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Central Iowa Shelter & Services

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Causes: Christianity, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Job Training, Religion

Mission: 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

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

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.