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One in 3 central Iowans, including thousands in Des Moines, doesn't earn enough to cover basic expenses like food, housing and healthcare without support.
Many are homeless, living in shelters and on the street. Others are one car repair or one unexpected medical expense away from a crisis.
The goal of Pathway of Hope is to guide families living in Polk, Warren and Dallas counties with children 18 years and younger through crisis and instability to a place of security in order to ultimately break the generational cycle of poverty. We work to build a community for Pathway families, enabling them to connect with and benefit from many of our programs and other community resources.
Call 515-266-3156 to learn more.
A parent shouldn't have to choose between feeding a child and paying the electric bill, but sadly, these are often the choices that people living in poverty are forced to make. Our Infant Care and Material Assistance programs help bridge the gap. The Infant Care Center provides emergency supplies of formula and disposable diapers, while material assistance includes utility, rent and mortgage payment support as well as household items, clothing and furniture.
Call 515-282-3422 to learn more.
The food pantries at Citadel and Temple community centers feed thousands of families each year, offering nonperishable food items each weekday and fresh produce when available. The pantries are open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.
Our mobile breakfast service travels to five locations around central Des Moines Tuesday and Friday mornings year-round to serve a hot egg casserole and beverages to approximately 1,000 homeless and near-homeless people. Learn how you can volunteer or make egg casserole. Call 515-282-3599 for more information.
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