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!


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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

Join our Team - Polk Decat is Hiring!

Polk Decategorization has an opening for a Restorative Justice & Cultural Equity Coordinator who will work with both the Department of Human Services and Juvenile Court Services in Polk County to address cross-system disproportionate contact for people of color and to assist with juvenile justice activities that are reparative in nature, including community outreach, collaboration, training development, and implementation and grant writing.

HERE is the detailed posting for this position.

Resumes, cover letter and references should be addressed to:

Toni DeAngelis, Juvenile Court Services Administrative Assistant 1

Email: toni.deangelis@iowacourts.gov

Phone: (515) 286-2046

Change for DHS

Below four documents related to the TOP assessment tool that the service area implementation teams will be using in local area meetings as the new contracts roll out. Some of you may receive this information multiple times as we want to ensure the information is shared across the service array.

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

Updated FTDM/YTDM Meeting Ongoing Q&A Document

This is the updated ongoing FTDM/YTDM Meeting Q&A document.  The changes made to this document include the following:

Revision to a response on page 2 under "training" to include CC 365 New Gateway: Latina Immigrant Domestic Violence as an approved course;
Clarification on a response under "approval process" on the bottom of page 5/top of page 6; and
Inclusion of new Q&As on page 8 under "coaches/coaching" and page 9 under "other".

In this document, click on the specific topic in the Table of Contents to go directly to that topic, and then use CTRL Home to take you back to the Table of Contents.  This document will also be posted to the following:


Please forward on to others as appropriate. If you have any quesiton, please contact Mindy Norwood, Social Worker VI, Program Manager here.

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

Contact Info:

  • Polk County Decategorization
  • 2309 Euclid Avenue, DSM
  • Phone: 515-725-2787
  • Email: jkauffm@dhs.state.ia.us
  • http://polkdecat.com/community-based-family-team-meetings.cfm

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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

Free/Low Cost Mental Health Counseling Sessions - Consejería de Salud Mental Gratuitas/bajo costo

Grace United Methodist Church in partnership with the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center will be offering free mental health counseling to individuals and families who are in need.


  • Short term counseling will be provided by student therapists who are supervised by licensed clinicians at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.
  • Counseling sessions are offered in Spanish or English.
  • Sessions are offered to individuals of any age, including families and couples
  • An initial screening will take place prior to counseling to determine whether this program is appropriate for the client's needs.

DATE: Wednesdays, beginning Sept. 6, 2017
TIME: 2 – 6 p.m.
LOCATION: Library/Nursery at Grace United Methodist Church

For more details, including info on how to make an appointment, view the flier here

Para más detalles, incluyendo información sobre cómo hacer una cita, vea el folleto aquí

National Mental Health Week: October 1-7

Resources from NAMI of Greater Des Moines

White Privilege Symposium: Drake University

The Privilege Institute (TPI), is pleased to announce the White Privilege Symposium - Iowa (#WPSIA). This landmark symposium will take place at Drake University, Friday October 27-28, 2017.

In keeping with the White Privilege Conference (WPC), the #WPSIA focuses on issues of systemic inequity and oppression through empowering, challenging and educational programming. Our workshops, keynotes and institutes provide practical tips, tools and strategies for combating systemic inequities. We are excited about theme of White Privilege Symposium Equity and Education: Challenging White Fragility. 

The symposium is unique in its ability to bring together high school and college students, teachers, university faculty and higher education professionals, non-profit staff, activists, social workers and counselors, healthcare workers, members of the spiritual community and corporate arena, among many others.
For more information, including how to register for and/or sponsor the event, please visit https://www.regonline.com/wps-ia.

2017 Iowa Nonprofit Keynote Solicitation

In accordance with the informal competition procedures provided for in 11 Iowa Administrative Code rule 106.9, Volunteer Iowa (Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service) is seeking a qualified service provider (Service Provider) to make a 50- to 60-minute keynote presentation and conduct one, two, or three interactive 75-minute workshops during the 2017 Iowa Nonprofit Summit scheduled for Oct. 24 and 25, 2017 in Altoona, Iowa (about 20 minutes northeast of the capital city of Des Moines).

Learn more here.

DART Van Donation Program 2017

We are pleased to announce the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority’s (DART) RideShare van donation program for 2017. This program will grant up to three 15-passenger vans to help nonprofit community groups or governmental agencies enhance transportation in the DART service area. The vans, which were earmarked for retirement and scheduled for auction this year, instead will be awarded to eligible nonprofit and governmental organizations serving the DART service area.

Attached is an application along with the program rules and selection criteria. Only one vehicle will be awarded per organization every two years. Completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2017.

If you have any questions about this program, please call Brandon Pollard at (515) 246-2537 or email at bpollard@ridedart.com.




Community Calendars

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

October Events Calendar

Goodwill Career Connection Center - South Des Moines

October Events Calendar

IowaWorks Workshop Calendar

October Calendar          Workshop Descriptions

Community Events/Programs for Families Sort by Dates of Events

Specific, time-dated events

#takeastand Against Domestic Violence

Join Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center for October dance clinics, and join the flash mob to #take a stand. Clinics for 1st-3rd and 4th-6th grade students will take place on October 28th at Indian Hills Jr. High in WDM. The flash mob is scheduled for October 28th. All ages are welcome to participate!

Check out THIS FLIER for more info, including how to register!

Waukee Blockfest for Families with Young Children

BlockFest is a hands-on learning & building extravaganza for parents and children 8 months to 8 years. Block play helps children develop early math, science, and literacy skills.

  • Saturday, November 4th
  • Westview Church: 1155 SE Boone Drive, Waukee IA 50263
  • Session 1: 9:30-10:30a / Session 2: 11a-12p

FREE event, but registration is required! Contact Allison at 515.808.0661 or allisonmorlan@partnersinfamilydevelopment.org to register

Children must be accompanied by an adult. No shoes or bare feet - Socks with Blocks!

Great American Game Night Event

 Gather your team and join us for the 

Great American Game Night

a benefit for Prevent Child Abuse Iowa
Friday, November 10
6:30-9:30 p.m.
Ricochet, 502 E. Locust St., Des Moines 

Festivities include games, live music, silent auction, food, and cash bar.

All proceeds go toward creating happy, safe childhoods for all kids, leading to a better future for Iowa. 

Tickets: $40


Adoption Saturday Celebration!

Join us for the annual Adoption Saturday Celebration, December 2nd 2017 at the Polk County Justice Center (222 5th Ave - across from the courthouse)

  • Learn about foster parenting
  • Talk to adoption professionals
  • Learn about post-adoption service
  • Celebrate a special day with families!

Check out the flier HERE

YESS Talent Shows 2017 - Mark your calendar!

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

  • December 13th, 2017

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 sencond 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 1618 6th Avenue or 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

According to the CDC, national flu activity is still low overall, but localized influenza outbreaks have been reported and activity is expected to increase in the coming weeks. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older and is the best way to prevent the flu. Now is a good time to get vaccinated. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for protection to set in.

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."

Text 'Food' to 877-877

If you 're looking for free summer meals for kids in your neighborhood, just text “food” to 877-877 (or “comida” for a reply in Spanish). No Kid Hungry developed this system with the USDA.


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)

Federally funded programs for Iowa's Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

National Farmworkers Jobs Program

Proteus provides job training services including financial assistance as individuals pursue a certification or degree in any field of their choice. While in this program Proteus can provide:

  • A stipend for time spent in class ($5/class hour)
  • Tuition assistance
  • Help with rent, groceries, car repairs
  • Money for tools/supplies.
  • Ongoing support and referral services

 All of these services are 100% grant and no money is asked in return.


Any individuals that have conducted farmwork or are family members of a farmworker are eligible for Proteus Health services. These include but are not limited to receiving acute and/or chronic care with the ability to prescribe appropriate medications.

Proteus holds routine mobile clinics throughout the state, providing the option to come to a more convenient location for health care needs.

Minimal fees are requested on a sliding fee, but no services will be denied if payment is not an option.

Please contact a Proteus Team Member today for additional information!

Des Moines, 1-800-372-6031
Fort Dodge, 1-800-798-8225
Iowa City, 1-800-397-9675

Financial Independence Sort by Organization Name

Thank you, Carolyn Steckelberg for summarizing these wonderful resources.

Bank On Central Iowa | EVERYONE CAN SAVE!

With a free or low-cost account, you can start to save for the future and establish a credit history that will help you enter the financial mainstream and achieve your dreams.


Finding a bank or credit union that participates in Bank On is the first step. The staff of participating banks and credit unions are trained to answer questions and walk you through each step of the process. (See the bank or credit union lists here)


Discover free classes and services that will help you achieve your financial hopes. Learn about establishing financial goals, managing a budget, getting out of debt, and many other money-related topics. (See the Financial education partners here)

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

Center for Financial Security (CFS) and Asset Funders Network (AFN)

Financial coaching has gained recognition as a strategy that can improve financial capability and security. Yet within this advancing field of practice, many questions remain.

  • What is the current size of the field?
  • How is financial coaching being implemented?
  • How do organizations, coaches, and funders measure success?
  • And what is needed to support more effective implementation?

To begin addressing these questions and support the growth of the financial coaching field, the Center for Financial Security (CFS) and Asset Funders Network (AFN), developed the second annual Financial Coaching Census to better understand the financial coaching field, from its size to its scope, identifying both challenges and opportunities.

Financial Coaching Census 2016

  • Explains the methodology,
  • Summarizes the key findings and baseline insights,
  • Discusses areas for reflection, and
  • Identifies actionable steps to move the field forward.

These insights will allow funders and organizations to better and more swiftly address the shifting needs of coaching programs, financial coaching practitioners, and financial coaching clients.

DOWNLOAD FREE COPY of Financial Coaching Census 2016

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

Iowa Center for Economic Success

>> Classes targeted specifically to small business owners.
>> One-on-one small business counseling and coaching services to help you start or grow your small business.
>> Free year-round tax preparation and planning to qualifying individuals.

8345 University Blvd, Suite FClive

Check out July programs and classes here and register!

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 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

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.

How does it work?

  • You will use a savings account to save money for a car, home, business, or education. LSI will contribute matching funds.
  • When you save money, LSI will also save money for you too.
  • LSI will give you a maximum or $2,000 (for an individual) or $4,000 for a family
  • You must complete all required trainings in order to receive matching funds.
  • Non-interest bearing accounts available.

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

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.

Project Reinvest: Homeownership down payment assistance funds may be used for any eligible purpose including closing costs assistance, down payment assistance or borrower minimum out-of-pocket investment if allowed by the first mortgage loan program or other layers of financing.

The Project Reinvest: Homeownership down payment assistance funds will be disbursed at closing. These funds will be in the form of a mortgage secured by the property being purchased. Project Reinvest: Homeownershp is a 0% interest deferred grant due on sale.

*Specific programs may include down payment requirements from the borrower's own funds in combination with the Project Reinvest: Homeowership down payment assistance program. This is dependent on the type of first mortgage loan and rules set by the first mortgage lender or investor.

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

United Way

United Way Urges Congress to:

  • Protect the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) in reform
  • Expand the EITC for workers taxed into poverty
  • Authorize the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant program at $30 million

Please click here to see what UW is currently using in Washington, D.C. to advocate from Iowa for EITC to stay in the budget.

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

Interesting articles to read

  • PISA study finds 1 in 5 U.S. teens lack basic financial skills - Business Record
  • The President’s Budget: Bad News for Low-Income Homebuyers - cfed

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

DIGITAL DIALOGUE - Hatred, Hope, and Healing: Personal Reflections from an Adult Who Witnessed Domestic Violence as a Child

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern

Join CANTASD** for a Digital Dialogue exploring the impact of domestic violence on children and victims/survivors across the lifespan. We will be talking about a family-centered approach to responding to domestic violence--one that engages and supports not only victims and survivors, but also the children who witness violence, as well as the adult perpetrators.

** National Child Abuse and Neglect Technical Assistance and Strategic Dissemination Center

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Johnny Rice II

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Coppin State University

Register for the webinar HERE

Invitation: National Peer Learning Team on Child Maltreatment

Join a virtual discussion on the Essentials for Childhood Framework, scheduled for Monday, October 30th from 1 to 2:30 PM Mountain Time. Essentials for Childhood is an initiative of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention aimed at primary prevention of child maltreatment through promotion of safe, stable and nurturing relationships and environments for children. Discussion leaders will review the Essentials for Childhood framework’s priorities and its implementation in California. After that, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss how they are approaching primary prevention efforts in their locales, with particular emphasis on activities in the public health sector.


Freedom from Smoking Facilitator Training

Learn how to help someone quit smoking! Using a scientific, behavior-based methodology, the Freedom From Smoking® (FFS®) program is based on the latest addiction and behavior change models and addresses the difficulties of quitting smoking. November 2, 2017


  • 2530 73rd St.
  • Urbandale, Iowa 50322


  • 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. TRAINING
  • 3:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m. OPTIONAL Q&A

Cost: $350

Register Here: http://action.lung.org/site/TR/Program/ALAUM_Upper_Midwest?fr_id=16507&pg=entry

Overdose Education and Naloxone Training of Trainers

Save the Date!

  • November 28th, 2017
  • Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport
  • 10a-3p
  • FREE
  • Register HERE

This workshop will focus on overdose education and naloxone distribution for community members, by providing attendees with the knowledge and skills to train others in overdose response. Training on the signs and symptoms of overdose and use of naloxone has been shown to be effective at empowering community members to respond to an opioid overdose and ultimately, reducing deaths related to opioid overdose in communities.

Attendees will learn how to conduct comprehensive 10-15 minute trainings using a standardized curriculum and processes for dispensing naloxone directly to trainees. Workshop trainers will share lessons learned from their implementation of different training models in other states.

Providers, local health departments, and others are strongly encouraged to send a representative to learn how to provide education and naloxone to clients, patients, and community members. Those with substance use experience and certified recovery specialists are particularly encouraged to attend.

Ongoing programs/Training resources

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

Apply for Plymouth Congregational Church's Christmas Grant by October 20th!

Plymouth Church's Board of Benevolences announces the availability of this year's Christmas Grant. Awards have usually been up to $5,000 depending on funds donated.

The theme/objectives for the Christmas grant:

This year Plymouth Congregation Church’s theme is “Heaven on Earth”; or as we know it, God’s Justice. The Board of Benevolence therefore seeks grant applications from non-profit organizations with projects that would fulfill that goal. These projects may include those that ease racism, relieve the burden of excessive incarceration, support immigration, and seek to help those affected by mental illness.

The grant application can be found on Plymouth's web site. It is to be submitted electronically by Oct. 20th.  Instructions are on the grant application.


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.

Leadership Grant Application Cycle

  • Spring Cycle: Letter of Intent due on or before 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 4
  • Fall Cycle: Letter of Intent Due on or before 4:00 p.m., Monday, October 3

    Home Opportunities Made Easy, Inc.

    A $100,000 Leadership Grant was provided to support the Vision 2020 Capital Campaign effort through the establishment of a revolving loan fund to acquire land, pay pre-development costs and assist in lowering financing costs for families purchasing homes. The campaign will lead to the completion of 37 new units of much needed affordable rental and home-ownership units, for a total of 61 low income families in the Capital Park neighborhood and the Birdland area.

    Click here to connect and contribute.

    Habitat for Humanity

    A $75,000 Leadership Grant was awarded to Habitat for Humanity to support the Pocket Neighborhood Project which will provide affordable, home-ownership options in the Birdland neighborhood in Des Moines. The pocket neighborhood would includes at least 18 single family homes that will be clustered together on a newly created "street" with a shared outdoor space and a cul-de-sac atmosphere. The pocket neighborhood concept is an innovative approach to revival of an existing neighborhood while also focused on stabilizing families and creating support networks through social capital building.

    Click here to connect and contribute.

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!

Janus Foundation - At-Risk Youth and Community Service Grants

The Janus Foundation funds programs focusing on helping at-risk youth through education aiding underserved communities. It has changed its focus from national grantmaking to supporting more local efforts.

Since Janus is based in Denver, beginning in 2008 the foundation will focus philanthropy on a critical local need: Denver's public schools. Through targeted partnerships in support of K-12 public education, the Janus Foundation hopes to have a deep and meaningful impact on student achievement and the quality of teaching in our home community.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations. Any funding requests above $10,000 may be subject to a site visit. Grants will be made to organizations and programs considered innovative and visionary, and that have a long lasting impact, ultimately leading their constituents to self-sufficiency.

Info: 303/333-3863, janusfoundation@janus.com or https://ww3.janus.com/Janus/Retail/StaticPage?jsp=jsp/Janushome/JanusFoundation.jsp&WT.mc_id=6015

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)

October 2017

cfed expanding economic opportunity

CFED Has Become Prosperity Now! - Find more here.


  • Homeownership Drives the Racial Wealth Divide, but Smart Policies Can Help
  • The Fair Housing Act, 49 Years Later
  • Take Action! National Call-In Day on April 26 to Protect Affordable Housing Investments
  • Do Shared Equity Models Make Homeownership a More Viable Option?
  • Don’t Miss These Events!

cfum: Children & Family Urban Movement

Latest Newsletter!

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

Child Trends

October 9th, 2017

  • Year-round outdoor play can boost kids' performance in school
  • Webinar - Developing culturally responsive approaches to serving diverse populations
  • New analysis - Shifting child care subsidy administration to a private, centralized system in MD

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

Summer 2017

  • EMBARC RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps programs
  • EMBARC Community-based ESL Program
  • EMBARC Mentoring Program
  • EMBARC walk-in clinic/direct services
  • Update on Stephen Kim's family
  • World Refugee Day

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

  • Men of Color Conference
  • Money-Saving Tailgating on Game Day
  • DMARC Children's Coat Drive
  • One Economy: Community Challenges and Strengths

IFAPA - Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association

Latest Newsletter


The Weekly Word - Oct 10th Week

  • 5 Best Strategies for Preventing Misbehaviors
  • Celebrating Birthdays with Your Foster Child
  • Upcoming IFAPA Trainings
  • Start Talking...about Adoption

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 of Latino Affairs

October Newsletter

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

Iowa Office on the Status of Women

October Newsletter

  • International Day of the Girl
  • Domestic Violence Awareness Month
  • National Women's Convention - Oct. 27-29
  • Upcoming Events & Seminars

Jewels Academy - Annual Report 2016      May 2017

LSI's Refugee Community Services

June 2017

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

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

TODAY - Tuesday October 17th!

The Des Moines City Council
Candidate Accountability Session
@ Plymouth Church, 4126 Ingersoll - 7:30 to 9 PM


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

October 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
  • YESS Duck Derby Flock-Stars
  • Mark Your Calendar

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

Jewels Academy - STEM Workshops for Girls

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.

2017 Youth Workers Self-Enrichment In-service: for 10th Grade - Undergrads in College

11/2 - How to Network and it's Benefits

Details Here

Register here and learn more here.


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.


Active Families South Suburban YMCA

Join for Friday Family Movie nights!

  • November 17th, 2017 Finding Dory

Age: All families welcome

Time: 6:30 - 8:00PM

Where: South Suburban YMCA - 401 E Army Post Rd. (515-285-0444)

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.

Child Trends: 5 Questions

5 Questions Families Should Ask About School Discipline

  • What does my school do to prevent misbehavior?

  • What behaviors place my child at risk of removal from class or school?

  • How and when does my school involve police?

  • Does my school use corporal punishment or seclusion and restraint?

  • What is restorative justice and is it used in my school?

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

Young Parents' Intiative

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

  • How to talk to kids about racism: An age-by-age guide Click HERE

Refugee Resources

8th & College Connections - Citizenship Classes

Mondays | 6PM to 7PM | 8 Weeks | Aug 29 - Oct 24

No Cost | No Materials Needed | Just stop by 1548 8th Street, Des Moines, IA 50314 | 515-288-4056 | Second Floor | Trinity Las Americas UMC

Scholarships open to undocumented students


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

Refugee & Robots: Church Helps Young Immigrants Find American Dream - read an article

From Poverty to Well-Paying Jobs

"In a couple of years I envision myself getting a degree in computer science and I am just fascinated, I want to learn how computers work and I would like to pretty much come up with things that could help other people," Bonito told CBN News.

The Immigrant Visa Process

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

Communities of Color Cannot Afford a Weakened CFPB

– By Joe Valenti and Danyelle Solomon 


Tweet text: .@moneyjoev is right: All families, particularly families of color, cannot afford a weakened @CFPB: http://ampr.gs/2mPDQog  #DefendCFPB)

Radio ads prey on immigrants’ worst fears

Click on the link to be aware of a message from Consumer Action that issued an alert on a deceptive radio advertisement that perpetuates fear among immigrants: http://www.consumer-action.org/alerts/articles/radio_ads_prey_on_immigrants_worst_fears. They recommend you educate your clients and community.


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.

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

SAH will assign participants a substitute address. This address can be used with any city, county, and state offices, as well as with private organizations that require a mailing address. Your physical address will not appear in public records.

Mail Forwarding Service

First-class, legal, and cerified mail, as well as packages of prescriptions, will be securely handled and forwarded to the participant's confidential address.

Confidential Voter Registration

Participants can register to vote and not be listed on the public voter registration list.

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

Interesting Articles to Read

  • Emotional toll from mass trauma can disrupt children’s sense of competence - ISU
  • Cuts to Iowa victim services defund Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline, other programs - Des Mopines Registry
  • Proposed budget slashes victim services in Iowa funding by 26% - NIT


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

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

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)

LSI Seeks Full-Time Volunteer Specialist


Responsible for the recruitment, coordination, on-boarding and supervision of volunteers who help enhance programs and services for individuals with refugee status. Support refugee program staff in establishing and maintaining volunteer involvement across all program areas. Manage and support volunteer communication and retention efforts. Additional activities will include, but not be limited to, attending community events, ensuring that program compliance standards are met, oversight of special projects and other duties as assigned. Occasional evening and weekend hours are required.


Qualified applicants will have a Bachelors Degree in liberal arts, public relations or a related field and one year of experience in volunteer management, public relations or working with the refugee community is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience meeting the minimum job requirements may be substituted. Linguistic appropriate skills to meet the needs of the clients are desired but not required.

This position requires a valid driver's license, auto insurance, a good driving record and the ability to pass an extensive background check including checks of the Dependent Adult and Child Abuse registries, Sex Offender registry and a criminal history check.

LSI offers a competitive salary and benefit package including paid time off, health, dental, life, and vision insurance, and 401(k).

Learn more and apply HERE

United Way Hiring!

United Way is seeking a part-time and as needed Information and Referral Specialist for 2-1-1.

See the POSTING for more info!

Iowa Able Foundation is seeking a contractor to hire for a 40-50 hour project.

Since 2004, Iowa Able has provided an accessible borrowing option for Iowans with disabilities. These individuals come from all backgrounds, credit scores, and communities but have one thing in common- their needs are not met through traditional financial institutions. Iowa Able is a nonprofit lender focused on providing holistic financial services and education necessary for persons with disabilities to build credit as an asset while attaining the assistive technology, home/vehicle mods, credit builders or business loans needed to live and work in Iowa communities.

The Iowa Able Foundation is seeking an experienced, driven individual to contract with to complete the CDFI (Community Development Financial Institutions Fund) application process. Supporting documentation and previous application information will be provided. Preference to  applicants with CDFI knowledge and experience.

More info: https://www.cdfifund.gov/Documents/CDFI_infographic_v08A.pdf

For more information or to apply, please send resume and letter of intent to Jill Crosser – jill@iowaable.org.

Awesome Opportunity for Leadership Position - Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS)

The Residential Program Director is responsible for administering all agency residential programs and provides support to Chief Operations Officer in overall agency functioning.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science or related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum 3 years of successful direct delivery of services to children, youth, and/or families - preferably in a residential setting.
  • Clinical/therapeutic experience preferred.
  • Understanding of and experience working within a Trauma Informed Care environment.
  • Minimum 3-years supervisory and/or administration experience.
  • Documented history of successful grants management and contract compliance
  • Demonstrated ability to develop positive relationships with clients, peers, and others in the human services field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to make independent decisions and manage multiple functions under stress and with changing priorities.

Other positions are open. For more info/to apply: http://www.yessiowa.org/employment.aspx

Iowa Able Foundation Seeks Executive Director

The Executive Director is the key management leader of the Iowa Able Foundation. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include supervising, fundraising, training staff, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

To view the full job description and for application information, CLICK HERE


DMPS Job Fair at Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

Goodwill Career Connection Center Hiring Event!

We will have several employers onsite at our Des Moines Connection Center South on Thursday 10/19/17 at 10:00am-6:00pm.

 We need your help to get your clients on the front row with the following employers:

  •  1)Goodwill
  • 2)Hy-Vee
  • 3)Target (Valley West)
  • 4)Toys R US
  • 5)Staybridge Suites
  • 6)Unity Point
  • 7)Clean It
  • 8)Cognizant
  • 9)Rees Associates

If you have been working with clients who are qualified for and interested in positions with the companies listed above, please encourage them to do the following to participate:

  • 1) Call our Goodwill Career Connection Center South @ 515-953-6456 on Monday, October 16 after 
  • 2) Tell the person who answers their call they are interested in the hiring event (give employer names, and find out what times available)
  • 3) Find out what pre-requirements the employer has (online application, paper application, resume)
  • 4) Meet pre-requirements
  • 5) Show up dressed appropriately with resume at the time of scheduled interview

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

Goodwill Career Connection Center - July calendar is available!


St. Vincent de Paul Education Center - July 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

Catholic Charities - Des Moines

601 Grand Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 244-3761

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CATHOLIC CHARITIES is a non-profit, social service organization and serves central and southwest Iowa

COUNSELING SERVICES provides supportive relationships to individuals, couples and families struggling with a variety of issues. Work with people of all faiths and offer services at several locations. Offer bilingual counseling in Des Moines, Perry and Osceola. Insurance is accepted and there is a sliding fee scale for those who do not have any insurance. 515-244-3761.



Mon, Wed, Fri 8 am-4:30 pm, Tue & Thu 8 am-6 pm

St. Mary Family Center

1815 Hubbell Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50316

(515) 262-7290

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