Stay Connected Through Events with Iowa Family Support Network


The Iowa Family Support Network would like to keep you posted on upcoming events in your area. Whether you are a parent or a provider, we will do our best to post any workshops, conferences, classes, and kid friendly events that are close to you!

  1. Mindful Teen: From Surviving to Thriving in a Busy World

    06/01/2020 @ 02:00pm
    Online

    Engaging virtual 6-session series on practical strategies to manage stress difficult emotions and help improve overall well-being, relationships and performance in school, sports,the arts and other daily activities.

    Any Youth Grade 7-12

    Learn More and register by May 24th at

    WWW.TINYURL.CIN/4HMINDFULTEEN

  2. Breastfeeding Class

    06/01/2020 @ 06:30pm
    Broadlawns Medical Plaza 1761 Hickman RD, Des Moines, IA

    In this class you will review the benefits and risk of the available options for feeding your baby. It is intended for parents to make an informed decision on how to feed their baby. We will cover the basic obstacles, support, and answer any questions. Support persons are welcomed and encouraged to come to this class. Facilitated by; Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Questions? Please call 515- 282-2260 or email thamann@broadlawns.org

  3. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    06/04/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  4. Baxter Food Pantry

    06/11/2020 @ 10:00am
    Baxter Schools

    Mobile Food Pantry

    Allerton Centennial Building

    3:30-5:20pm

  5. Free Phone or Video Chat

    06/12/2020
    Online

    Free Phone or Video Chat Nutrition Coaching Series. Contact Us for available times.

    We Can Help You: Save Money- shop and waste less food

    Save time- at the store and in the kitchen

    Plan Meals- with the food you have

    Learn to make easy and low-cost meals

    Strengthen family relationships.

    Sign up now! To register and for more information contact,

    Yenibeth Lopez 515-957-5788

    Star Scott 515-957-5784

  6. Salvation Army – Newton Breadline

    06/12/2020 @ 11:00am
    Salvation Army – Newton Breadline

    Salvation Army – Newton Breadline

  7. Mobile Food Pantry

    06/15/2020 @ 03:30pm
    Allberton Centennial building

    Mobile Food Pantry

    Allerton Centennial Building

    3:30-5:20pm

  8. Food Bank Emergency Food Assistance Sites

    06/20/2020 @ 09:00am
    Various

    People in need are welcomed to show up at the following sites for pre-packaged food pick ups

    First Assembly of God

    2725 Merle Hay Rd

    Des Moines

    Monday, Weds, Sat 10:30a-12:30p

    Westchester E-Free

    4919 Aurora Ave

    Des Moines

    Tuesday and Thursday 9:00AM -11 AM, 3-5pm

    Eternity Church

    2000 NW 100th ST

    Clive

    Tuesday & Thursday 9-11am,3-5 Sat 1-3p

    Hope Ankeny

    520 NW 36TH ST

    Ankeny

    Tuesday 9a-6p

    Cottage Grove Church

    1050 24th ST

    Des Moines

    Monday, Wednesday, Saturday 9-11a,3-5p

    Hope Grimes

    1335 NE Beverbrooke BLVD

    Grimes

    Monday.Wed,Friday 9am-12pm

  9. Virtual Learning for Families and Caregivers!

    06/25/2020 @ 10:00am
    Online

    Following a brain injury, problem-solving can help manage common everyday problems such as dealing with the effects of brain injury, family relationships, changes in roles, stress related to returning to work, and health. Problem-solving is a set of skills that you can learn to use and most likely already use without thinking about it, but it requires practice. The more often you tell yourself, “I have the power to work through this,” the more in control you will feel of a situation, and the more confidence you will have in yourself and your ability to work through difficult situations.

    www.biaia.org

  10. UnityPoint Health – Des Moines to open Behavioral Health Urgent Care

    07/01/2020
    1250 East 9th Street in Des Moines

    Des Moines, IOWA (April 20, 2020) – Beginning today, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines will be opening and operating a new behavioral health urgent care clinic in central Iowa to provide services to individuals who are needing mental health services, psychiatric evaluation and assessment, addiction medicine, crisis services and community resources. The new UnityPoint Health – Behavioral Health Urgent Care will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week and is located at 1250 East 9th Street in Des Moines. This location will serve patients of all ages. Patients younger than 18 years of age must have a guardian with them.

    “We know this clinic will fit an immediate need and our team of experts is ready to connect patients with all of our resources,” said Kevin Carroll, Vice President of Behavioral Health at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines. “Residents of central Iowa with mental health or substance abuse issues can now get immediate, walk-in help seven days a week. This will be a tremendous new resource for parents, schools, employers and our community.”

    Services provided at the new Behavioral Health Urgent Care will include receiving an initial assessment from a licensed mental health clinician and then being connected to appropriate interventions. Additional interventions could include but are not limited to:

    • Inpatient psychiatric admission

    • On-site coordination to Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services and Orchard Place Child Guidance Center

    • Connection to other community resources for basic needs

    Patients are advised to utilize the Emergency Room instead of the Urgent Care Clinic if they are needing immediate medical attention (i.e. open or fresh wounds), are a minor who does not have a guardian to sign a consent to treat, demonstrating aggressive behavior or having a crisis outside of the hours listed above. For all other behavioral health, psychiatric and addiction related care, patients should access the new Behavioral Health Urgent Care.

  11. Statewide Support Group

    07/01/2020
    Online

    BIAIA has decided to cancel all in-person events temporarily, including support groups, due to the spread of COVID-19. We would like to invite all Iowans impacted by these cancellations to our Online Support Groups we will be hosting! Registration for these online groups is required, click the button below for more info!

    www.biaia.org

  12. Student Assistance Program

    07/01/2020 @ 08:00am
    Mosaic Family Counseling Center

    The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a Free Confidential, rapid response intervention that helps students and families have a better success in school. regardless of the difficulties, we are here to help! Des Moines public schools is partnering with MOSAIC Family counseling center, INC to deliver services to student, parents, and families who need help with current difficult behaviors and planning for successful for their children.

    Children, Parents and families are all eligible. Types of problems addressed; Bullying, feelings of anxiety and depression, relational struggles and family stress, difficulty concentrating in class, aggressive behaviors and problems with drugs and alcohol.

    To access help or for more information

    Call -515-724-8920 office staff is available Monday - Friday

  13. NEED HELP WITH YOUR HEATING BILL?

    07/02/2020
    West Central Community Action

    Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

    NEED HELP WITH YOUR HEATING BILL?

    The 2019-2020 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has been established to help qualifying low-income Iowa homeowners and renters pay a portion of their primary heating costs for the winter heating season. The assistance is based on household income, household size, type of fuel, and type of housing.

    Things to bring with you when applying:

    Proof of Income: Documents that offer proof of total household gross income from all sources for the past month or past calendar year. We must have complete proof of income to process your application.

     Fixed Income: This income may include: Social Security Benefits, Supplemental Security Income, Family Investment Program, Veterans’ Assistance, Unemployment Insurance and Pensions. Please bring a copy of your most recent month check stubs or other proof of income.

     Wage Earners: Copies of your check stubs for the four weeks preceding the date of application or a copy of your Federal Income Tax Return.

     Self-Employment/Farmers: A copy of your most recent Federal Income Tax Return.

     FIP and SSI Recipients: Please bring your current DHS Notice of Decision.

     If you receive alimony, child support, or rental income, it will also need to be verified.

    Social Security Numbers: For all household members (documentation required if not on file).

    Bills: A copy of your most recent HEATING and ELECTRICAL.

    SIZE OF HOUSEHOLD ANNUAL INCOME

    1 $ 21,858

    2 $ 29,593 3 $ 37,328

    4 $ 45,063

    FOR FAMILY UNITS WITH MORE THAN FOUR MEMBERS,

    ADD $7,735 ANNUALLY FOR EACH ADDITIONAL MEMBER.

    You can apply via phone, mail, email, and fax.

    Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30

    Elderly-60 & over and/or disabled – October 1, 2019 – May 29, 2020

    All other households – November 1, 2019– May 29, 2020

    Call to schedule:

    West Central Community Action

    910 Illinois Street

    Sidney, IA 51652

    712-374-3367

  14. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    07/02/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  15. IOWA COVID-19 RESOURCES

    07/03/2020 @ 12:00pm
    Various

    Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH): For the latest updates on coronavirus and to learn more about prevention efforts.

    COVID-19 Public Hotline: For Iowans with questions about COVID-19, a public hotline is open 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431 (Español disponible)

    Crisis Text Line: To access the Crisis Text Line, text "TALK' to 741741

    Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255

    Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233 or text "LOVEIS" to 22522

    Food Pantries: Find a food pantry near you to go to: https://www.foodbankiowa.org/

    Childcare: Looking for childcare during COVID-19? Go to: https://dhs.iowa.gov/childcare-covid-19 to find open spots or facilities.

    Free Legal Help: https://www.iowalegalaid.org/resource/2020-coronavirus-outbreak-what-you-need-to-know

    Home Energy Assistance: To apply for assistance visit: https://humanrights.iowa.gov/dcaa/liheap.

    CARES Act Federal Legislation: A new summary of recently passed federal legislation and its impact on Iowa will be continuously updated and is available here: https://tinyurl.com/sg2hluc

    Governor's Office Updates: For the latest updates from the Iowa Governor's office on COVID-19

    Volunteer Iowa - Get Connected: For volunteer opportunities within the state.

  16. Pumping Class

    07/06/2020 @ 06:30pm
    Broadlawns Medical Plaza 1761 Hickman RD, Des Moines, IA

    This class is for expectant or new mothers who anticipate wanting or needing to pump. In this class you will learn about when you should start using a breast pump, the types of breast pumps available, What the pump parts are called and how to use them, how to clean your breast pump, breast milk storage guidelines, techniques to help you pump more milk, and ways to increase your milk supply. Babies and children are welcome with the understanding that you may need to step out as needed to maintain a learning environment Facilitated by; Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Questions? Please call 515- 282-2260 or email thamann@broadlawns.org

  17. Wayne School Grab & Go

    07/11/2020 @ 11:00am
    Wayne School

    Grab & Go Meals will be provided Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11:00 am to 11:30 am.

    (These meals will provide breakfast and lunch for two days.)

    Meals can be picked up at the following locations:

    *Corydon- High School

    *Allerton- Gazebo

    *Millerton- Cafe

  18. Breastfeeding Class

    08/03/2020 @ 06:30pm
    Broadlawns Medical Plaza 1761 Hickman RD, Des Moines, IA

    In this class you will review the benefits and risk of the available options for feeding your baby. It is intended for parents to make an informed decision on how to feed their baby. We will cover the basic obstacles, support, and answer any questions. Support persons are welcomed and encouraged to come to this class. Facilitated by; Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Questions? Please call 515- 282-2260 or email thamann@broadlawns.org

  19. Childhood Vaccinations

    08/04/2020 @ 06:00pm
    UnityPoint Health - Des Moines 1200 Pleasant Street Thompson Auditorium

    The Childhood Vaccinations class is a one-hour class taught by Dr. Nathan Boonstra, Blank Children’s Hospital pediatrician. In this class, you will discuss the importance of infant vaccinations, address myths and answer questions about immunizations.

    Childhood Vaccinations class is held at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

    Classes at Iowa Methodist Medical Center are held in the Education & Research Center (ERC). View Maps & Directions to Iowa Methodist Medical Center and the Education & Research Center. Please note: the Woodland Avenue doors will be locked. View this video for parking and finding the ERC.

    Click on the Register Now button above to register for an upcoming class. Registration must be completed online. When registering for a class, there's no need to register both parents; the expectant mom's registration will hold a spot for her support person as well. If you've already registered and need to cancel your registration, please call 515-241-6763.

    Class may be cancelled due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstance. If this should happen, you will be notified by e-mail and/or a phone call and given the opportunity to register for the next available class.

    For news, updates and tips, follow Blank Children's Hospital on our Facebook page.

  20. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    08/06/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  21. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    09/03/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  22. Pumping Class

    09/07/2020 @ 06:30pm
    Broadlawns Medical Plaza 1761 Hickman RD, Des Moines, IA

    This class is for expectant or new mothers who anticipate wanting or needing to pump. In this class you will learn about when you should start using a breast pump, the types of breast pumps available, What the pump parts are called and how to use them, how to clean your breast pump, breastmilk storage guidelines, techniques to help you pump more milk, and ways to increase your milk supply. Babies and children are welcome with the understanding that you may need to step out as needed to maintain a learning environment Facilitated by; Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Questions? Please call 515- 282-2260 or email thamann@broadlawns.org

  23. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    10/01/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  24. Pumping Class

    11/02/2020 @ 06:30pm
    Broadlawns Medical Plaza 1761 Hickman RD, Des Moines, IA

    This class is for expectant or new mothers who anticipate wanting or needing to pump. In this class you will learn about when you should start using a breast pump, the types of breast pumps available, What the pump parts are called and how to use them, how to clean your breast pump, breast milk storage guidelines, techniques to help you pump more milk, and ways to increase your milk supply. Babies and children are welcome with the understanding that you may need to step out as needed to maintain a learning environment Facilitated by; Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Questions? Please call 515- 282-2260 or email thamann@broadlawns.org

  25. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    11/05/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  26. Childhood Vaccinations

    11/10/2020 @ 06:00pm
    UnityPoint Health - Des Moines 1200 Pleasant Street 50309 Thompson Auditorium

    The Childhood Vaccinations class is a one-hour class taught by Dr. Nathan Boonstra, Blank Children’s Hospital pediatrician. In this class, you will discuss the importance of infant vaccinations, address myths and answer questions about immunizations.

    Childhood Vaccinations class is held at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

    Classes at Iowa Methodist Medical Center are held in the Education & Research Center (ERC). View Maps & Directions to Iowa Methodist Medical Center and the Education & Research Center. Please note: the Woodland Avenue doors will be locked. View this video for parking and finding the ERC.

    Click on the Register Now button above to register for an upcoming class. Registration must be completed online. When registering for a class, there's no need to register both parents; the expectant mom's registration will hold a spot for her support person as well. If you've already registered and need to cancel your registration, please call 515-241-6763.

    Class may be cancelled due to low enrollment, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstance. If this should happen, you will be notified by e-mail and/or a phone call and given the opportunity to register for the next available class.

    For news, updates and tips, follow Blank Children's Hospital on our Facebook page.

  27. 2020 Car Seat Fit Station Schedule

    12/03/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Bob Brown Chevrolet-3600 111th St Urbandale, IA

    In Iowa 9 out of 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. Make sure your precious cargo is riding safely! Bring your vehicle and child safety seat to Bob Brown Chevrolet in Urbandale on any date listed and a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician will provide you with education and assistance regarding proper child safety seat use and installation. We Look forward to assisting your family!

    Staffing at the Bob Brown Chevrolet Fit Station is provided by Safe Kids Greater Des Moines volunteers, not by Bob Brown Chevrolet employees.

    If you have questions, please call Safe Kids Greater DES Moines at 800-258-6419.

    If the above listed dates and times do not work for your family, please feel free to log onto www.blankchildrens.org/cps and click on the “For Parents” link to find a certified child passenger safety technician near you.

  28. Breastfeeding Class

    12/07/2020 @ 06:30pm
    Broadlawns Medical Plaza 1761 Hickman RD, Des Moines, IA

    In this class you will review the benefits and risk of the available options for feeding your baby. It is intended for parents to make an informed decision on how to feed their baby. We will cover the basic obstacles, support, and answer any questions. Support persons are welcomed and encouraged to come to this class. Facilitated by; Tera Hamann, BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Questions? Please call 515- 282-2260 or email thamann@broadlawns.org