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Neighborhoods 101: Where can I find help for homeless mothers or expecting mothers?

Neighborhoods 101: Need Info? We're In The Know
Neighborhoods 101: Need Info? We're In The KnowShenica Graham

The following organizations provide baby supplies and or maternity assistance in the Des Moines area. Our resource database is updated as contacts and program information are collected. If you are aware of additional service providers or necessary corrections for the following information in the Des Moines area, please submit current information using the comment form at the end of this post. Thanks for your help.

  • AGAPE Pregnancy Center

    Contact:

    (515) 255 - 0243
    Location: 2550 Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50310

    Hour(s): Mondays and Wednesdays: 9:00 AM - 7:00 pm. Saturdays 10:00 Am - 4:00 PM.
    Eligibility: Anyone is welcome. No ZIP code boundaries. Some documentation may be required.
    Appointments:
    Please call to schedule.
    Services: Pregnancy testing and counseling. Encourages term pregnancy.  Free maternity/baby clothes, baby supplies and equipment. Limited diaper supply provided. Free evening parenting classes - including a class for fathers.
     

  • ALPHA Resource Center

    Contact: (515) 285 - 5700
    Location: 3605 SE 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50320

    Hour(s): Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays: 10:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
    Eligibility: No ZIP code boundaries. Some documentation may be required.
    Services: Provides some baby items (diapers and clothes) on an emergency basis. Baby Closet Program allows clients to earn points redeemable for diapers and baby clothing. Limited Spanish language resources available.
     

  • Bidwell-Riverside Center

    Contact: (515) 244 - 6251 or email: bidwellriverside@quest.net
    Location: 1203 Hartford, Des Moines, IA 50315

    Hour(s): Monday - Friday, 10:00 AM - Noon and 1:00 - 3:00 PM
    Eligibility: No ZIP code boundaries for clothing recipients. Food is available to South side residents.
    Services: Clothing and food pantry (DMARC), child care, possible material/financial assistance to homelesss families, educational classes (GED and ABE), senior citizen group, meals and Christmas Sharing.
     

  • Forest Ave. Community Service Department

    Contact: (515) 248 - 6216
    Location: 2011 Forest Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314

    Hour(s): Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Eligibility: Persons in the 50312 or 50314 ZIP codes. Some documentation may be required.
    Services: Very limited food supply, diapers and personal pantry.
     

  • General Relief

    Contact: (515) 286 - 2088
    Location: 19th and Carpenter, Des Moines, IA 50314

    Hour(s): Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (call ahead to confirm)
    Eligibility: Anyone is welcome. No ZIP code boundaries. Some documentation may be required.
    Services: Provides assistance with funding for baby cribs.
     

  • Neighborhood Health Initiative

    Contact: (515) 309- 4795
    Location: 607 Forest Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314

    Hour(s): Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (call ahead to confirm)
    Eligibility: Anyone is welcome. No ZIP code boundaries. Some documentation may be required.
    Services: Provides assistance with car seats and parenting classes.
     

  • Personal Pantry - Logan Community Service Department

    Contact: Carol at (515) 248 - 6215
    Location: 1740 E. Garfield, 2nd Floor, Des Moines, IA 50314

    Hour(s): Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 7:00 PM (or by appontment)
    Eligibility: Call for boundary restrictions.
    Services: Provides assistance with diapers and personal items. Personal pantry (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM).
     

  • Salvation Army

    Contact: Beverly at (515) 282 - 3422
    Location: 1330 6th Ave., Des Moines, IA 50314

    Hour(s): Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Eligibility: Anyone is welcome. No ZIP code boundaries. Some documentation may be required.
    Services: Provides discounted baby supplies.
     

  • Saturn Car Dealership

    Contact: (515) 252 - 1700
    Location: 9900 Hickman, Rd., Clive, IA 50325

    Hour(s): Thursdays, 5:00 AM - 7:00 PM (body shop area)
    Eligibility: Anyone is welcome. No ZIP code boundaries. Some documentation may be required.
    Services: Provides free car seat checks and quick lessons on proper car seat installation.
     

  • St. Mary's Family Center

    Contact: Chris at (515) 262 - 7290
    Location: 1815 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316

    Hour(s): Monday - Friday, 10:00 Am - 3:30 PM
    Eligibility: Persons in the 50316 ZIP code. Some documentation may be required.
    Services: Assists with food, diapers, formula, clothing and personal items when available. Spanish language assistance is usually available.
     

Young Women's Resource Center
 

This organization provides serveral service options.

Contact: (515) 244 - 4901or email: YWRC@YWRC.ORG. URL: www.YWRC.ORG
Location: 705 E. 2nd St., Des Moines, IA 50309

Hour(s): Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - Noon; 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM and Friday 8:00 AM - Noon
Eligibility: Young women ages 11 - 23. No ZIP code boundaries.

Services include the following:

  • YWRC Problem Solving: Classes focused on helping women develop lifelong decision-making and relationship skills.
     
  • Justice Groups: Support for young women who are in the judicial system.
     
  • After School Programs: Provides self-esteem building and problem-solving assistance in a supportive, group environmnet. These programs are held in Greater Des Moines middle schools.
     
  • The Doula Program: Provides a mentor and birth coach to pregnant and parenting young women. Provides emotional and practical support during pregnancy and continued mentoring after delivery.
     
  • Heart-to-Heart: Educates young women about keeping their children safe from sexual abuse.
     
  • Young Moms: Provides parenting support classes in a group setting, and encourages young women to wait until adulthood to have additional children.
     
  • Mariposa: A leadership class for Latina women.
     
  • Connect: A class for young women who are lesbian or have questions about thier sexual orientation.
     
  • SIG-NA: Provides education and support to young women who are abuse survivors.
     
  • KEYS (Keeping Education in Your Sight): Serves young women striving to complete high school or postsecondary education.
     
  • Little Passengers Safety Program: Provides education and instruction to families with the ability to provide safety seats to financially qualified families.
     
  • Case Management: Provides support, education, resources, and referrals through Healthy Start/Empowerment programs.
     
  • R-3 (Rights, Respect and Responsibility): Adolescent pregnancy prevention group. Youth provide peer education and advocacy on sexual health, healthy relathionships and healthy choices.


 

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