.

Directory of grants for single mothers

Listed are financial assistance programs that help single mothers with rent, utility bills, child care, education, medication, housing, medical bills, and mortgage, among others.

Visit Website

Youth Policy Institute of Iowa

Opportunity Passport™

Opportunity Passport™, package of resources aimed at advancing the economic well-being of young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood. To learn more, click here.

>> Financial education and coaching

>> Experience with the banking system through a personal savings account

>> Matched funds ($1 for $1, up to $1000/year) for approved asset purchases

>> Community social connections

Other Financial Education Resources

Volunteer/Donation Opportunities.

CFI (Children & Families of Iowa is looking for donation!)

Children & Families of Iowa is dedicated to easing the burden of those in need in Iowa. For more than 125 years, CFI has focused on restoring hope, building futures and changing lives. Donors to Children & Families of Iowa can help give a teen one fewer night of sleepless anxiety, help give a mother with a safe place to heal or can let a frightened child know that there are people who care about him.

Being there for all Children & Families of Iowa.

  • Planned Gifts
  • In-Kind Donations
  • Matching Gifts
  • Visit here to learn how to give!

cfum: Children & Family Urban Movement

Become a part of the CFUM community supporting the potential of over 200 children and youth daily through academic success, healthy living, and community engagement. Learn more here.

EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy Resource Center)

"Ready to embark in a meaningful relationship? Be a mentor. Befriend a refugee.

EMBARC (Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy Resource Center) has two outstanding mentoring programs that we are seeking mentors for to guide refugees from Burma with various life skills such as learning English, job hunting, and study skills. Must be 18 or older and be able to pass a background check.

Contact EMBARC to learn more about our mentoring opportunities: http://www.embarciowa.org/get-involved/volunteer/"

Training/Conferences for Providers Sort by Dates of Events

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) is pleased to announce upcoming webinars and classroom trainings. These events offer the latest information on topics of importance to the field and provide opportunities to learn how to access OJJDP's training and technical assistance (TTA) resources and services. Check out Webinar training schedules Here.

Grants/Funding Opportunities for Providers

4Rkids Early Childgood Iowa

The 4 R Kids ECI Area Board plans to allocate funds for Early Childhood Services in FY2019. Contingent upon receipt of Early Childhood Iowa Funding, the 4 R Kids ECI Area Board is announcing the Request for Proposal for FY2019 with the option to renew for two additional contract years. The total amount of funding available may be approximately $900,000 for FY2019. Read more HERE>

If you have any questions regarding the grant annoucement, contact Debra Schrader Executive Director at 4rkidseci@gmail.com or 641-344-23250.

Chrysalis Foundation

Rapid Response Grants

Rapid Response Grants are available to nonprofit organizations year-round, funding up to $500 for unforeseen, immediate, or time-sensitive needs of nonprofit organizations.  Priority will be given to needs that identify measurable results and are most likely to ensure success.

Check the latest grant opportunity with Chrysalis Foundation here!

Community Foundation Greater Des Moines

Community Foundation grant applications for Leadership Grants and Capacity Building Grants are available for completion through an online web portal called Manage My Grants. For instructions on how to use Manage My Grants click here. To obtain a user name and password for Manage My Grants, please contact the Community Foundation by email or at 515-447-4219.

Capacity Building Grant

Capacity Building Grants seek to strengthen an organization in an area related to governance or management and provide capacity support for a collaborative initiative/effort to enhance systemic support around a community issue or priority. The following is an overview of requested information within the Capacity Building Grant application process.

Check the latest grant opportunity with Community Foundation Greater Des Moines here!

Des Moines Plymouth Congregational Church

The Des Moines Plymouth Congregational Church conducts two special offerings grants each year. One is at Christmas and the other Easter. The purpose of these grants is to support metro area non-profit organizations that enhance the lives of our neighbors in need.

This year Plymouth is seeking grant applications from non-profit organizations with projects that include one of the following goals:  (1) ease racism, (2) relieve the burden of excessive incarceration, (3) support immigration, and (4) seek to help those affected by mental illness.

The grant application can also be found on Plymouth's web site. Click here find out more.

Grant allocations do not usually exceed $5,000, depending on the size of the special offering.

Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

Youth Development Fund helps grantees build the infrastructure and evidence they need to expand and help economically disadvantaged youth, ages 9-24, get an education, find a good job, and avoid teen parenthood and crime.

Blue Meridian Partners, a collaboration of 10 philanthropic institutions and individuals incubated at EMCF, plans to invest at least $1 billion in scaling high-performing nonprofits poised to have a national impact on children and young people, ages 0-30.

PropelNext helps promising nonprofits improve their collection and use of data to produce better outcomes for youth.

Visit here to learn more how to apply here.

EMCF, Blue Meridian Partners and PropelNext do not accept unsolicited proposals, but they are eager to learn about your organization if it is:

  • A stand-alone nonprofit 501(c)(3) with a history of service to youth from low-income communities in the U.S.
  • Financially viable, with a budget greater than $1,000,000

Check the latest grant opportunity with Edna McConnell Clark Foundation here!

Latinos Unidos of Iowa

Latinos Unidos is a non-profit organization with the main focus of uniting Latino communities across Iowa. Lena Avila Robison is the founder and president with a passion for making a difference in the Latino community in Iowa. It is very important to her that youth gain the confidence to continue their education.  Latinos Unidos is able to do this through the scholarships they offer.

The scholarships go toward Latino/Latina students in Iowa who plan on attending any Iowa public or private college. Currently, they have students who go to Iowa State, University of Northern Iowa, Drake University, and many others. The scholarships are given to encourage continuing education within Latin-Iowans.

Milagro Foundation 

Supports underrepresented, underserved and under supported children around the world in the areas of the education and health. Funding will occur three times/year. In the winter funding cycle, Milagro will concentrate on Health grants. In the fall, funding will focus on Education grants. Learn more here.

Find grantees in your local area, here

Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations award grants, scholarships, and fellowships throughout the year to organizations and individuals who share Open Society values. We look for grantees who have a vision and whose efforts will lead to lasting social change. Visit OSI website to find out more.

Public Welfare Foundation

The Public Welfare Foundation supports efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need. The Foundation looks for strategic points where its funds can make a significant difference and improve lives through policy and system reform that results in transformative change. We focus on three program areas: Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and Workers’ Rights. See the guideline here.

Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation

The Swett Foundation primarily funds programs for troubled youth as well as orphaned children, including the promotion of their adoption. Other areas of focus will be considered. No deadlines. Visit the Ralph and Eileen Swett Foundation for more information.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funds program and policy initiative in four ares which are each critical to health equity - enabling everyone in our nation to live a healthier life. View active funding opportunities here.

  1. Health Systems
  2. Healthy Kids, Healthy Weight
  3. Healthy Communities
  4. Heath Leadership

Starbucks Foundation

Starbucks and The Starbucks Foundation support programs that equip young people (ages 16 to 24) with the skills required for the changing global economy. Learn more here.

State Farm Companies Foundation

State Farm® supports the communities where we live and work through partner grants, Good Neighbor Citizenship® company grants, and the State Farm Companies Foundation. Learn more here.

  • State Farm Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants

Every year, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board funds up to $5 million to youth-led service learning projects to solve issues important to State Farm and communities across the United States. Grant requests can range anywhere from $25,000 - $100,000, and are completed online ONLY through the Youth Advisory Board website, found here. Please be aware they do not accept YAB member applications or service-learning grant applications this year. Please check back later.

  • State Farm® Partner Grants Empower Youth and the Community

Please learn more here

USCIS Grant Program Reaches Out to Smaller Organization

Please read blog post here to learn more. Visit USCIS program website here.

For additional information on the Citizenship and Integration Grant Program, please contact the USCIS Office of Citizenship at citizenshipgrantprogram@uscis.dhs.gov or visit uscis.gov/grants.

To learn more about applying for federal funding opportunities, visit grants.gov or call 800-518-4726.

Wells Fargo Bank

Organizations in Central Iowa (Polk, Dallas, and Warren Counties)

  • Community Engagement: January 1st - February 15th
  • Education: January 1st - April 15th
  • Community Development: January 1st - July 15th
  • Human Services: January 1st - October 15th

Event Sponsorship (a non-marketing sponsorship request)

Wells Fargo often sponsors fundraising events and community fairs, or purchases tables at such events. Applications for event sponsorships are accepted from January 1st through October 15th and will be reviewed monthly. Please apply with a minimum of 60 days prior to the event for consideration.

Apply now!

Organizations outside of Central Iowa, check out here.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

View available grants for "educated kids", "healthy kids", and "secure familes" here

To be eligible for support, your organization or institution, as well as the purpose of the proposed project, must qualify under regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Services. As a result, W.K. Kellogg Foundation is not able to provide funding directly to individuals.

Youth Service Amercia | Youth Changing the World

Many grants for empowering youth are available currently. Please learn more here.


Newsletters Sort by Names of the Organization in alphabetical order

Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services (BRYCS)

Latest Newsletter

  • Raising Teens in a New County: A Guide for the Whole Family

Child Trends

Latest News

  • Changes to SNAP should reflect the unique needs of young adults

FIVE TRENDS Information that counts

  1. Opioid abuse has increased significantly over the last 20 years.
  2. At least 2 million children annually have a parent who uses illicit drugs, including opioids.
  3. Opioid abuse by parents puts children's health and safety at risk.
  4. The number of children entering foster care due to parental drug abuse is rising.
  5. States are responding to the opioid epidemic in diverse and innovative ways.

More from Child Trends

  • Lower rates of lead exposure may have contributed to reduced teen pregnancy and violence
  • Join us for a webinar on Integrated Student Supports - Jan 30th
  • How child welfare programs are funded

Children & Families of Iowa

Latest eNewsletter from CFI

  • CFI Princess Party
  • Upcoming Events
  • New Board Members


Latest Newsletter

  • Just for you - one last chance!

CYC - community youth concepts

Monthly Happenings at CYC

  • Q&A with Serena, a student in our Harding Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
  • Purchase Tickets Today for our Spotlight on Service 10 Year Anniversary Event
  • uVoice RFP Released
  • Des Moines Arts Festival Beverage Tent Sign Up
  • YVC Summer Camp Registration is Open!
  • Employee and Family Resources (EFR) Blog Post
  • Mentor Advantage Program (MAP)

Dose of DMU - Continuing Medical Education

Latest News

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

  • A 'new normal' for philanthropy ...and solving social problems
  • Grantee Highlights
  • and more. Click here to view.

EMBARC - Connecting Refugees in Iowa with resources for life

Latest Newsletter

  • An Evening with EMBARC  - Celebrating 5 Years
  • Expansion in Marshalltown
  • A Refugee Family's Story
  • Summer Highlights
  • Community Highlights
  • Upcoming Events

EMDR Reserach Foundation - Clinical Newletter

EMDR therapy and Suicide: Prevention and Healing Volume 6, Issue 3

  • May is Mental Health Awareness  Month
  • EMDR Study
  • What's New?
  • As Seen on our Website

Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families

Latest Newsletter - In This Issue

  • One Stop Shop: Road to Achieving Greater Success
  • The Perfect Gift for the Holiday: The Gift of Giving
  • One Economy: Racial Disparity in Health, Healthcare, and Health Coverage

Human Services Research Institute - May 2018

  • Measuring the Work Life Quality of the Direct Support Workforce
  • Upstream Solutions to Prevent Behavioral Health Crises
  • Self-Direction: What do program directors think?
  • Streamlining access to equitable, flexivle HCBS in Minnesota
  • Rethinking the Future of Psychiatric Crisis Care in Milwaukee

IFAPA - Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association

Latest Newsletter


The Weekly Word - May 22th Week

  • Why Kids Lie and How To Stop It
  • Join AMP Camp for a Week of Fun
  • Don't Forget to Use Your Adoption Respite Days Before June 30
  • The Best Way to Explain Learning Disabilities to Your Child
  • Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Trauma
  • I'm Not a Stuck Up Mom - I have Social Anxiety

Iowa 4-H Youth Development

Latest issue

Iowa College Aid Insider

Latest issue

  • Improved FAFSA tracking for any public school in Iowa
  • More FAFSA resources for counselors and schools
  • Three types of FAFSA deadlines (plus a free poster!)

Iowa Department of Human Rights

Latest Newsletter

  • It's all about Youth
  • DHR's youth spotlight
  • SIYAC & IYC Day on the Hill

More from IDHR

  • In this month's "Let's Talk Human Rights" blog
  • Celebrating the life and service of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The Importance of Including the Voices of Iowa's Youth
  • Every Woman Has a Story: It’s Often Unheard

Iowa Department of Public Health

Latest News Release

  • Save Your Brain

Iowa Legal Aid - Equal Justice Journal

Latest Newsletter

  • New Changes to the Veterans Affairs Claims Process
  • Elderly Waiver Program Keeps People Out of Nursing Homes
  • Buying a Home on Contract
  • Owning Your Own Business
  • Private Student Loan Borrowers Face Increased Collection
  • Changes to Child-care Assistance for Families
  • New Rules Could Require New Training For Child-care Providers
  • New Ruling Impacts Workers Who File for Unemployment
  • New Law Expands Protection for Safe at Home Participants
  • Property-tax Suspension May Create a Problem If You Have a Mortgage
  • How to Talk to a Lawyer

Iowa Office on the Status of African-Americans

Latest Newsletter

  • News
  • Resources
  • Events
  • Employment Opportunities

Iowa Office on Asian & Pacific Islanders Affairs

Latest Newsletter

  • Community News
  • API Newsmakers
  • Health-Related Articles
  • Research & Studies

Iowa Office of Latino Affairs

Latest Newsletter

  • Community Resources
  • Scholarships/Educational Resources
  • Conferences/Trainings
  • Events
  • Employment Opportunities

Iowa Office on the Status of Women

Latest Newsletter

  • #MeToo: How can we support survivors?
  • Iowa Women's Hall of Fame: Make a Nomination!
  • Grant Funding Opportunities

Jewels Academy

Latest Newsletter

  • Upcoming Workshops
  • Event Schedule

LSI's Refugee Community Services

Latest Newsletter

NAMI Greater Des Moines

We're Killing Ourselves ("Pain in the Nation" report by the Trust for America's Health)

Navigating a mental health CRISIS

Latest Newsletter

Orchard Place

Latest Newsletter

  • Developing Strong Futures
  • What we LOVE!
  • Who is at Orchard Place Child Guidance Center?

YESS - Youth Emergency Services & Shelter

The latest eNewsletter from YESS

  • Your Duck Adoption Showed Kids That They Matter
  • Take a Minute to Support YESS
  • Save the Date for Giving Tuesday
  • Team YESS Shout Out: OK200


Youth Programs Sort by Beginning Dates of Programs


Y Swim Lessons accommodates students of varying abilities to help foster a sense of achievement as swimmers progress between levels. **NEW**Come try the South Suburban Y's new curriculum!

By phone: 515-285-0444
Online: dmymca.org 
Stop by: 401 E. Army Post Rd. DSM

Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify.

YESS Mental Health Services Available to the Community

You know YESS provides shelter to kids in our community. But did you also know...?

  • A child living in shelter can receive mental health support (including therapy and BHIS) while in shelter and continue these services when they transition out of shelter
  • YESS provides mental health services for kids and families in the community, including those who have never utilized shelter
  • Our BHIS Team provides in-home services for more than 150 families per year and is currently accepting new clients
  • Our counseling team has expertise in EMDR, trauma-informed care, attachment concerns, and so much more

Can your clients benefit from mental health support at YESS Hope Hall? Learn more:
>> Visit our website
>> Call 515-557-2256

View additional information HERE

Art Force Iowa

ArtForceIowa seeks to offer the most at-risk youth in the community a supportive environment where art rules. All programs are based on our three force model. The model incorporates life and work skills, mentorship, and advocacy into the art of creative expression. A variety of programs have been designed to focus on this model, especially our signature program, Creative Pathways.  Other programs include DSM Heroes, the Youth Artist Project, and our Screen Print Co-op.

To learn about its programs HERE.

Hoover-Meredith Medical Clinic

Please help students get the consent form signed so they can be treated on campus. Primary Health Care is open to All students in Des Moines Public School. See the details here.

Mosaic Family Counselling Center

Steps to Emotion and Anger Management Group: Learn here.

Teens Against Human Trafficking

Empowering youth to be lifelong ambassadors in the fight against human trafficking! If you want to start a team, please contact Shannon Schott here. Download a flyer here. Visit here to view Human Trafficking Resources.

Parenting/Support Services for Families Sort by Beginning Dates of Services

Art for Peace Group

Limited space available for participants! Group meets 1st Monday of each month at Healing Art Counseling in Windsor Heights. Participants must pre-register.

For more info, please email: rabram@healingartcounseling.com

Fatherhood Classes: Now Available at Evelyn K. Davis Center.

A Facilitated, Peer Driven, Small Group format that will cover discipline, communication, formative relationships, father-mother partnership, physical and emotional development and social modeling. Meals and Instructional Materials Provided. Please see here to learn more.

Sessions held on:

  • Mondays: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesdays: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Thursdays: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC)

is sharing a series of authoritative articles for parents and for people who work with parents.

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa

Parents, not sure where to begin on your back to school list? Click HERE to see the health screening and immunization guidelines for Baclk to School Readiness. It includes Visiting Nurse Services as a referral for those needing help connecting to health coverage or locating a doctor or dentist!

DHS Child Care Assistance Program Changes

  • Changes will become effective July 1st!
  • What is the Child Care Assistance Program?  Child Care Assistance (CCA) is a program available to the children of income-eligible parents who are absent for a portion of the day due to employment or participation in academic or vocational training or PROMISE JOBS activities.  Assistance may also be available for a limited period of time to the children of a parent looking for employment.
  • What are the changes?  The changes include:
    • Moving from a 6-month to a 12-month certification period
    • Allowing for temporary changes in work, education and training activities
    • Allowing more time for job search activities for families currently receiving Child Care Assistance
    • The new Child Care Assistance Plus (CCA Plus)  Program
    • A higher payment rate for QRS Level 5 child care providers

See more detail HERE. Parents may access the video using the following link HERE.

FTDM/YTDM Questions/Responses

For facilitators of FTDM/YTDM - the latest QA document!

Addressing Early Childhood Emotional and Behavioral Problems, Natural Resources

 According to recent reports (see below), more than 10% of young children have clinically significant mental health problems, but most receive no interventions for their disorder. Although often not recognized, young children experience mental health problems at rates similar to older children.

Improved access to care, more research identifying alternative models, adequate payment for providers, and improved education on evidence-based interventions are among the recommendations in the November 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement and technical report Addressing Early Childhood Emotional and Behavioral Problems. The policy is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-3023 and the technical report at http://dx.doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-3025; both will be published in the December issue of Pediatrics.

Early intervention and evidence-based family-focused therapies are key to helping young children with emotional and behavioral problems. The policy summarizes empirically supported approaches to mental health care for young children, describes barriers to interventions and proposes recommendations to enhance care.

Early Childhood Toolkit Available

A new resource worth sharing! At long last the National Head Start Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement has released a compilation of fifteen high quality tools fo use in tracking family progress toward their goals and the efforts of early care and education staff to help families advance toward those goals. This document is laid out nicely in regards to free tools vs. tools with a cost and offers links to the tools as well as instructions on interpretation. The .pdf is available at this link.

Interesting article & resources to read

  • 100 Tricks To Help You De-Stress - Huffpost
  • Are You a Mom with ADHD, Raising a Child with ADHD? - ADDitude
  • 5 Kid-Friendly Yoga Poses To Help Your Child Avoid A Meltdown - mbgmovement
  • The Difference Between Tantrums and Sensory Meltdowns - Understood
  • How To Prevent Sibling Fighting - Aha! Parenting.com
  • The Opioid Crisis; Resources for building resilience in young children who have experienced trauma and maltreatment and their families  - Teaching Tolerance

Parenting resources

Refugee Resource

Raising Teens in a New County: A Guide for the Whole Family was created for parents and teens who are new to the U.S., and for the service providers working with them.  
This guide covers topics that often come up in families raising teenagers in the United States such as discipline, dating, driving, and cultural identity. It aims to remind newcomers that every parent worries for their children and most teens face these challenges.  

  • At this time, the guide is only available online, but we hope to have hard copies available for order soon. Also, stay tuned for new translations and an

adapted interactive online learning module!

From BRYCS Bulletin Alert, May 2018





LSI Individual Development Account (IDA) Program

Program Goals:

  • Help you save for a car*, home, business, or education.
  • Help you to learn about:
  • money in the United States;
  • practicing good savings habits and,
  • how banks and credit unions can help you.

*Program allows for:

First vehicle purchase, or;
second vehicle purchase, but ONLY if multiple adults in the family are working or attending post-secondary education/vocational training.

You can participate in this program if you:

  • arrived in the US with refugee status
  • have been in the US for less than 5 years (if saving for a car, less than 3 years)
  • have income (a job)
  • are at or below 200% poverty

To sign up for this program, you will need:

  • A valid ID
  • I-94 Form or Green Card
  • Proof of income ( one month of pay stubs for every working member of your family)

Contact Information: John Windheuser, LSI, john.windheuser@lsiowa.org

LSI is offering Community-Based ESL, ESL for Customer Service Jobs and Basic Healthcare Career Training for English Language Learners.

Community- Based ESL

Career Pathways – ESL for Customer Service Jobs

  • A new session begins on March 19th. Participants meet for five weeks from 9:00-12:00 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The session  ends on April 19th.
  • Interested participants must be able to read and write numbers, letters, simple words, and phrases.

Career Pathways – Basic Healthcare Career Training for English Language Learners

  • A new session begins with an orientation and testing on April 12th.
  • Classes officially begin on April 17th. Participants meet for four weeks on Tuesdays (5:00-8:00), Thursdays (5:00-8:00), and Saturdays (9:00-3:30). Class will end on May 12.
  • Interested participants should have a high school diploma in order to pursue additional CNA training.

People interested in the “Community-Based ESL” or “ESL for Customer Service Jobs” classes are welcome to register during the following times each week:

  • Mondays – 12:00-2:00
  • Tuesdays – 10:00-12:00
  • Wednesdays – 12:00-2:00
  • By appointment

People interested in the “Basic Healthcare Career Training for English Language Learners” class should contact Central Iowa HealthWorks for more information (see the flyer).

8th & College Connections - Citizenship Classes


They are continually expanding this list and featuring scholarships with approaching deadlines so be sure to return to this page periodically.

The Immigrant Visa Process

Are you aware of the immigrant visa process? Please check out here!.


Please see Jody Mashek’s (Co-chair of the legal work group of the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa) link to recently updated version of the list of attorneys and non-profit organizations providing immigration legal services here.

If you have questions about the list, please email Jody Mashek (JMashek@afsc.org).

High-quality, free, confidential  Legal Service Program

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Des Moines Field Office (USCRI - Des Moines) is a leading expert in providing refugee resettlement services and wraparound support to local refugees and immigrants. As part of its holistic service model, the Legal Services Program offers high-quality, affordable legal services, including consultations, direct and consultations will be provided free of charge to qualitying individuals and language services are available. Download a flyer here.

11 Things You Should Know About Refugees in Iowa

  • Iowa has a long history of welcoming refugees.
  • Refugees are coming from all over the world.
  • It takes a long time to get to Iowa.
  • Refugees are just like you.
  • Refugees want to assimilate into American culture.
  • Read more

Enrolling Refugee Children in U.S. Schools

This webinar focuses on the challenges of enrolling children into the local public school system and the current protections in place at the federal level such as Plyler v. Doe and the McKinney-Vento Act. Additional recommendations are discussed.  Download "Enrolling Refugee Children in U.S. Schools" presentation material here and/or download an audio recording here.


Margaret MacDonnell, BRYCS Consultant
Jaime Duckett, LCSW-C, Children's Services Specialist, USCCB/MRS
Kate Walker, Refugee Parenting Services Coordinator, Catholic Charities of Atlanta

Check out a Toolkit for Teachers and School Personnel here.

Program for Immigrant and Refugee Youth by Art Force Iowa

  • 13-19 years old
  • Refugee, Immigrant
  • Interst in, or would benefit from involvement in the arts
  • Survivor of a crime (broad definition, please contact us if you need clarification.)
  • Download program overview here; Referral here; and read press release here.

The program offers a combination of small group arts workshops (including, but not limited to visual art, creative writing, piano, voice, guitar, songwriting, theater, dance, etc) and a weekly large group workshop that focusses on arts-integrated life skills learning.  In addition to this, youth benefit from one-on-one mentorship, advocacy, and referrals to other supportive services.There are two pathways through which a youth can enroll in the program:

  • A school or agency can make a referral to us using the attached referral form.  We will contact the parents and discuss the program with them.
  • A parent can be given the information and put directly in contact with us.

We are also able to provide if needed:

  • Transportation to and from workshop within a 5 mile radius of 600 Holcomb (adjacent to North High School).
  • Interpreters to facilitate enrollment progress as well as programs
  • Other forms of special assistance (We are working on developing a food pantry and clothing closet)

Please check out the attached documents and referral form, and send your referrals and or questions to DSM Heroes Program Manager Christine Her or call and talk to her 515 777 3182.

Refugee Childcare Literacy Volunteers needed!

Refugee Childcare Literacy Volunteers needed! LSI is looking to start with an new group of providers beginning in September but are recruiting volunteers to start anytime of the year. Volunteers will work with in-home childcare providers to model and teach literacy activities and skills. The goal is to improve the quality of these early learning environments. Learn more here.

Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services

> BRYCS Youth Conversations: Dipesh, a Bhutanese Teen

In January 2017, Dipesh shared his resettlement journey and experiences with BRYCS staff on what it's like to be an immigrant teen in the United State. Read more.

>Parenting Handbooks:

>BRYCS interactive Online Training Modules are available! Click here to learn more.

Current courses include:

  • Discrimination & Bullying of Refugee Youth
  • Preventing Child Maltreatment in ORR/DCS-Funded Care Provider Programs
  • Raising Children in a New Country (English & Somali)
  • Raising Young Children in a New Country: Supporting Early Learning and Healthy Development (English & Nepali)
  • Refugee and Immigrant Family and Community Engagement in the Schools
  • Refugee 101: With a Special Look at Child-Specific Issues

New Online Resource for Supporting Refugee Children and Families


Violence & Crime Solutions(focus on prevention programs

Legal Remedies: Safe at Home Program - Latest Issue  

Safe at Home by Secretary of State

Safe at Home (SAH) is an address confidentiality program. This program helps survivors improve their lives with the following services:

Substitute address

Mail Forwarding Service

Confidential Voter Registration

If you are a survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, trackfficking, stalking, or violent crimes, SAH may be the right fit for you. Your address is or will be unknown to your abuser or offender. Contact an advocate program or the Secretary of State's office for more information:

SafeAtHome@Iowa.gov 515-725-SAFE(7233), IA Coalition Against Domestic Violence 800-770-1650 (24-Hour Hotline), IA Coalition Against Sexual Assault 800-284-7821 (24-Hour Hotline). To learn more, visit Safe At Home here.

**SAH is not a witness protection program, capable of shielding you from legal obligations, such as custody disputes or able to hide your address from real estate records, such as the purchase of a home or office space. However, renters' addresses will be protected.

The Crisis Observation Center has moved to Broadlawns Hospital

The Crisis Observation Center has moved from the Central Iowa Homeless Shelter to Broadlawns Hospital, 1801 Hickman, Des Moines.  

Please enter through the West Entrance at Broadlawns.  See the location map here.

If someone in your family is having mental health difficulties - the Crisis Observation Center is open 24/7, 365 days/year.

A person can be assessed, triaged, and the appropriate level of treatment determined.  A person can enter on their own, be transported by another family member or friend, brought by the mobile crisis team, or by law enforcement. The Crisis Observation Center is staffed by nurses and mental health professionals.
Questions? 515-282-5742. 

Please share this information with others. Learn about more crisis services here


Juvenile Justice Resources

Voices to be Heard

VTBH is a support group is a confidential group for families that have a loved one incarcerated, you are not alone! We meet the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 E. 12th. We start with a potluck dinner at 5:30 and meeting is from 6pm to 7pm. Please let us know if you are bringing children so we can be prepared. We have support nights, speakers and when we can go on family field trips together. This is an environment that families are felt very welcomed in, our motto is “what is said here stays here”. We are here to listen to and support you!

Please contact Stephanie for more information 515-480-7035.

Innovation That Works - Safe Schools/Healthy Students

After only four years of implementing the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) program through a state model, the results show the impact that SS/HS has had on just 21 communities across seven states. Approximately 200,000 students have been affected by the programs and services available through Safe Schools/Healthy Students funding.

And the good news doesn’t stop there:

Over 60,000 people were trained in youth violence prevention and mental health promotion.
More than 34,000 students received school-based mental health services.

Ready to see more? Click here to view and download the new SS/HS infographic, Innovation That Works.

Created by the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention, this new infographic highlights the impact and success of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students program—and shares the SS/HS Framework that makes it possible to replicate these successes in other communities.

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) just released two briefs on juvenile and immigration. It is a partner with QIC-Court teams grant and Zero To Three National Center for Infacts, Toddlers, and Families.

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cap has been reached for children and youth petitioning from El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico and there will be no more available visas until the next fiscal year.

The first policy brief focuses on opportunities provided through SIJS, the impact of the cap being reached on children and youth and provides recommendations for federal and state policymakers.

The second policy brief focuses on the impact and overlap with child welfare and provides guidance to practitioners.

Fifth Judicial District Juvenile Court - FINDINGS IN THE FIFTH

Latest eNewsletter

In this issue:JCS Annual Meeting features Implicit Bias

  • Featured emplyees
  • Committees
  • Retired JCOs
  • Iowa Model Work Group
  • Summer plans
  • Congratulations, birthdays, trainings

Juvenile Court Services Rural Directory - Download HERE

Jim Casey Initiative/Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice

Latest eNewsletter 

  • Child Welfare
  • Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
  • Juvenile Justice

Measuring For Justice

The U.S. imprisons more people than any other country, but it's surprisingly hard to access data on how out justice system operates. And since criminal justice is mainly carried out at the local level, having good local data is critical to understanding what's actually happening in our communities.

At the Chan Zuckerberg Intiative, they have been exploring ways to help improve the criminal justice system to enhance public safety while also making the system fairer.

On May 23, 2017, an organization called Measures for Justice is launching a new online data portal that tracks how criminal cases are being handled in different counties from arrest to post-conviction. Users can compare data within and across states and can filter the data by race/ethnicity, sex, age, offense type and severity, attorney type, and more.

The portal already has data from more than 300 counties across six states to start, and they are excited to help support the goal of collecting data from 20 states by 2020.

Check out their video here. And visit their website here.

Reducing Suspension & Expulsion Practices in Early Childhood Settings

The Administration for Children and Families provides links to a number of free, publicly available resources to aid states in their efforts to prevent, limit and ultimately eliminate expulsion and suspension practices in early learning settings at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/child-health-development/reducing-suspension-and-expulsion-practices

Employment & Financial Independence Resources

For Providers (Sort the job titles in alphabetical order)





Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

Evelyn K. Davis Center is offering educational oppotunities and on-the job training, by connecting individuals with employers and providing services that help them improve the way they manage their daily lives

PREP Professional Readiness & Employment Program Learn the skills to interview for jobs succssfully and maintain a steady career in this five-week program.

Wednesday Hiring Day

  • When: Every 4th Wednesday of the month from 9:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.
  • What: Speak to a Company Representative; Submit a resume; Submit an application

  • Where: 801 University Ave, Unit 3, Des Moines, Iowa 50314

IowaWORKS FREE Work Readiness Workshops at 430 E Grand to 200 Army Post Road.

As many of you already know, we offer a wide range of free offerings to help those in our community locate, apply for, and secure a great career. Topics range from resumes to social media to conflict resolution and pretty much everything in between. Participants can earn a number of certificates from our workshops also, which look GREAT on a resume. Pre-registration is not necessary either, except for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) exam. We also host a monthly career fair/employer panel that I strongly recommend job seekers attend to make sure they are getting themselves in front of the decision makers of the hiring process. Hard to beat free interviews!

* IowaWORKS have partnered with DMACC to offer free HiSET and ESL workshops at IowaWORK Development Center, Mondays-Thursdays.


United Way

Launch Your Carrer in Health Care - partnering with Central Iowa Health Works

  • FREE education and job training
  • FREE coaching to find the training and career that's right for you
  • A flexible schedule of classes
  • Help with challenges like child care and transportation
  • Support with job advancement and placement at central Iowa employers looking for skilled workers
  • More than 15 career options to work with patients in health care settings.
  • (Scroll down to browse career options.)

Questions before you sign up? Contact Amber Ramirez at 515-645-6201 or amber@centraliowaworks.org. Click here to learn more.

BRIDGES to Success HiSET Program through United Way of Central Iowa and DMACC

Visit here to enroll. If you have more questions, please email Mak Suceska, Bridges To Success Program Manager

General Resources for Families

Information are provided by Iowa Department of Human Services, Iowa Institute for Community Alliances and various providers

As part of econimic revitalization at Park Fair Mall, Renew Resale Shop has awesome house hold items, children's items and clothes for low price ($1 ~ $6).

Children at Home - Free Support for Children with Disabilities

Rent or respite care? Groceries or new eyeglasses? For parents of children with disabilities, choosing between their family’s basic needs and disability-related items can often be difficult. Many services, devices and equipment are available to aid in development and improve a child’s quality of life. Unfortunately, insurance and other programs may only cover a portion of the cost, or perhaps not at all.

The Children at Home (CaH) Program may be able to help families with some of these expenses.

Children at Home (CaH) is a non-profit program of the Iowa Family Support Network and can help families caring for a child (up to age 22) with a disability by providing financial assistance for items or services not covered by other programs.


• child and family must live in Iowa;

• child must be less than 22 years of age

• child must have a disability that meets the definition of developmental disability

• the family’s federal net (not gross) taxable income for the most recent tax year is less than $60,000

Examples may include: special adaptive devices, out-of-area travel expenses, nutritional supplements, respite care or educational seminars for caregivers, special camps and items to make your home safe or more accessible for a child. (See enclosed handout).If an item or service provides a direct benefit to a child and is related to the child’s disability, families may qualify for up to $700 in assistance per child annually. There is no charge to apply for or participate in this program. It is our goal to connect as many qualifying Iowans with the support they need.

CONTACT US TODAY! If you have questions about this program or want to refer someone to apply for assistance, please contact the Iowa Family Support Network:

1-888-IAKIDS1 (1-888-425-4371)
IAFamilySupportNetwork@vnsia.org (email)
IAFamilySupportNetwork.org  (website)

Mosaic Family Counseling STEPPS (Systems Training for Emotional Predictability & Problem Solving) group

NOW ACCEPTING REFERRALS FOR ADULTS & ADOLESCENTS! The 20 week STEPPS program is a great approach for people struggling with emotional intensity and impulse control. Call for more information to schedule an intake appointment. Wellmark and Medicaid Plans accepted.

5005 Douglas Avenue, Suite 101
Des Moines, IA, 50310

Asian Community Organization List and contact information - Download here.

DMACC Area Resource Guide | Counseling Referral Resource - Download here.

Greater Des Moines Area Community Resources Book - click here to download

  • Hotlines
  • Food Meal Sites
  • Food Pantries
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Temporary Housing
  • Rental Housing
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse
  • Financial Services
  • Community Center
  • General Services
  • Advocacy
  • Legal
  • Clothing Vouchers
  • Thrift Stores

CPPC Madison, Marion & Warren Counties

What's happening this week in Madison, Marion and/or Warren County. - Visit here!

To view the most up to date version of the Directories, click here.

Center for Latino Affairs in Des Moines

The Center for Latino Affairs in Des Moines is a partnership between local organizations  that stives to provide information and referrals services for the Latino community in Central Iowa and bridge the language gap.

All the providers are bilingual, from agencies that serve the Latino community and they can provide the following information/services:Referrals

  • Know Your rights
  • Notary Services
  • Health
  • Finances
  • Employment Opportunities
  • Parenting Support
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Education
  • And more

When: The second Monday of each month

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: Goodwill Career Connection Center (5921 SE 14th Street, Suite 2300, Des Moines, IA)

Contact Sonia Reyes-Snyder sonia.reyes-snyder@iowa.gov for more details.

Cross Ministries  --  3226 University Avenue  --  Des Moines, IA, 50311  --  (515) 279-9998  --  http://www.crossministriesdm.org/


  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Emergency Food
  • Food Pantry
  • Housing Assistance
  • Public Transportation
  • Utility Assistance

DMARC Housing Stability Fund

The DMARC Housing Stability Fund provides emergency financial assistance to prevent families from becoming homeless. To learn more and request help visit here.

Types of requests considered :


  • Rent Deposits
  • Rent Payments

Utility Support

  • Power is off or power will be disconnected in a short time
  • Cannot make the payment without assistnace

Greater Des Moines Recreational Activity Scholarship Program: GRASP

If your household meets the established income guidelines, your income is verified, and you are a resident of the city of Des Moines, you qualify to receive discounts on swim lessons, tennis lessons, basketball and much more! Call IMPACT Community Action Partnership at 515-518-4770 to schedule an appointment or walk in at 3226 University Avenue.

Account Registration - Parks and Rec required, see here about Grasp Card participation. Download a flyer here.

Healthy Start & Empowerment Project

The Healthy Start and Empowerment Project by VNS (Visiting Nurse Services Of Iowa) offers services to families that would like extra help to make sure they have a healthy mom, healthy child and healthy family. If you are a pregnant woman and family member with a child up to the age of six living in Polk County, you can use these services. Please learn more here.

HIRTA Public Transportation  --  2824 104th Street  --  Urbandale, IA 50322  --  1-877-686-0029, 7-1-1 (Hearing Impaired TTY), 800-735-2943 (Hearing Impaired Voice)  --  www.ridehirta.com

  • Hours: Mon – Fri 7:30 – 4:00
  • Extended hours in Knoxville: Mon-Fri 6:00am-6:00pm

The Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency provides public transit service available to all citizens and visitors of Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Story, and Warren Counties in central Iowa, enhancing quality of life, enabling access to employment and education, and promoting independent lifestyles for central Iowa residents.

HIRTA in Knoxville has extended hours Monday through Friday.

*Download "amble" to plan your trip easily on your phone!

Homelessness Resource : Tuck

Below portal contains a complete directory of all emergency shelters in the US, organized by state, with contact information (phone, web and address) as well as all of the services they offer plus a curated compilation of national and online resources for those affected by homelessness looking for help.

Visit a portal here: https://www.tuck.com/sleeping-homeless/

*Tuck aims to improve sleep hygiene, health, and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free resources. Boasting the largest collection of aggregated data on sleep surfaces on the web (over 95,000 customer experiences from nearly 1,000 individual sources), Tuck aims to power consumers, sleep professionals, and the troubled sleeper looking for answers. Check back often for updates and expanded sleep product information.

Iowa Rideshare

Iowa Rideshare is a FREE to use, online commute-matching system that lets registrants serach for carpools, vanpools, transit routes, and bike/walk/transit buddies in IOWA.

Visit IowaRideshare.org and register today! Download a flyer here.

SFFC is a movement of volunteers that come along side families in crisis by hosting vulnerable children in certified homes and surrounding that family with extended family-like support. Visit SFFC website to learn more here

Joy Greer
Safe Families for Children in Des Moines

Creative Visions - visit website here

Food Pantry:

  • Mondays through Thursdays 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM
  • Saturdays 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Sunday Meals:

  • We serve free Sunday Meals from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Free Weekly Health Clinic:

  • Sponsored by Broadlawns Medical Center, Regency Nursing Services, Inc, Creative Visions
  • Clinic Offerings Include:  Diabetes Screening, STD Tests, Pregnancy Tests, Sick Visits, Drug Tests, Blood Pressure Checks Preventive Health Information, School or Sports Physicals, Financial Counseling

Free Guitar Lessons:

  • Tuesdays at 4:30 PM

Free Quilting Classes:

  • Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Beginners to Advanced
  • Instruction by Community Master Quilters

FREE COMMUNITY MEALS IN INDIANOLA, click here. * Please kindly note that the phone number of the First Assembly of God Church listed in the document here is incorrect. Correct information is as follows: "First Assembly of God Church, 1700 W Second Ave; 515-961-8488; 5:30-6:30 p.m."

Food Pantries/programs

  • Warren County, click here.
  • Polk County, click here or visit here to learn more.
  • Food Bank of Iowa - Mobile Pantry Program at Milo and Indianola. Download a flyer here.
  • DMARC Mobile Food Pantry Learn more click here.
  • Mobil Food Pantry to launch at DART Central station!  Thursday, March 1, from 4-6 p.m., the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry will be in service for the first time at DART Central Station, 620 Cherry Street in Des Moines. The Mobile Food Pantry will be operating at DART Central Station every first and third Thursday of the month from 4-6 p.m. going forward.

FREE PET FOOD for those in need of assistance

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL) is partnering with DMARC’s new Mobile Food Pantry. The ARL will join DMARC at selected locations to distribute free pet food to those in need of assistance. No proof of income or documentation is required, but please be prepared to complete a short questionnaire. Supplies are limited.

For questions, please contact Kim Wolf, Community Outreach Coordinator for the ARL, at kwolf@arl-iowa.org or (515) 218-0127.

The ARL will be at the South Suburban YMCA on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  They will be located next to the DMARC Mobile (Human) Food Pantry.

Proteus Legal Clinic

2nd Monday of the month, 5:30-7:30pm; 3850 Merle Hay Rd (Merle Hay Mall Tower, near parking structure)

Low Fee Mental Health Counseling for Uninsured

Mosaic Family Counseling Center Inc will begin offering services to those without insurance for a low fee beginning January 2018 as part of our internship-practicum program (January 29-July 31 2018)

To refer someone who is need of our services please have them call our office for an intake appointment at 515-724-8920


Iowa community action agency programs and resources for paying bills and emergency needs

Foster Care Clinic - Blank Children's STAR Cente  -- 1215 Pleasant Street, Suite 303  --  Des Moines, IA 50309  --  (515) 241-4183  --  Visit Website


FREE one-stop medical and mental health services

Case coordination, dental screenings, specialist referrals

General Assistance - Polk County  --  2309 Euclid Avenue  --  Des Moines, IA 50310  --  (515) 286-2088  --  Visit Website


GENERAL ASSISTANCE provides temporary assistance for basic or special needs to low income persons who reside in Polk County Eligibility is determined by Financial Assistance Specialists in accordance with General Assistance Ordinance Can provide temporary rent, utility, food assistance, beds, property tax suspension, burial assistance, and medical supplies. For qualifying individuals, assistance may be available for a fridge or stove Propane assistance is also available May assist with transportation to out of town appointments.

PROPERTY TAX SUSPENSION assists elderly and disabled homeowners who may qualify for suspension of property taxes. Contact Mary Jo Smith at (515) 286-3133.

FUNERAL EXPENSE ASSISTANCE: Dan,286-3385, administered through General Assistance. Income guidelines.

BRING THE FOLLOWING INFO: Proof of income from the last 90 days, photo ID, social security cards for all household members Additional information needed will be determined at intake.

Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30 am-4:30 pm

Society of Saint Vincent De Paul - Des Moines

1426 6th Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50314, Polk County
Business: (515) 282-8328, Business Fax: (515) 282-4751
Website: www.svdpdsm.org

  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Emergency Food
  • Food Assistance
  • Food Pantry
  • Housing Assistance
  • Material Aid
  • Utility Assistance

EveryStep - Formerly Visiting Nurse Services (VNS)

1111 Ninth Street -- Des Moines, IA 50314  -- (515) 288-1516  --  Visit Website


CHILDREN AT HOME program is designed to assist families raising a child with a disability in obtaining needed services and supports they identify as necessary in helping their child remain at home. An underlying principle of the Children at Home program is that the family retain control of decisions which affect their child and family. Financial assistance is intended to enable families to obtain those services and supports which are not met by other programs.  1-888-425-4371 www.iafamilysupportnetwork.org

ADULT HEALTH MAINTENANCE CLINICS provide blood pressure check; foot care; blood glucose, hemoglobin and total cholesterol tests Services are provided at local community and senior centers, and other community locations. 515-558-9591.

HOME HEALTH CARE Services are provided to individuals with rehabilitation needs or chronic health conditions who are residing in their homes and are unable to access Health Care Services in a clinical setting, or could be best served at home Skilled Registered Nurses provide services, including wound care; medication administration; physical assessments; monitoring vital signs; infusion therapy; catheter care; nutrition assessment; health education and home safety assessments Social Workers provide case management, counseling and access to community resources Home Care Aides provide assistance with home management, personal care, meal preparation and laundry. Residents of Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Story and Warren Counties who are insured or uninsured; also accept Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance and provide a sliding fee scale based on income and financial resources 515-558-9591.

MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH PROGRAM provides nursing visits to pregnant and parenting women living in Clinton, Dallas, Jackson, and Polk counties. Services include: prenatal and postpartum health education, child development screening. Interpretation services are available for Spanish, Somali, Karen, Burmese, Chin, Vietnamese, Arabic, Swahili, Nuer, Bendi, Laotian, Thai Dom and Thai-speaking mothers and families. 515-558-9946

STORYBOOK PROJECT supports children with incarcerated parents by enhancing the relationship between the child and their parent due to the difficult period of separation. Monthly reading sessions are held at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville, the Newton Correctional Facility and the Clarinda Correctional Facility. Staff and volunteers assist incarcerated parents and grandparents with selecting and reading a book to their child via recording, and sending the book and recording home to their child. 515-558-6228

CARE FOR KIDS/EPSDT provides health information to families, referrals to health providers that accept Title 19, health education, parenting education and referrals to community resources and services. Care for Kids serves families in Clinton, Dallas, Jackson, and Polk Counties Services are provided in English and Spanish. (877) 540-1422, or email careforkids@vnsia.org.

STORK'S NEST offers an opportunity for pregnant women to earn needed baby items and to receive prenatal and parenting education. Pregnant or newly parenting women in Polk County who are living on an income less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level Participants are eligible to participate Stork's Nest participants work with a trained point manager to earn points for taking healthy steps for the well-being of the fetus and newborn The points can be spent in the Stork's Nest for needed baby care items including diapers, clothing, cribs and car seats Program participants can also attend prenatal and parenting classes through the Stork's Nest Services are provided in English, Spanish and other languages, as available 515-558-9950.

POLK COUNTY HEALTHY START AND EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS offer voluntary case management services to families that would like extra support to ensure a healthy mom, healthy child and healthy family Services include home visits; prenatal, postpartum and parenting education; child development screening and education; support and therapy groups; links to other resources; parent involvement opportunities; transportation to and from healthcare and other appointments; and interpretation services. Bilingual case managers and interpreters are available for non-English speaking families, as available Referrals can be made by a physician, social worker, family member or friend 515-558-9946.

SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM offers companionship and assistance with daily living needs to homebound adults through the Senior Companion Program. The program recruits and trains adult seniors, age 55+, who provide support to homebound adults in Polk and Warren Counties to help them maintain a happy, healthy life at home. Senior Companions assist with picking up medication; providing respite for caregivers and family members; and companionship. 515-558-9957.

1ST FIVE assists medical practitioners in Polk and Dallas Counties to provide social/emotional, family stress and parental depression screenings during well-child medical exams Providers refer families with elevated risk factors to the 1st Five program, which provides care coordination to link children and families to needed community resources and services, including counseling, food assistance, housing, child development programs and support for children with specialized needs After resource and referral information is provided to the family, the VNS of Iowa Care Coordinator then apprises the referring medical provider to the outcome of the referral. 515-558-9608.

IOWA FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK (IFSN) is a free statewide, central point of contact and directory for children with disabilities and specialized needs, their families, their service providers and other members of the community Early ACCESS provides information and referrals to community-based services through a website, an online searchable resource directory and a toll-free telephone service Information specialists are available via telephone and e-mail, Mon-Fri 8am-7pm 1-888-IAKIDS1 (1-888-425-4371) or visit www.iafamilysupportnetwork.org.


Hours: Mon-Fri 7:45 am-4:30 pm

Primary Health Care

Locations: http://www.phcinc.net/locations/

Most forms of insurance are accepted including Medicaid & Medicare. Insured or not, you may qualify for discounted services based on your annual income and family size. Sliding scale-requires all financial paperwork (proof of income such as: paystubs, tax returns, etc.) at the time of service.


  • CHILD or DEPENDENT ADULT ABUSE: 1.800.362.2178
  • I M CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER to report changes: 1.877.347.5678
  • EAC (FIP) CARD CUSTOMER SERVICE: 1.866.899.5611