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.

Childcare

If you need childcare options

If you need childcare options and or tips for selecting childcare: Call 1-855-244-5301 or click here.

If you are a provider and need support

If you are a provider and need support, click here.

How to plan if a caregiver becomes ill

If you need help with how to plan if a caregiver becomes ill, click here.

Every Step Quick Guide

Highland Park Community Church

4101 Amherst Street

Daycare | Before care | After care
DAILY ACTIVITIES (7:45 AM-3:00 PM) INCLUDE :

  • 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 Philip@hpccdsm.org 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.

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: info@chlcdesmoines.org

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 melissag@centraliowashelter.org. For more information about CISS: https://centraliowashelter.org/what-we-do/clothing-closet-food-pantry.html

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: https://desmoines.dressforsuccess.org/ 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: https://www.eddiedaviscenter.org/ or call 515-277-1103.

Every Step Quick Guide

Highland Park Christian Church

Highland Park Christian Church
4250 NW 6th St.
Clothing closet with gently used clothes. For hours and details, visit: http://www.hpchristiandsm.org/?page_id=31 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: http://svdpdsm.org/social-services/

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 http://ziondsm.org/what-we-do/clothing-closet/

Dental

FREE EVENT - Dental, Vision & Medical

Free dental, vision and medical services are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to time constraints, be prepared to choose between DENTAL and VISION services. Medical services are offered to every patient attending the clinic.

  • June 26, 2021 – June 27, 2021
  • Seventh Day Adventist Church (2317 Watrous Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50231)

The patient parking lot will open no later than 12:01 a.m. (midnight) on the first night of the event and remain open. As patients arrive at the parking lot, they will be provided with additional information regarding clinic opening processes and next steps. Clinic doors typically open at 6 a.m.
Patients should be prepared with their own food, water, medicines, and clothing, when arriving early. Bathrooms will be provided.

Patients will be required to wear a face covering and must undergo a COVID-19 screening before entering the clinic. All services are free and open to the public. No ID required.

In some situations, such as inclement weather, volunteer cancellations, or other circumstances outside of RAM’s control, the parking lot may open earlier or a smaller number of patients served. RAM encourages everyone who would like services, especially dental services, to arrive as early as possible. *Clinic closing time may vary based on each service area’s daily capacity. Please check RAM’s clinic FAQ page for more information.

**The above details are subject to change. Please continue to check our schedule regularly for updates as your clinic dates near.

Check RAM website for updates or future events at www.ramusa.org.

I-Smile Silver

Website: http://ismile.idph.iowa.gov/about-ismile/silver
I-Smile Silver is a project in 10 Iowa counties that connects adults with dental, medical, and community resources, including help finding payment sources for dental care.
Des Moines, Lee, Van Buren Counties (319) 372-5225

Donated Dental Services of Iowa

Website: https://dentallifeline.org/iowa/
(515) 251-8000
Provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. Patients must be unable to afford necessary treatment and be ineligible for public aid.

Iowa Dental Association (IDA)

Website: https://www.iowadental.org/for-the-public
(800) 828-2181
The dental association can provide information about locations where dental care may be available.

Community Health Center Dental Clinics

Website: http://www.iowapca.org/why-chc/chc-locations
Offer dental services to people of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay or health insurance status.
Des Moines (515) 248-1470 or (515) 248-1888

University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics

Website: http://www.dentistry.uiowa.edu/patient-care-contacts
Offers comprehensive dental care and referral for dental specialty services. Treatment may be provided by dental students, residents, or faculty.
Iowa City (319) 335-7499

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)
  • 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)

English Language Learning Community

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

AFSC advocates for peace building, creating inclusive communities, defending immigrant rights, and much more. For more information, click here. The Immigration Attorney List can be found here.

CAPACD Resources (The National Coalition for Asian Pacific Americans Community Development)

Understanding the National Housing Moratorium:

COVID-19 Language Resources

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Resident Declaration Forms for multiple languages can be found here.

Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Commision

  • Iowa Spanish Helpline: 515-344-3936. For more information, click here.
  • To report any incidents of bias against Asian Americans, please fill out the form here.
  • 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

Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center (EMBARC)

EMBARC serves refugees who speak the following languages: Karen, Karenni, Kunama, Kirundi, Spanish, Swahili, Lingala, Hakha-Chin, Mizo- Chin and French.

EMBARC’s YouTube channel hosts a variety of informational videos translated in the languages listed above that can be found here.

COVID-19 Instructional Videos:

  • COVID-19 vaccine information from the Polk County Health Dept can be found here.
  • Double Up Food Bucks information can be found here.
  • How to Avoid Scams information can be found here.
  • Mortage Payment & Eviction information can be found here.
  • Returning to school-health tips can be found here.
  • TestIowa Registration information can be found here.
  • WIC program updates during COVID-19 can be found here.
  • 5210 Program information can be found here.

Des Moines Refugee Support Free Store

The Des Moines Refugee Support will be hosting a Free Stuff Store drive on Saturday, May 1at 4025 Lower Beaver (Rain date is May 8).

Freedom for Immigrants

National Immigration Detention Hotline is designed to assist families, advocates, and attorneys on the outside who have loved ones or clients inside the U.S. immigration detention system. Family Support Line offers assistance with legal referrals, bond assistance, abuse documentation, and more in Spanish, English, French, Hindi, and Gujarati. Dial: 209-757-3733 (from outside) Hours: Monday – Friday 8am-2pm PST. Detention Line Dial: 9233# (from inside detention) Hours: Monday- Friday 6am-8pm PST Free and unmonitored

The Language Schedule contains the shift times and languages we offer.

Latino Collection of Resources from the Office of Latino Affairs

Iowa Congolese Organization and Center for Healing (ICOACH)

Offering several services such as interpretation/ translation (Swahili, Kinyamulenge, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, French, Lingala & Kibembe ) they also provide and transportation (Monday – Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Not available on Sundays). ICOACH needs 48-hour notice for non-emergency appointments. Requests can made by phone (515)505-9105 or email: iowacongolese@gmail.com For more information, click here.

IowaCovid Info.Org

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sessions, Including Spanish
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Iowa, announced their collaboration to host information sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine later this month. The sessions will provide a virtual forum for Iowans to learn about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and have an opportunity to ask questions of medical experts.
Sessions are scheduled for April 17, 19 and 24. The April 24 session is targeted to Spanish speaking Iowans and will include an interpreter. Each one-hour session will feature an overview from medical experts, followed by a moderated question and answer segment to encourage a dialogue.
There is no fee or registration required and the sessions are open to all. Participants can join a session by visiting https://www.iowacovidinfo.org, where they will link to the WebEx online meeting platform.
Full details and links to each session can be found here: https://www.iowacovidinfo.org.

Iowa Department of Education

For questions and information about student learning in several different languages, click here.

Iowa Department of Public Health

DHS is now providing full Medicaid benefits to all eligible adult citizens of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia living in Iowa through treaties known as the Compacts of Free
Association (COFA). This policy change directly affects COFA adults. This includes all eligible COFA adults living in Iowa who are currently either receiving only limited emergency Medicaid coverage or who
applied for ongoing Medicaid, but were denied full Medicaid coverage since the policy changed on December 27, 2020.

Press Release can be found here in English
Press Release can be found here in Chuukese
Press Release can be found here in Marshallese
Press Release can be found here in Pohnpeian

Iowa Free Clinics Directory

Iowa Free Clinics Directory can be found here.

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, please click here.

National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM)

Polk County Health Department

The Polk County Health Department has a call center specifically dedicated to providing assistance to individuals 65 and older who do not have the ability to access internet or a computer to set up a COVID-19 vaccine appointment. Our call center team is able to work with individuals who do not speak English.

This is the process that non-English speaking 65+residents must follow when they want to contact our call center:

  1. Dial (515) 323-5221
  2. Indicate the following:
    1. Language
    2. Name
    3. Phone number
  3. Caller is notified that Call Center will call back using language line.
  4. Call ends
  5. Call Center calls back resident to the indicated phone number.
  6. An interpreter (speaking the indicated language) will be on the line to assist with the call.
    **The call center hours are 8a/5pm**

Q CHAT SPACE

Q CHAT SPACE.ORG Is hosting a weekly live chat support group for Spanish-speaking LGBTQI+ youth (ages 13 to 19) every Monday at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST.
Like the other live chat support groups on the Q CHAT SPACE schedule, there are always 2 adult facilitators in the space who guide the conversation and ensure that it is a safe and welcoming online space for youth. They are trusted staff and long-time volunteers who work at LGBTQI+ Community Centers and maintain the established security protocols.

Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (RACI)

The Iowa Covid-19 ELL Help Line: 1-877-558-2609 | Monday-Friday 8:30 – 5:00pm | Voicemail Option 24/7

We can connect callers with information, healthcare providers, resources, and more in the following languages:
Spanish, Arabic, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Kinyamulenge, French, Burmese, Karen, Karenni, Nepali, Somali, Tigrinya Kunama, Amharic, Nuer, Maban, Vietnamese, & Mandarin.

Flyers are available in:

For the RACI website, please click here.

Guidance for Large or Extended Families Living in the Same Household: Updated translations now available in Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Korean, Marshallese, Nepali, Pashto, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Vietnamese.

USA Hello

128 Citizenship Questions Translated: USA Hello just added new languages to their translated 128 Civics questions resource page: https://usahello.org/citizenship/prepare/citizenship-test-questions/

USCRI

Translated COVID 19 Resources

  • Center for Disease Control Resources for several languages can be found here.
  • Iowa Department of Public Health Resources on what to do if you are sick and how to stop the spread in several languages can be found here.
  • Spanish language summaries of Governor Kim Reynolds’ COVID-19 press conferences can be found here.

Translated: Vaccine Information

Factsheets for the Pfizer and Modern COVID-19 Vaccine. Please note that the languages bolded are *new* updates. Translated factsheets for recipients and caregivers. When you enter the site, make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the webpage for hyperlinks to the translated languages below.
Available in: Arabic, Burmese, Cherokee, Chuukese, Chinese, French, German, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hmong, lu Mien, Khmer, Korean, Mam, Marshallese, Navajo, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Somali, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Yiddish.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine | FDA
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine | FDA

VIDEO: Información sobre la vacuna contra el COVID-19 con dos médicos Latinos de la Universidad de Iowa. UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS & CLINCS
Dr. Rolando Sanchez Sanchez, MD y Dr. Alejandro Comellas Freymond, MD.

VIDEO in Spanish: Information about the COVID-19 vaccine with Dr. Rolando Sanchez Sanchez and Alejandro Comellas Freymond from the UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS & CLINCS

https://youtu.be/OXinX3qjebw

Employment

DMACC Workforce Training Academy (WTA)

Free job training: Business, Healthcare, Skilled Trades, Transportation
https://www.dmacc.edu/careertraining/Pages/onlineqa.aspx

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: https://desmoines.dressforsuccess.org/ or call 515-288-0130

Iowa Workforce Development

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: https://www.iowaworks.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx

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

To file for unemployment: https://www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/new-claim
For Unemployment Insurance Benefits, click here.

For Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), click here.

For Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), click here.

For Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), click here.

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:
https://www.evelynkdaviscenter.org/

Financial Assistance / General Help

United Way 211

Simply Dial 211 or visit: https://www.unitedwaydm.org/211

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.

Able Up Iowa

Forgivable loan information can be found here: https://ableupiowa.org/

Amerigroup Community Resource Link

Need help finding housing, jobs, education and more? To learn more, visit www.myamerigroup.com/IA or call 1-800-600-4441 (TTY 711)

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
  • Creative Visions, 1343 13th St Des Moines, IA 50314 (515) 244-4003 closed until March 31
  • 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
    • Healthy Homes Des Moines Program – Contact Sarah Black at 515-558-9608 or email at sblack@everystep.org
    • Multiple Programs – Contact Jen Stout at 515-558-9959 or email at jstout@everystep.org
  • Young Women’s Resource Center, 818 5th Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309 (515) 244-4901

BROADBAND:
Program Information: The Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB) is a TEMPORARY program to help families struggling to afford internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EBB will provide a credit of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Eligibility Household qualifies for SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline Students receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch/breakfast program

How to apply: Complete online application available in English or Español HERE: https://www.checklifeline.org/lifeline/?id=nv_flow&ebbp=true

Call Mediacom at 855-330-6918 (or another participating provider)
Receiving Approval. Existing customer: Credit will be applied to your account New customer: Schedule installation and credit will be applied to your account When EBB program ends, option to keep current service or downgrade to Connect2Compete program for $10/month (slower speeds)

For more information visit https://getemergencybroadband.org/ or call 1 (833) 511-0311

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: http://crossoutreachdm.org/

FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program is an FCC program that provides support for broadband services and certain devices to help low-income households stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

The FCC expects the program to be open to eligible households before the end of April 2021. For updates, eligibility, benefits, and information, visit https://www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-related Deaths

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-related Deaths: https://www.fema.gov/disasters/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

Iowa Finance Authority

To apply for utility assistance, click here.

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: http://ziondsm.org/

IMPACT

  • 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. Customers who qualify for LIHEAP are protected from having their natural gas and electric utilities disconnected from November 1 to April 1.
    • Find out if you qualify here: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/liheap/eligibility?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
    • 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: https://844907e8-1291-4891-b34e-99495387c6ce.filesusr.com/ugd/cdba1d_baa4ba1423b3450f824d5a3247252fde.pdf
    • Application/ Spanish: https://844907e8-1291-4891-b34e-99495387c6ce.filesusr.com/ugd/cdba1d_4f65e6be34eb4053a795df05968a9ea3.pdf
    • Disconnected outside regular working hours (M-F 8:30-4:30)? Please call
      (515) 681-8472 or email energyassistance@impactcap.org.
    • Broken furnace? Call (515) 518-4770 to submit an application for a repair or replacement.
  • The Iowa Utilities Board has information and resources for customers to avoid shut off. There are answers to many questions and rights and responsibilities: Natural Gas | Electric Service
  • 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. 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: https://www.impactcap.org/polk-resource-centers

Polk County Financial Empowerment Center

Schedule an appointment with the Polk County Financial Empowerment Center for no-cost, 1-on-1 remote financial counseling. Link: EmpowerMoney.org/Book Call: 515.697.1450

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: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/media/ftkchdyr/cremation_application.pdf) to our office or call 286-2088 for further information.

To apply for general assistance: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/community-family-youth-services/community-and-family/general-assistance/how-to-apply-for-general-assistance/
or call: 515-286-2088

Tax Relief for Unemployed Iowans

Iowans who lost their job will no longer have to pay federal or state income taxes on the pandemic assistance they received last year. After U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne got a provision included in the American Rescue Plan last month, those benefits are now exempt from federal taxes, Iowa has already agreed to automatically conform to those changes in federal law. Under both Iowa and federal 2020 taxes, the first $10,200 of unemployment compensation income will be excluded from taxation for most taxpayers.

The tax changes are automatic at both the state and federal level so taxpayers do not have to do anything in addition to take advantage of these changes. For Iowans who have already filed their taxes for 2020, an automatic adjustment will be made that could take up to 90 days and they do not need to file an amended return.

Food Assistance

Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantries

All are welcome. There are no income requirements, but a short intake process is required. ID preferred. Names and addresses will not be reported to the state or any other entity. Visitors will not be allowed inside pantries but instead will receive pre-packaged food with a grab-and-go system.

  • To find pantries near you, go here: here.
  • All food pantries can be found here.
  • Mobile pantries can be found here.

DELIVERY SERVICE: Available only to those with health, transportation, or other mitigating circumstances. Call 1-833-DMARC-20 (1-833-362-7220) to request a delivery between 9:00am to 12:00pm, M-F.

Global Greens Farmer’s Market

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

Des Moines Public Schools

All DMPS students are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at no charge, regardless of income, for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. For all details, please see our website: Hybrid and Virtual Meal Service – Des Moines Public Schools (dmschools.org)

  • Hybrid students will automatically receive meals at the end of each day at school. Regardless of cohort, students will leave each day with two additional meals so they will have breakfast and lunch provided for the entire week. If your child is not at school and misses a meal distribution, please call 515-242-7636.
  • Virtual students/parents should call 515-242-7636 to schedule a day and time to pick up multiple meals for your students. Time slots are available Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM in half hour increments.

Food Bank of Iowa

Food Bank of Iowa recently partnered with 15 churches across the metro to help serve Des Moines Public School families while the schools are shut and online. We have 19 school pantries within DMPS but transitioned them to churches for the remainder of this school year due to COVID.

  • Des Moines Public Schools Food Pantries: https://www.foodbankiowa.org/dmps
  • Emergency Food Assistance Guide (Spanish translation drop-down menu option): https://www.foodbankiowa.org/gethelp
  • Mobile Food Pantry Calendar: https://www.foodbankiowa.org/partners/programs/mobile-pantry-program
    • SNAP used to be known as Food Stamps and provides monthly funds for the purchase of groceries. SNAP can help you be more flexible with your food resources. To apply go, here. Food assistance is increasing through SNAP by 15% through September 30, 2021. This will equate to about $28 per person per month extra in benefits. The Administration also allocated $5 billion to allow low-income families access to school meals and food assistance during both the school year and summer months. Iowans who need food assistance can apply at dhsservices.iowa.gov/apspssp/ssp.portal. To update current SNAP benefits, call 877-347-5678. Iowans can also call 2-1-1 to connect with their local food bank.
    • WIC is short for Women, Infants and Children, and provides resources for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, as well as infants and children up to age five who are at risk. To apply, go here.
    • As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), WIC has the option to temporarily increase the Cash Value Benefits that participants receive for fruits and vegetables for 4 months.
      Between June 1 – September 30, 2021, eligible participants will receive $35 each month to purchase fresh and/or frozen fruits and vegetables.

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

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

  • Wednesdays 8am-12pm: June 16, 23, 30
  • Saturdays 8am-12pm: June 19, 26
  • Sundays 4pm-8pm: June 20, 27

PROTEUS

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

Union Park United Methodist Church

(2305 E 12th St./ East of Union Park’s rocket slide)
The Manna Meal is a free community meal served the 4th Monday of every month. Reservations must be made using this link. This link will be available until 11:59 pm the Saturday before the meal unless the limit of 250 meal reservations is met. If you cannot use this link, the church office will accept reservations by phone only during weekdays: 515-262-3734. Weekend reservations left by voicemail will not be accepted.

Health

Brain Injury Alliance

Virtual support for individuals experiencing long-term neurological symptoms of Covid-19. COVID Coping Connections: A support group for individuals experiencing long-term neurological
symptoms of covid-19. This will be open discussion on experience and emerging research.

LIFE AFTER COVID-19 Virtually on Zoom @ 4pm, last Tuesday of every month. Contact amartin@biala.org for more information or click to register here.

Broadlawns Community Resource Directory

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is extending access to the Special Enrollment Period (SEP) until August 15, 2021. Consumers who want to access the SEP to enroll in coverage and see if they qualify for financial help to reduce the cost of monthly premiums, can visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov to view 2021 plans and prices and enroll in a plan that best meets their needs. Additionally, consumers can call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596, which provides assistance in over 150 languages. TTY users should call 1-855-889-4325. Consumers can also find a local assister or agent/broker in their area: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov.

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. https://www.broadlawns.org/clinics-and-services/main-campus-urgent-care

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. https://www.broadlawns.org/clinics-and-services/primary-care-clinic

CDC

Do you have questions about vaccine safety and effectiveness? Here’s what you need to know: CDC website. (CDC website available in multiple languages).

Scheduling
Iowans with barriers to scheduling an appointment who are 65 and older, or 16-64 with underlying health conditions, can call 211 or 1-800-244-7431 for assistance to schedule an appointment. The call center is open 7 days a week 8 am – 5 pm (not available on Sunday, April 4). Language assistance is available for the 211 services.

The multilingual hotline can also help schedule appointments for English Language Learners. Call 1-877-558- 2609 Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Print, audiovisual, and additional resources in multiple languages, including American Sign Language Youtube Playlist

COVID Recovery Iowa

“Tell Me a Story”: new children’s story read daily at 10AM. Provides a sense of routine and an engaging family activity. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1581970971987124 “Parenting in a Pandemic”: support, activities, resources, individual zooms upon request, live discussions with experts related fields such as play therapists, ER doctor, Iowa PBS Abby Brown… https://www.facebook.com/groups/937325153412822

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

Every Step Quick Guide

Iowa Department of Human Services

To check qualifications and apply for Medicaid (government health insurance program based on income): https://dhsservices.iowa.gov/apspssp/ssp.portal or https://www.healthcare.gov/
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: https://dhs.iowa.gov/ime/members/who-receives-medicaid

DHS Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Application:
Iowa currently has seven HCBS Waivers in the Waiver Program that provides service funding and individualized supports to maintain eligible members in their own homes or communities who would otherwise require care in a medical institution. https://dhs.iowa.gov/ime/members/medicaid-a-to-z/hcbs/waivers

Iowa Department of Public Health | Vaccine Information

IowaCovid Info.Org

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sessions, Including Spanish

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), along with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Iowa, announced their collaboration to host information sessions about the COVID-19 vaccine later this month. The sessions will provide a virtual forum for Iowans to learn about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines and have an opportunity to ask questions of medical experts.
Sessions are scheduled for April 17, 19 and 24. The April 24 session is targeted to Spanish speaking Iowans and will include an interpreter. Each one-hour session will feature an overview from medical experts, followed by a moderated question and answer segment to encourage a dialogue.

There is no fee or registration required and the sessions are open to all. Participants can join a session by visiting https://www.iowacovidinfo.org, where they will link to the WebEx online meeting platform.
Full details and links to each session can be found here: https://www.iowacovidinfo.org.

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)

Need help Scheduling?

Iowans with barriers to scheduling an appointment who are 65 and older, or 16-64 with underlying health conditions, can call 211 or 1-800-244-7431 for assistance to schedule an appointment. The call center is open 7 days a week 8 am – 5 pm (not available on Sunday, April 4). Language assistance is available for the 211 services.

The multilingual hotline can also help schedule appointments for English Language Learners. Call 1-877-558-2609 Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

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: https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/7/COVID%2019%20Testing%20Framework%203_19_20.pdf
  • 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.

FREE VACCINES:

No health insurance? No problem.
ID is not required.
You don’t need to be a PHC patient, walk-ins are welcome! OR call (515) 612-9577
Pfizer vaccines: 12 years and older
J&J and Moderna vaccines: 18 years and older

Friday. June 18
1200 University Avenue~Look for the RV/mobile health unit in our parking lot
-Pfizer
-3pm – 5pm

Tuesday, June 22
2401 SE 14th Street
-Moderna
-5pm – 9pm

Polk County Health Department | Vaccine Information

Beginning April 5, 2021, the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to all eligible Iowans. Iowans 16 and older can receive a Pfizer vaccine. Iowans 18 and older can get the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The vaccine is free regardless of insurance or immigration status. If you do not have insurance or photo ID, you can still be vaccinated. If you have health insurance, vaccine providers may charge an administration fee to your insurance, but the vaccine will always be provided at no cost. Check with the vaccine provider on what to bring to the appointment. Iowans can receive the vaccine in any Iowa county regardless of their home address.

Please go here for the latest vaccine information: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/health-department/

VaccineFinder

The VaccineFinder.org website helps people find information about providers who offer select vaccines. VaccineFinder shows you locations that have available COVID-19 vaccines. VaccineFinder will provide you with a link to schedule the appointment through the location’s website or with a phone number to call to make an appointment.

U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has launched the “We Can Do This” campaign, a national initiative to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and increase confidence in the vaccines. The campaign helps the public make informed decisions about their health and COVID-19, including steps to protect themselves and their communities.
Resources and education materials are available in print, ads, audio, video, and other forms of outreach for various audiences and languages.
Learn more at https://wecandothis.hhs.gov.

VACCINATEIOWA

The State of Iowa has a website dedicated to the COVID-19 vaccine information. Visit https://vaccinate.iowa.gov to locate a provider and for resources. The website is available in multiple languages.

Vaccine Transportation

VaxiTaxi
Homebound people in Polk county can utilize VaxiTaxi for transportation to vaccination appoints: Call/text 1-800-829-4692 or go to vaxitaxi.com

DART is offering free rides to/from COVID vaccine appointments. Free rides are available on all Local and Express Routes and On Call services. Riders should bring proof of their vaccine appointment.
Approved DART Bus Plus/Paratransit riders can schedule a free ride to and from their vaccine appointment by calling 515-283-8136. Paratransit rides must be scheduled 24 hours in advance.
Face masks are still required when riding DART by federal mandate on public transit vehicles and at transit facilities, including while outdoors waiting for a bus.

More information can be found by following this link: https://ridedart.com/news-archive/dart-offers-free-rides-covid-vaccine-appointments along with information on planning a trip. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions regarding this promotion.

Housing/Homelessness

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 https://www.iowalegalaid.org/resource/applying-for-help-from-iowa-legal-aid or call 1-800-532-1275. Application available in Spanish. For the latest updates, go here.

EMBARC

If you can’t pay your mortage: basic information and first steps short video:
English – EMBARC In-Depth Briefing 7.21.20 – Mortgage Payment Help – YouTube

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 https://www.iowalegalaid.org/resource/applying-for-help-from-iowa-legal-aid or call 1-800-532-1275. Application available in Spanish. For the latest updates, go here.

HOME Inc.

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

House Iowa

Find local housing resources near you: Home | Iowa Housing Resources | houseiowa

IMPACT

Polk County Rental Assistance Program: Accepting phone applications starting Monday, February 22. Call 515- 518-4770. Online applications coming soon. For more information and to check eligibility,
visit www.impactcap.org.

Iowa Civil Rights Commission Fair Housing Educational Brochures and Videos

In a partnership with the Iowa Department of Human Rights, the Iowa Civil Rights Commission (ICRC), a federal housing assistance program agency, whose mission is to end discrimination in Iowa through enforcement of the Iowa Civil Rights Act, produced fair housing education and outreach materials in languages predominantly spoken and read by refugees in Iowa. The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.

The US Housing and Urban Development Department awarded ICRC $48,682 to partner with the Iowa Department of Human Rights, EMBARC, and the Genesis Youth Foundation to produce COVID-19-related fair housing information to Iowa’s refugee communities adversely affected by the virus.

The partnership produced ten educational videos featuring refugees sharing their experiences in their own words: Arabic, English, French, Hakha Chin, Karen, Karenni, Kinyarwanda, Krahn, Kunama, and Swahili. Ten translated fair housing brochures are now available in Arabic, Burmese, Hakha Chin, Karen, Karenni, Kinyarwanda, Kunama, French, Somali, and Swahili. The videos were created to educate immigrants and refugees in Iowa on what housing discrimination looks like. This is especially timely because these populations face increased discrimination by landlords because of the misconception that they are more susceptible to COVID-19 due to their race and national origin. All videos and brochures may be accessed on ICRC’s website:

Videos: https://icrc.iowa.gov/resources/videos?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery
Brochures: https://icrc.iowa.gov/resources/fair-housing-and-you-brochures?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery

Iowa Finance Authority: Eviction & Foreclosure Prevention Program

The CDC has extended its eviction moratorium to further prevent the eviction of tenants who are unable to make rental payments. The moratorium that was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2021, is now extended through June 30, 2021. The Order protects renters who meet certain requirements and who sign a declaration form and give it to the landlord.

Please note that evictions can take place if certain terms of the lease are broken. Late fees can still be charged, and the obligation to pay rent remains. The process and requirements around the moratorium and evictions can be complex. For information on how to take advantage of the moratorium, visit Iowa Legal Aid’s website.

If you are unable to pay your rent, here are some resources on rental assistance, housing, and other help.

Iowa legal Aid-Eviction Information/Rights 1-800-532-1275
Resident Declaration Form – Other Languages
Eviction Moratorium Information in 18 Asian Languages
COVID-19 Legal Advice Hotline 1-800-332-0419
HHS/CDC Frequently Asked Questions
Houseiowa.org – database of housing resources
211iowa.org or call 2-1-1 for resources
Foreclosure Prevention Program: https://www.iowafinance.com/about/covid-19-ifa-recovery-assistance/
For more information, call Housing Recovery Help Line (515)348-8813.

IOWA INTERNATIONAL CENTER HOUSING INTERPRETATION HOTLINE FOR LANDLORDS

Iowa International Center offers a free phone interpretation hotline for housing. The hotline helps landlords and limited-English- speaking tenants communicate better during challenging conversations, including COVID-related issues. (Rent and lease negotiations, lease terminations, maintenance notifications and repairs.) The Housing Interpretation Hotline is available 24/7 and offers over 180 languages. Call 515-282-8269, Ext. 5, answer a short series of questions about your call before being connected to an interpreter. There are 180 languages available. For questions about use and eligibility, contact Elyse at epate@iowainternationalcenter.org

Iowa Mortgage Help

State-wide referral hotline, foreclosure intervention and negotiation and mediation services. For more information: https://www.iowamortgagehelp.com/ 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: https://phciowa.org/services/

Legal

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.:

https://www.iowalegalaid.org/resource/2020-coronavirus-outbreak-what-you-need-to-know

United States Department of Justice

Civil rights resource guide to assist Federal agencies, state and local governments, and recipients of Federal financial assistance in addressing ongoing civil rights challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/statement-principal-deputy-assistant-attorney-general-civil-rights-leading-coordinated-civil

Mental Health

Find a Therapist

(multicultural included): https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/ia/des-moines
MindSpring Mental Health Alliance:
June Webinars

Find a Therapist

MindSpring Mental Health Alliance

JUNE WEBINARS

Understanding Body Dysmorphic Disorder | Tues 6/22 | 12-1:00p CDT
Body Dysmorphic Disorder is defined by negative self-evaluation and misperceptions about one’s appearance. Preoccupation and hyper focus on perceived flaws can result in depression, anxiety, and social isolation — and many people with BDD do not talk to others about it, which leads to further isolation, stigmatization and suffering. Explore the diagnostic criteria, symptoms, common misconceptions in this one-hour session. Discuss treatment options and learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others with a licensed therapist.
Register Here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_D-Oe8JbOTKmKXw06uuAosQ

Understanding Eating Disorders | Wed 6/23 | 12-1:00p CDT
Although our culture is decidedly preoccupied with food and weight, and disordered patterns of eating are very common, clinical diagnosis of eating disorders is less common. Even for professionals who have been treating them for years, eating disorders can be baffling and confusing illnesses. Explore the types of eating disorders, their signs, symptoms, risk factors, and treatment in this one-hour session. The webinar includes practical steps for supporting loved ones and tips for discussing this often-misunderstood topic.
Register Here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_-SqNlaeXQdSBVz1yXZpYJQ

Communication Do’s & Don’ts | Thurs 6/24 | 12-1:00p CDT
Knowing how to communicate effectively is perhaps the most important life skill. Understanding how mental illness impacts thinking and behavior helps to reduce frustration & stress, and improves outcomes for everyone. Learn simple tools to manage conflict and express feelings, verbal and non-verbal messaging, cognitive reframing, and active listening techniques.
Register Here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_wk29IUuNSOix_G04EIT-CQ

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder | Tues 6/29 | 12-1:00p CDT
OCD manifests differently in different people, and only a portion of individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder are anxious about germs or have compulsions related to keeping themselves (and their world) clean. An accessible guide to understanding this often misunderstood diagnosis, including symptoms of OCD, co-occurring disorders, and treatment options. Learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others.
Register Here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_rQeCRxfqSh223H5APHXClQ

Empowering Loved Ones | Wed 6/30 | 12-1:00p CDT
Understanding how to effectively support friends and family members with mental illness is essential. This one-hour session is led by a licensed therapist and includes information on the complications of mental illness, the four dimensions of recovery, and an introductory guide to understanding and developing a recovery plan.
Register Here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_ngn82g4JSU6A0pGqAE8YKA

JULY WEBINARS

Understanding PTSD | Thurs 7/1 | 12-1:00p CDT
Trauma impacts everyone differently, depending on the nature of the trauma, presence or lack of social supports, participation in treatment and coping mechanisms. An accessible guide to understanding what causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it’s symptoms, co-occurring disorders and treatment options. Learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others.
Register Here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_zs6jVQg7RpuKNqKdZOw-mQ

Covid Trauma | Tues 7/6 | 12-1:00p CDT
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people’s mental health. How do we heal from its impact? This seminar explores what trauma is and how Covid trauma impacted us. Discover practical steps to start the healing process in this one-hour session.
Register Here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_Kk6HnMGLS0eaUl43jiPa9g

Understanding Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder | Wed 7/7 | 12-1:00p CDT
Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder is an eating disorder characterized by very selective eating habits, a disturbance in eating patterns, or both. Separate myths and facts and explore the signs and symptoms, prevalence, and treatment of this often-misunderstood diagnosis. Learn practical tips to manage symptoms and support loved ones in this one-hour session.
Register Here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_rE-iEeBOSWCp1GFcY-CuDg

Stigma in the Workplace | Thurs 7/8 | 12-1:00p CDT | $5 Registration
Research shows that approximately 75% of employees have struggled with an issue that affected their mental health – but 8 out of 10 workers with a mental health condition say shame and stigma prevent them from seeking mental health care. This is problematic for employers because untreated mental illness costs companies billions every year. Discuss the impact of unconscious bias and how stigma influences hiring, organizational supports, and workplace culture. Learn tips for correcting negative perceptions and reducing stigma in this one-hour session.
Register Here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stigma-in-the-workplace-tickets-158462478539?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Talking to Children about Mental Health | Wed 7/14 | 12-1:00p CDT
Children are curious about their environment and the people around them. How do we answer their questions related to mental health? Learn how help children understand what mental illness is and is not, and how to answer their questions in this one-hour session.
Register Here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_ewdVD_0sQSqxZxUsMPatjA

Workplace Violence & De-Escalation | Thurs 7/15 | 12-1:00p CDT | $5 Registration
Violence in the workplace involves a continuum of behavior from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and even homicide. Acts of violence are currently the third-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States, and rates of violence in the workplace are on the rise. These events cause frustration, anger, and pain for employees, customers, patients, and visitors – costing businesses an estimated $36 billion each year. Explore what you can control in these situations and learn practical tools to de-escalate workplace violence & keep others safe when faced with uncontrollable turmoil.
Register Here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/workplace-violence-de-escalation-techniques-tickets-158477471383?aff=ebdsoporgprofile

Community Conversation | Fri 7/16 | 12-1:30p CDT
Representatives from Brain Health Now and Polk County Health Services will present.
Register Here https://zoom.us/webinar/register/1316068330420/WN_S5kQwkxkSI6jzZenK6oUgQ

YOUNG WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER

Save the date for the 12th Annual Celebrity Servers Night event from Young Women’s Resource Center, to be held on Monday, October 4, 2021. Guests will enjoy a three course meal while being hosted by local celebrities for a memorable evening of fantastic food and the best company in town! Funds raised through Celebrity Servers Night will support our mission to empower participants to be strong, self-confident and resilient. Stay tuned for more info about restaurants and Servers! Learn More

Young Women’s Resource Center launches Ambassador’s program!
Ambassadors Launch Party
Thursday, June 17th, 6 p.m. at Jasper Winery
Join us at the Jasper Winery Summer Concert Series for the launch of the YWRC Ambassadors! Learn more about why you should become an Ambassador, and enjoy great live music in a beautiful setting. We are giving away a free drink or food item for every new Ambassador membership purchased that night (beer, wine, or burger basket). Admission to the event is free!

Parenting

Every Step

Free and Confidential Support for New and Expecting Moms OUR SERVICES Home visits Medical follow-ups Prenatal and parenting classes Links to community resources Support and leadership groups Stork’s Nest Who can sign up? Pregnant moms and families with a child 18 months or younger who live in the following ZIP codes: 50009 50266 50312 50313 50314 50316 Call the Des Moines Healthy Start Project at EveryStep to see how we can help! Transportation for medical, mental health and dental appointments Health education and resources (prenatal, postpartum, parenting and child development.

Who can sign up? Pregnant moms and families with a child 18 months or younger who live in the following ZIP codes: 50009 50266 50312 50313 50314 50316 Call the Des Moines Healthy Start Project at EveryStep to see how we can help! Transportation for medical, mental health and dental appointments Health education and resources (prenatal, postpartum, parenting and child development) Similar programming is available for pregnant moms and families with a child 5 years old or younger who live in any zip code in Polk County. (515) 558-9946 | everystep.org

Community Action Network

Interested in learning about promoting Safe Sleep for babies?
The Community Action Network can provide free virtual group education for you or your organization and give you a toolkit with resources you can share with others. We also have an assessment tool that can be used for screening and education to provide information to individuals or families.

Contact us to learn more about how to access our pre-recorded sessions or if you would like for us to provide education to an already established group.

VISIT: PolkCountyCAN.org, EMAIL CANinfo@everystep.org, CALL: (515) 558-9971

ISU Extension – Small Talk program

ISU Extension – Small Talk program – 10-week virtual program for parents and caregivers
Small Talk is a ten-week virtual program designed to help parents/caregivers learn how to create an enriching language environment for children in their earliest, most critical months of life. Parents and caregivers will learn strategies to increase the amount of adult talk, back-and-forth interaction, and time spent reading to children. The goal of the program is to provide families with basic yet critical information about language and brain development along with effective, engaging ways they can naturally embed language learning into everyday activities by talking, singing, and reading. Through helping parents talk and read more with their children, and connecting them to language and literacy resources in our community, the program empowers families to set their children up for academic success and be on track for 3rd grade reading proficiency. Families will receive a book each week to build their family library!

Parents use a LENA Start™ high-tech “talk pedometer” to record interactions between themselves and their babies one day each week. The recordings are processed through computer software, and an hour by hour report is produced, which documents the number of words directed to the child by an adult, the number of back-and-forth interactions between the adult and child, and the amount of electronic sound, such as TV, in the background. The information contained in the report helps parents identify opportunities to apply their new skills, in hopes of seeing measurable improvements the following week. *Note: The LENA System only tracks words, conversations and other data, not the actual meaning of words. No one can listen to what was said. Recordings are deleted after processing.

Click HERE to register or contact Michelle Schott at 515-664-8272 or mim@iastate.edu

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
    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
    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

Technology

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: https://mediacomc2c.com/apply.aspx

Qualifications:

  • 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

Transportation

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 Compaalexito@gmail.com

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 jcvang1@dmacc.edu or call Google Voice # – (515) 519-0302.

To register:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpp5ouggUePmmjC6Xx9WvsSnc0zam805RWvy2lyDRwyhGmhw/viewform

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:
https://www.genesisyouthfoundation.org/events-1/learn-at-home/form

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.

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.

Community Partner Programs

African Service Providers of Central Iowa

African Leadership Talk Series
The African Service Providers of Central Iowa are pleased to present a monthly conversation series to address barriers facing African refugees and immigrants. All are invited.
When: The third Saturday of the month from 5:00pm to 6:30pm

The African leadership Talk Series registration link: https://www.genesisyouthfoundation.org/african-leadership-talk

BUILD MY FUTURE

What: Hands-on career fair demonstration~ Build My Future
When: It will be held on April 14th, from 9- 2 p.m.
Where: State Fair Grounds, Varied Industries Buidling & Parking Lot
Who: Industry professionals from many fields will be there to give live-action demonstrations to high school students.

  • Commercial and Residential Construction Trades
  • Manufacturing
  • Restaurant, Culinary & Hospitality
  • Automotive/Mechanic
  • Law Enforcement
  • Emergency Services
  • Military
  • Healthcare
  • IT Trucking
  • Logistics
  • Energy

Contact your school’s Industrial Technology teachers or counselors to sign up APAP! Parents, bring your kids!

Campfire

Day Camp: June 7 – August 20th, Weekdays 7am – 5:30pm
To learn more: www.campfireiowa.org

Central Campus

Construction Camp for Girls!
June 28 – July 2, 2021
Des Moines Schools Central Campus
1800 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
This is a FREE Camp for girls ages 14-18
Breakfast and Lunch Provided
Registration link:
https://forms.gle/dDKESAp63m2pamu68

Chracter Counts

Parents and families faced enormous challenges throughout the pandemic. As students emerge into a post-COVID world, families will continue to play an important role in the character development of youth. COVID-19 resources for Families: Family lesson plans, blogs and A Family’s Guide to Teach Good Character: https://charactercounts.org/covid-parent-resources/

Children and Family Urban Movement

Summer Camp: June 11th- August 13th | Monday- Friday.
Come with us to the Blank Park Zoo, Get Air, Kid Warrior Gym, DM Art Festival, Skate North and for swim lessons! To register: 515-282-3242

City of Des Moines Parks & Recreation

Summer Jobs 2021
Join our team! It’s not too early to think about summer jobs! We are now accepting applications for hundreds of full-time and part-time hourly positions with new, higher wages! We are also offering FREE lifeguard certification with offers of employment. • Aquatics Cashier: $8.54- $9.78 Hourly • Head Lifeguard: $12.08 – $14.37 Hourly • Lifeguard: $9.98 – $11.93 Hourly • Parks and Recreation Associate: $9.45 – $11.25 Hourly • Seasonal Park and Recreation Associate – Aquatics: $9.45 – $11.25 Hourly • Swim Instructor: $11.03 – $13.01 Hourly • Swim Lesson Supervisor: $12.60 – $14.88 Hourly • Swimming Pool Supervisor: $15.23 – $18.24 Hourly

For more information or to apply online, visit dmparks.org! Text DSMSUMMERJOBS to 84483 to sign up for text alerts and info about all our seasonal positions. Please see flyer.

SIGN UP FOR SWIM LESSONS THIS SUMMER!
ALL AGES AND ALL SKILL LEVELSWELCOME. MORNING AND EVENING LESSONS GROUP LESSONS $30 PER INDIVIDUAL • PRIVATE LESSONS $80 PER INDIVIDUAL •$5 FOR SCHOLARSHIP-ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS REGISTER ONLINE AT DMPARKS.ORG STARTING APRIL 1 aquatics@dmgov.org/desmoinesparks

Free Red Cross lifeguard certification with offer of employment.
• Hourly pay: $9.98-$11.93 • Certification classes offered: March, April, and May • Ages 15 and up • Questions? Contact Austin at abtasler@dmgov.org Apply online at bit.ly/lifeguard2021 or scan code Text DSMLifeguards to 84483 get job info sent right to your phone.

Community Youth Concepts (CYC)

1446 Martin Luther King Pkwy.

Youth Volunteer Corps
YVC is a youth led volunteer group that lets you earn silver cord hours while addressing issues in your community. We meet every other Wednesday on Zoom from 5:30- 6:30pm and our goal is to do one in-person service project a month. Silver Cord Hours Meet new people Address issues YOU care about. For more information, email John at john@cyconcepts.org or call 515-243-4292.

Mentor Advantage Program
The Mentor Advantage Program (MAP) pairs students aged 10-17 in the community with a mentor in a career field of shared interest for education and career development. Get paired up with a mentor from a career field that interests you Have fun! Volunteer together Go to a ballgame Take a walk Visit colleges together Get help with homework Apply for jobs together Apply for scholarships. For more information or to apply for the Mentor Advantage Program, contact John Preston at john@cyconcepts.org or by phone 515-243-4292.

Stowe Heights Challenge Course opening soon!
For more information contact stoweheights@cyconcepts.org
Stowe Heights Match Scholarship Application

Connect the Dots

Creating STEAM 2021 Virtual
July 19-30th
Contact www.we-connect-the-dots.org/creatingsteam for more information

Connect 2 Careers

Connect 2 Careers (C2C) aids with youth and young adults in three main areas: education, vocation and independent living skills – all focused on helping participants achieve self-sufficiency.
C2C serves in-school participants, 14-24 years old, and out-of-school participants, 16-24 years old; the primary focus is on serving older, out-of-school youth and young adults.
If interested in learning more about Children & Families of Iowa’s Connect 2 Careers (C2C) program, please contact Jodi Tate, C2C Program Manager, at (515) 205-9981 or via email at JodiS@cfiowa.org.

Financial Fitness Virtual Bootcamp

Financial Fitness Virtual Bootcamp
Learn about:

  • Financial Planning
  • Money Management
  • Budgeting
  • Credit Repair
  • Loan Management

Every Tuesday: April 6 &13 5:30pm-7:30pm
To sign up: https://www.empowermoney.org/financial-fitness-bootcamp-sign-up

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: http://www.desmoinesmc.com/dmmc-online-music-classes-now-available/

Des Moines Public Library

ALL locations of the Des Moines Public Library will reopen to the public for limited browsing, public computer use, and other in-person services.
This phase of reopening is called DMPL Express. Our goal with DMPL Express is to provide additional in-person options to better serve our customers and community, but in a way that moves people in and out as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible: https://dmpl.org/reopen

Community Prize Program June 7- August 7th/ Earn Prizes for reading. Ages 0-18yrs.

Teen Pride Series with Iowa Safe Schools and UCS Healthcare (begins Monday, 6/7 4:00-5:00)
https://dmpl.org/events/teen-pride-series-2

Ukulele Camp (ukuleles available to borrow from the North Side Library) (Tuesday, 6/8 2:00-3:00)
https://dmpl.org/events/tween-and-teen-ukulele-camp-4

Creative Sparks to Jumpstart your writing with author, Carrie Seim (Thursday, 6/10 4:00-5:00)
https://dmpl.org/events/creative-sparks-jumpstart-your-writing-carrie-seim

For a full listing of DMPL programs, please visit our website Upcoming Events | Des Moines Public Library (dmpl.org)
The online calendar has filters to help families find the right program fit for them 😊

If you have any questions or would like to connect with me or one of our Youth Librarians, don’t hesitate to reach out! For a full list of our Outreach Opportunities, take a peek here DMPL Outreach Requests | Des Moines Public Library

Gateway Dance Theatre (315 East 5th Des Moines, Iowa 50309)
Moving to the rhythms of the world: SASI EARTH CAMP (summer arts & science intensive)
JUNE 14-18,2021 | Grades 1-4: 9AM-12 PM
Grades 5-10: 1 PM-4 PM
Registration $125
Contact us for scholarship opportunities
For more details and questions visit
www.gatewaydance.org
info@gatewaydance.org

DMPS Central Campus Summer Camps 2021

Central Campus is excited to announce that we will be hosting 8 summer camps this summer. Our target audience will be rising 7th & 8th grade students for fall 2021. Students will enjoy summer fun experiencing 8 of Central Campus’s exciting programs: CNA, culinary arts, skilled trades, photography, animal science, cyber security, aviation, architecture camp. To for questions and to register: sonya.smith@dmschools.org

DSM 4 Kids

Des Moines Police Department

Safety City is an interactive program for pre-Kindergarten youth to learn more about safety in all things. Topic include good manners, gun safety, classroom behavior, using 911, playground safety, fire safety, electrical safety, stangers, bullies, water safety, poinson safegy, animal and bike safety and more!

  • June 28th- July 2nd. First come, first serve.
  • 8:30-11:30AM or 12:30- 3:30 PM
  • $35 registration fee (scholarships available)
  • Includes t-shirts, snacks, bike helmet at more!
  • Location: Pioneer Colombus Community Center, 2100 SE 5th St.
  • Officer Deb VanVelzen Des Moines Police Department Neighborhood Based Services 515-237-1391 dmpdyouth@dmgov.org

Des Moines Police Department

Safety City is an interactive program for pre-Kindergarten youth to learn more about safety in all things. Topic include good manners, gun safety, classroom behavior, using 911, playground safety, fire safety, electrical safety, stangers, bullies, water safety, poinson safegy, animal and bike safety and more!

  • June 28th- July 2nd. First come, first serve.
  • 8:30-11:30AM or 12:30- 3:30 PM
  • $35 registration fee (scholarships available)
  • Includes t-shirts, snacks, bike helmet at more!
  • Location: Pioneer Colombus Community Center, 2100 SE 5th St.
  • Officer Deb VanVelzen Des Moines Police Department Neighborhood Based Services 515-237-1391 dmpdyouth@dmgov.org

Des Moines Sports & Recreation

Students enrolled in Des Moines Public Schools, who qualify for free and reduced meals, can opt-in to register for Parks and Recreation youth sports and swim lessons for just $5. Opt in by clicking here: https://dmschools.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9F7eYUxn59veONf\

Programs include:

  • Coach Pitch Baseball for Grades 1-2
  • Tee Ball for K-1
  • Swim Lessons for K-12 (Group Lessons Only)
  • Youth Basketball for Pre-K-7
  • Youth Flag Football for Pre-K – 7
  • Youth Soccer for Pre-K – 7
  • Youth Volleyball for Grades 1-7

Summer Guide: https://cms2.revize.com/revize/desmoines/document_center/Parks%20and%20Recreation/Marketing/SpringSummerProgramGuide2021.pdf?pdf=Spring%20and%20summer%20Program%20Guide&t=1615568618238&pdf=Spring%20and%20summer%20Program%20Guide&t=1615568618238

Employee & Family Resources

Drug Prevention Programming for Polk/Warren counties available for K-12:

  • Summer Safety Tops
  • Celebrate Safe
  • Outdoor Alternatives

For more information: www.Efr.org

Evelyn K. Davis Center

Job Search Assistance: Our Career Coaches are equipped to provide one-on-one job search and resume assistance to job seekers. Writing and printing a resume, locating online job applications and
contacting employers. We continue to hear from employers who are hiring–let our coaches provide guidance during this process. Please call 515-697-7700 or schedule an appointment below. Basic Digital Skills & Technique classes will be taking place in person. There is a maximum of 13 spots open so individuals can be socially distant in the Classroom, masks are REQUIRED at all times.
Please register and a representative will follow up via phone, then email. Participants must attend all 4 sessions.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfDrJoYoa7VChnBhO2M1pcRvhVjmpF53EZKxDd62Pif6AfgfA/viewform

Jump Start Summer Tutoring Program June 21st -Aug 13th. Previously, this program was sponsored by Corinthian Baptist Community Development Corporation. We would like to focus our efforts on kids from marginalized populations providing free summer tutoring in the areas of math and reading. To register click here: Referral Form or FormularioDeReferencia & select “Jump Start Program”! More info below Spanish & attached flyer in English. Please share with students, parents, friends, & family deadline is June 14th! Contact me with any questions-Thanks!

Programa de Verano, JUMP START GRATUITO de Children & Families of Iowa
Lo que es: Programa de Tutoría de VeranoPara quien es: Para Padres con niños que ingresan a preescolar, jardín de infantes hasta al octavo grado en el otoño 2021~ ¡Los espacios son limitados!Cuando: 21 junio a 13 agostoDonde: virtual y o en personaComo inscribirse: Haga clic aquí, https://www.cognitoforms.com/ChildrenFamiliesOfIowa/FormularioDeReferencia y seleccione “Jump Start Program” o Llame al 288-1981 Más información:

  • Brindarles apoyo a los padres que necesiten ayuda para motivar y ayudar a sus estudiantes a superar los desafíos de lectura y matemáticas.
  • Utilizando tecnología y recursos en línea, personal calificado ayudará a las familias a evaluar las brechas en el desarrollo de habilidades de lectura y matemáticas y la conexión con recursos para encontrar soluciones.
  • Si participan en línea, tanto los estudiantes como los padres deben estar presentes para cualquiera evaluación.
  • De esta manera, los estudiantes y los padres están capacitados para superar sus desafíos y cerrar la brecha hasta la próxima sesión o dominio.

FOR FATHERS: The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Join a panel to discuss how our community can support fathers who could use help with rebuilding relationships with their children on Wednesday, June 16th, at Noon.

Why is repairing father-child relationships important? What is the necessary framework to do this kind of intervention? Consider the possibilities of evidence-based innovative services within your own community.

Fathers matter. When men use abusive and controlling tactics against their partner, children are deeply impacted. Nevertheless, the focus for domestic abuse and child welfare intervention is on services for the adult and child victims, often because there is nothing available to assist men in their roles as fathers to seek healing and change.

Our Panelists: Juan Carlos Areán, Program Director, Children and Youth Program, Futures Without Violence Nelly Hill, Program Director, Domestic Violence Victim Services, Waypoint Sara Persons, Statewide Parent Partner Director, Children & Families of Iowa Plus, a former program participant ! Questions? Contact Kirsten Faisal, kirstenf@icadv.org, 515-244-8028. Sponsored by The Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence Support and Change for Fathers Who Have Caused Harm Fathers matter. When men use abusive and controlling tactics against their partner, children are deeply impacted. Nevertheless, the focus for domestic abuse and child welfare intervention is on services for the adult and child victims, often because there is nothing available to assist men in their roles as fathers to seek healing and change. Register here: https://bit.ly/3gMtbWs

Freedom for Youth

|2301 Hickman Ave. | 2500 University Ave. | 4101 East 42nd St.|

For At-Home Activities, click here.

For all programs of all ages, click here.

See below for high school programs at the Hickman Location:

  • The Journey Program is designed for 9th to 12th grade students. Come begin to build a solid foundation for a bright future of purposeful employment and financial stability. Journey prepares students for the future and encourages servant leadership in their family, community, and school.
  • Life Skills Classes are also available to students the Journey program may also participate in Life Skills Classes that can help students identify a career interest to pursue further or a hobby to be enjoyed. Classes offered include: Construction & Trades, Fine Arts, Home & Hobby, Health & Fitness, and Business. Classes include woodworking, painting, art, computer coding, and photography.

Contact us or visit Program Registration — Freedom for Youth to register! Meets Mondays 4- 6pm both boys and girls group. Wednesdays 4 – 5:15pm girls group only. Pick-up at Hoover on Mondays and Wednesdays. Thursdays 4– 5:15pm boys group only. Email: kjackson@freedomforyouth.org Phone: 515-282-4822.

Freedom Fest

Freedom for Youth will be hosting an event for all youth, volunteers, donors and people in the community to kick off the summer and learn about FFY and how to get involved. There will be food, crafts, yard games, bounce houses and fun! June 5th 11-2pm

Genesis Youth Foundation

Serves refugee, immigrant and all students of color. Program and event information: http://www.genesisyouthfoundation.org/events

Soccer Program Registration Links:

Girls Rock! Des Moines

Summer Camp: June 14-25th 9a – 4pm
Location: Franklin Jr. High 4801 Franklin Ave, DSM, IA
Sign up here: girlsrockdsm.org/summer-rock-camp
Scholarships available. Ages 8-18. More information can be found here.
Questions? Contact Rachel Gulick Director@girlsrockdsm.org (515)-422-0986.

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 www.girlscoutsiowa.org/join

Good Vibes Movement

Youth Construction Internship
This is a paid construction and home repair mentorship for youth in Des Moines between the age of 14-19. The program will run from June 7th – August 20th. Youth participants will work 10 – 15 hours per week. GOOD VIBES MOVEMENT *Female participants will have a female mentor, male participants will have a male mentor, non-binary persons are welcome in whichever group they feel most comfortable. FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE THE ATTACHED APPLICATION, QUESTIONS CAN BE EMAILED MAYA@GOODVIBESMOVEMENT.ORG

Grand View University

Grand View University: The Power of Us Youth Summit July 13-14th
This summit is open to all rising 9th-12th graders in Des Moines.
This event will engage Des Moines teens who are interested in learning more about civil and human rights and empower them to use their voice and leadership to address challenges and opportunities they see in their local community and greater world through civic engagement, communication, and the arts. Registration is $20 – assistance is available. Sign up today!
For More Information and to register click here.

Growing Futures

Growing Futures hires students age 14-18 to plant, water and take care of hundreds of trees in Des Moines. Grow your future through hands-on job experience! FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEAMMATES! WHAT IS TREES FOREVER? Trees Forever is the non-profit partner that plants trees for the City of Des Moines through our Growing Futures program. Growing Futures employs local high schoolers to plant, prune and take care of trees all across the city. Helping the environment and get paid. Please help us share this fun and rewarding job opportunity! Learn more and apply: http://www.treesforever.org/GrowingFutures

Highland Park Church

Summer Adventure Camp 2021~ Only $3 a day!
SESSION I DATES: July 5-9, 12-16, 19–23 (15 days)
SESSION II DATES: July 26-30, August 2-6, 9-13 (15 days)
Location: Madison Elementary School 806 Hoffman Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313
Elementary Program for 120 youth (PK-5th Grades this year)
DAILY ACTIVITIES: 9:30-11:30 AM—STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) fun and creative activities including individual computer use. 11:30-12:15—FREE Lunch provided by Saydel Com. School Dist. 12:15-12:45 PM—Recess and Supervised Park Time 12:45-3:45 PM—One Hour Each of Arts & Crafts, Reading Activities, and Organized Games/Sports. We are still planning on swimming once a week at a local pool with your age group (K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th5th Grades), but are waiting for final ok from the City of Des Moines.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & OPPORTUNITIES: 1. Before and after care opportunities for families who need extended care coverage for their child(ren). 2. Olympic Day Celebrations on July 23 and August 13 at 4 PM. Parents please plan on attending! CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS: Highland Park Community Development Association–Jorge Santiago jorgeluissantiagojr@gmail.com or call 515-444-7698.

Iowa Department of Human Rights

Accepting applications for the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC) and Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) for the 2021-2022 membership term. There is no cost to apply or participate. Applications are due June 4.
State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC)

Hip-Hope's 4th Annual Many Shades of Colour Young Women's Conference

Will host 25 educational workshops for 480 young women, 6th-12th grade and 120 mentors through an online virtual experience on Monday March 1, 2021 -March 5, 2021 5:30pm-7:45pm and Saturday March 6, 2021 from 11:00 a.m.–1:15 p.m. The conference is designed to intentionally address the issues hindering young women’s academic, social, psychological, and economical success.
Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNHrODeOqlwOZBaMsZ26G17bR6A-YlPwXB6R9cMxSZV1BOSA/viewform

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.

The Science of Parenting
Understanding Research and Reality

Positive Discipline

Questions? Contact Mackenzie DeJong mldejong@iastate.edu | 712-541-8737

Visit the Extension website for more information on specific classes and events: https://www.extension.iastate.edu/polk/content/polk-county-extension-online-resources

Jewel’s Academy

Back 2 App is a program for 4th-10th graders who are interested in making apps and coding.
Please register here: http://jewelsacademy.com/our-programs.htm

Do you want your daughter to have a top-notch experience in award-winning STEM programming? WE have just the thing, Virtual App Camp! Your daughter will be able to develop a comprehensive app in 20 hours. That’s right, in just 20 hours, she will have a functional mobile app. Your child will not only gain technical application skills but also business financial literacy. We have wonderful sponsors that enable us to make our programming accessible. Just let us know if a scholarship is needed by applying here. Or register, here, if no scholarship is needed. http://jewelsacademy.com/ Dates: June 14 – June 25th or July 5 – July 16th 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm CST Grades 4-9

Junior Achievement Finance Park

A Finance Park is changing how 7-9 graders understand personal finances. Breeze through JACIA’s newest experiential learning environment this May to see what we have instore for Fall! Program Preview Video: https://youtu.be/gmdKWyhjp_4 J

LSI Global Greens Market

Like to cook? Want to support local farmers? Join us at the LSI Global Greens Farmers Market each Saturday this month at 3200 University Avenue in Des Moines, 9:00am – 1:00pm. The Global Greens program helps former refugee farmers learn about farming in Iowa, access land, and start their own businesses here. You can shop produce, learn about the program and farmers, or learn more about their CSAs or other ways to help support their work! RACI will also be hosting various performances during the farmers market throughout the month, more information on dates/times can be found on our website here. This Saturday will feature performers from Bhutan, Myanmar/Burma, and Somalia.

MONSOON (MONSOON ASIANS & PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN SOLIDARITY)

Monsoon provides direct services to all Asian and Pacific Islander victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking, including males and the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) communities. In fact, Monsoon has assisted victims from other marginalized groups as walk-ins and through referrals. Community education and outreach are an important component of Monsoon’s services as well. The organization also runs a violence prevention program, focusing primarily on youths. In addition, Monsoon offers technical assistance to other programs and agencies, locally and nationally.

For more information: https://monsooniowa.org/

The violence prevention program team is creating a single-issue magazine to celebrate Asian
Pacific islanders by showcasing recipes, artwork, and stories from the communities!
Submit a recipe of your favorite dish, artwork you made. Or a short story you wrote that related to your API heritage. Submissions link: Https:/ /bit.ly/vppmagazine Deadline: June 25, 2021
Questions?
Contact chyna kavan at
Chyna@monsooniowa.org
Past issues: https://us9.campaign-archive.com/home/?u=fb29a48783357520bd5c54eb9&id=3e9240a7fb
To subscribe: https://monsooniowa.us9.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=fb29a48783357520bd5c54eb9&id=3e9240a7fb

Music Speaks

Music Speaks presents two venues for virtual music experiences: Virtual Music Sessions: https://www.musicspeakstherapy.com/virtual and Live Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJyDSRidd1o23E6guEBJMAw OR https://www.facebook.com/musicspeakstherapy/

New Journey

Coaching and mentoring with Anna Welch: NewJourneyLLC21@gmail.com

Orchard Place

Love & Logic virtual parenting class.

A six-week session will occur on Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Class dates: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25 and June 1, 2021

Learn how to:

  • Avoid un-winnable power-struggles and arguments
  • Stay calm when your kids do incredibly upsetting things
  • Set enforceable limits
  • Avoid enabling and begin empowering
  • Help your kids learn from mistakes rather than repeating them
  • Raise kids who are family members rather than dictators
  • And much more!

This parenting program is designed to give you practical skills that can be used immediately!

To sign up, email Tom Aldrich at taldrich@orchardplace.org | 515-208-6221

Please Pass the Love

Please attend our virtual event for middle & high school students to reflect, connect, and have fun.
April 17, 2021| 2 p.m to 4 p.m

Students will have a chance to reflect on what the past year has taught them and will participate in fun,
activities and prizes to kick off the spring/ summer

Please register for the event at www.pleasepassthelove.org

Polk County Conservation Corps

The PCC Youth Corps program is looking for students who are interested in taking action to learn about and restore Iowa’s environment. We are looking for students who are curious about the environment, and especially those who are from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds or underrepresented minority groups. Spring, summer, and fall Youth Corps sessions range from 4 to 10 weeks. The program is FREE and everyone earns a stipend for their participation. Youth Corps connects students to the outdoors and teaches valuable skills to support future scientists, workers, and outdoor adventurers. This program is challenging and fun! Please take a minute to read about the program and encourage students to apply: https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/conservation/youth-corps/youth-corps-faq/

Questions? Contact Nikki Dunbar at 515.323.5382 or go to: www.leadingyououtdoors.org

Q CHAT SPACE

Q CHAT SPACE.ORG Is hosting a weekly live chat support group for Spanish-speaking LGBTQI+ youth (ages 13 to 19) every Monday at 7:00 PM EST / 4:00 PM PST.
Like the other live chat support groups on the Q CHAT SPACE schedule, there are always 2 adult facilitators in the space who guide the conversation and ensure that it is a safe and welcoming online space for youth. They are trusted staff and long-time volunteers who work at LGBTQI+ Community Centers and maintain the established security protocols.

RACI

Join us this month as we create and display origami butterflies all over Des Moines in honor of the journey people take to come to call Iowa home. Butterflies are international symbols of migration and throughout the month there will be 1,000 on display in different locations throughout central Iowa, in honor of Sadako Sasaki (from the children’s story of 1,000 paper cranes from Japan) as a wish for peace for those currently displaced around the world. You are welcome to create and display them at home, as a family, as a business, however works best for you! We will eventually be putting together a collection of 250,000 butterflies together as representation of the 25 million current refugees throughout the world at a later date. More information, including instructions, can be found here. A three minute YouTube step by step instructional video can be found here.

Do you play Playstation or Xbox? Know others that do? Sign up for the 2021 WRD FIFA tournament! Winners from each bracket will be awarded a $300 cash prize!! This year we will be hosting a virtual FIFA tournament on both Xbox One and PS5. There will be two separate brackets: one for PS5 players and the other for Xbox One players. The tournament is completely virtual, so you will be playing against other participants from the safety of your own home. For more information or to sign up, click here.

Skate South

Youth Roller Hockey League: Questions? Contact Rob Kooker at dmrollerhockey@gmail.com | 515-202-6842
Parties
Free Skate

For more information: https://skatesouth.com/index.html

Sylvan Learning Centers

  • On-site support for student academic progress and opportunities for social, emotional and interpersonal connections.
  • Specialized and proven curriculum in math, reading and writing at affordable prices.
  • STEM classes and camps.

Sylvan Learning Centers of Iowa (2024 NW 92nd Court, Suite #14, Clive, Iowa 50325)
Call 515-802-8420 or email: SylvanIowa@gmail.com or Karen.Baldon@iowa-sylvan.com

YMCA of Greater Des Moines

The YMCA website provides several virtual workouts for the body, mind and spirit: https://www.dmymca.org/

Young Adult Program (YAP)

You may qualify for free DMACC tuition for a short-term training certificate in business, health care, manufacturing, skilled trades or transportation. You must be 18-24 years old, Live in Polk County, Show financial need, HiSED/GED high school graduate. For more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFTtKcYIgjQ

Young Women’s Resource Center

Young Women’s Resource Center has Spots filling quickly for their upcoming Summer Program groups! Register online now for:
FULL – Moving On To Middle School (6th Grade): June 28 – July 2
Moving On To Middle School (6th Grade): July 19 – 23
Sisters of Summer: 7th and 8th Grades: June 21 – 25
Sisters of Summer: 7th and 8th Grades: July 12 – 16
FULL – Sisters of Summer: High School: June 14 – 18
Activities and discussions focus on empowerment, advocacy, self-expression, feminism and body positivity. Summer Programs are FREE, include lunch, and transportation is provided for those within seven miles of the YWRC.
Info. and Registration