CENTRAL IOWA Reentry Support Resources

Compiled October 2018


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Contact Information



Society of St. Vincent de Paul


Des Moines

1426 Sixth Ave

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 282-8327

Randi Seib Radosevich

  • Reentry resources
  • Food pantry, clothing, and furniture
  • Financial assistance for those who have fallen behind on their bills or rent under $700
  • Young Parents Initiative



118 SE 4th St.

Des Moines, IA 50309

Toll free:  886-288-5699

Kelli Overbey  515-288-5699 ext. 729

  • Connect with resources in community
  • Housing assistance

Joppa works with those struggling to find housing.  

Hope Ministries


Des Moines

Hope Ministries

P.O. Box 862

Des Moines, IA 50304

(515) 265-7272


Services for women and children:  515-264-0144

Services for men:  515-244-5445

  • meals
  • shelter (both crisis and long-term)
  • low-cost, good-quality clothing, household goods, shoes, furniture

Recovery programs:

  • substance abuse counseling
  • life skills classes
  • educational assistance towards GED
  • nutrition & health counseling
  • work skills training and business practicum

Bethel Mission: emergency shelter for men

1310 6th Avenue in Des Moines

Door of Faith: long-term life recovery center for men

6701 SW 9th Avenue

*Can parole to this location.  Need to work with counselor in prison.

Hope Center for Women and Children: short-term shelter and long-term life recovery.

3333 E. University in Des Moines

Primary Health Care

Des Moines (several locations)

2353 SE 14th St.

(515) 248-1400

250 Laurel St.

(515) 643-4610

3509 E 29th St.

(515) 248-1600

1200 University Ave.

(515) 248-1850

  • Health care services including mental health and substance use.  
  • Also, they can help with finding apartments.

A variety of locations and services.  

Children and Families of Iowa

Des Moines

1111 University Avenue


Mental Health and Substance Use services.  Also help with financial management.  .  

Annie's House

Des Moines

1136 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 779-4599

Transitional housing

$325 month, women w/o children only

Beacon of Life

Keisha Meisser - Director

Des Moines

1717 Woodland Ave.

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 244-4713


6-12 month program:

  • health & wellness
  • financial empowerment
  • employment
  • recovery

Women only

Bernie Lorenz Recovery

Des Moines

4014 Kingman Boulevard

Des Moines, IA 50311

(515) 262-0349


Residential substance abuse treatment; 60-90 day program, vocational training, education, developing budget, meal planning, parenting, counseling services, assistance in finding employment

Women only

Freedom Houses

2400 86th St.

Des Moines

Deb Theeler

(515) 402-6909

Transitional housing for men and women (two houses for men, two houses for women)

*Can parole to this location.  

Polk County Community and Family Resources

Des Moines

2309 Euclid Avenue

Des Moines, IA  50310


General assistance including food, rental, utility, household.   To apply over the phone call: 515-286-2088  

Bridges of Iowa

West Des Moines

1211 Vine St
West Des Moines, IA 50265

Pat Coughlin

  • Phase 1: substance-abuse treatment
  • Phase 2: employment readiness and job search
  • Phase 3: transitional living

- 6 Week Program

- One-year outpatient services available

Capstone Behavioral Healthcare

Newton and Grinnell

306 N. 3rd Avenue East
Newton, Iowa 50208
(641) 792-4012 1214

200 4th Ave. W

Grinnell, IA   50112


Psychiatric services, mental health services, substance abuse services, employment assistance,

Alcoholic Anonymous

Des Moines

1620 Pleasant Street

Suite 228

515-282-8550 (24-Hour Service)

Toll free 1-800-207-2172

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Central Iowa Works

(Community Organization Partnerships)

Des Moines

1111 9th St., Ste 260

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 243-2130

Soneeta Mangra-Dutcher 

Pat Steele 

Connects applicants with organizations who support the efforts of individuals with barriers to employment to secure jobs.

Central Iowa Shelter and Services

Des Moines

1420 Mulberry Street

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 284-5719

(515) 883-1692


  • AA
  • Job training
  • Kitchen

Clearview Recovery

Prairie City

501 North Sherman

Prairie City, Iowa 50228

(515) 994-3562

Substance abuse treatment, parenting classes, counseling, job training, self-esteem improvement

Women, pregnant women, women with children only

Creative Visions

(Ex-Offender & Family Reunification Program)

Ako Abdul-Samad - dir.

Des Moines

1343 13th St

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 244-4003 

Ako Abdul-Samad
(Iowa State Representative from the 35th District)
(515) 244-4003

Provides support to families and incarcerated people to preserve the family unit while a member is in prison.

The incarcerated parent must have a minor child in the care of the party receiving assistance.

Des Moines Catholic Worker

Des Moines

Bishop Dingman House (Drop-In Center)

1310 7th St.

Des Moines, IA 50314

Mailing Address:

Des Moines Catholic Worker

PO Box 4551

Des Moines, IA 50305

(515) 214-1030


Dingman House:

  • Showers are available the first two hours the house is open
  • Free clothing
  • A phone is available for use by guests
  • Guests can receive their mail at our house
  • Canned goods and toiletries are available upon request
  • Free groceries are distributed at Dingman House on Tuesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m.

Free Food Store: We give away donated produce on Saturday at 10am at Trinity United Methodist church at 8th and College.

Alcoholics Anonymous meets every Friday at 4pm at the Phil Berrigan House, located at 713 Indiana.

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

Marvin DeJear - Dir.

Des Moines

801 University Avenue, Unit 3

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 697-1476


  • Education and Employment services including job search assistance, job interview prep, short-term certificate training, creating employment plans, resume prep assistance, job placement, job prep, Adult Based Education classes (referral), digital literacy, basic literacy and career assessments.
  • Income and Work Supports such as benefits screening, income tax preparation and access to public benefits.
  • Financial Services/Asset Building including financial literacy, FASFA, credit repair programs, debt reduction plans and EITC.

Offers fatherhood course geared (in part) toward formerly incarcerated fathers.

Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services

(Jail Diversion Program)

Des Moines

945 19th Street

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 241-0982

Jail Diversion extension:

(515) 699-8627


Jail Diversion Services

(515) 699-8627

Jail Diversion Services for inmates with mental illnesses:

• supportive services while in jail

• assistance with obtaining benefits, such as Social Security and Title XIX

• transportation

• coordination of care

Jail Diversion assists inmates with mental health issues, both in jail and in the community. The purpose of the program is to provide supportive services during incarceration followed by community-based treatment upon release.

First Resources Corp. Centerville


310 West Washington, Suite 2

Centerville, IA 52544

(641) 856-5382

Mental health services; Individual/family therapy; drop in centers

First Resources Corp. Newton


709 1st Avenue West, Suite 4

Newton, IA 50208

(641) 787-0310

Mental health services; Individual/family therapy; drop in centers

First Resources Corp. Oskaloosa


1907 17th Avenue East

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

(641) 673-1421

Mental health services; Individual/family therapy; drop in centers

Fresh Start Women's Center

Des Moines

1917 Hickman Road

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 242-6325 

Transitional housing, support groups, financial skills, case management,

Women only

Harbor of Hope Recovery

Alcohol & Substance Abuse Recovery House

Des Moines

803 Lyon Street

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 244-0370

Tom Pontow, executive director

Recovery assistance:

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Financial training
  • Reconnecting to family and friends
  • Physical and mental health

Residents are required to stay a minimum of six months and allowed to stay a maximum of two years. All residents are required to pay $500/a month rent.

Does not take people with sex offenses.

House of Mercy

Des Moines

1409 Clark St.

Des Moines, IA 50314

(515) 643-6500

Rebecca Peterson, 

Residential substance abuse and mental health treatment, housing, childcare, transportation, behavioral therapy, family therapy, outpatient counseling, relapse prevention, support groups, education, employment, skill training for communication/parenting/anger management/nutrition

Women and families only

Mainstream Living, Inc.

Des Moines, Ames

2012 E. 13th St.

Ames, IA 50010

(515) 232-8405

333 SW 9th Street

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 243-8115

Community housing, community integration, supported living, employment services, psychosocial rehabilitation, education, financial skills, crisis management,

Only serve adults with disabilities, adults with brain injuries, adults with psychiatric disabilities, medically fragile adults, young adults with mental health disabilities

MECCA Services Central Iowa

Des Moines

5525 Meredith Street

Suite C

Des Moines, Iowa 50311

(515) 262-0349


Prevention services, problem gambling services, 12-hour OWI course, transitional housing, packing for treatment, fees for services, and pay your bill online

Have Spanish-speaking staff

Optimae Central Iowa

Des Moines

513 East 6th St.

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 283-1230 Ext. 301

Meghan Moster 

Supported community living, residential treatment, behavioral health, community integration, job coaching, transitional housing, jail diversion, peer groups

  • Need funding to qualify.  Most participants have SSI Disability.  

Project IOWA

(Iowa Opportunities for Workforce Advancement)

Julie Fugenschuh - Dir

Des Moines

1111 9th St., Suite 290

Des Moines, Iowa 50314

(515) 280-1274


The purpose of Project IOWA, Inc. is to train unemployed and underemployed central Iowans with skills necessary to advance to career track, high wage jobs with full benefits.

Des Moines Informational Sessions are held on Tuesdays at 10:30am at the Evelyn K. Davis Center and Thursdays at 11:00am at the United Way Building.

Goodwill of Central Iowa


5355 NW 86th St.

Johnston, Iowa 50131

Phone: (515) 265-5323

Provides job training opportunities for those with barriers to employment.

Recovery in Action

Des Moines

Recovery in Action

PO Box 13342

Des Moines, IA 50310

Street address:

3312 Fourth St.

Des Moines, IA 50313

(515) 421-8742 

Sober, safe, and permanent housing for those striving for sobriety, accountability and independence.

Must have legal employment.

The Salvation Army in Des Moines

(Adult Rehabilitation Center)

Des Moines

The Salvation Army

Adult Rehabilitation Center

133 E. 2nd Street

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 243-4277 


Long-term residential program for men:

  • 5-level recovery system requiring a minimum of six months to complete
  • Individual and Group Counseling with licensed counselors
  • Chemical Dependency Education
  • Relapse Prevention Classes
  • Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Narcotics Anonymous
  • In-House Step Studies
  • Anger Management
  • Job Training
  • Employment

This program does not have the ability to treat anyone who is a registered sex offender or convicted of arson.

Van Orman House


1909 Summit St.

Marshalltown, IA 50158

(641) 752-4157

Not a reentry-specific program, but a support ministery for women in crisis. They provide: residency, parenting classes, financial planning, budgeting, job training, drug and addiction help, counseling

Women only

Voices to Be Heard

Des Moines

Union Park Methodist Church

2305 E. 12th St.

Des Moines, IA 50316

(515) 280-9027

Melissa Gradischnig-Nelson 

Support group for loved ones of persons in the corrections system

Women at the Well UMC

(Mission Congregation)


420 Mill St.

Mitchellville, IA  50169

(515) 313-6916


Brenda Hobson

Reentry Coordinator 

Faith-based reentry teams help with:

  • mentorship
  • accountability
  • goal setting
  • faith formation

Congregation inside Mitchellville, reentry teams

YMCA Supportive Housing

Des Moines

2 SW 9th Street

Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 288-2424


Transportation, laundry, library, computer lab, food/clothing,

Has to qualify under Low Income Housing Tax Credit restrictions, do a background check

Des Moines Iowaworks Center

200 Army Post Road

Des Moines, IA 50315

Phone: 515-281-9619


IWD (IowaWORKS) provides a variety of help for finding employment.  


The majority of the offices across the state also offer a workshop that prepares individuals who have criminal histories for employment.

IowaWORKS Center – Marshalltown

3405 S Center St.

Marshalltown, IA 50158

(641) 754-1400


IWD (IowaWORKS) provides a variety of help for finding employment.  


The majority of the offices across the state also offer a workshop that prepares individuals who have criminal histories for employment.

United Way 211

Des Moines




  • Huge list of resources in Des Moines area

Courtesy of Inside Out Reentry Community and Living Beyond the Bars