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Des Moines St. Vincent De Paul assistance programs.

Some of what is offered by the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul in Des Moines includes food, clothing, job training, and electric bill assistance. However the organization may be able to provide much more, as resources allow. This includes referrals, case management, and the support of all the volunteers who work at the Des Moines agency and its member churches.

Clothing closets are available during the week and the centers are available to any person from the community who needs free or low cost clothes for themselves, students or their children. Special programs are offered by St. Vincent for people coming out of prison, those who need goods for treatment and mental health facilities, and professional work attire may be offered for job interviews or the first day of employment. This clothing service can help people attain dignity and self esteem when applying for a job and when re-entering the workforce. Note that children often need new clothes, particularly in the winter when it gets cold  in Iowa and in the spring when school starts.

Limited amounts of gently used furniture may be available at no cost to those in need or the low income. There are also items from Saint Vincent for people who have had a fire, are in transition, or it may even be offered to those that have had to leave their furniture due to bed bugs infestation or another emergency. Find more details on free furniture assistance programs.

A food pantry is available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The St. Vincent sponsored center is open to anyone from the Des Moines community who needs free food or groceries for themselves or their family. If someone comes in at other times of the week the pantry and soup kitchens will do their best to serve them as Saint Vincent is adamant about helping the less fortunate and fighting hunger in the community. The pantry may also offer health and hygiene products, diapers and other goods for those people in need.

Electric bill and financial assistance is available Monday through Friday for those families and households that have fallen behind on paying their electric bills. In addition, limited amounts of rental assistance may be paid out in Des Moines Iowa for the current month rent to prevent evictions. The money needs to help keep people in their homes who have fallen on hard times. All financial aid will be based on a social service interview being completed as well as program availability. The applicants need will also be addressed.





St. Vincent De Paul of Des Moines Adult/Family Literacy programs are for adult students who need to improve their writing, basic reading, math and comprehension skills. Classes and workshops can help individuals improve their written and oral English. Also practice for your GED test to attain a high school equivalence degree. Saint Vincent will even help people prepare for vocational training or community college. Enhancing some of these basic skills can help individuals advance at work and continue to improve their education. It may lead to a new job in Iowa too. The service may help their children with completing school work and it will have other benefits.

As part of the programs above, also look into the GED test. This was set up as a series of five tests covering science, writing, math, reading and social studies. Passing the GED test may lead to a better job as it allows students to earn the High School Equivalency diploma. The St. Vincet classes are designed to help anyone 17 years of age or older who is not enrolled in high school. It will help them take the steps to longer term self-sufficiency.

Financial Education, including budgeting workshops, helps limited-resource individuals in Des Moines understand the importance and benefits of developing good financial management as well as the cons of credit card debt. They can also learn to develop consumer practices using mainstream financial services, government programs and job benefits to help them achieve their short and long-term goals.

This program will help clients either gain or improve these skills, knowledge and access to resources to readily respond to challenges. It will assist people and allow them to gain control of their finances. The classes and workshops can help participants reduce their debts, understand credit reports and scores, improve credit ratings, organize your financial records, set a budget with spending goals, and more, such as advice on opening or managing bank accounts. And debt is a focus, including tips on how to get help with credit card debts.

The main Polk County Saint Vincent location is at 426 6th Ave, Des Moines, Iowa 50314. Call (515) 282-8327 for intake.



By Jon McNamara

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