Central Iowa Shelter & Services

Rating: 4.69 stars   13 reviews


1420 Mulberry St. Des Moines IA 50309 USA


Central Iowa Shelter & Services' mission is to provide free shelter and meals to homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions, and to facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency.

Target demographics:

Homeless Adults (18+)

Direct beneficiaries per year:

almost 2,000 unduplicated individuals through our homeless opportunity center

Geographic areas served:

Central Iowa


emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing with a community service wing providing an on-site health clinic, food pantry, clothing closet and classroom.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a board member for over 6 years and seen Central Iowa Shelter and Services transition from a facility that solely focused on emergency sheltering to one that is committed to helping individuals on a path to self sufficiency. The staff and volunteers of Central Iowa Shelter and Services are first rate and truely committed to making a difference in the greater Des Moines community.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

serving on the board of directors and serving meals

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More funding to grow the services.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Central Iowa Shelter & Services plays a crucial role in getting homeless adults off the street and on the path toward self-sufficiency. It is a careful steward of public and private funds, and annually serves with a limited budget thousands of people through leveraging a strong volunteer force and careful expenditures. The shelter is in the process of constructing a new building, which will enable better service to more individuals in the years ahead.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

maintaining the shelter's core mission of service to its clients while maximizing the impact of public and private dollars in its operation.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Improve the shelter's physical facilities, which thankfully will happen with the building of a new shelter in the next two years.

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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

I'm an original Board Member of this wonderful and caring Shelter for over 100 men and women each night at no charge, who would otherwise be out on the harsh streets of Des Moines. I've seen the Shelter continue to expand, not only in it's basic programming, but in its vision for a round- the -clock care and housing for chronic homeless. The Board through the years has been unbelievably committed and visionary, sharing their passion with others in our Community to make it a household word of ultimate caring for those of the least of us. In addition to housing homeless, the Shelter provides 2 meals each day, a clinic sponsored by a local hospital, computer/GED classes, transportation to and from jobs for clients, and serves as the Community Kitchen in Des Moines Metro area, sending out over 450 meals each day to different meal sites for families, individuals and children at no charge.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Shelter has grown,not only by the services provided, but by our stature and sense of place in the Community. This result is due partly to our current Director, who has reached out to city leaders, organizers and those who are influential in helping expand the Shelter. The Staff has risen to the occasion as well, providing caring and dignity to our clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help get our new building finished by next year, allowing more people a safe and welcoming environment. We're on our way, but time means more to those in need than the bystanders. We could also use more Social Workers to assist those to a place beyond homelessness.

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