Address:139 6th StWest Des Moines, IA 50265Map & Directions
Services: WEST DES MOINES HUMAN SERVICES CENTER provides information, outreach and referral services. Services include:
HOMELESS PREVENTION - partial rent or mortgage payment, partial rent deposit, or partial temporary housing assistance and partial emergency utilities assistance.
SHOWER is available to assist homeless individuals Call 222-3660 for hours and availability.
TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM for eligible homeless families - must call to check for availability.
TRANSPORTATION for elderly or persons with disabilities. Must be WDM resident. Contact Carmen Murille, 222-3661.
HANDYMAN SERVICE available to seniors and disabled (see separate listing) 515-222-3661.
LIHEAP energy assistance or heating bill assistance is available.
GAS/ELECTRIC emergency utility assistance to families experiencing financial hardship.
H20 PLUS program assists with West Des Moines water or municipal services bill.
EICP (Energy Crisis Intervention Payments program) offers furnace repair/replacement assistance
WEATHERIZATION program offers plastic for windows, strips of wood and nails to put plastic in place - qualifying household.
FOOD PANTRY serves Clive and West Des Moines Bring photo ID, currently utility bill, proof of income, SS cards for household members.
SHARE is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides up to 50% savings on food packages once a month. The standared food package varies monthly, and always contains packages fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. Participant receives groceries of a retail value of $44.00 for $22.00 Accept cash or food stamps; no income eligibility. Contact: Shawn, 327-8662 or Richard, 279-5783, or Share Iowa 800-344-1107.
GARDEN PROGRAM apply in April for limited value garden voucher.
PERSONAL PANTRY includes soap, shampoo, feminine care products, toilet tissue, deodorant, diapers, and toothpaste (based on donations/availability). Bring photo ID, currently utility bill, proof of income, SS cards for household members.
CLOTHING CLOSET offers clothing and household items for low income clients; Mon, Tue and Thu 8 am-3 pm, Wed and Fri 8 am-12 noon.
HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE available during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season (food baskets, toys and meals served at community center). Serves all Western suburbs (Clive, Windsor Heights, Urbandale and West Des Moines).
OTT-MTA Bus Pass Program.
RECREATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS for low-income children: camps, music/dance lessons, sport activities; children's free summer lunch program; holiday assistance and programs; as well as other human service related programs.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES for low-income children in the West Des Moines School District. Call after June 15th to schedule an appointment.
IOWA SENIOR OLYMPICS (50yrs and older) volunteer opportunities. Call 222-3660 for more information.
NOTARY PUBLIC services available by appointment. Call 222-3660 for more information.
DONATIONS ACCEPTED clothing, household items, and small appliances; Drop off Mon-Fri 8am-4pm.
BUDGET assistance and information (how to set one up).
TAX PREPARATION during the tax season to qualifying individuals; by appointment. Call 222-3660.
Hours: Office Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-4 pm, Program Outreach: Mon, Tue, Thu 8 am-3 pm and Wed 8 am-12 noon
Address:1155 SE Boone DrWaukee, IA 50263Map & Directions
Services: Waukee Area Christian Services Provides Diapers Through The Food Pantry.
Hours: FOOD PANTRY: Mon 4 pm-6 pm, Thu 9 am-11 am, 1st and 2nd Sat 9 am-11 am
Eligibility: Must live in Waukee School District, or have a referral from a Waukee area church
Documents To Bring: Bring copy of photo ID and verification of residence (copy of utility bill)
Address:818 5th AveDes Moines, IA 50309Map & Directions
Services: YOUNG WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER provides therapy and education to pregnant and parenting young women, ages 10-21
PREVENTION SERVICES through a variety of groups, as well as individual counseling.
PERINATAL SERVICES to pregnant and parenting young women ages 10-21.
DONATIONS of diapers, formula, women's personal care items, and clothing are accepted.
MISSION is to support, educate, and advocate for young women (ages 11-21) as they experience life's challenges.
Hours: Mon-Thu 8 am-5 pm, Fri 8 am-12 noon
Address:1111 9th St #320Des Moines, IA 50314Map & Directions
Services: VISITING NURSE SERVICES OF IOWA includes a variety of programs, including:
ADULT HEALTH MAINTENANCE CLINICS provide blood pressure check; foot care; blood glucose, hemoglobin and total cholesterol tests Services are provided at local community and senior centers, and other community locations. 515-558-9591.
HOME HEALTH CARE Services are provided to individuals with rehabilitation needs or chronic health conditions who are residing in their homes and are unable to access Health Care Services in a clinical setting, or could be best served at home Skilled Registered Nurses provide services, including wound care; medication administration; physical assessments; monitoring vital signs; infusion therapy; catheter care; nutrition assessment; health education and home safety assessments Social Workers provide case management, counseling and access to community resources Home Care Aides provide assistance with home management, personal care, meal preparation and laundry. Residents of Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Polk, Story and Warren Counties who are insured or uninsured; also accept Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance and provide a sliding fee scale based on income and financial resources 515-558-9591.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES program offers therapy groups, individual, couples and family counseling conducted by a mental health counselor Counseling services can be used to address any number of challenges including treatment for children/youth with SED, stress management, relationship issues, communication, parenting and any other situation causing distress. 515-558-9946
MATERNAL CHILD HEALTH PROGRAM provides nursing visits to pregnant and parenting women living in Clinton, Dallas, Jackson, Jasper, Mahaska, Polk, Poweshiek and Scott Counties Services include: prenatal and postpartum health education, child development screening. Interpretation services are available for Spanish, Somali, Karen, Burmese, Chin, Vietnamese, Arabic, Swahili, Nuer, Bendi, Laotian, Thai Dom and Thai-speaking mothers and families. 515-558-9946.
STORYBOOK PROJECT supports children with incarcerated parents by enhancing the relationship between the child and their parent due to the difficult period of separation Community volunteers help organize monthly reading sessions at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women in Mitchellville, the Newton Correctional Facility and the Iowa Correctional Release Center in Newton Volunteers assist incarcerated parents and grandparents with selecting and reading a book to their child via recording, and sending the book and recording home to their child The program also offers a parenting class for mothers at the ICIW in Mitchellville 515-288-1516.
CARE FOR KIDS/EPSDT provides health information to families, referrals to health providers that accept Title 19, health education, parenting education and referrals to community resources and services The program also provides transportation to health care appointments, available to Medicaid recipients under age 21 To receive transportation, families must call by noon at least 2 business days before the scheduled appointment to receive transportation Care for Kids serves families in Clinton, Jackson, Jasper, Mahaska, Polk and Poweshiek Counties Services are provided in English and Spanish. 515-283-1422.
STORK'S NEST offers an opportunity for pregnant women to earn needed baby items and to receive prenatal and parenting education. Pregnant or newly parenting women in Polk County who are living on an income less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level Participants are eligible to participate Stork's Nest participants work with a trained point manager to earn points for taking healthy steps for the well-being of the fetus and newborn The points can be spent in the Stork's Nest for needed baby care items including diapers, clothing, cribs and car seats Program participants can also attend prenatal and parenting classes through the Stork's Nest Services are provided in English, Spanish and other languages, as available 515-558-9950.
POLK COUNTY HEALTHY START AND EMPOWERMENT PROJECTS offer voluntary case management services to families that would like extra support to ensure a healthy mom, healthy child and healthy family Services include home visits; prenatal, postpartum and parenting education; child development screening and education; support and therapy groups; links to other resources; parent involvement opportunities; transportation to and from healthcare and other appointments; and interpretation services. Bilingual case managers and interpreters are available for non-English speaking families, as available Referrals can be made by a physician, social worker, family member or friend 515-558-9946.
SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM offers companionship and assistance with daily living needs to homebound adults through the Senior Companion Program. The program recruits and trains adult seniors, age 55+, who provide support to homebound adults in Polk and Warren Counties to help them maintain a happy, healthy life at home. Senior Companions assist with picking up medication; providing respite for caregivers and family members; and companionship. 515-558-9957.
FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM provides one-on-one assistance to high risk children with special and exceptional needs who attend elementary and preschools in Polk County Foster Grandparents are low-income elderly volunteers who receive an hourly stipend and reimbursement for volunteer related expenses such as transportation and meals with students as part of their volunteer work Foster Grandparents are matched with children who are from low-income households; perform academically below grade level; have mental or physical disabilities; and/or are diagnosed with a behavior disorder In schools, Foster Grandparents are matched with identified students to provide one-on-one support including reading assistance; clarifying and translating group instructions; and helping a child stay focused and on-task In child care and preschool settings, Foster Grandparents act as a calming influence for children and assist in the development of motor and learning skills and self-help skills. 515-558-9975.
1ST FIVE assists medical practitioners in Polk and Dallas Counties to provide social/emotional, family stress and parental depression screenings during well-child medical exams Providers refer families with elevated risk factors to the 1st Five program, which provides care coordination to link children and families to needed community resources and services, including counseling, food assistance, housing, child development programs and support for children with specialized needs After resource and referral information is provided to the family, the VNS of Iowa Care Coordinator then apprises the referring medical provider to the outcome of the referral. 515-558-9608.
EARLY ACCESS IOWA is a free statewide, central point of contact and directory for children with disabilities and specialized needs, their families, their service providers and other members of the community Early ACCESS provides information and referrals to community-based services through a website, an online searchable resource directory and a toll-free telephone service Information specialists are available via telephone and e-mail, Mon-Fri 8am-7pm 1-888-IAKIDS1 (1-888-425-4371) or visit www.EarlyACCESSIowa.org.
Hours: Mon-Fri 7:45 am-4:30 pm
Address:2011 Forest AveDes Moines, IA 50311Map & Directions
Services: COMMUNITY SERVICES administers:
LIHEAP (low income heating assistance program) provides assistance with utility bill. Applications are accepted November 1st
Hours: Office Mon, Wed, Fri 8 am-5 pm; Tue & Thu 8 am-7 pm; Food Pantry Mon-Fri 11 am-12:45 pm and 3 pm-close of business
Address:601 Grand AveDes Moines, IA 50309Map & Directions
Services: CATHOLIC CHARITIES is a non-profit, social service organization and serves central and southwest Iowa
COUNSELING SERVICES provides supportive relationships to individuals, couples and families struggling with a variety of issues. Work with people of all faiths and offer services at several locations. Offer bilingual counseling in Des Moines, Perry and Osceola. Insurance is accepted and there is a sliding fee scale for those who do not have any insurance. 515-244-3761.
A NEW BEGINNING
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 8 am-4:30 pm, Tue & Thu 8 am-6 pm
Address:200 E Grand AveDes Moines, IA 50309Map & Directions
Services: 1. Food Pantry- Assists individuals and families in need with food items. Pantry hours: Tues 10-12:00 am and Mon, Tues, Wed, and Thurs 1:30-3:30 pm Eligible every 2-3 months.
2. Prescription Assistance- Assist individuals in obtaining one month supply of prescription medication up to $50 every 6 months.
3. Utility Assistance- Assist households when funding is available in jeopardy of a utility disconnect. Must reside in Woodbury County and meet other eligibility criteria. Individuals visit with counselor to help assess their current situation and ensure they are connected with all available local, state, and or federal programs.
4. Clothing- Assist those in need in obtaining a clothing voucher to an appropriate agency when available.
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm
Address:3605 SE 14th StDes Moines, IA 50320Map & Directions
Services: ALPHA WOMEN'S CENTER is a Baptist pro life organization dedicated to providing material, emotional, and spiritual assistance to those with needs related to pregnancy, sexuality, parenting issues and post-abortion stress Services:
FREE PREGNANCY TESTS.
PARENTING EDUCATION: Classes, videos and books on prenatal and parenting skills, first aid, nutrition, safety, etc. Some classes available in Spanish.
BABY CLOSET: clothing (for ages 0-2 years), diapers, wipes, formula, and linens To receive free items must attend classes in parenting, prenatal, Bible study, WIC or doctor appointments Emergency help also available.
POST ABORTION SUPPORT and ADOPTION OPTION SUPPORT
BURP BUCK PROGRAM
FRIENDSHIP AND SUPPORT
Hours: Mon and Thu 10 am-7 pm, Tue 10 am-5:30 pm
Address:1203 Hartford AveDes Moines, IA 50315Map & Directions
Services: Diapers Are Available To Those In Need. Supplies Limited.
Hours: Mon 10 am-3 pm, Tue 10 am-7 pm, Wed 10 am-3 pm, Thu 10 am-5 pm, Fri 10 am-3 pm, Sat 9 am-1 pm
Eligibility: Anyone living on south side of Des Moines
Documents To Bring: ID, Current piece of mail
Address:2550 Martin Luther King Jr PkwyDes Moines, IA 50310Map & Directions
Services: Agape Pregnancy Center Offers Assistance With Diapers When Available.
Hours: Mon and Thu 10:30 am-6 pm, Tue and Wed 10:30 am-4 pm, 2nd and 4th Sat of each month 9 am-12:30 pm
Eligibility: Open to anyone
Documents To Bring: Call for details