Student Services Contact Form

If you cannot find the assistance you need, please click here to complete our contact form so our staff can follow up with you.

Des Moines Public Schools is committed to providing as many connections to services for students and families as possible for those who need support. We are grateful for many partners throughout the community who work with DMPS in assisting our students and their families. Please check back regularly as this list will be updated.

If you are unable to find the resources you need here, you will find additional resources through our partner EveryStep.  To access their guide to winter resources, click here.

Adult Programs

Evelyn K. Davis Center

Basic Digital Skills Classes
Join us to develop computer skills and learn about using software programs. All classes are free and take place in the Center’s computer lab. Space is limited to 15 participants so please register early. Three levels are offered: Level 1, Introduction to Computers and Level 2; Level 3, Microsoft Wod & Excel. Each class has a capacity of 15 people, reserve your space by completing this registration form. Classes are offered in-person at the Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families. To register:

Our computer lab is open to the public! The lab is not intended for one-on-one computer instruction however, a staff person will be on-site to assist with logging in or printing.

Career Fairs: Our next Career Fair you don’t want to miss! Wednesday, OCTOBER 26, 11:00am-2:00pm. At the DMACC Urban Campus Building 7. Come check out the many Central Iowa Businesses looking for employees!

Need a resume? Our career coaches are ready to provide one-on-one resume assistance:


Personalized Learning and Career Enhancement Academy, is great place for former DMPS students between the ages of 21 and 25 to return to finish high school. Childcare is provided and the classes are typically 2 times per week.

St. Vincent de Paul

All listed classes are offered to the public. Go to to sign-up or call 515-282-8327, ext. 150 at least one day in advance to register for classes. Space is limited and schedules are subject to change.

  • Retail Management Class
    This is a Retail Management Apprenticeship virtual program which equals 144 hours of contact time for eight courses. The class is geared toward St. Vincent de Paul retail key holders and managers. Back2Work (Job Training Program) *This program takes participants through two weeks of classroom training and connects them with career pathway opportunities! Classes run for 8 days and are held every other month.
  • Financial Literacy
    Learn about goal setting, budgeting, and strategies to help you become more financially organized and stable. This class will be offered monthly as requested. Resume Writing * This class takes your employment history and helps you create a clean and precise resume and references. This class is help monthly or by making an appointment with Education Center Staff. Healthy Relationships *This course consists of two sessions where our staff instruct six pillars centered around open communication skills. When participants learn more tools to learn how to communicate, they are able to build a stronger relationship together.
  • IMMERSION /Prison Re-Entry Program
    Are you or a loved one in need of support while re-entering society from incarceration? Our IMMERSION program may be able to help. Give us a call at (515) 282-8327 ext. 590 to learn more!


DMACC Adult Literacy Center (ALC) can help adults improve reading, writing, and speaking skills To enroll, request an application by calling 515-248-7517, emailing, or visiting

Adult learners have two paths to receive FREE literacy instruction: 1) one-to-one for 1 1/2 hours a week with a volunteer literacy coach; and/or 2) online computer-based learning, anywhere/anytime. Adults receive the support they need (both virtually and in-person) to improve basic literacy skills and to work toward life goals. Learning sessions occur virtually and/or face-to-face.
To volunteer as a one-to-one literacy coach, visit

The Young Adult Program (YAP) prepares eligible young adults, ages 18-24, for employment in high-demand careers by establishing a community of supporters. The 12/18-month program provides proactive academic support, individualized employment coaching, and free tuition and required books/supplies for short-term DMACC certificate programs. For more info: Or, contact Jennifer Rice at or 319-415-0244.


If You Need Childcare Options

If you need childcare options: Call 1-855-244-5301 or go to

If You Are a Provider and Need Support

If you are a provider and need support:

Highland Park Community Church

Highland Park Community Church
4101 Amherst Street
Daycare | Before-care | Aftercare


  • Completion of online assignments from school
  • STEM activities
  • Box lunch provided by the school system
  • Outdoor recess when possible
  • Extra math, reading, & history lessons
  • Arts/crafts activities
  • Outdoor games when possible
  • Desk top & laptop computers available with Wifi access
  • Classrooms equipped with Smart TV’s and DVD players for moral, educational, and character development programming.

Grades of children must be Kindergarten-8th grade

FREE Before-care availability from 7-7:45 AM. $2 aftercare availability from 3 PM to 6 PM (for employment reasons only) 2. Child care facility procedures are being followed. This includes daily temperature checks of staff and students upon arrival, assigned seats, cleaning throughout the day, and masks when in close proximity for extended times with children.

Questions? Contact Pastor Philip Herman at or call 515-444-7698

** This is not a Des Moines Public Schools publication and is being provided as a courtesy to inform you of other community activities and opportunities available. to

Clothing Assistance

Amazing Grace Ministries & Outreach

Amazing Grace Ministries & Outreach or call 277-9062.

Bethel AME Church

Bethel AME Church or call 515-266-1205

Bidwell Riverside Center

Bidwell Riverside Center or call 515-244-6251.

Capitol Hill Lutheran Church

Capitol Hill Lutheran Church
511 Des Moines St. Des Moines

Call the office church office at 515-244-8913 or inquire:

Central Iowa Shelter & Services

Central Iowa Shelter & Services
1420 Mulberry St.

Clothing, including warm winter clothing when available. For information about clothing status, contact Melissa Gradischnig at (515) 564-5752 or For more information about CISS:

EveryStep Holiday Assistance Guide

Food, Utilities, Coats, and Toys. Please see attachment.

Dress for Success

Dress for Success
6000 Grand Ave.

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. For more information, visit: or call: 515-288-0130

Eddie Davis Community Center

Eddie Davis Community Center
1312 Grand Ave, West Des Moines

Open Monday- Friday, Noon -4 p.m. For more information: or call 515-277-1103.

The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

During this unprecedented time, the Evelyn K. Davis Center is continuing to provide phone and web-delivered services. Their job developers have all the tools needed to work one-on-one and services like resume development and connections to employers can still take place.

Please call 515-697-7700: leave a message as all calls are being received and directed to staff. Or, book an appointment with a Financial Coach online:

Highland Park Christian Church

Highland Park Christian Church
4250 NW 6th St

The Clothes Closet is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9-11 a.m.
View the HPCC calendar here: GOOGLE CALENDAR
Location: 4260 NW 6th Dr. | Des Moines, IA 50313
Phone: (515) 244-3182

Imani Family Church

Imani Family Church
815 8th St., West Des Moines

Fashionable clothing for teens and young adults. Open Tuesdays and Thursday from 5:30- 7:00 p.m.

St. Vincent De Paul

St. Vincent De Paul
Make an appointment at either location:

  • 1426 6th Avenue: 515-282-8327 Ext. 14
  • 520 Army Post Road: 515-282-8328 Ext. 30

For more information:

Zion Church

Zion Church
4300 Beaver Ave.

The clothing closet is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10AM-noon.

Used clothing for children and adults as well as bedding and some housewares are available free of charge. Located 4300 Beaver Ave. For other resources: Contact the office at 270-8142 or

Domestic Violence/Victims Services

24-hour Crisis Hotlines

  • Iowa Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 1-800-770-1650 or text “IOWAHELP” to 20121. Free and confidential phone services
  • Iowa Sexual Abuse Hotline – (800) 284-7821
  • Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) – (515) 286-3600

Agencies Serving Polk County

  • Children and Families of Iowa (domestic violence, emergency shelter) – (515) 471-8699 / Crisis Line: (800) 942-0333 (Counties: Polk and Warren)
  • L.U.N.A (domestic violence, sexual abuse – Latinx Community) – 1-866-256-7668 (24-hour crisis line) (Counties: Polk, Warren and Marshall)
  • Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (domestic violence, sexual abuse – Asian/Pacific Islander Community) – (515) 288-0881 (24 hour crisis line)
  • NISAA (domestic abuse, sexual assault – African Immigrant & Refugee Community) – (515) 288-0881 (24 hour crisis line) (Counties: Statewide)
  • Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services (violent crimes, sexual abuse) – (515) 286-3600 (24 hour crisis line) (Counties: Polk and Warren)
  • RISE (domestic abuse, sexual assault – Native American Community) – (641) 481-0334 (Counties: Statewide)
  • Transformative Healing (sexual abuse – a safe space for LGBTQIA victims/survivors) – (319) 389-8430 (Counties: Statewide)


Kurtz Opportunity Center

(1000 Porter Ave.)

Accepts all insurances, including Title 19. Sliding and set fee options available.

Call to schedule: (515) 242-8488 | Extension 2

  • Screening
  • Cleaning
  • Exam
  • x-rays
  • preventative & restorative care

For more information:


IMOM is a large two-day free dental clinic that provides oral health care to individuals who face barriers to receiving dental care. A full-service dental clinic with 100 dental operatories will be set up and patients will be treated on a first-come/first-served basis. This year’s location will be at the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, 3000 E. Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA. IMOM will run November 4-5 from 6:00 am – 5:00 pm.

IMOM is seeking volunteers who are 14 and needs both dental professionals (dentists, hygienists, and assistants) and general volunteers (interpreters, patient escorts, childcare providers, food and beverage servers, registration volunteers, etc.) to assist with a wide variety of tasks.

Register to volunteer today! For more information, see the attached flyers and contact the IDA staff about this rewarding opportunity.

English Language Learning Community

FindHello app – Afghan Resource Center

The “FindHello” app has added an Afghan Resource Center. Dari and Pashto are now available on their app as well. For more information, you can find their app in app stores or on their direct link here.

The Bureau of Refugee Services

The Bureau of Refugee Services (BRS) is now offering a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) program. This program will help participants prepare for the class, enroll into the DMACC CDL program at no cost, and obtain a job after completion, see the flyer here. For questions or to learn how to enroll, email Rasheed Ebrahim directly here.

Clive Public Library

Have you visited the Harbach Center and Public Library in Clive? They offer a variety of services for both youth and adults, including ELL classes, clubs, physical activity programs, and much more. Located at 8505 Harbach Blvd in Clive. See the flyer here for more information.

Central Iowa Immigrant Emergency Support Fund (CIIESF)

The fund is set up to meet the needs of Iowa immigrants in meatpacking and farmworkers who do not qualify for government assistance during this global pandemic. The fund assists community members facing significant challenges due to loss of income, illness, or other COVID-19 related impacts. The assistance has covered basic needs including rent, mortgages, utilities, transportation, and medicine for individuals and their families during the last few months.


You can now file DACA renewal forms online!
If you were previously granted DACA, you now have the option to file your renewal Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization online. You also must include the Form I-765 Worksheet.

To file online, you must first create a myUSCIS account. The account is free and allows you to track your case, respond to requests for evidence, and communicate with USCIS online. For these reasons, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) encourages you to file immigration benefit requests online.

If you are requesting DACA for the first time, you cannot file online at this time. While USCIS is accepting initial DACA requests, a July 16, 2021 court order prohibits USCIS from approving them at this time. Therefore, you may submit an initial request by mail, but all first-time DACA requests are on hold.

Des Moines Public Library

Check out all the great programs offered through Des Moines Public Libraries!

  • The Southside and Central Des Moines Public Libraries will be offering English Conversation Practice in September and October this year. More information can be found on the South flyer here (English) and Central flyer here (Spanish).
  • There is Reading Help for Adults at North Side Library on Wednesdays from 3-4
  • There is a Computer Basics Class held in Spanish twice a month at Central, flyer attached here.
  • In addition to English Conversation Practice, we’re now also offering Job Seekers Help in partnership with Evelyn K. Davis. Our Job Seekers Help is going strong at North on Wednesdays 10-1 and South on Wednesdays and Thursdays (bilingual Spanish) 10. More information can be found on the flyer here.
  • There is also a section of this program that takes place at North Side Library on Wednesdays from 10-2 as well. More information on this section can be found on the flyer here.


DMACC’s Workforce Training Academy (WTA) is planning an event for local refugee service providers, DMACC’s ELL leadership, Evelyn K Davis Center leadership and Lead Career Coach, as well as WTA’s team on January 27th from 10- noon, here at Southridge. The event includes a tour of our location and classrooms, including our CNA, Welding, and Dog Grooming labs, with presentations by the WTA Program Coordinators. The ultimate goal is to connect the refugee community to the educational/training opportunities we provide which can lead to a career.


Multi-lingual crisis response website, crisis help-line, daily news & resources in the community:

Have you lost your home or been treated unfairly because of your race, color, or where you are from? The Iowa Civil Rights Commission and EMBARC can help you if you experienced discrimination.
Please contact us if you have questions or want to share your experience.

  • Burmese 515.207.9442
  • Chin Dialects 515.216.0974
  • Karen 515.216.0143
  • Karenni 515.216.0712

Instructional Videos:

To Report Any Incidents of Bias Against Asian Americans

To report any incidents of bias against Asian Americans:
Please fill out this form and report any incidents to the City of Des Moines Commission on Human Rights:

COVID-19 Information for Undocumented Immigrants in Iowa

How-to pick-up prescriptions at pharmacies:

The Vermont Language Justice Project created videos on how to pick up prescriptions at pharmacies. The videos have been created for many common refugee languages, as well as Dari, Pashto, and Ukrainian.


Also see IMPACT below under the Financial Assistance category.

Language interpreters are available by calling the Iowa English Language Learner (ELL) Help Line at 1-877-558-2609.

International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises—including the climate crisis—to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.

Iowa Congolese Association

We are very excited to announce that their driving class will resume on April 15th 2022 after a year of pause due to Covid19. The class is free and designed specifically for refugees and immigrants in Central Iowa. Participants are required to obtain an Iowa Instruction’s Permit on their own.

Drive practices will take place on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays by appointment only. To schedule a drive time, please contact ICOACH at 515-505-9109 or

ICOACH’s Transportation is available Monday – Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Not available on Sundays. Due to a higher call volume of ride requests, ICOACH needs 48-hour notice for non-emergency appointments. If you or someone you work with need a ride, please contact ICOACH. Requests can be made by using one of these three options:

Iowa Refugee Counseling Services

Iowa Refugees Counseling Center (IRCC) provides culturally and linguistically appropriate outreach and mental health services to meet the social and emotional health needs of refugees and immigrants. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are only able to offer counseling via telemedicine platforms and only to those who have a conversational command of the English language. If you have no access to reliable internet service or to a confidential space, but still would like to participate in counseling services, we may be able to provide office space and a computer for your use, on a weekly basis here at ICCompassion, but the therapist will still be remote. To schedule an appointment:

Other Translated COVID 19 Resources:

Iowa Total Care

Iowa Total Care is announcing their free Language Access Services. Our culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare services are available to all our members and all reasonable accommodations are provided to equal access to communication resources. Download this free Language Access Services and Guidelines: or Download this free Language Interpretation Services Poster. Any questions can be directed to C&

Iowa Department of Human Rights Multilingual Resources

Translated COVID-19 Guidance and Information Documents
COVID-19 guidance and information documents issued by the Iowa Department of Education are being translated into Iowa’s top six most used languages of Spanish, Arabic, Swahili, Karen, Karenni, and Vietnamese. Documents targeted specifically for families are being translated into the additional eight languages of Bosnian, Chinese (Traditional), Burmese, French, Nepali, Somali, Marshallese, and Nilo-Saharan. Translated documents will be added to this page as they are issued and updated.

Iowa Spanish Helpline: 515-344-3936. Hours of operation: Monday-Saturday 8:00 am- 8:00 pm

Iowa Department of Education

For questions and information about student learning in several different languages:

American Friends Service Committee Immigration Attorney List

Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI)

The LSI Refugee and Immigrant Wellness (therapy and case management) offers conversation-based support for life’s challenges. : Arabic, Burmese, English, French, Karen, Kinyamulenge, Nepali, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, and Tigrinya. Please feel free to share.

Lutheran Services in Iowa is offering multiple class sessions for the Spring of 2023, including Citizenship and English Classes. The full roster of the LSI ELL classes can be found here.

LSI is hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site to support refugees or immigrants in filing their taxes. Filing is free for participants and are completed securely by tax certified volunteers. Immigrants are at an increased risk for scams, frauds and predatory practices around tax season- filing taxes properly, securely and on time can help to protect their identity, secure loans in the future, apply for financial aide, and even to apply for citizenship. To learn more, visit Appointments are STRONGLY encouraged, to make an appointment- please call or text Miasem Abidulrazaq at (515)443-2870 or send an email to Flyers about this program are available here in Swahili, Dari, English, Pashto, and French. More languages to come.

North Point Church

North Point Church is offering Adult community based ELL classes on Monday nights 6:00 – 7:30pm through May. 9901 NW 62nd Avenue, Johnston, Iowa 50131. All nationalities and all levels of English (none-some-conversational) are invite. NO FEES and NO registration required, walk-ins welcome! More information can be found on the flyer here.

Office of Refugee Resettlement

The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) provides new populations with the opportunity to achieve their full potential in the United States. Our programs provide people in need with critical resources to assist them in becoming integrated members of American society.

ORR benefits and services (PDF) are available to eligible persons from the following groups:

ORR’s Survivors of Torture program provides rehabilitative, social, and legal services to individuals — regardless of immigration status – who have experienced torture which occurred outside the U.S.

ORR also provides care and placement for unaccompanied children who enter the United States from other countries without an adult guardian.

We have five divisions:

Our office provides social services that help refugees become self-sufficient as quickly as possible after their arrival in the United States. To address specific health challenges of refugees, ORR also provides guidance, resources and oversight for medical assistance, initial medical screening and health and mental health consultation.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement has put together some great multi-lingual resources for disaster preparation (including winter storms, hypothermia and frostbite). The booklet has been translated into Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Farsi, French, Karenni, Kinyarwanda, Nepali, Karen, Sgaw Karen, Somali, Swahili, Tibetan, and Tigrinya. The English version is also on the website, with print-ready versions in the languages listed above. Also attached is additional content on Hypothermia and Frostbite in Dari and Pashto

Plymouth Congregational Church

The RENEW English classes offered at Plymouth Congregational Church (42nd and Ingersoll in DSM) will be resuming in person classes, Wednesdays 10-12, and Saturdays 3-5pm. The classes provide tutoring and instruction for all levels of English. They are also looking for volunteers to help with both childcare and transportation for these classes. If interested, you can reach out to the program contacts here.


Proteus provides agricultural workers and their families with affordable health care, education assistance, food, and job training.

Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (RACI)

RACi is a network of service providers, government agencies, religious groups, non-profits and educational institutions that work together to be better serve the needs of our refugee population in central Iowa. We provide assistance in the areas of health, housing, transportation, interpretation, education, legal, advocacy at federal, state, and local government level. Refugee Resource Directory — Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa 

For general information about events, go to the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa Events Calendar

For more information about resources, go  to the their Refugee Resources Guide

Interpreters will be available 8:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m. with a 24-hour voicemail for the following languages but not limited to:

  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Swahili
  • Kinyarwanda
  • Kirundi
  • Kinvamulenge
  • French
  • Burmese
  • Karen
  • Karenni
  • Nepali
  • Somali
  • Tigrinya
  • Kunama
  • Amharic
  • Nuer
  • Mabaan
  • Vietnamese
  • Mandarin

If anyone has any questions about food benefits or needs help to enroll, they are welcome to contact the Bureau of Refugee Services at 515-875-5600.

Settle In For Ukrainians

Ukrainian resource: Settle In for Ukrainians, an initiative launched by the Cultural Orientation Resource Exchange, is designed to directly engage newly arrived Ukrainians resettling in the United States. Settle In serves as a touchpoint to disseminate vital, correct information in an interactive format tied to early resettlement services, employment, housing, and education. In addition to posts and the ability to directly message with trained and experienced Ukrainian- and Russian-speaking Digital Community Liaisons, Settle In for Ukrainians will host live-stream events on Facebook.

University of Iowa Social Work Scholarship

There is a new scholarship available to “people with lived refugee experience” in Iowa who want to pursue a social work degree at the University of Iowa! If you know anyone who is interested (it will be available for students starting Fall 2023), they can contact the UI School of Social Work directly at and ask about the ABCD Therapy scholarship or look at the information online. As it is so new, they are still working out the details for applicants, but you can expect to see it online by the beginning of the Spring semester 2023 (Jan 2023). This scholarship does not require the applicant to have a refugee visa – only the experience of forced displacement. This includes, but is not limited to, asylum seekers, undocumented folks, survivors of torture and trafficking, and folks with refugee visas and lottery visas.

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI)

The USCRI Des Moines Field Office has welcomed over 4,000 refugees from around the world to Central Iowa since 2010. Refugees resettled in Central Iowa primarily come from Afghanistan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria. Newly arrived refugees receive comprehensive services including housing placement, cultural orientation, school enrollment, healthcare coordination, and employment preparation and placement. USCRI Des Moines also serves survivors of human trafficking and refugees and immigrants who have been in the U.S. for longer periods of time.

READY4Life is open for anyone who self-identifies as a refugee, immigrant, or asylum-seeker and is aged 14-24. Documentation of their status is NOT required, and they do not have to have come through the R&P program. The program is a 16-hour course focused on communication skills, relationship building, conflict management, and emotional self-regulation. Clients participate in surveys related to their experiences and can receive up to $95 worth of Wal-Mart gift cards. They are also eligible for 8 months of case management. More information can be found on the flyer here.


Covid Recovery Iowa

Covid Recovery Iowa

    Providing emotional support, education, and basic crisis counseling to you and your family and connecting you to community support systems.
    Reaching out via secure virtual meetings with you or others in your community to help with recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Assessing your needs and making referrals to community-based disaster relief services and agencies to extend support services when necessary.
    Providing education to help you understand responses, processes and assistance opportunities related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dress for Success Des Moines

The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

We accomplish this through 3 programs:

  • The Career Service Center: Career coaching and workshops are available for women entering the workforce
  • The Boutique – Personal Shopping Experience: One on one suiting experience for an upcoming interview, internship and/or employment
  • Professional Women’s Group: A group designed to support working women retain and advance in their careers

Contact Info: or call 515-288-0130

Iowa Works

IowaWORKS centers provide limited in-person to assist customers who are looking for work. Basic services include assistance with job searches, applications, resume preparation and other services to help Iowans with their employment needs. Individuals are strongly encouraged to telephone their local office to schedule an appointment. For more information:

  • Des Moines 200 Army Post – Phone: 515-281-9619, Option #9
  • Des Moines Park Fair Mall – Phone: 515-725-3601

To file for unemployment:

For information about unemployment insurance benefits, contact the IWD call center at 1-866-239-0843 or email

Employer On-Site Hiring Events
Looking for a chance to speak with a company one-on-one? Eager to discuss open positions with hiring employers? Get a leg up by connecting with employers at one of our weekly Hiring Events. Feel free to bring your current resume and apply on the spot. Please visit our Facebook page at @IowaWorksDesMoines for a schedule of employers, posted each Friday.

Essential Tools for Job Seekers
Learn about the resources and services available to job seekers at your local IowaWORKS/American Job Center. Get an introduction to the Maximize Your Potential Workshop Series so you can decide your next step – assessments, job searching, resumes, interviewing and more. *Essential Tools for Job seekers is offered both virtually, via Zoom, as well as in person. Please check the Events Calendar on for details.

Mock Interviews
Have an upcoming interview that you would like to prepare for? Been a while since you’ve interviewed, and you would like to practice? Check with one of our Career Planners to schedule a Mock Interview. Staff will take the time to develop industry specific questions and give you valuable feedback. On-demand mock interviews are also available if you do not have time to schedule ahead.

Readiness Workshops
National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) This certificate is a portable, nationally recognized credential that serves as proof of your workplace skills. Includes three assessments centered on Applied Mathematics, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents. Awarded at four levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum), based on an individual’s scores on each assessment. *Must register prior to attending.

Title I Adult & Dislocated Worker Information Sessions
Join this Information Session to see if you might be eligible for career planning, education/training and case management services through the Title I Adult and Dislocated Worker program.

Bring Your A-Game to Work (Work Ethic)
The A-Game provides information on improving your personal/soft skills for employment. Topics include Appearance, Accountability, Attendance, Ambition, Attitude, Acceptance, and Appreciation. *Certificate awarded upon completion.

Resume Lab
Not sure how to describe what you did at your last job? Join our staff at this open lab and create a resume that catches the attention of employers. Work at your own pace and join us in the lab as often as needed. *Create a Great Resume Workshop is recommended beforehand, but not required.

Conflict Resolution
How do you handle conflict and confrontation? This class provides the user knowledge on handling conflict in the workplace and how to work effectively with different types of people.

LinkedIn Lab
Have you heard of LinkedIn and wanted to create a profile but did not know where to start? We can help with that! Join IowaWORKS today and learn how to create an account, write a compelling headline, and take your career aspirations to the next level.

Virtual Job Club
A different workshop each week on a variety of work-based topics designed for any job seeker.

Evelyn K. Davis Center For Working Families

During this unprecedented time, the Evelyn K. Davis Center is continuing to provide phone and web-delivered services. Their job developers have all the tools needed to work one-on-one and services like resume development and connections to employers can still take place.

Please call 515-697-7700: leave a message as all calls are being received and directed to staff. Or, book an appointment with a Financial Coach online:

U.S. Department of Labor

For general information on COVID-19 policies and law in the workplace:


Wells Fargo

Empowers those with disabilities. Looking for people who are skilled on a computer, fast with 10-key typing, detail-oriented & self-motivated. Go to

Wells Fargo and Advocations STRIDE Program

Financial Assistance | General Help

United Way 211

Simply Dial 211 or visit:

United Way (211) has Polk County’s most up-to-date information about assistance programs. They can make the best referral based upon the facts of each individual.

CROSS Outreach

Serves our community in a virtual format with a primary focus on making a small gift toward rent, security deposit, electric or water bill assistance for Polk County residents facing a one-time crisis. We are unable to assist more than once in a 12-month period. For assistance, please call 515-279-9998 or visit:

EveryStep Holiday Assistance Guide


FEMA has funds to assist with funeral expenses for people that have died from Covid. As of right now this resource from FEMA is that the benefit is being underutilized. More information, including how to apply, can be found at their website here.

Furniture Resources

Hope Ministries Drop-In Center

Located at 1310 6th Ave, Des Moines Open 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday—Friday Services for individuals and families include assistance with housing and job applications, resumes, obtaining documents (photo I.D, social security card, etc.) veteran’s resources and more.

Hope Ministries Drop-In Center

Located at 1310 6th Ave, Des Moines Open 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday—Friday Services for individuals and families include assistance with housing and job applications, resumes, obtaining documents (photo I.D, social security card, etc.) veteran’s resources and more.

Iowa Finance Authority

Residential Utility Disruption Prevention Program. The program will benefit Iowans facing the disconnection of utilities due to an inability to pay electric, natural gas and water bills. Qualifying families must have lost income due to COVID-19. Call 515-348-8813 or visit:

  • Receive up to $2,000 towards utilities if at risk of disconnection due to COVID-19. The deadline for this is November 20. These monies may retro back: important to note that this money will NOT impact a household’s ability to apply for LIHEAP which started on November 1 and runs until April 30.
  • Funds have been allocated to help renters and mortgage owners with their payments to avoid eviction/foreclosure. This money will also retro. The max for renters is $3,200 (up to 4 months of payments) and $3,600 (up to 2 months of payments). IFA has let us know that the deadline for applications on this will be December 4. This way IFA can process all the applications before December 30. Here is where people would apply:

Zion Church

Used clothing, furniture, bedding and some housewares are available free of charge. Bread on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Located 4300 Beaver Ave. Call ahead for office hours at 270-8142. For more information:


Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

The EMBRACE program is a financial assistance program funded by the Des Moines Register that can provide up to $500 towards the purchase of household items, appliances, mattresses, car repairs or tires. IMPACT will take applications between Nov 25th- Jan 31st. Call to apply (515) 518-4770 and come in with the supporting documentation to finish the application with our staff. This program is first-come, first served and the Des Moines Register may contact you for a story if you are selected for the program.

The RAYS program is a scholarship program for eligible youth to help cover costs for a multitude of activities including, but not limited to sports registration, band, dance, and other recreational programs. The RAYS Scholarship can provide up to $100 per individual and has a limit of $200 per household. Call to apply (515) 518-4770.

For these and other resources (food, hygiene, recreation discounts visit:

UpLift Iowa

UpLift Iowa, the Central Iowa Basic Income Pilot, is the first cross-sector collaborative basic income initiative to take place in the state of Iowa. This community learning opportunity will study the impacts of an unrestricted no-strings-attached, basic income for 24 months. There are no limitations on how income payments are spent. Selected individuals are free to use the money to best meet their needs. Applications will be open February 17 – 27. More information can be found on these translated one pagers in: Swahili, Spanish, Pashto, Burmese, Nepali, Somali, English and Vietnamese. Informational sessions will be scheduled soon with interpretation provided in Swahili, Spanish, Pashto, and Burmese. More information can be found on their website:

Polk County General Assistance

General Assistance provides temporary assistance with basic and special needs to eligible Polk County residents. Individuals and families who are at risk due to a temporary crisis and/or a mental or physical incapacity and who meet income guidelines may be assisted. General assistance may help with:

  • Basic Needs- Food, Rental Assistance, Household/Personal Items and Utility Payments
  • Utility payments: For people whose electricity and/or water is already shut off or disconnected or if you can’t pay an arranged amount.
  • Special Needs- Clothing, Furniture, Health Supplies, Traveler’s Aid
  • Property Tax Assistance- For information on property tax assistance programs call 286-3133.
  • Cremation- To apply for financial assistance for cremation, bring a completed application (found here: to our office or call 286-2088 for further information.

To apply for general assistance:
or call: 515-286-2088

Food Assistance

Community Youth Concepts

We have a community fridge, which is stocked regularly by Eat Greated DSM. CYC is located at 1446 MLK Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, 50314. The fridge is located behind the building, in the white shed. The fridge is open 24/7 for both folks to come pick up food, but also for folks to drop off any food donations. People can also see more about the fridge by following CYC’s Facebook page: .

Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantries

DMARC collects and distributes food to 14 food network pantry sites and operates a mobile food pantry.

  • To find a pantry or mobile site near you visit:
    Please call ahead before you visit, as we are continuously monitoring new developments and changes may be implemented rapidly: 515-277-6969
  • To view our list of alternative food distributions and procedures:
  • Delivery Service is available if a person is unable to obtain food by either visiting a food pantry location or by using a proxy to pick up food for them, they may call to request a delivery. Only those with health, transportation, or other mitigating circumstances should use this service. Call 1-833-DMARC-20 (1-833-362-7220) toll-free to request delivery between 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Requests for delivery will close at 12:00pm or after 50 spots have been filled. Once the order is placed, food will be delivered to the person’s doorstep with a no-contact drop-off the following business day between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm. For more information:

Des Moines Public Schools

Families Who Qualify Or May Qualify For Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL)
While you do not need to take any action for your student to receive meals at school, a free and reduced-price application may be needed by your school for other programs, such as P-EBT. If your child is already approved for free or reduced price meals – NO ACTION IS REQUIRED.

You may apply at . If you prefer a paper application, please call the Food and Nutrition office at 242-7636 and one will be mailed to you. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

Check out local DMPS schools in your neighborhood. Most offer food pantries for ALL DMPS students and their families.

DMPS Offers Free Summer Meals at 29 Locations

Des Moines Public Schools is participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program, which will allow for a safe and streamlined service of nutritious meals during the 2023 summer break at 29 locations. Meals will be provided for all children ages 18 and younger at no cost. DMPS has been providing summer meals for more than 40 years. Funding for summer meals comes from the USDA and Des Moines Public Schools. Click here to learn more and find a location near you.

Eat Greater DSM

There are community fridges all over Des Moines. If you need food, you can just go get some. No questions asked. To get the fridge locations, go here:

Food Bank of Iowa

Global Greens Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

LSI’s Global Greens Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a win-win for your health and our community. Through a seasonal subscription, you’ll receive weekly certified naturally grown vegetables raised by former refugees in Central Iowa. This program connects refugees who were farmers in their home countries to land, infrastructure, and the business coaching they need to start their own farm businesses. More information, including how to sign up, can be found here.

The market is open and it goes on until October 28th from 9am to 12:30pm. The market is going to be located in the parking area of Polk Co Health Department (1907 Carpenter Ave Des Moines). See attachment for more information.

Hope Ministries

Hope Ministries offering free Christmas Meal on December 15th.
See flyer attached. Meals can be ordered through the website.

FREE MEALS DAILY AT HOPE CAFÉ Meals are free to all individuals, no questions asked 1310 6th Ave, Des Moines Monday—Saturday Sunday Breakfast: 7:00 —7:30 a.m. Breakfast: 8:00 —8:30 a.m. Lunch: 12:00—12:45 p.m. Lunch: 1:30 —2:15 p.m. Dinner: 5:00—5:30 p.m. Dinner: 5:00 —5:30 p.m.

Hope Ministries Drop-In Center Located at 1310 6th Ave, Des Moines Open 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday—Friday Services for individuals and families include assistance with housing and job applications, resumes, obtaining documents (photo I.D, social security card, etc.) veteran’s resources and more.

Offers free meals every Wednesday: 5:00 – 6:30pm, walk or drive up at their 2500 University Avenue location. For more information, see attached flyer here.

Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS)

The purpose of DHS is to help Iowans achieve healthy, safe, stable, and self-sufficient lives through the programs and services they provide.

  • To see if you are eligible for food assistance, go here.
  • To apply for food assistance, go here.
  • To get free fruits and vegetables with your SNAP EBT card, go here.
  • To see a list of all services and programs go here.
  • If you need help with the application or have questions about eligibility, please call: 1-855-944-FOOD (3663).

You can visit Polk County’s local DHS offices. During COVID they are not open to the public, so you need to call for an appointment before you go.

  • River Place office – 2309 Euclid Ave, Des Moines IA | 515-725-2600
  • Carpenter office – 1900 Carpenter | 515-725-2755

Iowa Department of Public Health

WIC (Women Infants, & Children) is a supplemental nutrition program for babies, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months. For qualifications and to apply: For more information, call (515) 281- 5650.

Iowa Healthiest State Initiative

Monsoon Community Garden

Monsoon Community Garden (1212 e.17th court, Des Moines)
Pick-your-Own Vegetables. During the summer, Monsoon hosts times for community members to pick their own produce at the healing garden! The produce is free, but donations are accepted.


Community Food Pantry
1221 Center St. Ste. 16, Des Moines
Monday- Wednesday: 9 AM-4:30 PM
Food and other pantry items are packaged to meet family size and specific needs
Call 1-800-372-6031 to schedule a pick-up.

Union Park Church

Union Park Church (2305 E. 12th St.)
The Manna Meal is a free community meal served the 4th Monday of every month. Reservations are required to ensure we prepare enough food for everyone. Please follow our Facebook page for updates on this event and more:

Foster Care

Opportunity Passport

Start a savings account. Get money.
Opportunity Passport™ is designed to help young people between the ages 14 – 26 of who are in or are transitioning from foster care learn how to manage and save their money. As an Opportunity Passport™ participant, you will open a savings account, which you will leverage to request up to $1000 of matching funds per year for approved assets, up to a program lifetime maximum of $5000. To be considered for enrollment in Opportunity Passport™, please complete both pages of this form and submit it to the Evelyn K. Davis Center. Please see the eligibility forms.

Job Shadows

Turner Construction
Hardhat in Hand Program:

Meta’s data centers are part of the global infrastructure backbone that brings our technologies to life and drives positive economic impact and job opportunities in the communities where they are located

Meta has active data center construction projects across the United States that require thousands of multi-year construction jobs. Our paid, 8-week Hardhat in Hand workforce development program is helping provide community members with a path to reliable, well-paid job opportunities while expanding the talent pipeline and diversity in the construction industry. Expanding the construction trades pipeline since 2019 Paid training for in-demand jobs • Carpenter • Concrete finisher • Craft laborer • Drywall installer • Electrician • HVAC technician • Pipefitter • Painter

How the Hardhat in Hand program works: This program is executed in partnership with our general contractors and skilled trades partners, including local nonprofits, trade unions, and post-secondary education institutions, to provide small group training from construction industry experts.

Hardhat in Hand opportunities available at: Paid, 8-week skilled trade work-based training and job shadowing at a Meta data center construction site Classroom instruction includes: Introduction to Construction, Blueprint Reading, Construction Math, Site safety, Employability skills, and industry-recognized credentials Opportunity to help build one of the world’s most advanced, LEED Gold certified data centers Graduates can earn job opportunities to help construct our data center upon successful program completion.

Please see the attachment.

Please contact Lizzy Pirrung for information on Iowa cohorts:


Anawim Housing

Anawim Housing is the largest provider of Permanent Supportive Housing in the state of Iowa. Managing over 536 housing units, Anawim provides stable housing to 380 individuals who have experienced homelessness and live with a mental illness, substance use disorder, physical disability, diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, or are fleeing domestic violence, and 1,200 individuals as a whole we are currently serving.


City of Des Moines


Family Self Sufficiency Program

The Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS) is a voluntary program available to

  • Participants of the Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8)
  • Participants of the Public Housing program

Objectives of the FSS Program:

  • Obtain Employment
  • Increase income
  • Increase financial literacy
  • Progress towards economic independence and self sufficiency
  • Reduce or eliminate need for welfare assistance

The FSS program provides

  • Job resources
  • Educational opportunities
  • Job training referrals
  • One on one case management
  • Other available community resources

The FSS Coordinator

  • Provides support and coaching while participants work toward economic self-sufficiency
  • Helps with goal setting
  • Helps with support
  • Helps with community resources
  • Helps with accountability

Graduating from FSS may allow participants to earn a cash savings account and lead to an opportunity to buy a home. For more information:

Call or email one of the FSS Coordinators to get your journey started!
Denise Carrington (515) 323-8973/
Renda Lutz (515) 323-8969/
Julia Clark (515) 323-8983/

  1. Kinsey Lowe – Public Housing Services – (515-323-8977)
    1. Currently accepting applications for 1-2 person families who need an efficiency or 1 bedroom unit.
    2. They have 5 buildings that they own and manage
    3. Royalview Manor – Elderly unit – ages 62 and older.
    4. Income based program
  2. Julia Clark – City of Des Moines Housing – Shared that all buildings have other bodies of support, i.e., connecting with community resources, etc.


Along with partner agencies, IMPACT can still provide rental assistance. Assistance can be found at IMPACT, ICOACH, Young Women’s Resource Center, EKD/FEC, NISAA, Urban Dreams, Oakridge, Bhutanese Comm. in IA, Proteus, Spanish Hotline, and Caring Hands. More information, including language resources, can be found at the Polk Count Cares website here.

There are resources for those that do not speak English: Both tenants/landlords are welcome to use the FREE emergency housing hotline for help:

  • Iowa International Center offers a free phone interpretation hotline to help landlords and limited-English-speaking tenants communicate better during challenging conversations. (Rent and lease negotiations, lease terminations, maintenance notifications and repairs.) The Housing Interpretation Hotline is available 24/7 and offers over 150 languages. Call 515-282-8269, Ext. 5, answer a short series of questions about your call before being connected to an interpreter. For questions about use and eligibility, contact Elyse at
  • For any non-English speaker needing help connecting to resources, RACI, in partnership with LSI and 211/IDPH, has a free multi-lingual helpline for people to access help or resources in multiple languages. The number is 1-877-558-2609, more information about this helpline can be found at the bottom of this email.

An eviction notice is NOT an eviction, it is a notice that the landlords are starting the process. There are legal resources tenants can utilize to help prevent evictions. Contact Iowa Legal Aid for help at 515-243-1993. If there is a notice to appear in court, is very important that tenants attend.

For help sorting through any financial needs, the Financial Empowerment Center is available for help. More information, including how to schedule an appointment, can be found at their website here or call 515-697-7700


Provides renter and homeownership supports which include rental handbook, crisis counseling services, maintenance, repair and eviction resources. For more information, go to Eviction Prevention Hotline: 515-243-1277

To see their new Housing Services Flyer for 2021, you can find it here:

Iowa Finance Authority: Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention Program

Governor Reynolds has allocated federal CARES Act funds to assist Iowans who have been economically impacted by COVID-19 and may be facing housing hardships. This program will provide short-term relief to income-eligible renters and homeowners who are at risk of eviction or foreclosure.

  • Rental assistance for up to four months. This can include months in arrears no earlier than the April 1 rent payment, ($3,200 maximum).
    – Includes manufactured home rent and lot rent
  • Mortgage assistance for up to four months (this can include up to two months in arrears) beginning with April 1 mortgage payment, ($3,600 maximum).

For more information: or call Housing Recovery Help Line (515)348-8813.

Iowa Legal Aid

Provides legal assistance for those facing evictions in the same building as the Polk County Justice Center (outside security on the second floor by the elevator) before hearings. See the attached flyers: English/Spanish for information on how to access this great resource.

To address both the racial and socio-economic disparities in homeownership, Bankers Trust has partnered with HOME, Inc. to offer free homebuyer education classes to individuals and families that are interested in learning about the financial considerations that go into buying and owning a home. See the attached flyer for more information.

Iowa Mortgage Help

State-wide referral hotline, foreclosure intervention and negotiation and mediation services. For more information: or call 877-622-4866.

Polk County

Warming centers are available across the Des Moines metro under Polk County Emergency Management’s extreme weather plan. DART will provide free transportation.

In Polk County, an extreme weather plan is in effect until further notice. As such, Polk County Emergency Management has identified more than 30 warming centers across the metro.
DART will provide transportation to many of the warming centers.

View the full list Click for full list

Primary Health Care Centralized Intake

Centralized Intake offers a coordinated approach to assess and address the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. To resolve homelessness, clients may be assigned to a case manager, referred to shelter, or referred to other agencies for further assistance. These appointments will be conducted over the phone. Please call 515-248-1850 M–F 8AM–4PM.. For more information: For help after hours, call 2-1-1

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

HUD has gathered a list of housing resources for affordable housing in Des Moines.


Defendants Guide to the Criminal Justice System During COVID-19

Defendants Guide to the Criminal Justice System During COVID-19:


Iowa Legal Aid

The Iowa COVID-19 Legal Information Hotline is a free service available to Iowans who are experiencing legal issues due to the COVID-10 emergency. Iowans experiencing any type of legal problem due to this crisis, such as facing eviction, being denied unemployment benefits, such as facing eviction, being denied unemployment benefits, experiencing employment issues, or being a victim of identity theft can call the hotline. Callers will leave a message and Iowa Legal Aid staff will call them back to screen them for eligibility. Those who are eligible will be connected with an Iowa Legal Aid attorney. Those who are not eligible for services will be connected with a volunteer attorney through the Iowa State Bar Association and the Polk County Bar Association.

Legal Information Hotline: 1-800-332-0419

Get answers to an expansive list of legal questions regarding evictions, child custody/ visitation, court access, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, student loans and the stimulus payments, etc.:


Need help navigating health insurance?

The Health Insurance Marketplace ( is a service operated by the federal government that provides health plan shopping and enrollment services. When you apply for individual and family coverage, you will provide income and household information to see if you qualify for Premium tax credits and other savings that make insurance more affordable, or if you qualify for coverage through the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Enroll by Wednesday, December 15 for coverage starting January 1, 2022. Open Enrollment ends Saturday, January 15, 2022.

The Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) hosted a webinar with a presentation from Iowa Navigator. Iowa Navigator is a free, non-profit program available to all in-state residents and offers free enrollment assistance with the Health Insurance Marketplace. Watch the presentation here: Youtube-Iowa Navigator See if you are eligible: 1-877-474-NAVI/ 515-978-9570

Broadlawns Urgent Care

Broadlawns Urgent Care
Located at: 1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines

DMPS School-Based Medical Clinics

Two locations: Kurtz Opportunity Center (1000 Porter Ave.) | Hoover High School (4800 Aurora Ave.)
Accepts all insurances, including Title 19. Sliding and set fee options available.
Call to schedule: (515) 242-8488 | Extension 1

  • school physicals
  • sports physicals
  • immunizations/vaccinations

For more information:

Polk County Health Department

Booster shots available for everyone
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has authorized boosters of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for all adults age 18 and over. Prior to this authorization, eligibility had been limited to individuals age 65 and older and those who lived or worked in high risk environments. Those who received a single shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are already eligible for a booster two months after their initial dose.

One month into flu season, the Iowa Department of Public Health urges Iowans to get their flu vaccines as soon as possible. Flu activity in the state is still low, but cases have increased in the last week. Both the flu and COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from these viruses. By getting vaccinated for both influenza and COVID-19, we can prevent avoidable hospitalizations and help preserve health care resources for other needs, including illnesses, injuries and emergencies. Iowans with questions about vaccines for themselves or loved ones consult with their health care provider.

Getting vaccinated now will provide more protection in advance of winter holiday gatherings. Find vaccine providers and resources at and

To find a Polk County Vaccine Clinic near you, please visit this website. Or text your zip code to 438829 to find a vaccination clinic near you.

US families can now order 4 free COVID tests to their door through USPS. Use this link to order.

Creative Visions

Free dental screenings on Saturdays from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Located at 1343 13th St., Des Moines, IA 50314, (515) 244-4003


Iowa Department of Human Services

To check qualifications and apply for Medicaid (government health insurance program based on income): or

If your income has changed due to the COVID-19 crisis, you may be eligible to receive Medicaid coverage for you and your family. See guidelines and how to apply here:

Test Iowa

Test Iowa is a partnership between the Iowa Department of Public Health and the State Hygienic Lab. Our goal is to ensure all Iowans have access to free COVID-19 testing:

University of Iowa Tele Mobile Clinic

The University of Iowa Mobile Clinic is an organization that provides free health screening, prevention, education, and basic health services to any Iowa resident who experiences a barrier to getting healthcare elsewhere. Due to COVID-19, they are offering Telemedicine appointments, help with mental health resources, social work appointments, finding local resources and getting signed up for insurance. Call or text (319) 535.2684 to request a free phone or webcam medical appointment. Our services are offered in 4 languages: English, Spanish, Arabic, and French (plus other languages upon request). See their website for more information:

Mental Health

DMPS Mental Health Student Assistance Program

DMPS has a Student Assistance Program (SAP) through Mosaic Family Counseling that is a free and confidential, rapid response intervention that is free to students and families. Each DMPS student or a member of their family may access up to 5 free sessions with a therapist from MOSAIC FAMILY Counseling Center Inc. Counseling may be accessed through tele-health (secure video chat) or in-person. We can address any of the following: social struggles, behavior issues, anxiety, depression, family stress and conflict. We are committed and responsive! Visit our website: or call 515-724-8920 for more information.

Some schools have therapists contracted to come into the school from Mosaic to provide on-site therapy during the school day. If your child’s school has a therapist, this might be an option. Please call your child’s counselor.

Latino Resources

Lutheran Services in Iowa

LSI offers several virtual and in-person therapies and to empower Iowans along the way to a healthier and happier future. To find out more and register:

Mosaic Family Counseling

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free and confidential, rapid response intervention that is free to students and families. Each DMPS student or a member of their family may access up to 5 free sessions with a therapist from MOSAIC FAMILY Counseling Center Inc. SAP may be accessed through tele-health (secure video chat) or telephone call.

SAP can help students and their families cope with the stress of the current environment, especially the new concerns related to COVID such as the new home routines and access to much needed resources. SAP can also address any of the following: social struggles, behavior issues, anxiety, depression, family stress and conflict. We are committed and responsive! Visit our website: or call 515-724-8920 for more information.

NAMI of Greater Des Moines (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

To find information about family support groups and groups for those who are coping with mental illness, go here:

One Iowa

One Iowa advances, empowers, and improves the lives of LGBTQ Iowans statewide.

One Iowa seeks to improve the lives of LGBTQ Iowans by protecting and advancing equality and inclusiveness through education, improving workplace culture, and increasing access to quality healthcare across our state.

For more information, go to their website:

Hamilton’s Funeral Home

Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss has an array of resources available of to support grieving families which also include some online learning options:

Iowa State Extension

Mindfulness Mondays (December 7th, 14th & 21st ) will provide your family with engaging resources, tools, and activities to support mental health and overall well-being.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Individuals/community leaders can dial “988” on their phone (similar to 911) and will be able to have mental health support for crisis and suicide prevention. Trained mental health professionals around the country are available 24 hours, 7 days per week to answer the calls, listen, and if needed connect them with local support. Community leaders are also able to call for consult on best next steps for mental health needs of other community members. Language line is available, advocacy is also underway to increase immediate language capacity. Being a new service, we welcome feedback on experiences to share.

Orchard Place

Orchard Place works closely with children and youth who have mental health illnesses, behavioral health challenges, battle substance abuse, suffer from trauma and more. Through early intervention and appropriate care, we are developing strong futures for children and their families. For more information, go to the Orchard Place Special Events Page

Orchard Place Campus: Offers residential mental health treatment. Orchard Place’s residential treatment program is a highly-respected, intensive psychiatric residential treatment center. Children in the residential program come to Orchard Place from every county in Iowa and have typically had a number of psychiatric hospitalizations and other treatment experiences. They are in need of intensive mental health services, close medical monitoring, and a highly-structured and safe setting.

Orchard Place Campus seeks to meet all of our young clients’ needs with individualized treatment and services through a multidisciplinary approach to psychological care. This collaborative effort helps children and teens with serious psychological and mental health illnesses reclaim their lives, and also works with their families to help reintegrate these children into their home communities.

Child Guidance Center
Child Guidance Center in downtown Des Moines has provided child and adolescent mental health services for more than 75 years. We are a federally accredited community mental health center serving as a safety net service provider for children in Central Iowa battling mental health disorders.

Our Children’s Mental Health Services Include:

  • Direct Clinical Services offers a wide variety of mental health services in the Child Guidance Center clinical setting, including therapy, psychological assessments and testing, psychiatric assessments, and medication management.
  • School-Based Mental Health Services are provided in 55 schools across 6 school districts, allowing children and families easier access to therapy and enabling therapists to closely collaborate with the child’s educational team.
  • Trauma-Informed Care Project promotes awareness of the impact of trauma on children and educates the community and community stakeholders in trauma-informed care practices.
  • Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) serves 21 counties in Central Iowa and helps families identify and select quality child care. CCR&R offers consultation, technical assistance and training to both home and center based child care programs on child development, positive behavior intervention support and other training topics to help children get a healthy start in child care environments.

To request services or make a referral to the Child Guidance Center:
Call (515) 244-2267

To reach or refer to the Child Care Resource and Referral Program:
Call (515) 246-3590

PACE Center
PACE Center is the Orchard Place community-based operating division.

PACE Center provides skill-building services for a diverse population of children, teens, and families struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.

The challenges facing today’s youth have never been greater. Youth and families in crisis have a difficult time finding the appropriate services to address underlying issues that often lead children on a destructive path.

In response, PACE Center provides programs for at-risk youth including behavioral health interventions services, substance use treatment, Latino outreach programs and juvenile court diversion programs.

PACE Center works to enhance the services of mental health professionals, educators and Juvenile Court/Department of Human Services in the Des Moines, Iowa, area by collaborating with providers and families to alleviate behavioral issues and promote accountability. We teach children and families the skills to improve personal functioning and family relationships by working with our mental health professionals at the Child Guidance Center and in the community.

PACE Center also provides Academic Programs to at-risk youths each year. These skill-building services are delivered in community settings, including the home and school, to help children develop and practice skills.

Academic Programs

Walnut Creek Campus

PACE provides Counseling and Treatment Services as well as alcohol education classes for Iowa children and teens struggling with alcohol abuse or misuse of other drugs. Assessments, group and individual therapy, and interventions provide alternatives to help stop destructive behavior patterns.

Youth Counseling and Treatment Services:

PACE Works With Youth Who Struggle With:

  • Behavior problems
  • Family interactions
  • Emotional and mental instability
  • Peer issues
  • Substance use and dependency
  • Parent / child stress
  • Sibling problems
  • School truancy, attendance and / or grades

Your Life Iowa (Iowa Department of Public Health)

Your Life Iowa Chat live, call 1-855-581-8111, text (855) 895-8398

Everyone needs help sometimes. If you or a loved one are facing a problem with alcohol, drugs, gambling, mental health or suicidal thoughts, you’re not alone. That is why the Iowa Department of Public Health has created so Iowans can chat live, text, or call and get reliable information and treatment options, and find nearby help:

School-Based Mental Health Providers

In response to COVID 19, most agencies that provide school-based mental health services in Des Moines Public Schools have added phone and video options to continue providing therapy services to Des Moines Public School students. Please contact your student’s provider directly to learn more about the options available.

Unity Point Behavioral Health Urgent Care

Behavioral Health Urgent Care provides services to individuals who are needing mental health services, psychiatric evaluation and assessment, addiction medicine, crisis services and community resources.

Urgent Care is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week and is located at 1250 East 9th Street in Des Moines. (515) 263-2632.

This location serves patients of all ages. Patients younger than 18 years of age must have a guardian with them. Patients are advised to utilize the Emergency Room instead of the Urgent Care Clinic if they are needing immediate medical attention (i.e. open or fresh wounds), are a minor who does not have a guardian to sign a consent to treat, demonstrating aggressive behavior or having a crisis outside of the hours listed above. For all other behavioral health, psychiatric, and addiction-related care, patients should access the new Behavioral Health Urgent Care.

Lutheran Services in Iowa

LSI offers several virtual and in-person therapies and to empower Iowans along the way to a healthier and happier future. To find out more and register:

Young Women’s Resource Center

After School Program is a positive place to connect with new friends online, find support and celebrate you! Meets via Zoom every other Monday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. To learn more, contact Frida at and/or to register:

Black Girl Magic is an after school group that serves young, black women. We meet on Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:30pm at the YWRC, with the exception of days that DMPS is not in session. We will meet up until winter break and then start again for second semester in early – mid-January. The group is for 7th, 8th, and 9th graders who identify as Black/African American, and offers a space for participants to connect with one another, find support, and explore themes of empowerment and identity! All of our groups are free and we also provide van transportation to/from groups within a 7-mile radius. Pick-up is generally from school and all DMPS middle and high schools fall within the radius (most Des Moines area addresses do as well). Registration can also be completed online at this link: (please note that the website currently lists the grade range as 8th – 10th, however, that has changed and it is now 7th – 9th.)

Mariposa is a leadership group for Latinas (up to 10th grade) where women celebrate and share their experience of being Latina, as well as Latin roots and heritage. Meets via Zoom every other Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. For questions and/or to register, please contact Jessica at or call the YWRC at 515.244.4901

Connections is an ongoing therapy group focused on positivity, building healthy relationships and coping with anger. Many young women simply need someone to talk to and reach out to them. Meets via Zoom on Tuesdays from 3- 4:15 p.m. To learn more, contact Ayo at or to register:

Counseling The YWRC provides mental health counseling: one-on-one, couples and/or family counseling at school or at the YWRC. To learn more and to register:

F.U.N. (Feminists United Now) is a youth-led group working together to educate and advocate within the community about social justice issues. FUN is open to women, femmes, non-binary and trans friends. Meets via Zoom every Tuesday from 5- 7:30 p.m. For questions and/or to register, email:

Lotus is an art therapy program for girls who have experienced trauma. Participants explore artwork, movement and music to build self-esteem, healthy relationships and resiliency. Participants will learn to identify emotions and manage feelings using art, identify triggers, become self-aware and earn assertive communication. For questions, contact Marcia at and/or to register:

For questions regarding any YWRC program go to or call: 244-4901. Si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda, comuníquese con Jessica en jkincaid@ywrc.og


Every Step

Our Care & Support Services provide medical and social services for women, children and families, adults and seniors, and communities in Des Moines and across Iowa. Many of these programs are listed below, and additional programs are listed on our Provider Resources page. Formerly known as Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, EveryStep Care & Support Services offers dozens of programs that can do the following:

  • Support and educate new moms and pregnant women.
  • Connect parents to much-needed baby care items
  • Help growing families through in-home visits
  • Assist immigrants and refugees
  • Provide developmental screenings and referrals for children
  • Offer dental care and insurance assistance for at-risk children
  • Offer safe and educational play and learn sessions for parents and their children
  • Offer companionship and support to older Iowans
  • Provide financial assistance to families caring for a child with disabilities
  • Bring in-home health care to those who are recovering from injury or illness

Looking for care, help, or answers?
If you need assistance with pregnancy, parenting, development, insurance, or other resources, reach out to EveryStep’s Care & Support Services. Fill out our easy-to-use Find Care form or call our intake hotline at (515) 558-9946 to get pointed in the right direction. Below, browse our many programs and services which offer care, developmental screenings and support to help grow great families.

Are you pregnant and looking for help, support, or answers for you or your child?
EveryStep Care & Support Services is with you from the first step. We work together to have a healthy mom, a healthy baby, and a healthy family. All of our services are free and confidential. Some of our services include:

  • Home visits and referral services
  • Medical follow-up
  • Prenatal and parenting classes
  • Support groups
  • Depression screening and referral
  • Infant care and safety education
  • Breastfeeding support and education
  • Oral health screening
  • Family planning counseling
  • Stork’s Nest: Stork’s Nest and Family Nest is an educational incentive program. Participants earn points for healthy behaviors such as keeping medical appointments, WIC participation, breastfeeding and school attendance. These points may be redeemed at the Stork’s Nest for needed baby items such as diapers, clothing, strollers, cribs, and car seats.

For more information call 515-558-9946 or fill out our Find Care form.

Doula Project through IDPH, which provides African-American and Black-identifying pregnant individuals with help during pregnancy and after birth. This program is available in Black Hawk, Dubuque, Polk and Scott Counties and space is limited. Find the contact in your area: Polk County Referrals (20 capacity): EveryStep: 515.558.9946.

Early Childhood
We offer a variety of children’s health and wellness services, including Play and Learn sessions. Our care is family-centered and we can help with access to community resources and on-going education to improve the long-term health and well-being of children. Some of our services include:

  • Home visits
  • Nursing assessments
  • Individualized health education
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Child developmental screening and education
  • Maternal depression screening
  • Child safety education
  • Oral health screenings
  • Immunization education and counseling
  • Lead education and referral
  • Breastfeeding and support

For more information call 515-558-9946 or fill out our Find Care form.

For Fathers
Offers support, education and information for fathers of children enrolled in the Healthy Start Project. Our FathersMatter consultant can provide:

  • Home visits
  • Tips for new dads
  • Information about your baby’s health
  • Information about safety concerns
  • Strategies to help you succeed

Call 515-558-9946 for more information.

Parent/Caregiver Support Group
Want to connect with other caregivers in the Des Moines area? Together, we can learn and grow in our relationships with our children. Join this group to be part of a network of conversation and resources. We are committed to helping you interact with your children in positive, educational ways. This group is free. Join the group.

Families & Adults
EveryStep Care & Support Services offers many services that educate and support parents and families so they can grow and thrive. Below is a list of services we offer:

  • Home visits
  • Parenting education
  • Child development screening and education
  • Financial support for families caring for a child with disabilities
  • Depression screening and referral
  • Parent support groups
  • Case management and referrals to community resources
  • Referrals for ESL classes
  • Bilingual services available

For more information call 515-558-9946 or fill out our Find Care form.

Hope & Elim Church

The Single MOM’s group is kicking off in Des Moines at Hope+Elm Church this fall.

Location: Hope+Elim Church, 2500 University Ave, Des Moines
Dinner is provided for you and your kiddos at 5:00PM, with the group meeting from 6:20-7:30PM.

Children and Youth Programming happens during the group meeting time and is provided by Hope+Elim. Nursery is provided for birth to 3-year-olds (not potty-trained). Hope+Elim Kids is available for 3-year-olds (potty-trained) through 4th grade. 5th graders are welcome to take part in Hope+Elim Kids as volunteers. 6th-12th graders can take part in middle and high school youth programming. Information on children and youth programming can be found on the Hope+Elim website.

Study: In addition to connection time that happens, the group goes through various studies throughout the year and will begin with a series focused on dating. Whether you are currently dating, have desire to in the future, or are not interested in dating whatsoever, this study does a wonderful job equipping you to navigate these waters in a healthy way. Even if you have no interest in dating, this study helps lay a healthy foundation should you desire to in the future and can serve as an amazing resource as you help your children navigate dating as they grow. This study unpacks how misinformation from our culture plays a big role in how we navigate dating and relationships, and by removing the misinformation, we can start to view dating differently.

To participate: Find out more information about this group and register on our website. You are welcome to email or call us with any questions (515-868-9252).

Young Women’s Resource Center

Young Mom’s Group
The Young Women’s Resource Center provides a broad range of perinatal services for pregnant and parenting young women through the age of 21. At a time when young women can feel most alone or in need of help, the Young Women’s Resource Center can provide comfort and stability through its programs, resources and groups. These programs are designed to equip the young mom or expecting mom with the skills to address the challenges of parenting so that she can focus on its joys.

The Young Women’s Resource Center is not a medical provider, and we do not offer medical services. The YWRC is a private, independent organization and is not affiliated with any other organizations. To register:

Short Years Partnership

Dads with a Purpose Fatherhood Classes will have a rolling start date, last for eight weeks, and take place from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Pre-registration is required; please see the attached flyer for additional information and contact Val Cameron at with any questions.

Our vision is for all children to learn, grow, and develop to reach their full potential and for all parents to feel comfortable, prepared, and motivated during the journey.

Our mission is to support parents’ and caregivers’ engagement with their children leading to a lifetime of good health, educational achievement, and future success. Information provided in Burmese, Arabic and Spanish.

United Way of Central Iowa

Because kids don’t come with instructions, we know parenting can be overwhelming. We’re here to help, one text message at a time. Easy, practical tips and info for parents & caregivers. Text IOWAKIDS to 274 448 for FREE parenting tips. Msg & data rates may apply. Messages timed exactly to your child’s due date or date of birth. Info about free services and events based on your zip code. Please see the attachment.

Personal Hygiene Items, Baby Items, Cleaning & School Supplies

IMPACT Community Action Partnership

IMPACT can provide both food and personal care items. Locations below:

  • Drake Area Pantry, 3226 University Ave Des Moines, IA 50311, (515) 518-4770
  • Ankeny Resource Center, 2701 SE Convenience Blvd Suite #2, Ankeny, IA 50021, (515) 965-0433
  • Army Post Resource Center, 500 Army Post Rd, Suite 17, Des Moines, IA 50315, (515) 274-9496

Baby Food, Diapers, Formula & Wipes

Some agencies are temporarily closed or have adjusted hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call agencies prior to accessing services.

  • Agape Pregnancy Center, 2550 ML King Jr Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50310 (515) 255-0243, closed
  • Alpha Women’s Center, closed until further notice
    • Ankeny: 114 SW State Street Ankeny, IA 50023 (515) 965-7885
    • Des Moines: 3605 SE 14th Street Des Moines, IA 50320 (515) 285-5700
  • Bethany Christian Services Start Small Project, 16 E. 6th St. Des Moines, IA 50309 Office: (515) 270-0824 Start Small Project Main Contact Person: Marlene (515) 729-3112
  • Bidwell Riverside Center, 1203 Hartford Avenue Des Moines, IA 50315 (515) 244-6251
  • Birthright Des Moines, 5806 Hickman Road Des Moines, IA 50322 515-633-2133
  • Catholic Charities, 1815 Hubbell Avenue Des Moines, IA 50316 (515) 262-7290
  • Christ Apostolic Temple 1230 E. 17th regularly hosts diaper giveaways.
  • Creative Visions, 1343 13th St Des Moines, IA 50314 (515) 244-4003 closed until March 31
  • CROSS Outreach Des Moines, 3226 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50311 (515) 279-9998
  • Diaper Resources in Polk County: See attachment.
  • DMARC Offices, 1435 Mulberry Street Des Moines IA 50309
    • Call (515) 277-6969 to find which pantries currently have baby/infant supplies available
  • Every Step
  • Young Women’s Resource Center, 818 5th Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 244-4901

Cross Ministries

Hygiene pantry includes items such as soap, shampoo, paper products, toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers and more. Some cleaning supplies. Call for information needed to apply in person; clients seen on a first-come, first-serve basis. Must not have received assistance from Cross in the past three months. Office hours: M-F, 9 am to noon, 1:30-4:30. Cross Outreach, 3226 University Avenue, Des Moines, 515-279-9998,,


Food Band of Iowa

In addition to food, FBI also provides personal hygiene items but inquire before going as their supplies vary:

Diapers on Inventory
For a limited time, diapers in sizes 3, 4 and 5 are on inventory. These diapers are provided through the Pandemic Emergency Assistance Fund (PEAF) funded under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021, enacted on March 11, 2021.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Families must meet TEFAP eligibility requirements and have a child in the home to participate. A current TEFAP form must be on file. If a family with a child has already filled out a TEFAP form on or after July 1, 2021, another TEFAP form does not need to be completed.
  • Participation in the TEFAP program is not required. If your agency does not participate in TEFAP, please use the form HERE to document eligibility.
  • Documentation of each distribution must be recorded by the food bank or any partner that has an agreement with the food bank.


Evelyn K. Davis Center

Basic Digital Skills Classes
Join us to develop computer skills and learn about using software programs. All classes are free and take place in the Center’s computer lab. Space is limited to 15 participants so please register early. Three levels are offered: Level 1, Introduction to Computers and Level 2; Level 3, Microsoft Wod & Excel. Each class has a capacity of 15 people, reserve your space by completing this registration form. Classes are offered in-person at the Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families. To register:

Our computer lab is open to the public! The lab is not intended for one-on-one computer instruction however, a staff person will be on-site to assist with logging in or printing.

Days and Times
Tuesdays 9:00am – 11:00am and 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Thursdays 9:00am – 11:00am and 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Des Moines Public Schools

Technology Issues & Troubleshooting
If you have computer issues or technology problems, please follow these steps

  1. First, reach out to your advisory teacher. If it is a minor technology issue, your advisory teacher could help. If it is beyond their level, they will direct you to the next step.
  2. Call the Technology Help Desk: 515-242-8221

Des Moines Public Library

Des Moines Public Library is offering hotspots for check out and some for permanent use in homes.
More info here:

Affordable Connectivity Program

This government program provides people with a $30/mo credit applied to their internet service. Mediacom raised speeds and lowered prices to match that $30 credit. With a $30 credit applied to a $30 service, the result can be a monthly cost of $0 for those households enrolled in ACP. See if you qualify here.


Des Moines Area Regional Transit (DART)

Students can find out if their school assigned them to DART for transportation by speaking with the administrators at their school. Please note that students need to scan their physical ID and cannot scan an image of their ID on their phone or other device. Students who have lost or misplaced their ID should speak to administrators at their school to get a replacement ID.

Students assigned to DART for school transportation:
DMPS officials assign which students ride DART for their school transportation. These students can ride their assigned DART route free to and from school by scanning their student ID on the farebox when they board a DART bus. Copies of DART’s school tripper routes are available here.

Some DMPS students have special access to DART bus transportation that is specified by color on the QR code of their student IDs.

  • Green: Students with green on their ID under the DART QR code have all access to DART bus transportation at any time.
  • Yellow: Students with yellow on their ID under the DART QR code are not assigned to DART for school transportation. However, these students can still ride any DART route to/from school by paying half fare when boarding the bus. They can also ride free after 4:30 PM on weekdays and on the weekends and any time that school is not in session- including summers!
  • Red: Students have access to DART bus transportation before 4:30 PM on weekdays.

All students can ride free after 4:30 PM on weekdays and on the weekends and any time that school is not in session- including summers!

How to ride training:

Warming centers are available across the Des Moines metro under Polk County Emergency Management’s extreme weather plan. DART will provide free transportation.

In Polk County, an extreme weather plan is in effect until further notice. As such, Polk County Emergency Management has identified more than 30 warming centers across the metro.
DART will provide transportation to many of the warming centers.

View the full list Click for full list.


Al Exito

Compa en Camino (Partner on Call) While we provide navigation services and additional support to the Spanish speaking community, we also provide help to any student. Al Exito can provide help with academics, technology, provide food, and help with siblings. Whatever you need, you are not alone!

Compas (partners) have provided tutoring and mentoring K-12 since COVID19 began. We continue to provide academic supports as students continue to struggle with catching up and adjusting.
We have continued to provide translation services for individuals and organizations, culturally specific food and supplies, transportation, and other needs that ensure our families thrive.

For more information contact: Melissa Hildago at or 515-865-7195

Evelyn K. Davis Center

The Tutor Heroes program is open to students in 7th – 12th grades. Volunteer tutors may be students from area colleges or professionals from businesses and organizations.

Please fill out the application completely so we are able to match appropriate volunteer tutors with your interest. We will provide tutoring in particular subject areas based on the expertise of the tutors.
Student application:

*Please Note: Please make sure you (the student) will have your own schoolwork/homework materials prepared and ability to share the materials with mentor via Screen share, Camera, or email to mentor directly in order to be helped. We do not have the capacity to generate or create work materials for your student. *

If you want in-person tutoring for you/your child, we will work with our Mentors who have shared that they are comfortable and open to mentoring in person. Please understand that we are very limited for in-person tutors so there will be an expected longer wait time. We will communicate with further instruction and plans for in person arrangements once we are able to match a tutor with a student.

If you have any questions, please contact Jason Vang at or call 515-612-7247.

Freedom for Youth

Free after school programing. Food, tutoring, reading, games & bible lessons. May be able to accommodate virtual tutoring upon request. Located at 2301 Hickman Road, Des Moines 515-282-4822

To sign up for the following program contact Kourtlin at

MATH TUTORING | 6th-8th grade, Thursdays from 5:30- 6:45 PM

WHIZ-KIDZ | K-5th grade after school – 5:30pm

  • Mondays – Monroe, Moulton, King, Samuelson
  • Wednesdays – Grandview Christian, Findley, Cattell, Edmunds, Madison, Oak Park, Perkins

DISCOVERY | 6th-8th grade after school -7:00 pm

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays – Hiatt, Meredith, Harding, Callanan

JOURNEY | 9th-12th grade after school – 6:00 pm

  • Mondays & Wednesdays – Hoover, East, Roosevelt

Jewels Academy

Math tutoring for 4th-12th grade. Math curricula are designed to align with national math standards for 4-8th grade. Pre and post-tests are given to assess math level and tutoring is designed to the student’s specific needs. Please bring your homework.

Resources are available for advanced concepts for high school students such as Algebra I, II, Geometry, and Precalculus. For more information:

Spring Registration: Starts 03/23/2023 – 04/27/2023

Math Motivators

Our Mission: The goal of Math Motivators is to close the opportunity gap by using a volunteer driven FREE math tutoring program that pairs underserved middle and high school students with professionals and college students with strong mathematics backgrounds. Math Motivators – The Actuarial Foundation

Volunteer tutors support math education and serve as mentors for students in grades 3-12. There is also a free prep program for the math section of the SAT and ACT. We provide weekly 45-minute to 1-hour virtual tutoring sessions for a period of approximately 8 weeks. The Virtual Tutoring Center is expected to be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The sessions can be scheduled between the hours of 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm (CST). Students will need to have access to a computer or tablet with internet connectivity. We use the Zoom platform with breakout rooms for the tutoring sessions.

To get started, contact Mark Rowley at

Youth Programs

Al Exito

Compa en Camino (Partner on Call)
Compa en Camino (Partner on Call) program exists to help any student who is working at home. Al Exito can provide help with academics, technology, provide food, and help with siblings. Whatever you need, you are not alone! For more information contact (515) 650 – 2644 or

This year there will be an intensive focus for incoming juniors to graduating seniors ensuring they have dates and information that will help in their finishing high school strong and truly prepared to be a Latino on campus. Several of the sessions will be presented by Latino College Students including our Senior On-line Coaching Coordinator ISU Collegiate Founder and recent statistics graduate Caroly Coronado (East High 2020).

Presenters for all the students (9-12) and parents will be from Iowa State, Grand View University, Indian Hills Community College, Simpson College, University of Iowa, Buena Vista University, DMACC, Iowa College Access Network, Loras College, Drake, and UNI! Students will connect with Latino college leaders! Please see the attachments

Also want to introduce you to Gabby Guerra, back with Al Exito as the Program Director! Please reach out to Gabby with any questions.

Exclusive Senior Program
We meet every Wed evening via Zoom to keep seniors on track for graduations and in their first year of college. This is a free program. Students will get personalized assistance and peer-to-peer sharing on FASFA, scholarships, and admissions. As well as reminders of upcoming senior year tasks. Register today! Go to | | call (712) 730-0587

Are you in foster care?

Opportunity Passport™ is designed to help young people between the ages 14 – 26 of who are in or are transitioning from foster care learn how to manage and save their money. As an Opportunity Passport™ participant, you will open a savings account, which you will leverage to request up to $1000 of matching funds per year for approved assets, up to a program lifetime maximum of $5000. To be considered for enrollment in Opportunity Passport™, please complete both pages of this form and submit it to the Evelyn K. Davis Center. Please email for the eligibility forms.

BTG 1619

We offer educational workshops, mentoring, games, and more to reach the youth that need it most. We work with various age groups and demographics but specialize with youth. Ages ranging from elementary to young college/working adults.

Marlon Ewing – Founder/ Behavioral Coach/312-561-0665.

Contact us for more info Email:

Bankers Trust Youth Board

Attention Juniors: Interested in learning about business such as Business Administration, Marketing, Sales, Operations and Finance? Apply to join Bankers Trust Youth Board.

How do student participants benefit? Students will gain valuable experience with exposure to the banking environment and business processes. They will network with students from other schools and professionals at Bankers Trust. Youth Board participants may also use this experience for personal biographies on college applications or during a job interview. The Group Project gives them hands-on experience working with others, along with a presentation to the group at our graduation luncheon in May.  At this time, students will receive an official Certificate of Participation, and may qualify for a scholarship from Bankers Trust.  Students receive a $20 travel stipend at every session, in addition to the scholarship. What is expected of the student participants? Senior students selected for the Youth Board will participate for a one year time period that coincides with the school year.  An orientation meeting will be held in August and a 1½ hour monthly meeting September through April, with a Graduation session in May.  Students attending high school in Ankeny, Carlisle, Dallas Center, Des Moines, Grimes, Johnston, Norwalk, Saydel, Waukee, West Des Moines and the Southeast Polk area will generally meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month at Stoney Creek Inn, Johnston. At each monthly meeting, students will participate in a variety of educational sessions and individual assignments.

Students will be expected to:

  • Participate on the Youth Board during their Senior year.
  • Attend at least 9 of the monthly scheduled meetings during each school year; missing more than one meeting may mean we will ask the school to assist us in selecting an alternate participant.
  • Arrange for transportation to and from meetings.
  • All participants will assist with completion of Annual Project.
  • Agree to use their names, and possibly group photos, in press releases and other public relations initiatives.
  • Complete monthly assignments as it relates to banking and actively participate in group discussions.
  • Volunteer for one outside leadership activity, including a minimum of 20 volunteer hours.

Please see attachments:

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need any additional information. Jill Crosser –


To learn more:


Courage League Sports and Opportunity on Deck have joined forces to increase the positive impacts on youth through the growth and evolution of adaptive and no-cost recreation programs. Both organizations have created programs for underserved youth to give them the opportunity to play and build self-confidence. Every child CAN PLAY. All children have the courage to play, but barriers such as limited family budgets or the need for an adaptive environment can keep them from participating. Can Play supplements the cost of recreation programs and adapts the play to the skill level for each child. Creating the opportunity to play despite the barriers. Find a full list of their no cost programs open for registration here:

Children & Family Urban Movement (CFUM)

Children & Family Urban Movement (CFUM) Awesome Summer Days Program:

City of Des Moines

This is a wonderful opportunity for students interested in advising the City of Des Moines in all issues concerning young people! Not only would this look great on college and job applications, but you would make a difference in our community. I’d even be willing to write your letter of recommendation!

  • Description: The Des Moines Youth Advisory Board coordinates with and advises the City’s departments, boards, and commissions about issues concerning youth in the city.
  • Requirements:
    • The youth members must be 14 to 18 years old at the time of appointment.
    • The young adult members must be 19 to 25 years old at the time of appointment.
    • Every member must be a resident of the city or attend an educational institution located in the city.
    • A completed application for appointment to become a board member is required and must be submitted to the city clerk. All initial members to the board shall be appointed and approved by the city council from the eligible applicants.
  • Questions:

City Voices

The City Voices Summer Music Academy registration link is NOW OPEN! Open to students in grades 6-12, and featuring opportunities for Music Theatre, Songwriting, Recording and Music Theory in addition to individual voice, guitar and keyboard lessons! Led by our amazing musician educators and artists, at our 4001 Ingersoll Ave. Studio, students will receive a free, weekly, 30-minute lesson, aimed at those youths who would like to seek instruction throughout the summer, but lack the ability to pay for a private teacher.

Begins June 5, ends August 4. (NOTE: Songwriting will happen May 17-18, from 4:30-7 both evenings, but is still part of the Summer Academy!)

Registration can be found here! City Voices Summer Music Academy. Feel free to share with your 6-12 grade students!

Please contact me ( or Kyle Lechtenberg, Program Director ( with any questions! Please see the flyer.

Community Youth Concepts

We provide volunteer service opportunities and career-based mentoring to Iowa youth in order to improve their future success as students, professionals, and active community members.

Community Youth Concepts – Community Youth Concepts (

DMACC Career Exploration Days

Explore a variety of careers through a variety of ways:

Career Exploration Days
Hosted at a DMACC location, these events allow 9-12th grade students, parents and educators to explore a career pathway by attending hands-on activity sessions and demonstrations. They will learn about DMACC educational programs and connect to future careers and professionals by touring a related business.

Worksite Industry Tours
These events are hosted by a business and open to 11th and 12th graders. Students will meet with professionals to learn about the business and specific careers. These events are for students only and transportation is the student’s responsibility.

Virtual Business Spotlight
Get to know a business within Central Iowa by attending our Business Spotlights. Hear from Human Resource professionals and other company leaders to learn about careers within the company, education required, job outlook, and company culture. A virtual tour or video will be included, if possible.

Virtual Ask a Professional Sessions
Attend one of our Ask a Professional sessions to get to know a professional in a specific career. Hear their story, how they got to where they are today, and the day-to-day of their career. Professionals will include advice for young people interested in the specific career in this Q&A style session.

STEM Festival
Designed to spark student and parent interest in STEM, Family STEM Festivals feature exhibits that provide interactive, hands-on experiences. Festivals are a great opportunity for community partners to engage local youth and adults and showcase their business or organization through related activities. The DMACC STEM Festival will be held late spring 2022 at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Ankeny Campus. More details to come.

To see a listing of the careers and register:

DMACC Young Adult Program

The Young Adult Program (YAP) prepares eligible young adults, ages 18-24, for employment in high-demand careers by establishing a community of supporters. The 12/18-month program provides proactive academic support, individualized employment coaching, and free tuition and required books/supplies for short-term DMACC certificate programs. For more info: Or, contact Jennifer Rice at or 319-415-0244.

Des Moines Art Center

LGBTQIA+ Teen Art Making Gatherings 2nd & 4th Mondays, April 10th-August 28th, 2023, 4:30-6:00pm

Do you like creating art? Are you looking for space to feel safe, accepted, and find community? Well do we have the perfect opportunity for you! In partnership with the Des Moines Art Center, we are excited to start hosting drop-in art making gathering meetings on the 2nd & 4th Monday of the month. This will be for folks ages 13-18 from 4:30-6! This will be a time to gather, learn some new skills, as well as hold space for each other in conversation. Come as you are, stay as long or little as you like. Some meetings will be group specific so make sure to check out the schedule.

Location for all events:
Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

Merlyn Penado-Lopez She/Her/Hers
Community Access Program Assistant

Drake University

For high school students – Five days of innovation & exploration
July 16-20th @ Drake University in Des Moines to register.

Click here to download the Business Horizons 2023 flyer

Des Moines Breakerz

We are a Breakdance company in the Des Moines Metro Area that provides a safe environment for kids to learn the art of breakdancing. We strive to inspire confidence in the youth, promote physical and mental health, facilitate creative expression, and provide a passionate outlet for the community. We provide classes for all ages, opportunities for members to compete or perform in and around the community at events, and we provide mentorship for youth in the school system, guiding them to a

Please visit our website at for a full listing of all our upcoming events, class schedules and happenings!

Des Moines Parks Department

See what’s going on in their online listings: June Parks and Recreation Update 🍉

Des Moines Music Coalition

The Des Moines Music Coalition produces virtual classes for their hip-hop and rock band programs which are targeted towards middle and high school students. Visit this website to learn how to sign up for classes:

Des Moines Public Library (DMPL)

The DMPL has many recreational and education events for students of all ages. Here is a link to the Des Moines Public Library Event Calendar.

Evelyn K. Davis Center

Helping people connect to career goals and achieve financial security. Programs include: financial empowerment, job development, youth careers and leadership, men’s clothing closet, and workforce training:


Forest Avenue Outreach

Grow awareness of our gardens and orchard to attract volunteer and community engagement, and educational opportunities. Prepare youth for the workforce through paid internships, encouraging high school graduation and post-secondary goal setting. Continue feeding the community fresh produce in the King Irving and Riverbend neighborhoods. Develop collaborations and support of the Forest Ave Outreach mission from other nonprofits, organizations, and individuals.

Forest Ave Outreach

Summer program: Make $14/hour learning construction trades.

Click here to download the flyer

Freedom For Youth

Young adults aged 16-25! Join us for FREE workshops covering critical life subjects. Pursue meaningful employment, practice healthier living, and set attainable goals to create a more sustainable, healthier foundation for YOUR the future.

Scan the code (from attached flyer). Learn more. And sign up for these FREE workshops!

4-6pm | Tuesdays | May 30 – August 8
Freedom Blend Coffee
2329 Hickman Road, Des Moines, Iowa

Freedom Fest June 9th 5-7pm – Friends and Neighbors all invited!

Genesis Youth Foundation

We provide the services our children need to level the playing field while empowering them and their immigrant families through athletic play, education, dance and song. We embrace the many languages of our community while building solid grounds where their play will become the work that changes the world. Event calendar can be found here:

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa

Join Girl Scouts FOR FREE! Girl Scouts is for girls who want to change the world, speak up for others, explore the outdoors, and have fun! Free 2020-21 membership for K-12 girls and adult volunteers. For more info, visit

I'll Make Me a World in Iowa: Iowa's African American Festival

I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa (Iowa’s African American Festival) is pleased to offer its Education Day programming to middle and high school students with the important goal of promoting education, awareness and preservation around African-American history. We invite you and your students to join us once again for a day filled with educational opportunities and fun.

IMMAWII Education Day includes a day-long series of workshops and learning activities for students. Secondary schools and youth organizations across the state of Iowa will participate in the Education Day activities on Friday, February 3, 2023, starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 2:00 p.m. Educators and Youth Organizations are encouraged to bring their students to be a part of this historic learning experience. Education Day is for ALL students regardless of heritage, grade point average, or special needs.

Please see the attachment.

Investing In My Future (IIMF)

Created to provide programs that assist African American children in understanding the value of an education and preparing them to take their rightful place as future leaders.

HBCU tour coming soon. For more information:

Iowa Safe Schools

Iowa Safe Schools offers Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) virtual meetings for students on Tuesdays & Fridays at 2:00 p.m.:

Drag Queen Story Time is the perfect activity while social distancing. Spread love, enjoy classic children’s books, and laugh along with our queens every Tuesday at 10 a.m. watch here:

Girls Rock! Des Moines

Since 2013, Girls Rock! Des Moines has been empowering girls, gender-expansive, nonbinary, and trans youth through music education, innovative workshops, and performance opportunities. Camps, retreats, year-round programming:

For questions contact: Rachel Gulick (they/she) Director of Girls Rock! Des Moines,, 515-422-0986

See attached flyers for summer programs:

Iowa State Extension (Polk County)

Polk County Extension provides reliable, research-based resources across a broad range of topics and interests that can support Des Moines families and students. Here is the calendar of events:

Available online resources include:

  • educational resources for youth through Polk County 4-H and Iowa 4-H
  • health and financial information aimed at individuals, parents, children, and caregivers
  • nutrition programs to help keep families healthy
  • critical hotlines and phone numbers where Des Moines residents can reach out to an ISU expert directly.

Visit the Extension website for more information on specific classes and events:

Hip Hope

Hip-Hope Inc. is a non-profit organization, with 501(C)3 tax exempt status, whose mission is to utilize arts and culture to promote, advocate and support Hope wherever symptoms of hopelessness are prevalent. We define hopelessness as: “Being unable to function or maintain a desired quality of life due to lack of knowledge, resources, mental health and/or access to solutions.”

Our primary focus is on addressing community safety concerns and disparities as they relate to economics, health, incarceration and education among “at-risk” and “high-risk” youth ages K-12 in the greater Des Moines area.

“Listen with the intent to understand!” Hip-Hope Inc. assesses the needs of the community through the perspective of the youth. We promote hope for our future by giving youth a voice through arts and culture. Their insight allows us to accurately address their needs.

“Adjusting My Crown” Conference Registration January 3—February 15 Date: March 4. 2023 Place: Drake University Olmsted Center 2875 University Ave DSM, IA Time: 8:00am—4:00pm 6th—12th Grade Mentors FREE

Iowa Department of Human Rights

Youth Leadership Academy (YLA)

YLA is a program that helps youth with disabilities develop leadership skills and connect with peers. The program is funded by the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council, who administers it jointly with the Iowa Department of Human Rights, University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development, Access 2 Independence, and ASK Resource Center.

YLA is for students with disabilities ages 14-21. This session will consist of 8-12 students from Iowa communities.

YLA is July 17-21, 2023. Youth will spend a total of 10 hours that week in the program. All interactive sessions will be virtual and FREE to all students.

Applications are accepted through June 16, 2023. For instructions, applications, and more information, visit

Iowa Youth Foundation

We are hosting a Youth Running Program this summer for K-8th Grade starting Thursday, June 29th through August 3rd. This will culminate in a 5k/Fun Run at Riverview Park on Saturday, August 5th that is open for the community.

TnT Football Camp (June 24):
IA Youth Foundation TnT Camp Flyer

Youth Running Program (Thursday, June 29 – August 3):
IA Youth Foundation Youth Running Program Flyer

Run at Riverview (August 5):
IA Youth Foundation Run at Riverview Flyer


Jewels Academy

Jewels Academy is an organization that offers STEM and self-enrichment programs for underrepresented young women in 4th – 12th grades. The 10th – 12th graders are assistants to the workshop instructors. We provide young women with unique and challenging learning experiences. While preserving traditions and respect for its principles and values, Jewels Academy welcomes students of all faiths and socio-economic backgrounds. Here is the events calendar: Jewels Academy

Young Emerging Scientists: Every Saturday in July
This Summer, we have our Young Emerging Scientists Program. Join us as we travel to the future of STEM! Learn how to create your own plastic and AI-related projects.

Please see attached flyer


Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (formerly Monsoon United Asian Women of Iowa) serves victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities in Iowa. Monsoon’s mission is to end all forms of gender-based violence and build healthy communities through transformative justice and social change. The organization serves all 99 counties in Iowa. Monsoon’s programs include direct services, community outreach and education, violence prevention and technical assistance. Monsoon has two offices: in Des Moines and in Iowa City. All staff members are multilingual and together speak 14 languages. Monsoon’s services are free and confidential. Monsoon is funded by the Iowa Crime Victim Assistance Division (CVAD), U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (DPH).

Music Speaks

Music Speaks presents two venues for virtual music experiences: Virtual Music Sessions: and
Live Streaming:

Pi 515

At Pursuit of Innovation (Pi515), we challenge, inspire and teach technology skills to students with potential – empowering refugee and underserved youth to achieve success, garner influence and gain stability in their families and communities.

Contact Nancy Mwirotsi at

Our Spring 2023 Leadership Academy provides youth the opportunity to learn, lead, and earn money for their work. Over 15 weeks, students will work alongside Pi515 staff to complete a number of projects, including facilitating a STEM class beginning to end, running our social media, and working behind the scenes of a nonprofit. The time commitment is Monday/Wednesday, 3:45pm-5:00pm, January 16-May 12.

Please see the attached promotional flyer. If students are interested in applying, they can scan the QR code on the flyer or complete the online application here:

Rosalind Carey
Pi515 Program Coordinator
(515) 518-9086

Polk County Conservation

Polk County Conservation Youth Corps engages and inspires diverse youth through hands-on environmental stewardship projects, outdoor recreation, and conservation education.
Youth Corps offers paid service-learning opportunities for ages 15+ in Polk County, Iowa. We have spring, summer, and fall options for Crew Members (ages 15-18) and summer positions for Crew Leaders (ages 19+). Join us!

To sign up for programs, go here:

Polk County 4-H

Polk County 4-H, in partnership with the Evelyn K. Davis Center, is recruiting for its upcoming program, 4-H Urban Youth Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy, open to youth in grades 8-11, provides leadership development, explores opportunities for youth leadership, provides youth a platform for developing communication skills, and helps prepare youth for leadership opportunities they may have in the future. The program begins meeting monthly in October and will run through July, culminating in a cohort-planned and -led Service-Learning Project. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with local community change agents during the guest speaker series.


Join RAGBRAI – Ages 13-18
Dream Team is looking for Mentors! – See attached flyers: or call 515-207-5186

Boy Scouts of America

Open to ALL students grades 6-12. Questions? Contact:

Michelle Schaper

Please see attached flyer

Skate DSM

Skate DSM launched a pilot program to give 500 free, high-quality skateboards and helmets to eligible kids in Greater Des Moines (DSM) regardless of their financial means. To learn more, including how to get a skateboard, visit this link.

True All American Barbershop

United Way of Central Iowa

Young Women’s Resource Center

The Young Women’s Resource Center is a non-profit organization that supports, educates and advocates for girls and young women* ages 10-24. Through small groups and individual support, the YWRC provides programming for all young women, no matter what they may be going through. We define ‘girls and young women’ as any persons who have been socialized and/or identify as female. Trans and nonbinary friends are welcome.