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Poverty Is a Local Problem

We provide both short- and long-term solutions to help those in need
make ends meet and break the cycle of poverty.

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Meeting Human Need

Nearly 23 percent of individuals in Warren, Dallas and Polk counties cannot afford even basic necessities to sustain themselves and their families.

We come alongside anyone who walks through our doors seeking help, and we serve without discrimination. Our goal is to meet basic human needs with compassion and love. We help individuals bridge the gap until stability can be achieved, and we also offer long-term case management to families struggling to halt the intergenerational cycle of poverty. 

How We Help Overcome Poverty

We provide short- and long-term assistance and solutions to alleviate both the obvious and the subtle impact of poverty. We also work to identify and address the root issues that cause poverty. Programs include:

Daily Food Pantry 
Together with the food pantry at Temple Worship & Service Center (1326-1330 6th Avenue), our daily food pantry fills more than 10,000 grocery orders every year. The Citadel pantry is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-noon and from 1-3 p.m. 

Mobile Breakfast Service
Our mobile breakfast service travels to five locations around central Des Moines on Tuesday and Friday mornings year-round to serve a hot egg casserole, as well as beverages, individually boxed cereals, donuts, hard-boiled eggs and other items when available to approximately 1,000 homeless and near-homeless people. For more information about the program or for details about how to volunteer, please call 515-282-3599.

Pathway of Hope
This strengths-based casework program serves families in Polk, Warren and Dallas counties. Our goal is to guide families with children 18 years and younger through crisis and instability to a place of security in order to ultimately break the intergenerational 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.

Other Ways We Meet Needs