Social Services

“We’re here to help those in need”

 

food

Food Pantry

We operate a food pantry during our daily business hours Monday through Friday. Through a partnership with Hunger Free Polk County and the Board of Supervisors, we also operate an evening food pantry Tuesdays and Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the benefit of those who may not be able to come during the day. This night pantry is held at our 6th Avenue Location. Doors open for the Tuesday and Thursday Night Pantry at 4:30, and clients are served on a first come first serve basis
Those in need of food between Tuesday and Friday are encouraged to call our Social Services staff first but walk-ins are also permitted at the following times:

  • 6th Avenue Location
  • Tuesday 12:00 – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday 11:00 – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday 12:00 – 4:30 PM
  • Friday 11:00AM – 4:30PM
  • Saturday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

  • Army Post Rd. Location
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesdays and Saturdays 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

In order to make an appointment please contact Social Services staff.
6th Avenue : 515-282-8327 Ext. 14
Army Post Rd. : 515-282-8328
clothes

 

Clothing

We provide free clothing to those in need. Our clothes closet operates on Monday through Friday and is open to anyone who needs clothes for themselves or their family. This service allows for them to maintain dignity and self-esteem when applying and re-entering the workforce. Children need clothes particularly when the new school year starts and in the winter when the snow flies and temperatures drop.

  • Address: 1426 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50314
  • Hours
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 -4:30 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Address: 520 Army Post Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50315
  • Mon, Wed, Fri: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tues & Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm

 

 

funiture

 

Furniture

Furniture is available free of charge to those in need who are in transition, have had to dispose of their furniture due to an infestation of bed bugs, or have had a fire or other crisis. Furniture is made available on a case by case basis, depending on availability.

  • Address: 1426 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50314
  • Hours
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM– 4:30 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 to 4:30 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM

  • Address: 520 Army Post Road, Des Moines, Iowa 50315
  • Hours
  • Mon, Wed, Fri: 11:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tues & Sat: 9:00am – 1:00pm
 

 

 

finance
  • Address: 1426 6th Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50314
  • Mon – Sat: 9:00am – 3:30pm

 

Financial Assistance

For those who have fallen behind on their utility bills or rent under $700, we can help. All assistance is based on an interview by mission services staff , need, and availability of funding.
Individuals seeking financial assistance will also attend a educational opportunity focused on financial literacy or career readiness to help them further.

 

Young Parents Initiative

The St. Vincent de Paul Young Parents’ Initiative is designed to help young men and women successfully transition into parenthood by offering support and assistance to young women and men that are new or expecting parents. This class focuses on child safety and healthy relationships. Students who complete all four classes are eligible to receive a large baby related item, such as a crib or car seat. Please contact Kelsey Bruggeman at (515) 282-8328 Ext. 65 for more information on class dates and times.

  • Address: 1426 Sixth Avenue, Des Moines, IA, 50314-2801