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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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Poverty Hides in Plain Sight

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 inter-generational cycle of poverty. 


How we help overcome poverty

Daily Food Pantry 
The food pantries at Citadel and Temple community centers feeds thousands of families each year, offering nonperishable food items each weekday and fresh produce when available. The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., with a produce giveaway offering fresh fruits and vegetables every Wednesday from 1-4 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.

Infant Care and Material Assistance
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.


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