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Community Events/Programs for Families

Financial Independence

Volunteer/Donation Opportunities

Training/Conferences for Providers

Grants/Funding Opportunities for Providers


Youth Programs for Families

Parenting/Support Services for Families

Refugee Resources

Violence & Crime Solution

Juvenile Justice Resources

Employment Resources

General Resources for Families

News from CPPC

Change for DHS

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

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

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

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

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


Julie Rinker
Administrative Secretary
Div. of Criminal & Juvenile Justice Planning
Iowa Department of Human Rights

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.

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CPPC Calendar of Events

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CPPC Madison, Marion & Warren Counties

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

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

To view CPPC Newsletters (FY17), click here. - FY17 Year End Newsletter is available!

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

Des Moines Received All-American City Award for education work

Des Moines received the prestigious All-America City Award for its civic engagement to help more young children from low-income families achieve grade-level reading proficiency and early school success. This is Des Moines’ sixth award; the city is tied with Roanoke for receiving the most awards of any community nationwide. Read more here.

June is LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Pride Month!

It's celebrated across the nation this month. Different states and cities have parades, parties, bike rides, drag shows, concerts, etc. It’s a time to come together to celebrate and support the LGBT individuals in our lives and most importantly to remember those who fought for LGBTQ rights.

Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month is important because:

Not too long ago LGBTQ individuals didn’t have the same basic civil rights as other people. On June 28th of 1969, in NYC,   a series of demonstrations by LGBTQ individuals in protest of mistreatment (known as the Stonewall Riots) inspired LGBTQ people to organize, show up and fight for their basic civil rights locally and across the country.

Acceptance of who you are is essential. Sure, now you can see LGBTQ people on TV, magazines and social media. You might even have co-workers that are LGBT, but generally speaking many LGBT youth and adults go to school and work not knowing if those around are LGBT friendly.

When you go to the Pride celebrations you know you are surrounded by individuals who have in some way gone through some of the same struggles, there’s a sense of belonging and acceptance, you know you are not alone and you are not the only one.

Join the different celebrations across the state:

Ames Pride   | October 15
Cedar Rapids   | July 8

Written by: Sonia Reyes-Snyder, Office of Latino Affairs

1st Five Healthy Mental Development

National Safety Awareness Month - June 2017

  • Summer Safety Tips for Kids
  • What is senosory play?
  • Why Sensory Play is Important to Children

  • June 2017 – Additional Articles on Mental Health and Substance Abuse from around the nation and world
  • BEHAVIORAL HEALTH: FIXING A SYSTEM IN CRISIS: Our series explores the link
    between behavioral health and chronic disease; assesses the promise of the
    21st Century Cures Act; and profiles organizations making a difference on the front lines.
    Read More

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

Offender Re-Entry Task Force

  • June 21, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Central Iowa Works (United Way Campus) Suite 205
  • Agenda:
    • Welcome and Introductions
    • Sub-Committee Reports
      • Mentoring: Rachelle Long and Dwight Jackson
      • Employer Outreach: Emily Brown and Pat Steele
      • Reentry Services: Kathy Culbertson
    • Legislative Agenda
    • Victim Panels
    • Next Meeting Date: July 19, 2017 2:00 pm


You are invited to an additional free viewing of Paper Tigers in Winterset offered by the KIDS Coalition! RSVP is REQUIRED for the MONDAY, JUNE 26th, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. viewing at the Winterset Public Library. See details below!

1st Five Program | 4RKIDS ECI | CRISP Community Resources in Service to Children​ as the KIDS Coalition ​​are co-hosting a viewing of PaperTigers along with ​​​​hors d'oeuvres.

  • Date: ​​​Monday, June ​26, 2017​
  • Time: ​​5​:30 to ​8:30​ p.m.​
  • Location: ​Winterset Public Library, 123 N 2nd St, Winterset
  • What: ​Snacks​ > Paper Tigers Viewing > Discussion​​

​ALL FREE but you must RSVP PLEASE!​ >>>
​RSVP ONLINE REGISTER HERE! OR By email at: crisp@famliyresourcelink.org​ 

Office of Latino Affairs - Accepting nominations of the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame

The Iowa Commission of Latino Affairs  has established the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame and is seeking nominations.

To make a nomination please fill out this form, the deadline is July 1, 2017.

The Induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the State Historical Building.

For more information contact us:

515-281-4080 or Sonia.Reyes-Snyder@iowa.gov

Navigating Through Times of Disruption: A Discussion for Executive Directors and Board Leadership

  • Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Wakonda Club, 3915 Fleur Drive, Des Moines
  • Fee: No charge
  • Audience: A Discussion for Executive Directors and board leadership on Nonprofit Governance & Management **Due to the nature of the discussion, we look forward to having both the executive director and a key board member from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations attend as a team. Registration is limited to these teams of 2 per organization (registrations of other leadership staff members in lieu of the executive director/CEO is not permitted); space is limited.

Register here.

Muyamah Muyay 2017: Celebrate Africa

  • Friday, July 14, 2017 10am - 9pm
  • Western Gateway Park
  • Come and experience African culture and cuisine!

CFI's Tango Gala


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

Dads Rock! - Children's Bureau

Join us on June 28  at 2:00 p.m. for an interactive online discussion with guests from the Children's Trust of Massachusetts about the Fatherhood Initative program featured in "Dads Rock," the latest film in the Building Community, Building Hope series. ​Register here.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 2:00 p.m. EDT

Watch the "Dads Rock" trailer to preview this innovative program.

Waukee Community Closet

For anyone serving families in Dallas County or that have families that could get to Dallas County.

Download a flyer here.

YESS Talent Shows 2017 - Mark your calendar!

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

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

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

Des Moines University Back-2-School Physicals

When: Thursday, July 27 3-7 p.m. & Friday, July 28, 1–6 p.m.
Where: North High School
501 Holcomb Ave
Des Moines, IA 50313
Who: Students entering Pre-K through 12th Grade who are in need of back-to-school or sports physicals and don’t have an established medical provider.
Dental Screenings
Immunizations (as-needed)
Register: Pre-registration is available online. Walk-ups will be accommodated as time permits. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f054fa8a92da5ff2-backtoschool1
Help us share the information with families in need! I’ve attached flyers in English and Spanish. We’re looking for more volunteer interpreters, so reach out if you are interested in helping.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1405192252907398/ 

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

This 20 week program is a great approach for people struggling with emotional impulse control, such as anger. Next STEPPS group begins in August 22. Call for more information to schedule an intake appointment. Welmark and Medicaid Plans accepted.

Tuesdays from 6:00 - 8:00pm

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

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

Greater Des Moines Recreational Activity Scholarship Program: GRASP

If your household meets the established income guidelines, your income is verified, and you are a resident of the city of Des Moines, you qualify to receive discounts on swim lessons, tennis lessons, basketball and much more! Call IMPACT Community Action Partnership at 515-518-4770 to schedule an appointment or walk in 1618 6th Avenue or 3226 University Avenue.

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

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."

Text 'Food' to 877-877

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


Food Pantries/programs

  • Warren County, click here.
  • Polk County, click here or visit here to learn more.
  • Food Bank of Iowa - Mobile Pantry Program at Milo and Indianola. Download a flyer here.
  • DMARC Mobile Food Pantry Learn more click here.

United Way Free Summer Meals for Kids & Teens

This summer there are 50 sites in central Iowa (Dallas, Polk, and Warren counties) that are providing FREE summer meals to kids and teens ages 18 and younger.

The OpportUNITY Community Plan to reduce poverty in central Iowa has coordinated an effort among several partners to boost awareness of the program which is for ALL children – not just those who are on free and reduced lunch.

All children may need extra support in the summer, whether it is a socio-economic need, a social need, or they lack the ability to prepare their own meals according to Stephanie Dross, Consultant, with the Iowa Department of Education.

To find a site, you can 1) call 211, 2) text “food” or “comida” to 877-877 or 3) visit SummerFoodDSM.org.

For more information about the 2017 Summer Food Service Program in central Iowa, please email opportunity@unitedwaydm.org.

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)

Federally funded programs for Iowa's Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers

National Farmworkers Jobs Program

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

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

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


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

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

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

Please contact a Proteus Team Member today for additional information!

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

Financial Independence Sort by Organization Name

Financial Assistance Opportunities for Families in Polk County

  • June 21, 2017 - 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
  • Polk County River Place, 2309 Euclid Avenue (Conference Room 2)

  • Light Breakfast will be provided


Presenter Time
Financial Educational Opportunities in the Community Carolyn Steckelberg Human Sciences Specialist, Family Finance Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 10 min
Bank on Central Iowa Melissa Nordell-Earp City of Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency 15 min
Refugee IDA Partnership Programs Idle Abdi Lutheran Social Services in Iowa 10 Min
Homeownership Opportunities Marsha Kephart Exec. Vice President Iowa State Bank 15 min
Asset Building Coalition Membership Opportunities Marsha Kephart 5 min

Bank On Central Iowa | EVERYONE CAN SAVE!

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Financial Coaching Census 2016

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

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

DOWNLOAD FREE COPY of Financial Coaching Census 2016

Consumer Credit of Des Moines

Program highlights

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

Contact Information

FHLB Des Moines - Home$tart® and Home$tart Plus

Home$tart® and Home$tart Plus are down payment and closing cost assistance programs offered by FHLB Des Moines to qualifying home buyers through member financial institutions. Learn more here. Download a AHP 2017 Implementation Plan Home$tart® Program Guidelines here.


Iowa Center for Economic Success

Check out June programs and classes here and register!



Iowa Jump$tart | Improving Financial Literacy for Iowans

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

Jump$tart Conference Registration Iowa Jump$tart Coalition 17th Annual
Personal Financial Literacy Conference
June 21, 2017
FFA Enrichment Center, DMACC, Ankeny

New this Year - Bonus Day!
June 22, 2017
Financial Literacy Content Workshop: Fiscal Fitness - Reaching it and Teaching it
DMACC, Ankeny

Registration Cost: FREE
Submission Deadline: June 14, 2017
Registration Contact: Julie.Ntem@iowa.gov

Register for one day or both days!

LSI Individual Development Account (IDA) Program

Program Goals:

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

*Program allows for:

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

How does it work?

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

Who is eligible?

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

To sign up for this program, you will need:

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

Contact Information

Neighborhood Finance Corporation (NFC)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Learn more about Neighborhood Finance Corp here.

NeighborWorks America

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

 Course Catalog

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

United Way

United Way Urges Congress to:

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

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

Youth Policy Institute of Iowa

Opportunity Passport™

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


Interesting articles to read

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

Volunteer/Donation Opportunities. Sort by Dates of Opportunities

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.

Looking for Iowa Migrant Education Program Mentors

The program focuses on the student’s academic and career guidance needs. Every mentor gets match support and a coordinator of the program to monitor how the mentorship is going. Mentoring an OSY (Out of school youth) is a way of helping someone who can benefit from guidance during their academic journey and it can have an important influence on their future lives. It is an opportunity to learn and grown from other communities and cultures and can broaden one’s perspective and increase cultural understanding. Learn more here. Download Mentoring Program Application here.

For more information and/or to apply to be a mentor please contact: April Dameron, OSY/PK-12 Migrant Non-project Coordinator; 515-491-0732 / april.dameron@iowa.gov

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)

United Way - Graduation Walk

You are invited to volunteer for the 2017 Graduation Walk. You will be paired with a Des Moines Public Schools staff member to visit the homes of students at risk of dropping out of school. You’ll connect personally with the student and their family, share powerful information about how important it is to graduate, and help return them to the path that leads to graduation.

August 26, 2017 9:00 - 11:30 am

Register here.


Warren County Necessity Pantry

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

Drop off times

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

Training/Conferences for Providers Sort by Dates of Events

Appelstein Training Resources - Child Care Training, Consultation, and Publications provdied by Charlie Appelstein, MSW, President

"I have no doubt this book will quickly become one of the most respected works in the child-care field."

-- Robert Brooks, Ph.D
Faculty, Harvard Medical School (part-time)
Coauthor of Raising Resilient Childrenand The Power of Resilience

Pre-Ordering information:

On June 13, ATR will begin accepting pre-orders for the new book. Individuals and institutions that purchase the book prior to publication this fall will receive a 15% discount, free shipping, signed copies if desired, and reduced rates for quantity discounts. Ordering details will be included in an upcoming email message that will be sent on June 13th,  and posted at www.facebook.com/charlietraining and at www.charliea.com.




"Coaching Workshop for FTDM & YTDM Meeting Facilitators"

A Conversation to promote Coaching Skills - Click here to register

In this training participants working towards becoming an approved Coach for FTDM/YTDM meetings will gain an understanding of the concepts and practice around Family Team Decision-Making (FTDM) and Youth Transition Decision-Making (YTDM) Coaching. The training will assist facilitators in the tools to teach advanced facilitation skills through modeling quality practice, providing one-on-one instruction, and providing respectful, strength based evaluation and feedback

REQUIRED: To attend this training you must be an approved FTDM/YTDM facilitator and have been providing FTDM/YTDM meetings for over 2 years.

June 20, 2017
Registration opens at 8:30am
Training from 9:00am to 12:00pm

ISU Extension - Polk county
1625 Adventureland Drive - Suite A
Altoona, IA  50009

Trainer: Lori Mozena


Join us on Wednesday, June 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm EST
Register for the webinar here:

About the Webinar:
How can we support child welfare system change so that young fathers are recognized as critical members of families? How can we improve outcomes for children and families by supporting young fathers in their role as parents? The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) recently released a report highlighting a set of policy recommendations for child welfare systems to better engage, support and serve young fathers, their children and families. This interactive webinar will feature jurisdictions that have implemented some of these policy recommendations. New York City’s Administration for Children Services and the Children’s Institute Inc. of Los Angeles  will discuss their implementation efforts, challenges and lessons learned. The National Fatherhood Initiative, the Fathers and Families Coalition of America and the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse will present resources in support of implementation efforts. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for peer sharing and exploration of future directions for child welfare system change in support of young fathers and their families.

Youth Transition Decision - Making (YTDM) Meeting Facilitation

June 26, 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 assist the participants 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 Fall Prevention Symposium

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017
  • FFA Enrichment Center (1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023)

Falls are a major threat to the health and independence of older adults. One out of every 27 Iowa residents aged 65 or older is hospitalized for a fall-related injury at an average cost of $26,388 but falls are not an inevitable consequence of aging.

Join the Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition for its third annual symposium Standing Together to Prevent Falls and help us work toward routine screening of all older Iowans for fall risks and referral to evidence-based falls prevention programs in communities that have been proven to significantly reduce the risk of falls and fall-related injuries.

The Iowa Falls Prevention Coalition's mission is to foster collaboration among state, community and health care system partners to reduce falls by building awareness and providing education about falls prevention.

Food will be provided at this training.

Registration is $50 until July 6th.
Late registration after July 6th is $75.

Register online at trainingresources.org or register here.

Click HERE to view the agenda

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

Center for the Study of Social Policy

News & Views - May 2017

  • CSSP Welcomes Health Policy Expert to Young Children and their Families Team
  • New Resource to Guide Conversation About Protective and Promotive Factors Among Partners in Family Court Proceeding

  • New Evidence Case Study: Catawba Child Wellbeing Project

  • New Brief Highlights Ways to Identify and Support LGBTQ Youth who have Experienced Sexual Exploitation

  • New on the CSSP Blog

cfed expanding economic opportunity

CFED Has Become Prosperity Now! - Find more here.


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

Child Trends

 June 2017 Issue

  • Student Health: Efforts to end "lunch-shaming" miss the real problem
  • LGBT Youth: Twitter chat will focus on improving data on LGBT youth
  • Child Trends in the News: Hispanic Institute's work on the school-readiness gap cited in Houston Chronicle

FIVE TRENDS Information that counts

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

Children & Families of Iowa

Latest eNewsletter from CFI

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

CYC - community youth concepts

Monthly Happenings at CYC

  • Q&A with Jordan George, our 2017/2018 uVoice Chair
  • Youth Volunteer Corps Summer Camp
  • Summer Career Connect Program
  • uVoice White Paper
  • Save the Date for CYC's 8th Annual Sidewalk Chalk Flood
  • and more

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

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

EMDR Reserach Foundation - Clinical Newletter

EMDR therapy and Suicide: Prevention and Healing Volume 5, Issue 3

  • EMDR therapy and Suicide: Prevention and Healing

Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families

Latest Newsletter - In This Issue

  • P.R.E.P: Encouraging Employability within the Community
  • Free Homebuyer Education Workshop
  • Non-profit Bootcamp Graduation
  • Refilling the Gas Tank to Life's Journey: Iowa Legal Aid Clinic
  • Des Mardi Meets Des Moines
  • Summer Savings: Get a Head Start on Weatherizing Your Home and Your Pocket

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


June 14, Weekly Word

  • Meet Xander - A Boy Who Wants a Family Who Will Accept Him
  • 12 Steps to Teach Your Child a Lesson (Without Grounding Them)
  • Remember to Use Your Adoption Respite Days Before the End of June
  • Remembering Trauma - A 16 Minute Film From the Creator of the ReMoved Film Series

Iowa Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers - Spring 2017

  • A word from the Executive Director
  • Allen Child Protection Center Updates
  • Mercy Child Advocacy Center Updates
  • St. Luke's Child Protection Center
  • Mississippi Valley Child Protection Center Updates
  • Calendar

Iowa Department of Human Rights

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

June 2017

  • Client success story : Shougar Guma
  • Program Highlight : Individual Development Accounts (IDA)
  • Partner spotlight: Marine Credit Union
  • Join us at the Empower Luncheon
  • Get the Dirt on Global Greens

The Dirt - the latest on the Global Greens programs - June 2017

  • Meet Idle! A Rock Start at Regugee Community Services
  • Join us for Pop-up yoga at the Farmers' Market on June 10 at 9:30
  • CSA pickup began May 30th for full shares
  • Alice Water's Spaghetti with Green Garlic
  • Join our Team!
  • Refugee Resettlement 101

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

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

June 2017

  • Acute Care Psychiatric Hospital Beds Available in the Des Moines Area
  • Community Resources
  • Support group for family members
  • Crisis Services in Polk County
  • and more

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


  • Your Duck Adoption Showed Kids That They Matter
  • YESS Duck Derby Flock-Stars
  • Mark Your Calendar

Youth Programs Sort by Beginning Dates of Programs

Des Moines Public Schools summer meal sites - Check out here

Iowa Dept of Ed statewide summer meal sites - Check out here

Young Women's Resource Center

All Summer Programs are free and include field trips, hands on activities, and speakers. Lunch and transportation are provided.

Space is limited. To register, please call 515.244.4901 and talk with an Empowerment team member.

Moving on to Middle School

  • Who: Girls going into 6th grade
  • When: July 17th – July 21st
  • Learn about: Empowerment, Middle School Fears + More!

Sisters of Summer

  • Who: Girls going into 7th and 8th grade
  • When: July 24th – July 28th
  • Who: Girls going into 9th through 12th grade
  • When: June 26th – June 30th
  • Learn about: Empowerment, Relationship Building, Resiliency

State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC)

The State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC) is a non-partisan policy advising organization comprised of young people from across Iowa between the ages of 14 and 20.  These youth leaders are selected to represent all Iowa youth and engage in topics important to young Iowans.  Concerns are drafted and shared with policy makers during the legislative session.

SIYAC was originally established in 2001 by Governor Tom Vilsack as a way to inform legislators and policymakers on issues important to youth.  In 2009, SIYAC was established in Iowa Code §216A.140(8) under the Department of Human Rights, Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development.

SIYAC has 21 voting and 3 non-voting members.  Quarterly meetings are held in Des Moines at the State Capitol Building; monthly meetings are held via conference calls.  New members are selected in June of each year and serve two-year terms.  There are no participation fees.

Become a member of SIYAC!

Applications for the 2017-2018 school year are currently being accepted!

To download an application: SIYAC Application

Questions about applying?

Email SIYAC Coordinator 

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

2017 Summer Camp List: A guide to fun for everyone! provided by ASK Resource Center

Check out these resources to help you and your child prepare for summer camp!

2017 Y.E.S. Summer Workshops 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22 - Girls 4th - 9th

Programming Details:

  • Video creating and editing
  • App development with renowned curriculum
  • Build a house with electricity and hydraulics.  Yes, electricity and hydraulics.
  • Iowa State University's k-12 engineering program will be our guests' instructors for one of the four Saturdays


  • Four workshops from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • The registration fee for all four Saturdays is $45.00
  • (Please note that the fee is the same whether your child attends one or all four sessions)
  • A light meal will be provided during all four workshops

Summer Registration Here
1620 Pleasant Street (Mickle Center), Des Moines, Iowa.
Community Room

2017 Youth Workers Self Enrichment Inservice - for 10th - Undergrads in College

6/22 - College Readiness
7/27 - Managing Money with Thrivent
10/5 - Public Speaking with Pioneer
11/2 - How to Network and it's Benefits 
Details Here

Register here.
Who:  10th grade to college age students, all are welcome
When:  Thursday:  6/22,  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Speakers Jesus Lizarraga from the office of admissions and Lora Leigh-Chrystal from Women in Science and Engineering of Iowa State!

Topics covered:

  • Preparing for college (academically and financially
  • Specifics to women in STEM added (the social-networking aspects)
  • Hands on activities


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


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.

DMACC YouthBuild - Interviews beging Tuesday June 6th. Attend the information meeting and get and interiew scheduled!

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’s only: 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.

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 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

Young Parents' Intiative

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

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

Sessions held on:

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

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC)

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

Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa

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

DHS Child Care Assistance Program Changes

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

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

FTDM/YTDM Questions/Responses

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

Parent Education Classes from Parenting Way

Ten weekly classes that increase Parenting Abilities and Awareness, teach the importance of Values and build Respectful Individuals and Families.
Ongoing Family Support and Parent Development. ​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.

The Immigrant Visa Process

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

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

> BRYCS Youth Conversations: Dipesh, a Bhutanese Teen

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

>Parenting Handbooks:

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

Current courses include:

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

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
  • Building a Mother-Daughter Bond
  • Building Stronger Families
  • A Voice for Change
  • "I feel Free:
  • Finding Calm
  • Being There for Beth

The Dirt - the latest on the Global Greens programs - June 2017

  • Meet Idle! A Rock Start at Regugee Community Services
  • Join us for Pop-up yoga at the Farmers' Market on June 10 at 9:30
  • CSA pickup began May 30th for full shares
  • Alice Water's Spaghetti with Green Garlic

LSI has three current openings for new VISTAs for 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

LSI Refugee IDA Program

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

New Online Resource for Supporting Refugee Children and Families


Travel Trainer Program for the refugee clients

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

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

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

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

Refugee Summit 2016 (archives)

Click here to find out more.


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

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

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


  • Des Moines Area: Healthcare Interpretation Guide. Download here


Violence & Crime 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.

Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

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


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

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

Together we can create healthy childhoods for a strong Iowa.

Liz Cox

Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa

Teens Against Human Trafficking

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

The Crisis Observation Center has moved to Broadlawns Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

Interesting Articles to Read

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


Juvenile Justice Resources

Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP)

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

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

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

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

Fifth Judicial District Juvenile Court - FINDINGS IN THE FIFTH

Latest eNewsletter

In this issue:JCS Annual Meeting features Implicit Bias

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

Jim Casey Initiative/Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice

Latest eNewsletter 

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

Measuring For Justice

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

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

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

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

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

Reducing Suspension & Expulsion Practices in Early Childhood Settings

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

Employment & Financial Independence Resources

For Providers (Sort the job titles in alphabetical order)

Equity Coordinator Position with City of Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Department

The Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Department is now accepting applications for its Equity Coordinator position. The primary duty for this position is to address systemic inequities in order to ensure that all persons in Des Moines, IA have the opportunity to move up the socio-economic ladder. All persons interested in making a difference in the Des Moines, Iowa area are encouraged to apply. Please encourage applicants to apply through the City’s website by June 26, 2017 at 5:00pm. Please forward any questions to humanrights@dmgov.org.

Executive Director with Iowa Chapter of Children's Advocacy Centers

Iowa Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers (ICCAC) is seeking a visionary and strategic leader to become the Executive Director of ICCAC.  The successful candidate will be passionate about our mission to promote and support Iowa communities in providing a coordinated investigation and comprehensive response to child victims of abuse through Children’s Advocacy Centers and multi-disciplinary teams.  The Executive Director position requires an entrepreneurial and experienced leader in child advocacy initiatives and organizations.

An ideal candidate should be able to think broadly and strategically about our work and also be detail oriented and organized about the implementation and structures necessary to move our vision into reality. The Executive Director is responsible for the strategic leadership of operations, member coordination, public policy, communication, and fundraising for ICCAC. This individual must create opportunities, produce results, and understand the needs of member centers.

Requirements:  BA/BS degree required and/or Master’s degree preferred in relevant field with management and leadership experience in systems of child abuse investigation, prosecution and treatment, including supervisory, contract administration and grant writing experience.

A comprehensive and competitive wage and benefit package is available for the successful candidate. The annualized salary range is $55,000 - $70,000 with consideration for years of experience and education levels. Employee benefits include health care coverage and retirement plan.

An application is available at www.iowacacs.org. Send the completed application and a resume for the Executive Director position to: Barbara Small, Chair, Board of Directors, Iowa Chapter of Children’s Advocacy Centers, 505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1001, Des Moines, Iowa 50309 or submit by email to nwellsiccac@gmail.com. Candidates should be available for employment by September 18, 2017.  Applications will be accepted until position is filled and applications will be reviewed as received.  ICCAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and no individual will be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.

Executive Assistant to the CEO

YSS is seeking a full time Executive Assistant responsible for enhancing the CEO's effectiveness by providing executive and administrative support in a one-on-one working relationship. We are looking for a candidate who aligns with our core values, and takes initiative and gets things done without being asked.  Someone who is proactive and self-directed.  We need a someone with a can-do spirit and someone who is comfortable managing multiple tasks.

At essence, the ideal candidate:

  1. Wants to change the world!
  2. Really, truly enjoys supporting others in achieving this mission – ambitious about all that can be done behind the scenes.

A few other qualities we're looking for include:

  • Wicked smart – and is always focused on results.
  • Is hyper-organized. This person LOVES handling details, and has a near obsession with creating and managing systems (and nudging others to use them).
  • Has infectious enthusiasm. This person doesn't have to be the life of the party but should be the person who smiles at every party.
  • Is a problem-solver at heart. Maybe you’ve taught yourself how to use different technologies, or sought out new ways of doing things.
  • Is truly hungry to find the best ways to support others

Click here for a copy of the job description and apply.


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

Wednesday Hiring Day

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

  • When: Every 4th Wednesday of the month from 9:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.
  • What: Speak to a Company Representative; Submit a resume; Submit an applicationWhere: 801 University Ave, Unit 3, Des Moines, Iowa 50314

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

Goodwill of Central Iowa - June 15 Hiring Event

Job seekers are invited to register for the pre-Hiring Event “Fine-Tune Your…Interview” session from 9:30-10:30 AM. Call 953-6456 or email me to register; six registrants are needed to hold the class, so please include name and phone number of registrants.

For job seekers who submit proof of application to the following organizations, we are scheduling interviews for Thursday, June 15 from 11 AM - 3 PM (see exact employer times below). Pre-applications earn a first-come, first-served spot for interviews—call 953-6456 or email Kathyr@dmgoodwill.org and please be sure to encourage friends and clients to come in or send proof of application!


  • BCForward, 11 AM – 3 PM- Typically Assembly or Forklift/Warehouse temporary-to-hire

Online or Paper Application (with Resume recommended):

  • Goodwill of Central Iowa, 1-3 PM, Outlet Store Store Clerk and Production:


Paper Application

  • Staybridge Suites, E. Locust, Des Moines, 11 AM – 1:15 PM:  PT Front Desk Clerk (2) and PT Night Auditor (1); paper applications are at the Career Connection Center

Online Only

  • PerMar, 11 AM – 2 PM: www.permarsecurity.com (Begin as friendly security at events like the Principal Charity Classic, and other upcoming events on a PT basis, with possible growth into FT roles.)
  • UPS, 11 AM – 1 PM:  Package Handlers PT , 4-5 hour shifts (with benefits),  www.ups.com
  • Volt Workforce Solutions, Time 11-1:  Volt Des Moines Job Listings and Application Link, warehouse, assembly and traffic clerk (admin. work)

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

The Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Academy - June 20th, 2017The Transportation, Distribution and Logistics Academy will also be returning to the community, after training several cohorts in the corrections system we are bringing the training back to our general population and have several spots still open for the June 20th class. This training is a great way to understand the industry and how things get to us from the manufacturer. The participants will receive certifications in Logistics, OSHA 10 and forklift. Download a flyer here.
Here is the link to the TDL Academy online application. 

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 June 2017 class schedule  – Indianola Office106 East 2nd Ave. ∙ Indianola, IA 50125 (No Appointment Necessary)

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

(515) 962-5017 ∙ weliftjobsearch@gmail.com

Transportation Security Officers (TSO) at Des Moines International Airport!

The TSA currently has additional part-time and full-time TSO positions open.  Attached is a flier with details about pay starting at $15.37/hour, full-time federal benefits, and options for application. Any assistance you are able to provide in distributing this flier and/or its contents within your community again would be greatly appreciated.


This Excel Spreadsheet is the list of current openings throughout WesleyLife.  For those of you that are new to receiving the list, locations in red are in the Des Moines metro or just on the outskirts.  Locations in purple are within 45 minutes of Des Moines and the locations in brown are further out.

Also check out the CNA Scholarship Program, a flyer about the Meals on Wheels program (there are opportunities for part time drives, Monday through Friday from 10A-2P, plus opportunities to volunteer within this transportation unit), and a flyer for hospice volunteers.  Hospice is not an area where most people think of volunteering but there is such a great need.  If you would like more information about Hospice volunteer opportunities, please reach out to Sarah Lindner, WesleyLife Volunteer Coordinator

Wellsfargo - Collector I Job Opening ID 5336188 Aug 21st Class. Learn more here.

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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