Assistance programs from Des Moines Catholic Charities.

Des Moines residents can get emergency assistance and family services from Catholic Charities. Thousands of families from Polk County receive help from the agency. Resources range from basic needs such as food and shelter to counseling.

One of the main locations includes St. Mary Family Center. The primary service they offer is an emergency food box for the needy and low income. While the contents will vary based on donations, in general it will contain a 4 day supply of non-perishable food items. The amount of aid is limited to one box per month. Some other goods such as bread or some fresh fruits or food may be offered as well, as resources allow.

There are other programs offered by the Catholic Charity St. Mary Family Center. This includes a free clothing closet that is available to anyone in need of help, regardless of their address. All clothing donated to the center is donated from the general public. So available sizes of clothes vary from week to week. Last, but not least, diapers and infant formula are offered to families and new moms. Receive free or low cost diapers and baby formula, and this is only limited to the city and also availability.

The St. Mary Family Center receives a lot of traffic from the Capitol East neighborhood. The reason being is this is an area with a high poverty and unemployment rate. The address is 1815 Hubbell Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50316, call 515-262-7290.

Housing type resources:  St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter is a 30 day emergency shelter for families with minor children in their care. If you are in need of shelter please call 515-282-1235 for more information.

Some of what is offered by Catholic Charities housing programs includes meals, free infant supplies and personal hygiene items. A thrift store may have donated furniture & household items available for guests moving into permanent housing or new apartments. A Family Advocate from Catholic Charities is also on staff to assist clients in returning to self-sufficiency. This can include helping them apply for rent and security deposit assistance. Also get referrals to non-profit community resources and assistance. The main office is at 601 Grand Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. Call (515) 244-3761 for information.

The Hispanic Community Outreach Program is for newcomers to Iowa. It is their goal to facilitate the full participation of Hispanic/Latino and new immigrants families in their communities. Clients can receive advocacy, support of community-based initiatives, and direct service.

For more information about other programs offered at Catholic Charities please call the office at 515-237-5045.







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