Polk County Decategorization

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


News from CPPC

Community Announcements

Community Events/Programs for Families

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 & Financial Independence Resources

General Resources for Families

News from CPPC

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.

CPPC Neighborhood and Community Meeting

The goal is for us to use each other as supports to reach our goals for helping children and families in Polk County.

  • June 12th, 2017 12:00pm
  • 2309 Euclid Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310
  • Light lunch will be provided

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.

YTDM Facilitator Training (Youth Transition Decision-Making)

Criminal & Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP) and Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) are offering a one-day Youth Team Decision Making Facilitator Training.

  • June 13th, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • 2909 Euclid Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided! Register here. (Organizer of YTDM Facilitator Training must have completed FTDM training) If you have any question, please contact Kerry Williams.

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CPPC Calendar of Events

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

CPPC Madison, Marion & Warren Counties

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

To view CPPC Newsletters (FY17), 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

Evelyn K. Davis Center: Collaboration for Self-Sufficiency Meeting

Tuesday, May 23, 12:30-1:30pm at IMPACT, 3226 University Avenue

Reaching back out to everyone with info about meeting presenters:

Patty Sneddon, IMPACT Community Action Partnership. IMPACT has closed one office and opened a new one so learn about the latest happenings.
Matt Kalcevich, Des Moines Parks and Recreation. Lots of activities with Parks and Rec.
Mary Gordon, Young Women’s Resource Center. Ongoing programming and also some summer activities for girls.

Please RSVP here.

Iowa Afterschool Alliance

Looking to get more involved in advocacy but not sure where to start? Join the Iowa Afterschool Alliance to learn more about the legislative process, issues affecting afterschool, and how you can be a champion for youth.

Check out the upcoming workshops, and click one of the links to RSVP. There is no cost for the training and lunch will be provided to all attendees. You'll leave with concreate actions you can take to advocate for the issues you care about and plenty of resources to help you along the way.

Questions? Contact IAA's Michelle Rich mrich@sppg.com or Gracie Brandsgard gbrandsgard@sppg.com.

NAMI of Greater Des Moines: Community Conversation 2.0

Join for the next quarterly event and talk about the legislative year and movement in mental health legislation. The event is detailed as follows:

  • Date:  Tuesday, May 16, 2017
  • Event:  Community Conversation 2.0
  • Purpose:  The purpose of Community Conversation 2.0 is to provide a neutral occasion for information sharing and networking on mental illness and substance abuse related topics.  “Find out what’s going on in our community!”
  • Location:  Machine Shed Restaurant, 11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale
  • Time:
    • 11:30 AM Soup and salad lunch – free
    • Noon to 1 PM – Overview of mental health legislation accomplished            (legislators)
    • 1 to 1:30 PM – Justice related initiatives  - Annie Uetz and Tamara Amsbaugh
    • 1:30 to 2 PM – I-ABLE accounts (savings accounts which will not effect benefits)
    • Roundtable with time left – organizations can bring information on upcoming events.

Co-sponsors for the event:
NAMI Greater Des  Moines                  Prelude
Young Women’s Resource Center       Broadlawns
Polk County Health Services                United Way
Johnson and Johnson
Please confirm you will attend by RSVP to 515.850.1467

ArtForceIowa's 3rd Annual Youth Art Exhibit #KnowJustice: Finding Home

The #KnowJustice: Finding Home Opening Reception will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances and presentations from our very own Youth Artists. Get your tickets here.

Use the links below to RSVP on Facebook to our FREE #KnowJustice: Finding Home events happening throughout the month of May!May 11th:
Community Advocacy Panel: How can I help my neighbors? RSVP

May 18th:
Juvenile Justice: Is it Working? RSVP

May 25th:
Celebrate our Community Awards & Open Mic Night RSVP

4th Annual Iowa Able Run

May 20th, 2017 at Ada Hayden Heritage Park, Ames, Iowa.

Kids Run starts at 8:30 AM followed by the 2.5K, 5K, & 10K at 9:00

You can come as early as 7:30 for packet pick up & registration. Packet pick up will be held at Tropical Smoothie (Ames) 4-7 the night before. You can get registered at www.getmeregistered.com/IowaAbleRun or mail in a brochure (make sure you sign the waiver)

The Iowa Able Foundation empowers Iowans with disabilities, their families, and the aging to achieve and maintain independence through lending, educating and advancing.

The 4th Annual Iowa Able Run is just around the corner on May 20th, 2017! Join our event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1805378509690182/ 

Young Child Wellness Strategies for Local Communities

Nationwide, grantees are pioneering new ways to promote young child wellness through Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health), a federal initiative funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The population of focus is children ages birth to 8. The goal is for all children to enter school with the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical skills they need to succeed. Over five years, Project LAUNCH grantees work to increase the quality and availability of evidence-based programs for children and families, build infrastructure, and improve coordination across child-serving systems. All Project LAUNCH grantees are expected to demonstrate local policy and practice improvements that can be sustained across the state, tribe, or territory.A November 2016 publication, Implementation of Young Child Wellness Strategies in a Unique Cohort of Local Communities, describes the innovative, community-level strategies used by six grantees used to improve outcomes for children, families and communities, and shares their lessons learned as they sought to bring policy and practice improvements to scale, enhance infrastructure, and implement direct services. The e-Book is rich with creative approaches, lessons learned, and illustrative data from communities that can inform future early childhood efforts both within and outside of the LAUNCH community.

Please share this new resource broadly with your networks. If you are interested in learning more, visit the Project LAUNCH website or contact Shoshana Rabinovsky.

EFR Employee & Family Resources

Prevention Specialists at EFR Employee & Family Resources are creating a database for a community readiness survey on marijuana and heroin.  It is looking for people to participate in the survey.  It is looking for participants in all 12 community sectors, parents, teachers(education), spiritual leaders, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, social service providers, city/county/government employees, mental health providers, businesses and youth.  If you are interested in participating in this study please contact Teri Thomas-Shaffer tthomas-shaffer@efr.org or Haley Pederson at hpederson@efr.org

World Refugee Day - Des Moines

  • Cultural Celebration: June 10, Callanan Middle School
  • Soccer Tournament: July 8, Valley Community Center

Download a flyer here.

2017 Warren County Health and Safety Fair

Over 50 booths with activities for all ages. All activites are free and educational. Register here.

  • Thursday, June 15 3:00 - 6:00 PM
  • Warren County Health Services (301 N Buxton St, Ste 203, Indianola, 50125, IA)


Make plans now to join your Community Action colleagues in Philadelphia!

  • August 28 - September 1, 2017
  • Philadelphia Downtown Marriott
  • 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

(Past event archives)


Building Resilience: The Promise and Practice of Community Action August 30 - September 2, 2016 Austin, Texas 

After much anticipation, preparation, and evaluation, the 2016 Community Action Partnership Annual Convention in Austin, TX wrapped Friday, September 2nd!  This year's event was a critical gathering of more than 1,300 Community Action leaders, board members, staff and volunteers from across the country. Our theme "Building Resilience: The Promise and Practice of Community Action" is relevant given today's challenging issues. The theme also served as the culmination of a year-long focus on resilience. We've compiled highlights from some of the conference's hallmark events for your review and we are looking forward to next year's annual Convention in Philadelphia!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.

Community Events/Programs for Families Sort by Dates of Events

Specific, time-dated events

Hoover's Annual Global Gala

Come see the students you serve at their best!  Students will be singing, dancing, reading poetry and showing off their fashion at Hoover's annual Global Gala event! Download a flyer here.

Iowa Legal Aid Clinic: A Clean Slate

If you face one or more of the following obstacles because of a criminal record, you might qualify to receive free one-on-one assistance from an attorney at Iowa Legal Aid’s upcoming clinic.

  • Struggling with finding housing or employment
  • Court debts (fines, restitution, public defender fees, jail fees, etc.)
  • Struggling with registering your vehicle or getting a Driver’s License
  • Juvenile cases, acquittals, dismissals or deferred judgments on your record

Register with the Evelyn K. Davis Center by May 16 to find out if you are a qualified candidate! Event held from 9:00am–1:00pm on June 10, 2017. To register, call 515-697-7700 or visit evelynkdaviscenter.org Download a flyer here.

WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan
Mondays 6-7:30 June 5 - July 31 (8-session workshop)

WRAP is an evidence-based prevention and wellness process that anyone can use to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. WRAP involves listing your personal resources, your wellness tools, and then using those resources to develop action plans. WRAP helps to:

  • Discover your own simple wellness tools
  • Develop a list of things to do every day to stay as well as possible
  • Identify early warning signs and signs that things have gotten worse, and develop an action plan for responding
  • Guide you through the process of creating a crisis plan and introduce post-crisis planning

WRAP Schedule: Monday evenings 6-7:30pm June 5 – July 31
Location: NAMI Greater Des Moines – 511 East 6th Street (in Des Moines)
Cost: $35 for the 8-week session. Call 515.850.1467 or email namigdmdirector@gmail.com to sign up today

Writer’s Workshop: Tuesdays 6-7:30p
June 6 - July 18 (6-session workshop)

Explore the art of storytelling through creative writing!  Whether you are new to the idea or have been writing for years, everyone is welcome to participate.  The ultimate goal is to publish a collection of stories written by the group.  Workshop is facilitated by Dave Makin of Makin Books Publishing.

  • Writer’s Workshop Schedule: Tuesdays 6-7:30p June 6 – July 18
  • Location: NAMI Greater Des Moines – 511 East 6th Street in Des Moines
  • Cost: $20 (scholarships available). Call 515.850.1467 or email namigdmdirector@gmail.com to sign up

YESS Talent Shows 2017 - Mark your calendar!

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

  • June 7th, 2017
  • August 30th, 2017
  • December 13th, 2017

Art as Meditation: Tuesdays 6-7:30p
June 8 - July 13 (6-session workshop)

Sam Erwin’s Art as Meditation workshops teach participants how to use creativity, imagination and art to process life experiences.  Workshop sessions are quiet and help individuals learn and practice mindfulness, attention, awareness, openness, acceptance, non-judgment and non-reaction techniques.

  • Art as Meditation Schedule: Tuesday evenings 6-7:30pm June 8 - July 13
  • Location: NAMI Greater Des Moines – 511 East 6th Street in Des Moines
  • Cost: $20 (scholarships available). Call 515.850.1467 or email namigdmdirector@gmail.com to sign up

NAMI Family to Family: Saturdays 9:30a-3:30pm
June 10 - July 15 (6-session workshop)

Family to Family is an evidenced-based workshop designed for family members, significant others and friends of adults living with mental illness.  Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition. NAMI Family to Family is taught by trained instructors who have lived similar experiences with their loved ones and takes place in a group setting – experience compassion and reinforcement from people who understand your situation! Family-to-Family includes:

  • An overview of mental health diagnoses and how the brain is affected
  • Treatment options (evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects)
  • Managing crises, solving problems and communicating effectively
  • Understand the challenges and impact mental health conditions can have on the entire family
  • How to take care of yourself and manage stress
  • Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion

Family-to-Family Schedule: Saturdays 9:30a-3:30pm June 10 – July 15        
Location: NAMI Greater Des Moines – 511 East 6th Street in Des Moines
This workshop is FREE but registration is required.  Call 515.850.1467 or email namigdmdirector@gmail.com to sign up today

Opportunity Passport™ by the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa

Financial help for young people transitioning from foster care

Upcoming Financial Capability Training dates/times:

To register or ask questions, please contact Jolene Holden at jholden@ypii.org

  • July 12 from 9am-5pm

Events/programs/organizations Highlights - per requests

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

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

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."

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.

Start a Giving Garden at your company, United Way

Visit here to learn more or download a flyer here.

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 by 3 Principles Network, Inc.

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: Second Saturday each month
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 12 Noon
  • Where: 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

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 practive 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)

Volunteer/Donation Opportunities. Sort by Dates of Opportunities

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

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

Being there for all Children & Families of Iowa.

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


cfum: Children & Family Urban Movement

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

Lutheran Services In Iowa - Year end Review

Leadership Link 

The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and the United Way of Central Iowa are partnering with the Regional Leadership Council to enhance the online volunteer matching system already currently managed by United Way.  By utilizing this already existing mechanism, your organization will be able to post all volunteer experiences – including leadership opportunities such as Boards of Directors, Committees, Task Forces, Councils or Ad Hoc Steering Committees – in one convenient location.  LeadershipLink is a place where important connections can be made!

We encourage you to post all volunteer leadership opportunities with your nonprofit organization on LeadershipLink.  Individuals from throughout the community- including current participants and alum from the region’s leadership programs- will be able to search opportunities to become involved.

We invite you to learn more about LeadershipLink at http://volunteer.unitedwaydm.org/leadershiplink or direct specific questions to Erica Sherman at United Way (515-246-2504 or esherman@unitedwaydm.org)

Soccer Foundation

You have just two days left before Kwik Goal's matching gift expires on May 5th.

If you donate $10 or more, you'll not only double your impact, but you will receive an exclusive U.S. Soccer Foundation bumper sticker as a token of our appreciation.

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

Wellness and Independence through Nutrition, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach looks for volunteers who would be willing to do food assistance outreach to older adults in Madison and Warren Counties. Learn more here and contact Mary Krisco



Training/Conferences for Providers Sort by Dates of Events

Youth Transition Decision - Making (YTDM) Meeting Facilitation

May 18th, 2017
United Way Building
Room F
1111 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50314
Registration opens at 8:30am
Training will start promptly at 9:00am

This training will assists the participants child with understanding the Youth Transition Decision-Making (YTDM) meeting process so as potential meeting facilitators, they can begin to understand the youth driven process in guiding and developing the youth's plan.

The intent and focus of this training is specific to the process of becoming an approved YTDM meeting facilitator. In order to register and attend this course, participants must have completed the three-day FTDM meeting Facilitation course.
After you have registered online, you must provide a copy of your certificate of completion of the FTDM course to Martha Munro- Martha@iachild.org. Attendees will placed on a waitlist until we receive confirmation of the certificate.

Providers under the following child welfare service contracts receive first priority when registering:  
FSRP, CWES, Group Care, Community Care, SAL, PAL, R&R. 
DHS staff and other providers may attend as space is available. 
 Due to the limited number of available spots, you must submit all cancellation requests within six (6) calendar days of registration

Click HERE to Register

2017 Trauma Informed Care Conference - Deadline to register May 22, 2017

COST:  There is a non-refundable $30 fee to attend the conference. Please make checks payable to the Department of Social Work (please, no cash payments). Mail the check directly to the Department of Social Work at UNI:

Debra Laneville
UNI - Social Work Department
Sabin, Room 235
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0405

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Debra Laneville (319-273-5910). Click below image to download a flyer.

LGBTQ Best Practice for Transgender Youth

This course will help participants to understand the language, needs, and barriers involved when working with sexual and gender minority clients. Grounded in best practices, the training allows participants to build a foundation of knowledge about the specific identities of people within the LGBTQ community, the unique needs of this population in terms of social services, and the particular barriers faced by transgender LGBTQ clients. This training also educates human-services staff in many areas including how to apply the theories and principles to their specific practice and programming and by doing so help to create a safe and supportive environment for their transgender LGBTQ clients

Please Register at one of these three Venues!
Just Click on the City

May 23, 2017
Boys and Girls Home
May 24, 2017
FFA Enrichment Center - DMACC
May 25, 2017
Hawkeye College

  • Trainer: Julia Webb
  • 8:30am Registration Opens, 9:00am Training Starts, Lunch is on your own

6 hours of CEU's, certificate of attendance will be available of completion of the training

Providers under the following child welfare service contracts receive first priority when registering:  
FSRP, CWES, Group Care, Community Care, SAL, PAL, R&R.  DHS staff and other providers may attend as space is available.

Due to the limited number of available spots, you must submit all cancellation requests within six (6) calendar days of registration

7th Annual Psychological Trauma & Juvenile Justice : Impact on Mind, Body, Behavior and Community - Current Research and Practice Trends

Over the course of this two-day training, experts Dr. Bruce D. Perry from The ChildTrauma Academy and Dr. J. Stuart Ablon from Think:Kids at Massachusetts General Hospital will come together to make complicated neurodevelopmental concepts accessible and provide a practical evidence-based process for trauma-informed intervention that all adults can follow in any setting.

  • June 6 & 7, 2017
  • Holiday Inn Airport (6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines, IA 50321)

Register here and click here for more information.

  • Registration deadline is May 22, 2017.
  • Space is limited please register early.
  • No refunds will be given.
  • SUBSTITUTIONS are allowed.
  • PAYMENT is required at time of registration.
  • PARKING is available at no cost.
  • PLAN to dress in layers for your comfort throughout the day.

Nancy Boggess
Orchard Place

The Safety multimodal designed for stabilization of system involved youth

If you have attended a Foundation of Trauma Training and a Self Care Training of Trauma, now we would like you to join us for the next level!

June 12, 2017
ISU Extension
1625 Adventureland Drive
Altoona, Iowa 50009
Registration opens at 8:30am
Training Starts Promptly at 9:00am

Register here.

Emotion Multimodal - KINNECT - Level 4

If you have trained on the Foundation of Trauma, Self Care of Trauma and the Safety Multimodal KINNECT of Trauma. join us for the Emotion Multimodal - KINNECT - Level 4

June 13, 2017
ISU Extension
1625 Adventureland Drive
Altoona, Iowa 50009
Registration opens at 8:30am
Training Starts Promptly at 9:00am
Trainer: Frank Grijalva

Register here.

11th Annual Cross Sites Meeting: Be The Bridge: Nurture The Present and Build The Future

Inspired Event 2017 featuring Bonnie St. John: The Ripple Effect of Micro-Resilience

Bonnie St. John, Paralympic Medalist, Economist, and Best-Selling Author
More details coming soon. Please save the date

Thursday, September 21, 2017
CCCU Convention Center, 833 5th Avenue, Des Moines
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

3rd Annual Southeast Iowa Nonprofit Summit


Early Care and Education Fall Institute

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

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!

ifapa - Friends of Children in Foster Care Program

Does Your Foster Teen Need $500 for Activities? IFAPA has received special money from Chaffee Funds for teens (age 14+) in foster care that can only be requested through June 30, 2017. These grants will be available for up to $500 per youth. This funding is for all teens in a foster care placement including shelter, foster family homes, group care, & supervised apartment living. To apply for this funding, complete an APPLICATION.

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:

To apply for the 2016-2017 Scholarship, download the two forms below. Send completed applications to Margo Kromminga, Latinosunidosofiowa@gmail.com.

When sending the completed application, use the subject line: “Completed Scholarship Application” in the subject line. Please note, there are multiple components to this application. All necessary components of this application should be uploaded as attachments on this email.

2017-2018 Scholarship Background Info >

2017-2018 Scholarship Requirements >

2017-2018 Scholarship Information

 Article by Elyse Wheaton, Office Of Latino Affairs Intern from Drake University

Information from Office of Latino Affairs Newsletter | Feb 2017

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

Nationwide Foundation

Before you apply

The Nationwide Foundation only accepts funding applications through this website. The next grant application window will open in mid-May 2017.  Before you apply, see if your request meets our funding guidelines. Also, keep in mind that the following will not be considered:

  • Multiple grant proposals from one organization
  • Incomplete applications
  • Applications submitted without the use of the foundation’s online application program
  • Applications received after the deadline
  • Videos, albums or binders (cannot be returned)

Required documentation

If your organization meets our funding criteria, please have the following required information available before you begin your application to easily complete your application and not risk losing information.

  • Your organization's charitable tax ID number/EIN
  • List of funders (PDF) (PDF) from whom you have submitted a request and the status of each request (approved, pending or to be submitted)
  • W9 (PDF) (PDF)
  • IRS 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination
  • Operating budget
  • Names and addresses of your board of directors
  • Project/program budget if you’re submitting for a program, project or capital request
  • Your organization’s most recent audited financial statement

Applying for a grant

The grant application deadline for 2017 funding has passed. The next grant application window will open in mid-May 2017 and run through Sept. 1, 2017. Check out the funding guidelines here.

Nationwide Nonprofit event sponsorships

We accept requests for nonprofit event sponsorships every year from January 1 until October 1. We encourage nonprofits to submit requests 90 days prior to an event. When submitting a request, please provide your nonprofit’s W-9 form (PDF) (PDF). We choose which nonprofit events to sponsor based on our Community Impact Model.

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

Soccer Foundation

The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants on both an annual basis (Program grants) and through a rolling process (Safe Places to Play grants) to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Grants are provided to support all aspects of the beautiful game — from assisting programs with operational costs to creating Safe Places to Play. Learn more HERE.

Key Dates for the 2017 Grant Cycles: Safe Places to Play Grants (Synthetic Turf, Lighting, Irrigation, Sport Court)

2017 Summer Grant Cycle

5/27/17 - Letter of Interest [LOI] due | 6/2/17 - Application Deadline

2017 Fall Grant Cycle

9/29/17 - Letter of Interest [LOI] due | 10/6/17 - Application Deadline

Apply for Safe Places to Play Grants here!

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

cfed expanding economic opportunity


  • 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!

Child Trends

 May 2017 Issue

  • The benefits of health insurance for children
  • Making use of school climate funding
  • Few eligible children receive child care subsidies
  • Millions of kids live with grandparents

FIVE TRENDS Information that counts

  1. Arts participation is associated with numerous positive academic and personal outcomes.
  2. The benefits of arts participation may be greatest for children who are economically disadvantage
  3. Arts organizations can positively influence children's neighborhoods.
  4. Children's arts participation varies by age, gender, and educational status.
  5. Music, in particular, may give children a brain boost.

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 Jovani and Ethan, a participant from our Homeschool KWAKERS Program
  • CYC Open House and Service Fundraiser
  • uVoice Awards Grant Funding to Children and Families of Iowa and Art Force Iowa!
  • Des Moines Arts Festival
  • Youth Volunteer Corps Summer Camp
  • and more

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

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

Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families

Latest Newsletter - In This Issue

  • YouthBuild Application DeadlineApproaching
  • Masters Business Bootcamp Graduation
  • Refilling the Gas Tank to Life’s Journey:Iowa Legal Aid Clinic
  • PREP: Professional Readiness & Employment Program
  • Non-profit Bootcamp

IFAPA - Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parents Association

Latest Newsletter

  • An Important Notice for Foster and Adoptive Parents
  • IFAPA Offers Our Final Conference for Foster and Adoptive Parents
  • Mind-to-Mind: The Importance of Mind Reading
  • Therapeutic Strategies for Sleep Disturbances
  • I Trust Her Because...She Listens (Essay From a Former Foster Youth)
  • Upcoming Events Assist Teens with Preparing for Adulthood
  • $500 Grants for Teens in Foster Care
  • Save the Date - 2017 Variety AMP Camp


May 2, Weekly Word

  • A Thank You to Foster Parents
  • A Guide for Foster Parents on Family Visits
  • Study Examines, Mental, Physical Health of Children in Foster Care
  • Upcoming Classes in Ankeny, Bloomfield, Council Buffs & Sioux City
  • Sibling Issues in Foster Care and Adoption

Iowa Department of Human Rights

Lastest Newsletter

  • Support for "pink collar" work is support for all of us
  • Occupation in Iowa by gender: 2015
  • Subscrive to receive the weekly blog here.

Community Advocacy & Services 2017 Legislative Update

  • Do you know how to connect with your legislators?
  • Bills of Interest
  • House Files/Study Bills
  • Senate Files/Study Bills

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

Jewels Academy - Annual Report 2016      May 2017

Summer Registration Open!

The Y.E.S. (Young Emerging Scientists) will host four Summer workshops from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, & 7/22.

LSI's Refugee Community Services

May 2017

  • LSI's Refugee Community Services : A Heart for Helping Others
  • Building a Mother-Daughter Bond
  • Building Stronger Families
  • A Voice for Change
  • "I feel Free:
  • Finding Calm
  • Being There for Beth

Mental Health Promotion & Youth Violence Prevention

Healthy Safe Children Update - April 2017

  • SS/HS and Project Launch Resources: Implementation of Young Child Wellness Strategies in a Unique Cohort of Local Communities
  • Media Monitoring Highlights: News Review - Children's Mental Health and Youth Violence Prevention
  • Research Hightlights: Check Out the Latest Reseatch in Youth Violence Prevention and Children's Mental Health Research
  • Samhsa Happenings: Facing Addiction in America - The Surgeon General's Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health

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
  • Creating a Learning Culture
  • Creating a Supportive Culture
  • Selecting the Best
  • Dealing with the Effects of Secondary Trauma
  • Educational Preparation
  • Attracting the Best
  • Giving Work Back
  • Understanding Job Requirements
  • Workforce Development Framework
  • Cultural Openness
  • Cultural Identity and Situational Factors
  • Workforce Development Foundations
  • Why People Stay and Why They Leave
  • Regulating Distress
  • Orchestrating Conflict
  • Get on the Balcony
  • Leading Change with Vision
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Change and the Roles People Play

National Alliance on Mental Illness | Greater Des Moines

May 2017

May is Mental Health Month
State of Iowa - the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

OpportUNITY Insights | May 2017 

OpportUNITY Insights is a bi-weekly email that highlights some of the top stories in reducing poverty. If you see or hear about best practices that could inform and support our work in central Iowa, please send them to Eric Kinman, OpportUNITY Program Manager, at eric.kinman@unitedwaydm.org.

  • A Homeless Family Needed Shelter. D.C. Gave Them Bus Tickets to North Carolina - The Washington Post
  • Getting High-School Grads Into the Closed-Off World of Tech - The Atlantic
  • Poverty Issues in Rural Nebraska, Urban Areas Overlap, but Representatives Grapple With Different Solutions - Omaha World-Herald
  • What Is Your Future Risk of Poverty? - Science Daily
  • Tennessee Could Make College Free for 'Older Adults' - CNN
  • 'Model Minority' Myth Again Used as a Racial Wedge Between Asians and Blacks - NPR
  • Westbrook Project Adds an Edible Touch to Downtown Scene - Portland Press Herald
  • How This Atlantic City Soccer Program Serves Youth Beyond Sports - Press of Atlantic City
  • On Poverty and Privilege Within Public Transportation - The Highlander
  • How Do You Achieve the American Dream If Your Family Had Generations of Poverty? - MarketWatch

OpportUNITY's Leading the Way Award Winners 

Elisabeth Buck, Chief Community Impact Officer with United Way of Central Iowa, presented Leading the Way awards to:

Justin Doyle, Blackbird Investments
Dorthy Hartley, Paramark Real Estate Services

This award recognizes those organizations who are taking progressive steps in addressing issues related to poverty and inequities in central Iowa.

To view photos from the summit, click here!

YESS - Youth Emergency Services & Shelter

The latest eNewsletter from YESS

  • I want to be seen for being good
  • Polaroid Project
  • Volunteers are Superheroes
  • Join the Flock
  • Student Interns Help Kids in Crisis
  • Delicious Fundraisers

Youth Programs Sort by Beginning Dates of Programs

New vaccine requirement for 7th and 12th grade students - Learn more here

Metro Kids/21st Century Summer Sites

*=summer food site

  • *Capitol View
  • *King
  • *Garton
  • *LoveJoy
  • Greenwood
  • *Morris
  • Hanawalt
  • *Oak Park
  • *Hillis
  • *River Woods
  • Hubbell
  • *Stowe
  • *Monroe
  • Walnut Street
  • Jefferson

Lift Off Des Moines: A paid training for out-of-school youth

May 15 - June 9, 2017

Learn more here.

Opportunity Passport™ by the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa

Financial help for young people transitioning from foster care.

Upcoming Financial Capability Training dates/times:

  • July 12, 2017 from 9am-5pm

To register or ask questions, please contact Jolene Holden at jholden@ypii.org.

Active Families South Suburban YMCA

Join for Friday Family Movie nights!

  • July 14th, 2017 Sing
  • September 8th, 2017 Storks
  • 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)

DMACC YouthBuild- Now accepting applications for its 12th cohort!

For Men and Women ages 18 to 24.
Trainees work on completing their High School credential, college courses and receive basic construction certificates. All while helping the community and earning $$ incentives $$. Apply in person now during our business hours and attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

  • Tuesday and Wednesday’s: May 9th and 10th/ May 16th and 17th/  May 23rd and 24th
  • Tuesday’s only: May 30th/June 6th/ and June 13th

Two sessions each day 3:30 and 6:00pm at DMACC Evelyn Davis Center for Working Families, 801 University, DM. Questions? Call 515-697-7700.

  • YouthBuild interviews -The interview process begins June 6th (interviews offered to all Eligible candidates)  classes start June 28th.

Download "Information Meeting Flyer" here ENGLISH | SPANISH and download "Application" here.

DMACC YouthBuild building homes for Habitat for Humanity

Funded by the Department of Labor. This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee (DMACC) and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with the respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. The solution is copyrighted by the institution that created it. Internal use, by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for noncommercial purposes, is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner.

4th Annual Iowa Able Run

  • May 20th, 2017 at Ada Hayden Heritage Park, Ames, Iowa.
  • Kids Run starts at 8:30 AM followed by the 2.5K, 5K, & 10K at 9:00

You can come as early as 7:30 for packet pick up & registration. Packet pick up will be held at Tropical Smoothie (Ames) 4-7 the night before. You can get registered at www.getmeregistered.com/IowaAbleRun or mail in a brochure (make sure you sign the waiver)

The Iowa Able Foundation empowers Iowans with disabilities, their families, and the aging to achieve and maintain independence through lending, educating and advancing.

The 4th Annual Iowa Able Run is just around the corner on May 20th, 2017! Join our event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1805378509690182/ 

Girls Rock! Des Moines (GR!DSM)

The Des Moines Social Club announces GR!DSM, a two-week summer day camp for girls to receive instrumental instruction, form bands, and write songs to be performed at the GR!DSM showcase.

  • Apply for Camp 1 (June 12th - 23rd) or Camp 2 (July 10th - 21st) here.
  • If you want to become Girls Rock Volunteer, download the form here.
  • Donate now at http://desmoinessocialclub.org/get-involved/donate. Please add GR!DSM in the first line of your address to designate your donation to this program.

GR!DSM provides girls an opportunity to collaborate creatively in an environment of mutual respect and positive self-expression. The camp aims to build self-esteem through music creation and performance, while encouraging social change and the development of life skills. GR!DSM offers girls across Iowa an opportunity to feel creative and empowered.

Campers will be instructed in their choice of voice, guitar, bass, keyboards, DJing, or drums, and participate in music workshops such as recording, sound engineering, and music art. No previous music experience is required. Local and touring musicians will perform for the campers daily and participate in a wide range of non-musical workshops that aim to build self-confidence and encourage creativity, personal exploration, and growth.

The program is seeking to partner with area music stores to provide instruments for campers without access to instruments. Need based scholarships camp fees will be available. The scholarship application is available on the GR!DSM website.

The Des Moines Social Club works to create creative learning opportunities for kids of all ages. Learn more about DMSC Learning programs at http://desmoinessocialclub.org.



Free Skilled Trades Summer Camp for current 8th and 9th graders

Central Campus and the Skilled Trades Alliance will be hosting a FREE week long Skilled Trades Summer Camp June 12-16 for students currently in grades 8-9.

The Learning Academy will be a hands-on camp for students to be introduced to building skills and create a project with industry leaders. Students and parents interested in this opportunity may call Central Campus at 242-7846. To register now, click here. See the brochure here.

Youth Volunteer Corps

Join for YVC of Des Moines Summer of Service! YVC of Des Moines provides high-quality service-learning opportunities and team-building activities that engage youth ages 11-18. Download a flyer here.

  • June 12 - June 15: STEM and Education
  • June 26 - June 29: Healthy Lifestyle
  • July 10 - July 13: Compassionate Communities
  • July 24 - July 27: Arts and Culture

Spanish/Latino Immersion Camp.

June 25 - 29, 2017

This action packed and culturally invigorating camp will get kids excited about Latino American language and culture! Campers will have tons of fun in interactive and engaging activities teaching about the traditions, food, music and art of another culture and basic communication skills in another language.

Cultures camp will provide your child with a strong base for future language learning and international curiosity to build upon. This camp is for youth entering 5th through 8th grade 2017-2018 school year.

Campers arrive Sunday, June 25th at 2 p.m. and depart Thursday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. Registration is $400 per youth (includes meals and lodging). There is a $75 discount for all youth from Military families. Online Registrationhttps://goo.gl/ok4rD3

For other summer camps visit:  http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/content/2017-state-4-h-camp-information

Art Force Iowa

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

To learn about its programs HERE.

Creative Pathways Program Now Enrolling Youth!

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

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

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

Girls in Science | Science Center of Iowa

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

Hoover-Meredith Medical Clinic

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

Mosaic Family Counselling Center

Steps to Emotion and Anger Management Group: Learn here.

Teens Against Human Trafficking

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

Whyld Girls of CFUM

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


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

SAVE THE DATE: Roll & Read


SAAF is offereing parenting class for parents and adolescents ages 10-14 years old who identifies as African American. SAAF is based on the Strengthening Families curriculum and oversight of fidelity is based out of the University of Georgia.

Come Help Build Strong African American Families! This is not a parenting class, this is a chance for you and your child to learn from each other and work together:

  • Through disagreements
  • To reduce arguments
  • To better understand each other
  • Ultimately, to strenthen your relationship

For more information contact 515-697-7700 (Dr.J Douglas jrdougals3@dmacc.edu | Lenny Bell lbell3@dmacc.edu) To register visit the link here

  • Tuesdays, May 11 - June 22, 2017 6:00—8:00 p.m. Download flyer here.
  • Evelyn K. Davis Center (801 University Ave #3)
  • Free Childcare, Food, and a Supportive Learning Environment for both Parents and Adolescents

Parent Cafe - Free

Opportunities for parents to come together and share their experiences, their joys, their concerns with other parents. They are informal and parent-led so everyone can talk and learn from each other. Learn more here.

  • May 22 // June 5 & 19, 2017 6:00 - 7:00 PM
  • Waukee Lutheran Church of Hope Room 132 (Enter on east side)
  • 305 NE Dartmoor Drive Waukee, IA 50263

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.

Refugee Resources

Refugee Clinic at Polk County Riverplace

New here and need help? Stop in for help with:

  • Food Stamps
  • Reading Mails
  • Medicare
  • Green Card App
  • Citizenship
  • Work/Housing
  • Filling out Forms
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • General
  • Classes
  • Questions and more!

Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:00 p.m

Polk County Riverplace (2309 Euclid Ave)

(515) 650 - 9272, rrciowa.org@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/RRCIowa

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.

World Refugee Day - Des Moines

Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa is looking for performers and soccer teams for upcoming World Refugee Day event. Download a flyer here. Click here to see the event flyer.

  • Cultural Celebration: June 10, Callanan Middle School
  • Soccer Tournament: July 8, Valley Community Center

The Immigrant Visa Process

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

Tax Identity Theft Awareness, provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Be aware of tax preparers who offer to help you prepare your immigration forms.   People who prepare tax returns may not be authorized to help you with immigration forms. Scammers frequently claim to be immigration experts who can provide legal advice on immigration matters.

The only people authorized to give advice on immigration law are attorneys and representatives accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. Attorneys and accredited representatives can:

  • Explain your immigration options;
  • Advise you on which forms to submit; and
  • Communicate with USCIS about your case.

Be careful who you go to for help. The wrong help can hurt!

Protect others and report scams. Notify the Federal Trade Commission through the FTC Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-382-4357. You can report anonymously.

Visit uscis.gov/avoidscams for more information on common scams and how to find authorized legal services.

Communities of Color Cannot Afford a Weakend 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.

Refugee Resource Center

View & Print latest flyer HERE!

Bridging Refugee Youth & Children's Services

> March 2017 Bulletin Alert

>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

EMBARC - Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center

Latest Issue

  • Highlights
  • Personal Spotlight
  • Program Updates
  • Resources for Refugees

LSI - Refugee Community Services Update

The next child care provider orientation and information session will take place on Tuesday, April 18th from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at the LSI Refugee Connection Center 3200 University Avenue, Des Moines. Learn more here.

Latest eNewsletter - May News

  • LSI's Refugee Community Services - A Heart for Helping Others

LSI has three current openings for new VISTAs for 2017!

LSI Global Greens Refugee Agriculture Program VISTA

Apply at  https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=71662&fromSearch=true,Questions, contact Hilary.burbank@lsiowa.org

Applications are due by April 12, 2017

LSI Refugee Family Services VISTA

Apply at  https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=71798&fromSearch=true ,Questions, contact Ann.Grove@lsiowa.org

Applications are due by June 5, 2017

LSI Refugee Education VISTA

Apply at  https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=71641&fromSearch=true ,Questions, contact Elizabeth.Campbell@lsiowa.org

Applications are due by June 26, 2017

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 Solution(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.

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.


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


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)

AmeriCorps State Positions with community youth concepts

AmeriCorps State members will work in schools and community organizations coordinating in-school or after-school programs that engage youth in service learning. This is a great opportunity for those looking to get into nonprofit work, education, working with youth, volunteer management, or who just want to give a year of service. In addition to being eligible for a living stipend, education award, health benefits, and more, AmeriCorps State members are able to hold second jobs and attend school. Give a year of service through CYC at either: Community Youth Concepts or Des Moines Public Schools.

Email your resume and cover letter to Julie Cackler, julie@cyconcepts.org, at Community Youth Concepts with the subject line: AmeriCorps Application Materials.
Initial interviews are currently being held, followed by site interviews. Interviews will be held until all positions are filled. Members will begin their one year term of service in November.
For more information, please see the general position description, below. If you have additional questions not covered in this document contact Julie at julie@cyconcepts.org or 515-243-4292.

Find more positions at CYC here.

Behavior Educator (Integrative Counseling Solutions, Inc.)- Central Iowa

For more information, click here.

Bilingual Care Coordinator RN

Click here to see the job description for a Bilingual RN Care Coordinator at La Clinic de la Esperanza (UnityPoint Clinic based at Des Moines University).

Career Specialist – Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa

Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa (GICI) improves the quality of life for all individuals by providing skills training and helping people find jobs. Our team is dedicated to inspiring all individuals to achieve independence through meaningful employment.  We believe by improving lives, we improve our communities.

Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa is seeking a Career Specialist to join our team.  The Career Specialist will provide training and development for Goodwill trainees in all areas of work skills, job

search, job acquisition, and maintenance.  The Career Specialist will develop, implement, and administer the Individual Service Plan.  This position will schedule, supervise, advise and monitor activities of Goodwill trainees.  The Career Specialist will maintain records and casefile documentation per funder requirements.

For more information on this position and to apply please visit here

Deveopment Specialist - Goodwill

Career opportunities with Goodwill of Central Iowa (GCI) provide so much more than your average position. Each employee is an essential part of fulfilling our mission of improving the quality of life for all individuals. Revenue from our 19 stores provides skills training and helps people facing any type of barrier find employment. Each position at Goodwill contributes to making a positive impact directly in Central Iowa.

GCI has an annual budget of more than $20 million and a retail operations budget of approximately $15 million. Headquartered in Johnston, Iowa, GCI operates in a territory consisting of 22 counties across central Iowa, employing more than 400 individuals.

As a Development Specialist, you will effectively communicate the work, mission, importance of and need for Goodwill in the communities across central Iowa. This position will work closely with leadership to identify, manage and secure sponsorships and donations totaling more than $750,000 annually from individuals, foundations and corporations, and manage all aspects of GCI’s “friendraising” events. To learn more here.

Education Supervisor - LSI Refugee Community Service Program

Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI) currently seeks a Full time Education Supervisor within our Refugee Community Services program in Polk county.


The Education Supervisor manages the Refugee Education Program. This program offers language and cultural training to newly-arrived and former refugees in Polk County, including English language instruction, employment-readiness training, Citizenship preparation, and community-based English classes. The Education Supervisor serves as liaison with refugee resettlement agencies and other community organizations, and manages specialized English language classes at multiple sites. Hire and train instructors for the program, ensures compliance with contracts, and adjusts programming to meet the needs of the changing refugee population. Occasional evenings and weekends will be necessary.


Required: Bachelor's degree in Education or a related field and 2 years of experience in management of adult education programs.

Preferred: Master's in Education, TESOL, or a related field and 2 years of experience in management of adult education programs.

Application Deadline: May 19, 2017

Position Description and Application Link: https://lsiowa.applicantpool.com/jobs/147392.html

Marketing Communication Specialist - Goodwill

Job opportunities with Goodwill of Central Iowa provide so much more than your average position. Each employee is an essential part of fulfilling our mission of improving the quality of life for all individuals. Revenue from our 19 stores provides skills training and helps people facing any type of barrier find employment. Each position at Goodwill contributes to making a positive impact directly in Central Iowa.

As a Marketing Communications Specialist, you will help craft and share the story of our organization. To learn more here.

Receptionist - Iowa Association of Cummunity College Trustees

This position is responsible, under limited supervision, for performing the tasks necessary to support the daily general Association office operations and to provide administrative and staff support. Click here to learn more.

Residential Progam Team Leader (Eyerly Ball)- Central Iowa

This position is responsible for coordinating all aspects of services for the residents in the house assigned. The Team Leader is also responsible for training and supervising staff in the delivery of services. The Team Leader shall act on behalf of the Administrator, through on call and at times of Administrator absence, as assigned. Qualifications for this position include at least a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or related field and at least two years’ experience or training in a supervisory or a direct care position in a mental health setting. Anyone interested in applying for this position should submit their updated resume to humanresources@eyerlyball.org. For more information, click here.

Integrative Counseling Solutions, Inc. based out of West Des Moines, Waukee and Knoxville, is hiring for the following positions:

  • School Based Licensed therapist (LMHC, Temp LMHC, LMFT, Temp LMFT or LISW)
  •   LMSW
  • BHIS provider (with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Social Services or Social Work)
  • Receptionist (Knoxville): part time 2-6pm. Must be comfortable with technology and have experience in medical office work.

To apply for any of these positions, please send resume, cover letter and references to:

1200 Valley West Drive #302
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Or Fax to: 515/267-1355

Program Director, OpportUNITY

As Eric Kinman, the OpportUNITY Program Director is moving to Florida. With the vacancy left by Eric United Way of Central Iowa is now recruiting for a new OpportUNITY Program Director. LEarn more here.

Respite Associate (Wee Care Respite Nursery)- Indianola, Iowa

For more information, click here.

SKILLS TRAINER –Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa

Goodwill Industries of Central Iowa (GICI) improves the quality of life for all individuals by providing skills training and helping people find jobs. Our team is dedicated to inspiring all individuals to achieve independence through meaningful employment.  We believe by improving lives, we improve our communities.

GICI is seeking a Skills Trainer to train, supervise, coach, record and monitor activities of trainees.  The Skills Trainer will analyze, establish or adjust schedules for completion of training goals to ensure progress and completion of the skills curriculum.    We are seeking a trainer for the following areas-retail, janitorial, cafeteria, industrial services and hospitality.

For more information and to apply for the position please visit here.


Central Iowa HealthWorks

Central Iowa HealthWorks is a 4-year grant given to United Way of Central Iowa and Central Iowa Works to assist with training and supportive services as participants upskill to be able to work in health care careers.

It will be assisting participants interested in the following trainings:

  • Direct Care Professional
  • CNA
  • EMT/Paramedic
  • Phlebotomist
  • Sterile Processing Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Medical Assistant
  • LPN
  • Surgical Technician
  • RN

Participants need to be 18 years or older and living in Polk, Dallas or Warren counties. Its aim is to assist individuals with barriers. Not everyone who qualifies for the program will be enrolled. Please learn more here. Download a flyer here.


Business Services and Operations Academy with Central Iowa Works and Evelyn K. Davis Center

  • Business Services and Operations
  • Financial Literacy
  • Work Ready Skills
  • Business Simulation
  • Career Coaching
  • Networking

To learn more, download this

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

PREP Professional Readiness & Employment Program

Learn the skills to interview for jobs succssfully and maintain a steady career in this five-week program.

Wednesday Hiring Day

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 application

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

EKD Events Calendar for MAY is available here. Click here to learn more EKD programs & Information.

Goodwill Career Connection Center

Six (6) employers will be interviewing candidates at the South Career Connection Center THIS THURSDAY from 11AM-1PM! Here are the job categories included for interviews on Thursday, May 4 for the 11-1 Hiring Event—pre-applications earn a first-come, first-served spot for interviews – and please be sure to encourage clients, students, friends, neighbors, or anyone else whom you know could benefit from interviewing with multiple employers in one place to come out!


  • Staybridge Suites
  • Goodwill of Central Iowa
  • BCforward
  • St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores
  • Ramada at the Airport/Signature RES
  • PeopleReady

Positions with Paper Applications (Pick up at the Career Connection Center):

  • Seasonal Sales
  • PT Housekeeper
  • Rough Framers
  • Two truck drivers - CDL A required
  • Retail cashier/clerk
  • Retail Production
  • Part-time Guest Service Agent
  • Breakfast Attendant
  • Housekeeping Inspector/Inspectress
  • Housekeepers

Resume only:

  • Lawn Care Technicians
  • Machine Operators
  • Construction Laborers

Online Application (with Resume recommended):

  • Store Clerk
  • Production Assistant - Wares
  • Accounting/Payroll Assistant (AA required)

St.Vincent de Paul Education Center Calendar - May 2017

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

IowaWorks 2017 Annual Career Fair  - May 2017

  • May 17, 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • At Ankeny DMACC Campus, FFA Enrichment Center (1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023)

Prepare for the Career Fair: Attend an IowaWorks Etiquette Workshop

  • May 9, 2017 from 10 - Noon and May 16, 2017 from 10 - Noon
  • 430 E. Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA

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


Check out May 2017 class schedule  – Indianola Office

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


LinkedIn: Be something great as a team member of Nationwide! If you're interested in a career with us, don't miss our Des Moines hiring event on Thursday, April 20th all day. Please RSVP by 4/18 to chrisb4@nationwide.com and submit your resume. 

Twitter: Don't miss our Des Moines hiring event all day on Thursday, April 20th. Please RSVP by 4/18 to chrisb4@nationwide.com. Become a Nationwider!


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Financial Independence 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/

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

CFSI - Center for Financial Services Innovation

Poverty and Promise: Uncovering Truths from Financial Diaries

Free Webinar, May 16th, 12:00 PM CT

Learn more here.

Opportunity Passport™ by the Youth Policy Institute of Iowa

Financial help for young people transitioning from foster care. To learn more, click here.

Upcoming Financial Capability Training dates/times:

   + July 12, 2017 from 9am-5pm

To register or ask questions, please contact Jolene Holden at jholden@ypii.org


Iowa Center for Economic Success

Check out May programs and classes here and register!

General Resources for Families

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




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


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


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


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

Agape Pregnancy Center Inc.

2550 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 255-0243

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AGAPE PREGNANCY CENTER offers free pregnancy tests, STD tests, information about pregnancy, parenting materials, abortion procedures and risk information, adoption and post-abortion counseling.

MUST CALL FIRST for assistance with clothing or diapers.

DONATIONS, the following donations are accepted: Baby and children's clothing, children's books, maternity clothes, toys and games, furniture Donations of household items and nice small furniture are sold to raise money for the program All items must be clean. Call for an appointment to drop items off.


Mon and Thu 10:30am-6:30pm, Tue 10:30am-4:30pm

St. Mary Family Center

1815 Hubbell Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50316

(515) 262-7290

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FINANCIAL AID is no longer provided.

CLOTHING CLOSET: offers clothes for all ages.

FOOD PANTRY (DMARC) AND PERSONAL PANTRY: provides family food boxes, as well as bread, dairy and produce daily when available When available can offer personal hygiene items, including diapers and formula - once per month per family Must live in designated DMARC area.


Mon-Fri 10 am-3:30 pm

Salvation Army Family Services

1326 Sixth Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 282-3422

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COMPASSION IN ACTION SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAM helps those who need assistance with rent and utilities. Administers emergency financial aid programs for the Des Moines Area Religious Council. Funds are intended for dire need situations and when no other community resource is available to meet the need Funds available for the first 15 people daily based on funds. By Appointment only: must call on Mondays between 8:15am-10am to make an appointment and speak to someone in person.

FOOD PANTRY (only) is based on a set geographical area in the city of Des Moines

CRIBS AND CARSEATS for children/babies are available via referrals from a referral agency (such as Visiting Nurse Services, Health Inc., etc.) only Families cannot come in and receive assistance for cribs and car seats without a referral.

DIAPERS and FORMULA for babies are based on donations received and DMARC Parents must have a photo ID and either the child's birth certificate or Title 19 card and/or WIC book Open to all of Polk County and surrounding area

MEALS: HOMELESS MOBILE CANTEEN serves breakfast starting at 5am on Tuesday and Friday mornings at the following locations: Churches United, YMCA, the neighborhood area of 6th Ave. and Forest Ave. and Laurel Village (on Tuesdays and Fridays only).

HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE includes Toys for Tots, food for the family for Christmas. Call for more information. Sign-up days Nov. 5-9.

DONATIONS are accepted (monetary, clothing, furniture, household, baby & personal items).


Financial Assistance By Appointment only (call on Mon 8:15 am-10 am to make an appointment); Food Pantry Mon-Fri 9 am-11:30 am and 1 pm-3:30 pm

Cross Ministries -Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church

1050 24th Street

Des Moines, IA 50311

(515) 279-9998

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CROSS MINISTRIES is an outreach program established to assist people in crisis with basic survival needs such as rent, rent deposits, mortgage payments, utility bills, birth certificates, etc. CROSS can sometimes assist with vouchers for laundry, bus tokens and storage costs. Other services:

HYGIENE PANTRY includes items such as soap, shampoo, paper products, tooth brushes, toothpaste, diapers, etc


FOOD PANTRY open Wed 3pm-6pm and Sat 9am-noon; bring ID for each person, and a current piece of mail No geographic boundaries.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES PROGRAM distributes school supplies for Head Start -12th grade. August 9, 2012 5 pm-8 pm and August 10, 2012 10 am-12 noon (or until supplies are gone). Bring proof of income and IDs for all family members

RENT DEPOSIT assistance does not require a letter from General Assistance (need to bring Landlord statement, proof of income and expenses for the last 30 days.)


Tue-Fri 9 am-12 noon and 1:30 pm-4:30 pm (Office Hours), Specific hours for financial assistance vary

Bidwell-Riverside Center

1203 Hartford Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50315

(515) 244-6251

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BIDWELL-RIVERSIDE CENTER is committed to helping families and individuals develop to their full potential through direct service and educational programs Programs include: Early Child Development center, possible financial assistance for utilities, food pantry (DMARC), and clothing distribution.

CHRISTMAS SHARING PROGRAM for residents of specific zip codes (south side).

FOOD PANTRY through Des Moines Area Religious Council's for the Southside only Provides for emergency help with non-perishable food for persons within the Southside of Des Moines boundaries This service can only be accessed once a month.

PERSONAL PANTRY: Help with personal hygiene products and diapers when available.

CLOTHING: anyone needing clothing items; minimum cost or free upon confirmation of need.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Utility assistance for Des Moines' Southside when funds available.

EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER serves ages 15 months - 5 years of age. (listed separately)


Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Alpha Women's Center - Des Moines

3605 South East 14th Street

Des Moines, IA 50320

(515) 285-5700

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ALPHA WOMEN'S CENTER is a Baptist pro life organization dedicated to providing material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to those with needs related to pregnancy, sexuality, parenting issues and post-abortion stress Services:


PARENTING EDUCATION: Classes, videos and books on prenatal and parenting skills, first aid, nutrition, safety, etc. Some classes available in Spanish.

BABY CLOSET: clothing (for ages 0-2 years), diapers, wipes, formula, and linens To receive free items must attend classes in parenting, prenatal, Bible study, WIC or doctor appointments Emergency help also available.







Mon and Thu 10 am-7 pm, Tue 10 am-5:30 pm

West Des Moines Human Services

318 Fifth Street

West Des Moines, IA 50265

(515) 222-3660

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WEST DES MOINES HUMAN SERVICES CENTER provides information, outreach and referral services. Services include:

HOMELESS PREVENTION - partial rent or mortgage payment, partial rent deposit, or partial temporary housing assistance and partial emergency utilities assistance.

SHOWER is available to assist homeless individuals Call 222-3660 for hours and availability.

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM for eligible homeless families - must call to check for availability.

TRANSPORTATION for elderly or persons with disabilities. Must be WDM resident. Contact Carmen Murille, 222-3661.

HANDYMAN SERVICE available to seniors and disabled (see separate listing) 515-222-3661.

LIHEAP energy assistance or heating bill assistance is available.

GAS/ELECTRIC emergency utility assistance to families experiencing financial hardship.

H20 PLUS program assists with West Des Moines water or municipal services bill.

EICP (Energy Crisis Intervention Payments program) offers furnace repair/replacement assistance

WEATHERIZATION program offers plastic for windows, strips of wood and nails to put plastic in place - qualifying household.


FOOD PANTRY serves Clive and West Des Moines Bring photo ID, currently utility bill, proof of income, SS cards for household members.

SHARE is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides up to 50% savings on food packages once a month. The standared food package varies monthly, and always contains packages fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Participant receives groceries of a retail value of $44.00 for $22.00 Accept cash or food stamps; no income eligibility. Contact: Shawn, 327-8662 or Richard, 279-5783, or Share Iowa 800-344-1107.

GARDEN PROGRAM apply in April for limited value garden voucher.

PERSONAL PANTRY includes soap, shampoo, feminine care products, toilet tissue, deodorant, diapers, and toothpaste (based on donations/availability). Bring photo ID, currently utility bill, proof of income, SS cards for household members.

CLOTHING CLOSET offers clothing and household items for low income clients; Mon, Tue and Thu 8 am-3 pm, Wed and Fri 8 am-12 noon.

HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE available during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season (food baskets, toys and meals served at community center). Serves all Western suburbs (Clive, Windsor Heights, Urbandale and West Des Moines).

OTT-MTA Bus Pass Program.

RECREATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS for low-income children: camps, music/dance lessons, sport activities; children's free summer lunch program; holiday assistance and programs; as well as other human service related programs.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES for low-income children in the West Des Moines School District. Call after June 15th to schedule an appointment.

IOWA SENIOR OLYMPICS (50yrs and older) volunteer opportunities. Call 222-3660 for more information.

NOTARY PUBLIC services available by appointment. Call 222-3660 for more information.

DONATIONS ACCEPTED clothing, household items, and small appliances; Drop off Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.

BUDGET assistance and information (how to set one up).

TAX PREPARATION during the tax season to qualifying individuals; by appointment. Call 222-3660.


Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm, Program Outreach: Mon, Tue, Thu 8 am-3 pm and Wed 8 am-12 noon

Waukee Area Christian Services - Westview Church

1155 South East Boone Drive

Waukee, IA 50263

(515) 321-0894

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WAUKEE AREA CHRISTIAN FOOD PANTRY provides non perishable food, personal items, and baby items to those in the Waukee area Non-profit outreach ministry supported by Waukee area churches.

FREE CLINIC is open Monday 6pm-8pm, patient registration 5:30pm-7pm. Services include: Illness / Minor Injury Care, Well Child Exams Sports / School Physicals, Employment Physicals, Chronic Disease Management, Diabetes - Blood Glucose Testing, High Blood Pressure Testing, Patient Assistance Program Enrollment, etc.


Mon 4 pm-6 pm, Thu 9 am-11 am

Partners in Family Development

515 North Jefferson

Indianola, IA 50125

(515) 962-1020

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PARENTS AS TEACHERS educational program to families in Dallas and Warren County. Provide services and education to families to assist parents in being confident and effective in their parenting

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. DALLAS COUNTY ONLY.


Irregular - call for details

Lucas County Outreach Center (SCICAP)

117 South Grand

Chariton, IA 50049

(641) 774-5323

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FOOD PANTRY provides food assistance to families in need through donations received from local churches, organizations, and clubs Food vouchers to local grocery stores for fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, milk, bread, potatoes, cheese, laundry soap, dish soap and toilet paper may be available


RENT ASSISTANCE (first month's or past due).

EMBRACE IOWA applications for emergency financial assistance.



SCHOOL SUPPLIES (available during Aug. and Sept. for families 200% of poverty guidelines).

HEAD START applications.


Pet Project Midwest

701 East Second Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 727-4738

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PET PANTRY provides pet food and other pet supplies to people experiencing financial difficulties. Also partner with the Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantries to provide local food pantries with pet food.

PET ALERT uses the power of the Internet to reunite lost pets with their owners. This unique service is an emergency alert system for pets that uses social media to quickly broadcast information about missing or found pets to people in the area (Facebook and Twitter).


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES in a variety of areas.


By appointment only

New Friendship Church of God in Christ

1317 Forest Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 243-7097


NEW FREINDSHIP CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST provides a food pantry twice a week. Toys for Tots.


By appointment

St. Vincent De Paul Society - Des Moines

1426 6th Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 282-8327


ST VINCENT DE PAUL assists families who cannot afford utility, rent or mortgage payments, clothing, furniture and food.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE for electric bills under $750, rent and mortgage payments. Must complete the General Relief process and have approval or denial papers, as well as a landlord statement. A person is eligible for financial assistance every 6 months. Must bring photo ID, social security cards for all household members, if no social security card is available please bring tax forms DO NOT ASSIST with deposit or first months rent phone bills, electric bills over $750, YMCA rent, Randolph Hotel rent, hotels or transitional housing, bus tokens, Greyhound bus tickets, and gasoline

FOOD and CLOTHING is available every 3 months.

FURNITURE when available.

OPERATION SANTA CLAUS holiday assistance program.

LITERACY CENTER offers GED, ESL and computer classes (English and Spanish).


Mon-Fri 8:30 am-3 pm first come first serve

Proteus, Inc. - Des Moines

3850 Merle Hay Road

Des Moines, IA 50310

(515) 271-5303

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PROTEUS INC provides the following services:

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE primarily to non-English speaking individuals for mainly rent and utility assistance. Will assist English-speaking individuals on a limited basis in emergency situations.

EMERGENCY SHELTER PROJECT provides case management to homeless individuals, assistance to locate housing and access community services needed to transition from homeless status May be able to assist with rent, moving, clothing, transportation, emergency food, personal items, etc DO NOT HAVE TO BE A MIGRANT OR SEASONAL FARMWORKER TO QUALIFY, ONLY HOMELESS OR NEAR HOMELESS.

EMPLOYMENT and TRAINING PROGRAM provides assessment, career counseling, vocational training, Literacy/ABE/GED preparation, work experience, OJT and job placement Emergency Support services such as food and car repairs for in-stream migrants. Participants in educational programs may receive additional other support services (i.e. rental assistance, tools, and emergency transportation and child care assistance).

MIGRANT HEALTH provides health care services for migrant and seasonal farm workers. Health Aides to assess, refer and facilitate services Assistance in application for additional services such as WIC, Title 19, food stamps, etc Also serves non-documented individuals.


Mon-Fri 8 am-4:30 pm

School Clothing Program - DMPS

(Contact child's school)

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 323-8644

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SCHOOL CLOTHING PROGRAM provides a $50 clothing voucher to Gordman's for students who qualify for free/reduced price lunch These vouchers are available only when funds are available and students must be referred by a School Counselor, School Social Worker, or SUCCESS Case Manager.


Mon-Fri 7:30 am-4 pm

Friendship Baptist Center

1526 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy

Des Moines, IA 50311

(515) 244-1701

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FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CENTER provides the following services:

CLOTHING CLOSET is available Tue and Wed 9:30am-noon

FOOD DISTRIBUTION on the last Thu of the month from 4:30pm-5:30pm.

SATURDAY SUPPER on last Sat of the month.

LIFE SKILLS CLASSES on budgeting, parenting and self-defense.

KIDS CLUB is an After School Tutoring Program;Tuesday and Wednesday 3:30pm-4:45pm Computer games, snacks and help with homework are provided Ages Kindergarten through 8th grade may attend.

ESL conversational English practice on Mondays at 5:45pm.


Irregular - call for details

Christ the King Catholic Parish

5711 South West Ninth Street

Des Moines, IA 50315

(515) 285-2888

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FREE MEDICAL CLINIC (as part of the Free Clinics of Iowa) services include: Illness/minor injury care, Well child exams, School/sport physicals, Employment physicals, Lead testing, Patient assistance program enrollment, Chronic disease management, Diabetes/blood glucose testing, High blood pressure testing.

THE GABRIEL PROJECT helps women, who are pregnant and in need. The outreach may include prayer, financial support, and/or counseling. The program provides help in areas, such as obtaining pre-natal medical care for women without health insurance and much needed baby items. The mission is to help all pregnant women who need help, regardless of religious affiliation or lack thereof.

DONATIONS of baby items are accepted.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to help with the phone calls as a telephone responder, be a helping mom, be a helping father


Mon-Fri 8 am-4:30 pm

Catholic Worker House - Des Moines

1310 Seventh Street

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 243-0765

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CATHOLIC WORKER HOUSE - DES MOINES offers daytime hospitality; no overnight guests, but can use shower, phone, newspaper etc. No transportation is provided (alcohol, or persons under the influence of alcohol, are not allowed in the house). Distribute canned food, clothing, personal items and bedding when available During business hours allow people to come in and take showers, use the phone, etc

MEAL SITE for lunch at on Saturday, and dinner at 6pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Open to the Public.

BREAD GIVEAWAY on Sundays based on availability and donations.

PRODUCE GIVEAWAY on Saturdays at 10 am, at the Trinity United Methodist Church (8th and College).


Msgr. Liguitti House 1301 8th Street, 288-4326.

Lazarus House 1317 8th Street, 246-1499.

Phill Berrigan House 713 Indiana Avenue, 282-4781.


Sun, Tue, Thu, Fri 3 pm-7 pm

Bethel Mission

1310 Sixth Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 244-5445

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BETHEL MISSION is a homeless shelter, providing care for transient men: meals, beds, clothing, and showers.

MEALS provided, also open to the general public. Mon-Sat: breakfast at 7am - 7:30am, lunch at 12pm- 12:30pm, dinner at 5pm -5:30pm. Sunday: breakfast at 8 am - 8:30am, lunch at 1 pm - 1:30pm, dinner 5pm.

CLOTHING CLOSET is open to the public (men's clothing). Monday-Saturday 9am - 9:30am; 6pm - 6:30 pm

HOLIDAY MEALS for Thanksgiving and Christmas are served at Bethel Mission's Hope Cafe (1310 6th Avenue) Home delivery is available to seniors and disabled individuals, call 265-7272 Meals are free and open to the public


DONATIONS ACCEPTED: men's clothing, sheets, pillowcases, pillows, towels, flatware and food. Drop off 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday.


Mon-Sun 24 hours; office hours Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm

Eddie Davis Community Center

1312 Maple Street

West Des Moines, IA 50265

(515) 225-6062

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EDDIE DAVIS COMMUNITY CENTER provides a variety of services, including:

FOOD PANTRY, Tuesdays 6 pm-7:30pm.

SEPTEMBER-MAY MEAL SITE Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-1pm, Dinner on Tue and Thu.

CLOTHING CLOSET, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Tue and Thu 6pm-7:30pm (September-May only).

FREE LEGAL SERVICES on a limited basis (ask for Vickie).

TUTORING is also available during the school year. Educational Enrichment programs during Summer and Winter School breaks.



FELLOWSHIP HALL can be rented out for special occasions.


Mon-Fri 8 am-4:30 pm; hours vary for each service

House of Mercy

1409 Clark Street

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 643-6500

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HOUSE OF MERCY provides health, wellness and human services to those for whom access to care/services is difficult.

ADULT TRANSITIONAL HOUSING/PROJECT TOGETHER is a transitional housing program for homeless, pregnant and/or parenting women that require chemical dependency treatment and supportive services to overcome barriers to independence. Treatment levels of care include: High Intensity Residential (III.5); Medium Intensity Residential (III.3); and Low Intensity Residential (III.1). Programming includes assistance with self-sufficiency, parenting, and life skills.

ADULT TRANSITIONAL HOUSING/PROJECT TOGETHER II is an expansion of Project Together, providing the same levels of programming/services for chemically dependent women regardless of their housing and parenting status.

ADOLESCENT FEMALE TRANSITIONAL HOUSING/IN TOUCH WITH TEENS is a 24-hour comprehensive group care program that teaches living and parenting skills to young women 13 to 18 years old who are pregnant and/or parenting.

OUTPATIENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE TREATMENT SERVICES: Extended, Intensive and Continuing Care substance abuse services are available to adolescents, adult women and men.