Polk County Health Department

1907 Carpenter Ave. 515-286-3798(T), 515-286-2033(F) Email Website Facebook Twitter According to the Institute of Medicine, “Public Health is what we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.” Polk County Health Department’s roles, in making this happen, include: Provide leadership to other public health and healthcare providers and organizations Prevent, minimize, and contain adverse health affects from disease, injuries and risky behaviors Implement health education programs to promote and encourage healthy behaviors Assure access to quality health care services Ensure compliance with public health laws Lead planning and response activities for public health emergencies Who We Are: Polk County Health Department employs well-trained staff members who have the necessary skills and resources to deliver best practices and evidence-based programs in Clinical Services, Laboratory Services, Outreach Services, Education Programs and Planning Initiatives. Our Mission: To improve the health and safety of our residents by assuring people have access to necessary health services; advocate for policies that promote health and safety; and provide services to prevent and control disease. Our Vision: We will be valued as the leader for identifying public health priorities, mobilizing resources and community partnerships; and through this leadership, all people who live and work in Polk County will be safe, free of disease and have the knowledge and resources to lead healthy...

Learning of the Lord Revival Ministries, Inc. COGIC/”For I Was Hungered” Outreach & Youth Services, Inc.

Learning of the Lord Revival Ministries, Inc. COGIC is the parent organization for our non-profit, 501C3 organization, “For I Was Hungered” Outreach & Youth Services, Inc. Below is listed the majority of the projects which fall under that umbrella: Bread Ministry – serving approximately 500 families monthly. Food Pantry – serving approximately 100 families monthly. Monthly Meat Distribution – serving approximately 100 families monthly. Clothing closet – serving approximately 100 individuals monthly. Baby Shop – formula, diapers, wipes, furniture, clothing – serving approximately 25-30 new mothers monthly. Shoe Ministry – serving approximately 100 individuals monthly. Remedial Services – mental health services for children – serving 70 children monthly. This project is paid for through the State of Iowa. Tutoring – serving approximately 50 children monthly. Fine Arts – DOP (Definition of Praise Dance Troup) – 25 youth involved. 3P (Power, Principle, Praise) Gospel Choir- 25 young adults 13-25 involved. Hospitality – ministry is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-4pm, for the homeless can come in to socialize, watch Christian TV, warm up in the winter, have coffee and donuts, shower, etc. – serving approximately 50 homeless persons weekly. Personal Needs Pantry – shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, soap, socks, tee shirts. Family Team Meetings – a tool which surrounds families with supports and people to help them solve their own personal issues – serving approximately 25 families monthly. This project is paid for through the Iowa Department of Human Services. Referral Assistance for rent and emergency needs through the Black Ministerial Alliance and other partnerships in the city. Contact Sheperdess Suzanne Erwin-Holmes 515-783-2484 or...

Community Family Team Meeting

The Community Family Team Meeting is a unique strategy to help families stay strong and deal with life’s hurdles.  A community is only as strong as the families that live there.  Read on to find out about this valuable resource. Community Family Team Meetings work directly with the family to address challenges and identify solutions. Some reasons for a Family Team Meeting are: Keeping a child safely at home Improving upsetting behavior Eliminating student suspension and expulsion from school. Involving family, friends, and neighbors in treatment and recovery Increasing safety for family Focusing on the strengths of the family and helping them succeed Identifying neighborhood resources to help families that are struggling Family Team Meetings work because Families are valued and respected Families know themselves better than anyone, so they can come up with the most creative solutions Each family is unique and special Children can best be kept safe when families, friends and neighbors work together. Community Family Team Meetings are funded by the Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC).  CPPC helps neighbors protect children and help families. It helps all of us to help struggling families find the assistance they need and you can help families too.  You can refer them to the program or be a mentor for a family who needs support and encouragement.  There is always a need for space, food, or other assistance to support the family team meetings in your neighborhood.  You can even be a trained facilitator. To find out more contact Calleus Orr at 515-725-2787 or corr@dhs.state.ia.us or  contact Suzanne Erwin-Holmes at...

Trinity United Methodist Church

1548 8th Street Des Moines, IA 50314-2895 – (515) 288-4056 Click here for the website Click here for the facebook page Trinity United Methodist Church is a Christ centered, inclusive worship community whose love of God, creation and humankind is made visible through their  peace and justice ministries. Trinity is one of the most utilized church buildings in the city.  Trinity has three ministries; Trinity United Methodist Church, Las Americas, and Children and Family Urban Ministries.  On an average, 300 people come through our doors on a daily basis for ministry and there are approximately 5,000 opportunities for volunteers to serve annually through the three ministries. Trinity United Methodist Church and Las Americas provide worship and Christian Education Citizenship classes Computer Classes in Spanish Spanish Alcoholics Anonymous Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings Parenting Class in Spanish Pastoral Care, General Assistance, and Referrals Transportation provided by volunteers to visit loved ones in prison Re-entry team for those coming out of prison Advocacy services College and Seminary internships and service opportunities Meals, gender specific programs, youth programs, produce and bread distribution offered at CFUM Currently, Trinity is undergoing a major restoration project Cornerstone 2010.  Trinity’s church building is celebrating it’s centennial in June 2011 and houses one of the oldest organs in the City of Des Moines. There are many wonderful things going on at Trinity and Las Americas.  Check out  www.trinityumcdm.org for details and a complete listing of information about programs, worship, and Cornerstone 2010. You can also call Reverend Diane Mclanahan at...

Salvation Army of Des Moines – Temple Corps

1326 6th Ave. 515-282-3227 The Salvation Army is a faith-based organization founded to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the needy and disadvantaged. The Salvation Army has served Des Moines continuously since 1887. Fax: 515-288-3928 Website Facebook oliver_knuth@usc.salvationarmy.org Infant Center/Food Pantry Hours: M: 10-11:30am and 1-3:30pm T-F: 9-11:30am and 1-3:30pm Corps Officer/Pastor: Captain Oliver Knuth The Salvation Army is a faith-based organization founded in London in 1865 to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the needy and disadvantaged. It has grown into an international organization working in 120 nations and territories. The Salvation Army has served Des Moines continuously since 1887. Services at the 6th Avenue Temple include: –         Food Pantry –         Housing Assistance –         Utility Assistance –         Infant Assistance –         Meeting Space...

House of Mercy

1409 Clark St. 515-643-6500 The House of Mercy is an organization dedicated to assisting pregnant, parenting/non-parenting, and adolescent/adult women. Fax: 515-643-6598 Website tbeveridge@mercydesmoines.org Executive Director: Tom Beveridge The House of Mercy is an organization dedicated to assisting pregnant, parenting/non-parenting, and adolescent/adult women in developing personal responsibility and independence through counseling, education, and medical care in collaboration with other caring individuals. Today, House of Mercy has become one of Iowa’s largest providers of transitional housing and clinical services for parenting women with addiction. Essential services provided by the House of Mercy include: –         transitional and permanent housing –         meals –         transportation –         licensed childcare –         individual, group and family therapy –         addiction counseling services including relapse prevention education and therapy –         aftercare support –         twelve-step meetings –         primary medical care –         trauma counseling –         education and employment assistance –         skill development training in communication, parenting and nutrition. If you are looking to help out, House of Mercy always accepts monetary donations and items from their ongoing needs list. Or if you would rather give your time, there are always volunteer opportunities available, click here to...