Student Services Contact Form

If you cannot find assistance on this page, 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 during the COVID-19 closure. We know these are challenging times. While our staff cannot replicate the support provided in person at school, we will continue to work tirelessly to find as many resources for families as possible. Please check back regularly as this list will be updated as our community finds new ways to adapt to a new normal during the Coronavirus pandemic.


MetroKids Registration

Registration is now open for our full-day MetroKids programming while DMPS is 100% virtual for all students. Metro Kids will be offering programming Monday-Friday from 7am-5pm at nine elementary sites for students in grades kindergarten through fifth and one site for students in grades preschool through fifth. Please note: our program will be following all DHS and CDC guidelines to ensure a safe environment. This includes limited capacity with small groups of 10-15 and temperature and health checks will be conducted prior to children entering the program.

Existing MetroKids families can register through their SchoolCareWorks Parent Portal and families new to MetroKids can email to set up an account

Community Partners

DMPS is committed to working with our community to provide options for families while DMPS is 100% virtual. The following organizations are working to provide full day programming for our students. Please visit their websites for more information:

If you need childcare options

Call 1-855-244-5301 or go to

If you are a provider and need support

Guide to Child Care in Iowa: Iowa Child Care Resource and Referral

How to plan if a caregiver becomes ill

Highland Park Community Church

4101 Amherst Street

Daycare | Before care | After care

  • 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 after care availability from 3 PM to 6 PM (for employment reasons only) 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

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:

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.

Highland Park Christian Church

Highland Park Christian Church
4250 NW 6th St.
Clothing closet with gently used clothes. For hours and details, visit: or call the church office: 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

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.
Used clothing for children and adults as well as bedding and some housewares are available free of charge. Open for limited hours due to Covid19 concerns. Please call ahead for hours. 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
    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)
    Click here for COVID-19 public letter
    Click here for policy (Counties: Statewide)
    (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)

English Language Learning Community

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.


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

Have you lost your home or been treated unfairly because people thought you had COVID-19? Or because of your race, color, or where you are from? The Iowa Civil Rights Commission and EMBARC can help you if you experienced discrimination because of COVID-19.

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:

Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (RACI)

COVID-19 Helpline:
1-877-558- 2609

COVID-19 Website:

2020 Refugee Summit: Getting Through COVID-19 Together | Webinar Series| October- December:

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:

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

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.

Karen Video:

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

Please refer to this resource for information helpful to undocumented immigrants during this time:

How to plan if a caregiver becomes ill in Spanish and Somali


Also see IMPACT below under the Financial Assistance category.
Language interpreters are available by calling the Iowa COVID-19 English Language Learner (ELL) Help Line at 1-877-558-2609.

Iowa Congolese Association

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 the 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 an 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 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) Online Citizenship Class

LSI has launched an online citizenship class to help prepare participants for their citizenship interview. Classes will be hosted via Zoom with an option to attend a morning or evening class. Participants who complete the class are eligible to receive free legal services through Justice for our Neighbors.

Requirements: Must be eligible for citizenship and have an intermediate level of English ability. Must have access to Zoom platform.

  • Registration: Next classes begin July 7th through September 10th, 2020. Call 515.271.7473 or email to register

National CAPACD Resources

Understanding the National Housing Moratorium & several translated resources:

Iowa COVID-19 Multilingual Hotline

If you are looking for information related to a concern about COVID-19, please check out the resources listed on the Polk County Health Department’s school page or talk with your healthcare provider. Additional information can be found in these two handouts:


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 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

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

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:

Iowa Finance Authority

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 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay for a portion of their electrical bills for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing.
    • The application period runs from November 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021, with early applications accepted beginning October 1, 2020, for households that have a member who is at least 60 years of age, or disabled, or where disconnection is imminent.
    • Find out if you qualify here:
    • To apply over the phone, call (515) 518-4770. All appointments are done by phone only.
    • Or, to apply by mail, send applications here:
      IMPACT Community Action Partnership
      3226 University Ave
      Des Moines, IA, 50311
      Attn: Energy Team
    • Application/ English:
    • Application/ Spanish:
    • Disconnected outside regular working hours (M-F 8:30-4:30)? Please call
      (515) 681-8472 or email
    • Broken furnace? Call (515) 518-4770 to submit an application for a repair or replacement.
  • 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:

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

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 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 a delivery between 9:00am to 12:00pm, 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 9:00am and 12:00pm. For more information:

Global Greens Farmer’s Market

Refugee Connection Center parking lot (3200 University Avenue): Saturdays, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Des Moines Public Schools

For those under 18, Des Moines Public Schools is committed to supporting student needs while learning is virtual, including providing nutritious meals on school days. For detailed information, please visit our website here:

  • Any student/parent of DMPS can go to any school to get their meal
  • We will be handing out weekend meals to families
  • Each meal handed out should have all components for breakfast and lunch.
  • Meals will be distributed in the parking lots of school buildings from 11-1PM ONLY. We will not be having evening meal pickups due to the weather and time change.

Food Bank of Iowa

The Food Bank of Iowa provides food to organizations that serve Iowans in need.

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

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:


Broadlawns Urgent Care

Located at: 1801 Hickman Road, Des Moines

Patients with COVID-19 related symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, generalized muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell) can come to Broadlawns Urgent Care, Monday-Friday from 8 am-8 pm and Saturday 9am-3pm for free testing and treatment.

Patients concerned about exposure but without symptoms may be tested by their primary care provider in any of the Broadlawns Primary Care or Family Medicine clinics.

CDC Recommendations for Face Coverings

  • The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies)
  • Wearing a cloth covering helps to slow the spread of the virus and prevents people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others
  • Cloth face coverings can be made from household items or common materials such as an old t-shirt or bandana
  • See the website for instructions:

Creative Visions

Free dental screenings on Saturdays from 11a.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:

Mercy One

MercyOne will be continuing to provide free flu shots. Clients do not need any proof of insurance OR ID for this drive-through clinic. Available weekly from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Eddie Davis Center (1312 Maple St., West Des Moines IA 50265)

Primary Health Care (PHC) Drive-Through Respiratory Clinic

2401 SE 14th Street, Des Moines

  • This clinic is for the evaluation of patients with respiratory symptoms only.
  • If needed, tests for influenza and strep are available.
  • Patients seen here are not guaranteed a COVID-19 test. Individuals will be tested only if their symptoms and other criteria meet the established guidelines by the Iowa Department of
  • Public Health:
  • Open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • The Clinic is located just south of the Engebretsen Clinic.
  • No appointment is necessary. Patients will remain in their cars during this visit as this location has a garage with doors on both the north and south side, allowing patients to drive through.


  • TestIowa will provide anyone a free COVID-19 test who is interested in being tested, regardless of symptoms or potential exposure to the virus.
  • Schedule an appointment to be tested:
  • For a list of TestIowa sites:
  • For questions, call TestIowa at (515) 575-2131 or (844) 844-1561 (toll free). Lines are open 8am – 8pm, seven days a week (except Holidays).

In addition to Test Iowa locations, coronavirus tests are available at Hy-Vee, select pharmacies like Walgreens, and other medical centers.

Call ahead or visit their websites for more information and to make an appointment.

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:

Zion Church

FREE Life Line (Health) Screening on December 3rd:


City of Des Moines

Iowa Legal Aid

If you are at imminent risk of eviction or foreclosure and need legal assistance, Iowa Legal Aid may be able to assist you at no cost. Visit or call 1-800-532-1275.


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

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 Mortgage Help

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

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. For more information:


Iowa Legal Aid

Defendants Guide to the Criminal Justice System During COVID-19

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.:

Mental Health

COVID Recovery Iowa

The program, called COVID Recovery Iowa, is now available. Counseling will take place via virtual sessions, chat or phone call. People of all ages may join groups online to find support and learn new strategies to cope with the effects of the pandemic in a variety of creative ways.

  • Call 800-447-1985 to connect with a counselor specializing in rural issues and agriculture 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Parent Support Group: Discussing the impact and stress of COVID. Groups are free and will be held via ZOOM Wednesdays at 5p.m. TO JOIN PLEASE CONTACT:
  • Pre-Teen Support Group: Discussing the impact and stress of COVID. Groups are FREE and will be held via ZOOM Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Teen Support Group: Discussing the Impact and stress of COVID: Groups are FREE and will be held via ZOOM Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • COVID Recovery Iowa offers free virtual counseling and assistance for all Iowans affected by COVID‑19.Phone: 1-844-775-WARM | Online help
  • Spanish Help Line: 531-800-3687
    Por Favor llame su llamada Telefonica sera respondida en espanol.

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)

For access to mental health supports, including virtual programming, please call 515-277-0672 or visit:
COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide in English and Spanish with information on topics about stress, anxiety, assistance programs, and more.

COVID-19 mental health resources for African Americans:

Hamilton’s Funeral Home

Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss has an array of resources available 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.

Please Pass the Love

Resources for youth and adults to connect and relate with others. All programs are FREE. Virtual programs available weekly for elementary, middle, and high school youth. Resources for adults also available. To join the groups, please see the website:

Iowa Crisis Chat: Non-judgmental support for individuals facing an emotional crisis. Staff are available from 9:00am to 2:00am, seven days a week. If it is outside of our hours of operation, call Your Life Iowa‘s 24/7 chat. You can also call us 24/7 at 1-855-325-4296. Free teen workshops:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can help. Please call 1(800) 273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 for a Crisis Text Line.

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 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 will be 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 will serve 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:

Personal Hygiene Items and Cleaning Supplies

IMPACT Community Action Partnership

This agency is temporarily closed, but families can still access their pantries by calling to schedule a time for pick up. 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
  • 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
    16 E. 6th St. Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 270-0824
  • Start Small Project
    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
    Giving away diapers and food July 17th, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • 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
  • DMARC Offices 
    1435 Mulberry Street Des Moines IA 50309

    • Call (515) 277-6969 to find which pantries currently have baby/infant supplies available
  • EveryStep
  • Young Women’s Resource Center
    818 5th Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309
    (515) 244-4901


Mediacom Connect2Compete

Mediacom‘s Connect2Compete low-cost internet program has increased its speed to 25 megabits per second (Mbps). Qualifying families who subscribe before May 15, 2020 will receive 60 days of complimentary Mediacom internet access, with a cost of $9.95/month thereafter. There is no deposit, no contract, no installation fees, no equipment rental fees, and the Wi-Fi modem will be given via no-cost lease. Apply by calling 855-904-2225 or online:


  • At least one student in grades k-12 living at home
  • At least one student qualifies for free or reduced-price school lunch
  • Family is not a current Mediacom internet customer and have NOT subscribed to their internet services in the past 90 days
  • Family does not have an outstanding Mediacom bill or unreturned Mediacom equipment

Parents Guide to Online Safety and Security


Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority

DART has Reduced Fare Programs. Eligible residents include adults 65 and older, persons with disabilities, students, veterans, and refugees. For more information and the application process, visit here.

Free Tutoring Opportunities

Al Exito

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

Evelyn K. Davis Center

The Tutor Heroes program offers virtual tutoring for grades 6th- 12th on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. For more information, e-mail Jason Vang at or call Google Voice # – (515) 519-0302.

To register:

Genesis Youth Foundation

During this time of social distancing due to COVID-19 health precautions, Genesis Youth Foundation (GYF) would like to extend our online at-home tutoring program to assist underserved refugee and immigrant youth. GYF is interested in partnering with community and faith-based leaders to offer our Academic Enrichment program for the rest of the 2020-2021 school year.

Parents are encouraged to get in touch with us about this program by registering here:

Jewels Academy

Our staff is excited to work with new and returning students and immerse them in the world of STEM. First up, math tutoring kicks off in January for six weeks, followed by App Camp Lite in March. Register HERE.

John R. Grubb YMCA

Are you taking a math, science or technology class and struggling with homework? We can help middle and high school science, technology, and math students. Please bring your book, homework assignments, your school ID, and a positive attitude. Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 1611 11th St. If you have any questions, please contact David at (515) 229-3277.

United Way 211 Homework Helpers Hotline

Available Beginning January 11th
Simply Dial 211 and press 7 to speak with a Homework Helper. Live help is available Sunday-Thursday from 3pm-8pm.

Urban Dreams

The academic support lab at Urban Dreams is open Monday-Thursday from 9am-6pm. There are 15 student spots available each day. Please call ahead to arrange your seat: 515-288-4742

Zion Church

Drop-in Homework Time. There is bandwidth for 20 students to do their virtual class work and homework in the cafeteria. New tables and chairs, socially distanced, are available for participants. We are open to help Monday-Friday from 9-3 p.m. at 4300 Beaver Ave.

Free Online Community Partner Programs

ArtForce Iowa

ArtForce Iowa offers arts and music lessons in their Artful Connections series on their Facebook page at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. Lessons can be found at:


Curbside Camp and It’s Lit(eracy) instead! Families will be provided with pre-made camp activities to fill up the day at home. For school year programs, crafts and activities go here.

Drake University| Character Counts

Provides practical strategies, curricular resources, and trainings to positively impact youth character development. Check out free lesson plans:

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

The Des Moines Public Library allows streaming and downloading of e-books, audio books, magazines, courses, newspapers & films:

Evelyn K. Davis Center

SAAF (Strong African- American Families) is a 7-week parent/caregiver and adolescence education program designed for families with African American youth grades 6 through 9 that improves parent and youth relationships, communication, and perspectives as it works to prepare youth to resist temptations and pressures associated with growing up such as peer pressure bullying, alcohol and drug use, sexual involvement, etc.

Thursday Evenings 5:30pm to 8:00pm Dec. 3rd—Jan. 28th

Research based activities • Highly interactive • Culturally sensitive • Positive youth and family interactions • Parents and youth learn together • Activities address Youth risk factors

For more information or to sign-up contact: Lenny Bell-515-697-7700 or All SAAF sessions will take place virtually on ZOOM Register Today! Visit our Facebook page: AND register at the Evelyn K. Davis Center website:


We offer a FREE program via Zoom for children age 10 and under. The program is 30-40 minutes – scheduled at your convenience – and includes:

  • Book reading
  • Coloring activity
  • Discussion about feelings related to COVID-19

We offer stress-reducing programs for caregivers, teachers, and providers too! To schedule a session, contact For more information about COVID Recovery Iowa, visit:

Freedom for Youth

We offer free faith-based programming for students K-12. This afterschool program helps students build confidence in academics, grow as young leaders and learn/experience the love of Jesus.
We also have Freedom Construction Services. This program provides supportive employment training for high school students and young adults in various building and construction trades. Go to our website for more information

Gateway Theater

We offer dance classes from around the world – NOW ONLINE!
Sign up now FREE ARTOBER online classes October 26- Nov 20, 2020. Please visit:


Join GEAR UP Iowa with our community partner, One Iowa, as we discuss important topics for college students about questioning your sexuality, strategies for going back home for the holidays, and how to be an ally to your LGBTQIA+ peers. The forum will provide resources, support, and valuable information. Wednesday, December 16 @ 5-6 p.m. Find the registration form here.

Genesis Youth Foundation

Serves refugee, immigrant and all students of color. Program and event information:

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

Investing in My Future

Career Exploration: December 7th, 5-6 p.m.
Study Strategies: December 14th 5-6 p.m.

Iowa Safe Schools

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

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. 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.

Career Exploration Online Workshop
There is an exciting opportunity for any Iowa youth in grades 4-12 to hear from a diverse group of Iowa professionals & community leaders! All sessions are virtual and will go from January–May. Following all the sessions with presenters, we’ll be hosting a college, career, & community prep workshop in May. Youth can register for any or all sessions for free here. You can find the flyer here.

Mindful Teen
From surviving to thriving in a busy world. This six-session series is for 7th- 12th graders from February 1- March 8th from 6-7 pm on Zoom. Learn strategies to manage stress and difficult emotions. Help improve well-being, relationships, sports and academic performance. To learn more and register go here.

Strengthening Families Program
For Parents and Youth 10-14. This program can help your family learn to manage emotions, set goals, avoid peer pressure, make better decisions, and create better relationships. You will learn how to show love while setting limits, how to listen to your child, and how to help family members show appreciation to each other.

  • Mondays: Youth Session 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Tuesdays: Parent and Family Session 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Course offered from January 5th to March 9th. Register here before January 18. Questions? Contact Cassie Odland at | 515-446-8477. To learn more about the program, visit the website here.

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

Jewel’s Academy

Back 2 App is a program for 4th-10th graders who are interested in making apps and coding. Please register here:

Monsoon (Monsoon Asians & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity)

Asian Young Men’s Panel Discussion: What does masculinity look like in the API community? Hour long event on Wednesday, January 13th from 4-5 p.m. To register go here.
For information, contact Chyna Kavan at

Addressing Islamophobia Discussion: Guidance for improving personal and community well-being in dealing with anti-Muslim propaganda and people. Discussion will be held on Wednesday, January 27TH 3-4 pm. Please register here.

Music Speaks

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

YMCA of Greater Des Moines

The YMCA website provides several virtual workouts for the body, mind and spirit: