Polk County Decategorization

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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 for Families

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

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/


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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 Jordan Kauffman at jkauffm@dhs.state.ia.us, or by calling 515-725-2787.

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

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CPPC Calendar of Events

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

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.

To View Resources, click here.

Effective October 1, 2015: the Iowa Domestic Violence HelpLine phone number has changed to 1-800-770-1650

Community Announcements

Mark Your Calendars - Annual MLK Prayer Breakfast next month!

Join the community in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and celebrate with music, awards, breakfast, and special presentations!

  • Monday, January 15th, 2018
  • 7:30-9a
  • Knapp Center @ Drake University
  • Tickets: $30 each, purchase at your neighborhood YMCA

Check out the flier HERE

CommunityCommons - together for the common good

Check Racial Income Disparity Index here




Community Calendars

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

 December Events Calendar

Goodwill Career Connection Center - South Des Moines

December Events Calendar

IowaWorks Workshop Calendar

November Calendar          Workshop Descriptions

St. Vincent de Paul Education Center

December Calendar

EKDC Collaboration Meeting

Tuesday, January 30, at Anawim Housing, 1171 7th Street.

Community Events/Programs for Families Sort by Dates of Events

Specific, time-dated events

YESS Talent Shows 2017 - Mark your calendar!

December 13th, 2017

All shows will take place in YESS' gymnasium from 4-5pm. Download a flyer here.

Toys for Tots Distribution at River Place Dec 13

On Wednesday, Dec 13, River Place will be a distribution site for IMPACT Community Action Partnership’s Toys for Tots program. Distribution hours will be 9am – 7pm and will be done out of Conference Rooms 1 and 1A. They will have volunteers set up in the west end of the lobby to handle registration, etc. IMPACT staff and volunteers will also be here on Tuesday, Dec 12 organizing toys and preparing for the distribution.

Joppa Outreach: Iowa Homeless Memorial

Thursday, Dec. 21st, 5:30p

State Capitol, West Terrace

Join community members for music, poetry, and prayer on the first day of winter, also the longest night of the year, to remember those who have died homeless in Iowa.

Parent Cafe coming to Perry!

Beginning January 12th, Parent cafes will be hosted Fridays at 8:30a at Crossroads Church. A great way for parents to make friends, share ideas, and build strong relationships!

Parenting Way: Offering Parent Education Classes and Family Support Groups

Parent Education Classes in POLK County

Parenting Way, West Des Moines, IA  1211 Vine Street Suite 2140 Parent Education Classroom:

  • Tuesdays from 6-8 pm, Instructor: Ben Burke
  • Thursdays from 12:30-2:30 pm, Instructor: Wendy Ryan

Taylor Preschool, 1801 16th Street, Des Moines - English and Spanish Interpretation   Fridays, from 8:15 am-10:30 am, Instructors: Ben Burke & Wendy Ryan

Parenting Way Family Support Groups

  • Grace Group- Adults, Youth & Children

Grace United Methodist Church, Des Moines, IA 3700 Cottage Grove

Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Group Conductor: Wendy Ryan

For more offerings & info, check out the full flier HERE

Events/programs/organizations Highlights - per requests

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 and support you as much as we can.

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

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.

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

Blank Children’s Foster Care Clinic

The new Blank Children’s Foster Care Clinic puts the child and caregiver at the center of everything we do. We offer both medical and mental health care to make sure all the needs of the child are met. Having these services in one location makes it easy and convenient for families.

Our pediatric experts have an understanding of the child welfare system and work with families and child welfare agencies to ensure children in foster care receive the best possible care.

Download a flyer 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.gob for more details.

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
7-1-1 (Hearing Impaired TTY)
800-735-2943 (Hearing Impaired Voice)
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.

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

Safe at HomeSecretary of State

Safe at Home is an address confidentiality program protects survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, stalking, and violent crimes.


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, United Way

If you earned $58,000 or less in 2016, you may be eligible to receive FREE Tax Preparation. You also may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or Child Care Tax Credits. This is your money to keep and save. Call 2-1-1 for more information. 2-1-1 is free and availalble 24/7.

Warren County Health Services has flu shots available! 

We will bill most insurances, otherwise we ask for a $24 donation to cover the cost of the vaccine. We are also able to provide the flu vaccine free of charge to children age 18 years and younger who do not have health insurance.

We have nurses staffed in our office, 301 N Buxton Ste 203 Indianola,  2p-4p M-F.  No appointment necessary during these hours. If those hours do not accommodate your needs, you can call us for an appointment outside of those hours, 515-961-1074

Lifeline Program

The Lifeline Program is a federal program that provides a monthly discount on landline or wireless phone service to eligible low-income households.

The Lifeline discount can lower or eliminate the cost of your monthly phone bills. Only one discount is available per household, either landline or wireless, but not both.

If you are eligible, apply for a discount through a participating company in your area.

Visit the website here. Download a flyer here.

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.

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.

Young Women's Resource Center

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

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

Proteus Legal Clinic

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

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

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 Able Foundation

Program Hightlights

  • Financial coaching services are available to all of our clients and potential clients.
  • Helps Iowans with disabilities and the aging work toward financial independence.
  • Credit Builder Loans.

Contact Information

Upcoming classes

  • January 17- Washington Flyer
  • Feb. 28- Des Moines Flyer

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

LSI Individual Development Account (IDA) Program - Flyer download here.

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 union 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.

Who is eligible?

  • 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

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.

NeighborWorks America

NeighborWorks America works through partnerships, public and private, to drive change at the local level for individuals, families and communities.

 Course Catalog

  • Affordable Housing
  • Asset Management
  • Community and Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Community Economic Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Construction and Rehab
  • Financial Capability, Housing Education and Counseling
  • Native American Community Development
  • Nonprofit Management and Leadership
  • Rural Development
  • Single-Family and Small Business Lending

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. Sort by Dates of Opportunities

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/"

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.

Warren County Necessity Pantry

The Warren County Necessity Pantry is in need of the below donation items. If you would like to donate a box is set up at Warren County Health Services 301 N. Buxton Ste 203 Indianola

Drop off times

Monday-Friday 8a-4:30p or items can be can taken directly to the Necessity Pantry during their office hours of Monday’s & Wednesday’s 2:30-4:30

Training/Conferences for Providers Sort by Dates of Events

Questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace in Iowa?

CFPC is hosting a short briefing on Marketplace Stabilization via webinar Friday, December 15 at 11:00 a.m to answer questions. CFPC staff members will provide an overview of Iowa's individual health insurance enrollment (both on and off the marketplace), identify challenges currently facing the marketplace and highlight common-sense policy fixes that would help address them.

You can register for the webinar here

NAMI Hosts Community Advocacy Trainings!

3 trainings are scheduled for preparation in advocacy activities:
1.  Tuesday, Jan. 9 - 5:30 to 7:30 PM - Location TBD "Research Action Training"
      RSVP to lizhall.iaf@gmail.com
2.  Saturday, Jan. 13 - 8:30 AM to 5 PM - Bethesda Lutheran Church in Ames 
     1 day Institutional Development Training: 1 to 1 relational meetings, house meetings, neighborhood events, and more -  Cost $20,  RSVP to lizhall.iaf@gmail.com     
3.  Sunday, Feb. 11 - 2 to 4 PM - Norwalk Christian Church in  Norwalk
     "Train the Trainer for Civic Academies on Taxes" - RSVP to lizhall.iaf@gmail.com 

NAMI GDM will have one or more Civic Academy sessions after the training for interested members of the public.

Planning meeting for Community Meeting: Thursday, Jan. 4, 6:30 PM at First Christian Church, Des Moines

Community meeting with DM School Board members on "Mental Health in Schools":
Thursday, Feb. 8 - 6:30 to 8 PM, First Christian Church, Des Moines

"Combating Opioids" webinar series:


  • Share information and best practices to prevent opioid misues and abuse in rural counties
  • Increase professional capacity to engage in health leadership in rural counties
  • Increase access to new ideas and technologies related to opioid misuse and abuse in rural counties
  • Increase public health knowledge and engage in health system
  • Increase health literacy of opioid misuse or abuse in rural counties

Next in the series:

Recognition and Stigma in Alcohol Abuse and Prescription Drug Misuse

January 17, 2018 @ 12:30 PM-EST

Presented by Robert Shupp and Scott Loveridge (Michigan State University)

To join the webinar, go to: http://ncrcrd.adobeconnect.com/rshe/ - Log in as a “Guest” and “enter room”.  

INTENTION: Exploring the Universal Mind 

What: A group that will help you grow deeper on your life journey

When: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Where: A Dong Restaurant

            1511 High St., Des Moines, Iowa

For more information contact:

Liz Huebsch 515-313-3939

No RSVP or previous experience required!

Missing Link Discussion Group

Peace of mind, resilience, and well being is already within you. Gain a deeper understanding of the simple principles - Mind, Consciousness, and Thought - that we use to create our experience of life. With just a glimmer, many begin to live with more clarity and joy.

"When you start to see the power of Thought and it's relationship to your way of observing life, you will better understand yourself and the world in which you live."  Page 52 of The Missing Link by Sydney Banks

  • When:       Second Saturday each month
  • Time:        10:30 AM - 12 Noon
  • Location:   2nd floor of First Christian Church
  •                    2500 University Avenue
  •                    By Drake University

Everyone is welcome, newcomers and those wanting to understand on a deeper level. No prior knowledge is required. No charge

Child Welfare Provider Training Academy

Culture and Diversity: A Fresh Perspective - Language and Definitive Online Training
Youth Engagement Track HERE

Grants/Funding Opportunities for Providers

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!

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.

2017 Scholarship Application Forms:

2017-2018 Scholarship Background Info >

2017-2018 Scholarship Requirements >

2017-2018 Scholarship Information

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.

Wellmark Foundation

The Wellmark Foundation is awarding grants to projects that improve community health through active living and access to and consumption of healthy foods.

  • Community Kickstarter grants program
  • Healthy Communities Small grant program
  • Matching Assets to Community Health (MATCH) grant program

Check out available grant opportunities here.

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
  • Promising Practices: YMCA of Greater Omaha's Ready in 5 program, RICE (Reaching Immigrants with Care and Education)
  • Upcoming events
  • Funding opporunities
  • call for papers
  • resources

cfum: Children & Family Urban Movement

Latest Newsletter!

  • Fall Festival
  • Mark Your Calendars!
  • We are Growing

Child Trends

Latest Newsletter

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.

Children & Families of Iowa

Latest eNewsletter from CFI

  • Happy and Healthy Thanks to CFI
  • Thank you - Triplett’s “Fill the Backpack” Project
  • New Board Members
  • Telligen Grant Provides Mental Health Services to Rural Iowans
  • and many more.

CYC - community youth concepts

Monthly Happenings at CYC

  • Q&A with Nora, a student in Chrysalis Girls Group
  • CYC's 3rd Annual Spotlight on Service Event
  • CYC Advocacy Training
  • Save the Date! CYC Holiday Party
  • Youth of the Year Scholarship and What's Your 50 Recognition

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 5, Issue 3

  • EMDR therapy and Suicide: Prevention and Healing

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

IFAPA - Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association

Latest Newsletter


The Weekly Word - Nov 21st Week

  • What Our Kids Get From Giving
  • Fostering Older Youth
  • Slacker Parents Beware:  Your Babies May Follow in Your Footsteps
  • Secrets of Your ADHD Brain

Iowa Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers - Fall 2017

  • Words from Outgoing & Incoming Directors
  • Allen Child Protection Center Updates
  • Mercy Child Advocacy Center Updates
  • St. Luke's Child Protection Center
  • Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center Updates
  • Calendar

Iowa Department of Human Rights

Latest Newsletter

  • Independence is Employment by Craig Barnum
  • We Support Employment 1st by Page Eastin
  • Feminism: The Importance of Intersectionality by Liz Nimmo

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

  •  **Young Emerging Scientists - Fall Recap!**
  • Scientist of the Month
  • A Word from Me, the Jewels Academy Intern
  • Siblings Day Re-Cap!

LSI's Refugee Community Services

Latest Newsletter

MDRC - The Latest

  • Summer Boost: Challenges & Opportunities in Summer Programs for Rising Kindergarten Students
  • Developming SIMPLER Solutions: a framework to apply insighs from behavioral science to human services programs in the US

Detailed overviews & Full PDFs available HERE

National eUpdate by National Child Welfare Workforce Institute

Timely, Targeted News & Information from NCWWI  |  Winter 2017 |  Issue 20

TRAINING & COACHING ON THE GO: NCWWI QuickBits & Microlearnings

  • Performance Management in Child Welfare
  • Think Politically
  • Your Guide to Holding Steady
  • Stages of Implementation
  • 7 Behaviors of Adaptive Leadership
  • Creating a Supportive Community Context

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

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

Tutor Heroes Program at Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

#TutorHeroes are among the best from Drake, Grand View, and DMACC! Tutoring available for students grades 7-12. Some spaces still availble! Find the application HERE. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 5-7p at Evelyn K. Davis Center.


READ to SUCCEED is United Way's ground-breaking, community-wide awareness and action campaign to help our kids get the skills they need to succeed as students and beyond.


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.

Creative Pathways Program Now Enrolling Youth!

With Creative Pathways, ArtForceIowa offers youth who are 13-19 and juvenile court-involved
a positive, arts-based community. By building relationships with youth through common interests in art, youth develop a healthy sense of self-expression, hone in on work and life skills, and create positive relationships with supportive adults.

  • Current or former court-involvement (including informal, dismissals, adult waivers, and deferrals to DHS)
  • Ages 13.5 to 19 years old
  • Living in Polk County (transportation available for youth within a 5 mile radius)
  • Interest in the arts (visual, music, digital, written, anything)

Please contact yvette@artforceiowa.org or call 515.777.3182 regarding referrals.

Girls in Science | Science Center of Iowa

Check UPCOMING EVENTS: here http://www.sciowa.org/engage/girls-in-science/

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.

Whyld Girls of CFUM

Whyld Girls is a program of Children and Family Urban Ministries (CFUM).  The program is entering its tenth year and offers five-day weekly after-school programming to girls in 6th - 12th grades. Learn more here.

Interesting article & resources to read

  • 100 Tricks To Help You De-Stress - Huffpost

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!

Parent Education Classes from Parenting Way

Ten weekly classes that increase Parenting Abilities and Awareness, teach the importance of Values and build Respectful Individuals and Families.
Ongoing Family Support and Parent Development. β€‹In this Class you will learn:

  1. Abilities to find solutions through Resources and Services in your Community
  2. Successful Communication
  3. Identification of Your Stressors
  4. ACE'S and past Trauma Factors that can Impact families
  5. Identification of Your Strengths
  6. Unconditional Love and Bonding
  7. Involvement in your Child's School
  8. Domestic Violence Facts and Effects on Children
  9. Disciplining your Child without Harm
  10. Protecting Your Child from a Predator

Classes available in several locations including: PolkDallas, and Boone Counties.

Online registration is available at www.parentingway.org

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.

Parenting resources

Refugee Resources

2017 High School Diploma (HiSET) Cass for Refugess - Learn more here.

2018 Citizenship Class

Please tell your teacher if you would like to sign up!!
If you have questions, call Lori Rice 515-287- 8723 or email lsrice@dmacc.edu

  • What: Citizenship Class
  • When: January 9 th -March 1 st 2018
  • Days: Tuesdays & Thursdays
  • Time: 11:45 AM – 1:45 PM
  • Where: First Christian Church – 3 rd floor
  • 2500 University Avenue, Des Moines
  • Cost: FREE
    • Current ESL students in Levels 3- 4 or Instructor Recommendation
    • Legal Current U.S. Resident
    • Five Year U.S. Resident Requirement

Citizenship Class Instruction Includes:

  • N-400 Naturalization Form Eligibility/Completion Instructions
  • Naturalization Interview
  • USCIS American Democracy/System of Government Civics Exam
  • Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing Instruction for Interview

Art Therapy Groups Forming Now

Radmila Abram, a licensed Mental Health Counselor & Art Therapist, provides both traditional and complimentary mental health therapies. VIEW THE FLIER HERE

Art for Peace Group 

  • When: Every first Monday of the month 6:30pm -8:00pm.
  • At Healing Art (7644 Hickman road, Windsor Heights, IA)
  • Bring your own art materials.
  • Basic art materials will be also available for use. Free will donation
  • No previous artistic skills needed!

We will engage in the creative process as a way to support each other through images and words of compassion and encouragement.

Space is limited to seven participants! Preregistration is required.

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 Bulletin Alert - October 2017

  • Promising Practices
  • Resources

> 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

LSI Refugee IDA Program

The LSI Refugee IDA Program is matched savings program in which participants can save for a first home, a first car*, a small business expansion or start up, or post-secondary educational costs. Savings are matched up to $2,000 per individual, $4,000 per family. Participants must attend financial literacy training as well as asset-specific trainings provided by project partners prior to accessing matching funds. There is also a 6 month minimum savings period that must be completed before accessing matching funds. Our philosophy is that access to financial education, community resources, and (ultimately) assets can help new Iowans to find long-term stability and self-sufficiency. We aim to provide a bridge between refugee communities and resources that can help them to reach their financial goals. Those interested can contact me at 515-271-7311 or at john.windheuser@lsiowa.org to set up an enrollment meeting. Download flyer here.

New Online Resource for Supporting Refugee Children and Families


Travel Trainer Program for the refugee clients

Do you work with a population of refugees who live in the same apartment complex who would like to receive training for riding DART? This will be different than the usual DART trainings as it will come directly to where the families are living.

VNS of Iowa is getting a pilot together to see if bringing a travel trainer and interpreter to an apartment complex to train a small group of 10 families is effective.

The program would be one month long and would send a trainer and interpreter to the same complex each week. They would ride together from the closest bus stop to DART to get the Refugee Bus Pass, Primary Health Care, Broadlawns and Polk County River Place over the course of 4 weeks.

Preferably, VNS of Iowa would like to find a group of families who speak the same language allowing for one interpreter. If you have ideas for an apartment complex and population in need, please contact Lesleyann Christensen (MCH Outeach Manager, VNS of Iowa) at LesleyannC@vnsia.org or call 515-557-9036 (office) ASAP.

Refugee Summit 2016 (archives)

Click here to find out more.


Below are four of the publications that were sent as links from the Refugee Summit.

  • Refugees in Central Iowa: Who are They, How Did They Get to Iowa and Where Do They Come From? Download here

  • ESL Opportunities in Central Iowa as of 9/20/16. Download here


  • Des Moines Area: Healthcare Interpretation Guide. Download here


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.

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

Dear PCA Iowa supporters,
As the investigation of child abuse in the death of Sabrina Ray from Perry Iowa unfolds, additional arrests are being made. This week Dallas County law enforcement announced the arrests of Sabrina's adoptive grandmother, brother, and niece, accused of participating in the denial of food and water, confinement, and physical abuse.
While details of this case and the death of Natalie Finn continue, other tragedies are also being reported, including a Des Moines man who was arrested for trafficking an underage girl (from Marshalltown) to three men in a West Des Moines hotel.
These horrific events call each of us to action. As supporters of child abuse prevention efforts, you can lead conversations centered on prevention and intervention.


Incidents of Denial of Critical Care in Iowa, 2004-2016
More than 56% of Iowa adults report experiencing some type of trauma during their childhood.

  • When looking at reports of maltreatment that have been substantiated by Iowa Department of Human Services, 71% are neglect related
  • While all forms of abuse have declined in Iowa since 2004, neglect has declined the least (22% drop) when compared to physical (48%) and sexual (30%) abuse.
  • The  effects of childhood trauma reverberate throughout life, with victims of child neglect being almost twice as likely to suffer from heart disease and other physical ailments.
What can we do to prevent abuse:
  • Remind yourself that we all have a role to play in the development of our children and that includes becoming involved in situations where children's well-being is or can be jeopardized.
  • Be alert for signs of abuse. If you suspect or are told of abuse, report it right away.
  • Support community efforts, for example, volunteer your time to organizations that help protect children such as Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, your local Child Abuse Prevention Council, Easter Seals of Iowa, Boys and Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters or other organizations in your community.
  • Take the time to write or call your legislators and let them know how you support funding for creative and useful programs like home-visiting and early childhood development programs. Find your legislator here.

Together we can create healthy childhoods for a strong Iowa.

Liz Cox

Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

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.

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

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

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Jim Casey Initiative/Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice

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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)

Proteus, Inc is Hiring

Case Manager – Job Training Program

LSI Seeking ESL Instructors!

Opportunities for morning, afternoon, and/or evening community-based ESL classes

Iowa Department of Public Health is Hiring!

Disease Intervention Specialist

STD Data Coordinator

Click on the links above for more info, including application instructions.

Institute for Community Alliances looking for Coordinated Entry HMIS System Administrator

$45,000 - $55,000 a year


  • Program Management and Oversight
  • CE Service Coordination and Community Outreach
  • Data and Evaluation
  • Learn more here.

YESS is hiring for Family Peer Support Specialist and Care Coordinator

Family Peer Support Specialist: Serve as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team for YESS’ Integrated Health Home Department and play an active role in supporting families. Family Peer Support Specialists use their own personal experience of being a caregiver of a child who has had a mental health diagnosis. They personalize care and assist clients and their families in understanding of services, utilizing referrals, and applying recommendations from other professionals.

Care Coordinator: Serve as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team for YESS’ Integrated Health Home Department and play an active role coordinating services and designing an integrated care plan for children and their families. As the first point of contact for clients, Care Coordinators are primarily responsible coordinating member’s care through making and tracking referrals, following up on referrals, and coordinating with internal team members and other professionals on the member’s team. May also include coordinating Children’s Mental Health Waiver services.


Career opportunities

  • The TSA (Transportation Security Administration/Department of Homeland Security) is now hiring entry-level officers for part-time positions at the airport in Des Moines, IA.  The starting pay rate is $15.37 per hour, and includes full federal benefits for part-time workers.  The initial online application only takes a few minutes.  Applicants will then be scheduled for a preliminary computerized test, which is a multiple choice test of English language and vision accuracy.  We’d appreciate your help in distributing this information or posting a flyer.  Due to gender-based federal staffing mandates for all federal airports, as always, females are encouraged to apply.

    Carlos Moore

    Team Accenture - OHC Access l Recruitment Strategy

    Phone: 571-599-5675
    e-mail: carlos.moore@mailserver-hraccess.tsa.dhs.gov

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

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

Wednesday Hiring Day

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.

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

FREE Work Readiness Workshops at 430 E. Grand Ave, located in the historic East Village of Des Moines. Download "Free Workforce Readiness Training" flyer here.

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.

DMACC Area Resource Guide | Counseling Referral Resource

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



Dec class calendar is available!

106 East 2nd Ave. βˆ™ Indianola, IA 50125 (No Appointment Necessary)

110 W. Washington βˆ™ Winterset, IA 50273 (Please call for appointment)

(515) 962-5017 βˆ™ weliftjobsearch@gmail.com


General Resources for Families

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

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




I M CUSTOMER SERVICE CENTER to report changes: 1.877.347.5678






General Assistance - Polk County

2309 Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 286-2088

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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.


Mon-Fri 7:30 am-4:30 pm

Stork's Nest (VNS)

1200 University Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 558-9950

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STORK'S NEST offers an opportunity for pregnant or newly parenting women to earn needed baby items and to receive prenatal and parenting education Participants work with a trained point manager to earn points for taking healthy steps for the well-being of the mother and baby 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.

See separate listings for these VNS programs:

  • 1ST FIVE


By Appointment Mon-Fri 7:45 am-4:30 pm; Open hours Wed noon-4:30 pm, Fri 9 am-12 noon

Visiting Nurse Services (VNS)

1111 Ninth Street

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 288-1516

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VISITING NURSE SERVICES OF IOWA includes a variety of programs, including:

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.

MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES program offers therapy groups, individual, couples and family counseling conducted by a mental health counselor Counseling services can be used to address any number of challenges including treatment for children/youth with SED, stress management, relationship issues, communication, parenting and any other situation causing distress. 515-558-9946

MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH PROGRAM provides nursing visits to pregnant and parenting women living in Clinton, Dallas, Jackson, Jasper, Mahaska, Polk, Poweshiek and Scott 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 Community volunteers help organize monthly reading sessions at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville, the Newton Correctional Facility and the Iowa Correctional Release Center in Newton 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 The program also offers a parenting class for mothers at the ICIW in Mitchellville 515-288-1516.

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 The program also provides transportation to health care appointments, available to Medicaid recipients under age 21 To receive transportation, families must call by noon at least 2 business days before the scheduled appointment to receive transportation Care for Kids serves families in Clinton, Jackson, Jasper, Mahaska, Polk and Poweshiek Counties Services are provided in English and Spanish. 515-283-1422.

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.

FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM provides one-on-one assistance to high risk children with special and exceptional needs who attend elementary and preschools in Polk County Foster Grandparents are low-income elderly volunteers who receive an hourly stipend and reimbursement for volunteer related expenses such as transportation and meals with students as part of their volunteer work Foster Grandparents are matched with children who are from low-income households; perform academically below grade level; have mental or physical disabilities; and/or are diagnosed with a behavior disorder In schools, Foster Grandparents are matched with identified students to provide one-on-one support including reading assistance; clarifying and translating group instructions; and helping a child stay focused and on-task In child care and preschool settings, Foster Grandparents act as a calming influence for children and assist in the development of motor and learning skills and self-help skills. 515-558-9975.

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.

EARLY ACCESS IOWA 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.EarlyACCESSIowa.org.



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.

IMPACT Community Action Partnership

Note:  6th Ave is moving to 500 Army Post Rd 5/1/17. Their number will be:  515-274-9496

Services: Attached is a broad spectrum of the services we provide here in Des Moines.

Hours: Monday - Friday from 8am - 4:30pm.  *Drake Food Pantry - has extended hours on Wednesday until 5:30