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. September Diaper Give away

    09/26/2020 @ 10:00am
    Christ Apostolic Temple: 1230 E.17TH St Des Moines, IA 50316

    Items available on first come first serve, first serve basis

    Disposal diapers sizes infants to 4T

    Pre-package family gift bags

    We will have copies of Brown Skin Kinky Hair Girl That's me "encouraging children of color to embrace who they are and to love everything about themselves"

  2. Nutrition & Eating for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    09/30/2020 @ 12:00pm
    Virtual

    Nutrition & Eating for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Guest Speakers: Stephany Brimeyer, MPH,RD,CSP,LD and Jody Kealey, RD, LD

    Course Objective

    • Describe nutrition issues and deficiencies, faced by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

    • Recall basic nutrition and feeding principles to address common dietary issues

    • Identify three resources to provide to families of children and ASD regarding nutrition

    Webinar Registration: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2243546188908007440

    Questions?

    Rachell Swanson-Holm

    rachell-swanson-holm@uiowa.edu

    Or 515-955-8326

    Jennifer Cook

    jennifer-a-cook@uiowa.edu

    Or 319-356-7741

  3. The Willkie House School Year Program

    10/01/2020
    900 17th St. Des Moines, IA 50314

    The Willkie House School Year Program will be starting Sept. 24th and be full day programming. Program is open from 7:30am to 6pm, with meals provided. This ensures that we are able to give the academic assistance and social skill building that our youth are in need of. Please reach out to John Douglas for further information:

    jdouglas@willkiehouse.org

  4. 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.

  5. Bilingual Teen Virtual Support Groups

    10/02/2020 @ 05:00pm
    WWW.pleasepassthelove.org

    We have partnered with Karol King, LMFT to offer a series of FREE virtual workshops for bilingual teens. Teens need support now more than ever this year. Check out the schedule below. All groups start at 5 PM.

    Septiembre 10: Aislamiento y Nuestra Salud Mental

    Septiembre 17: Como Construir una Imagen Propia Saludable

    Septiembre 24: Superando Barreras y Relaciones Dificiles

    Octubre1: Construyendo Relaciones Saludables

    Visit Website to Register

    https://www.pleasepassthelove.org/youth-programming

  6. Please Pass the Love Bilingual Teen Support Group

    10/02/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Virtual

    We have partnered with Karol King, LMFT to offer a series of Free virtual workshops for bilingual teens. Teens need support now more than ever this year. Check out the schedule below. All groups start at 5 pm

    Septiembre 10: Aislamiento y Nuestra Salud Mental

    Septiembre 17: Como Construir una Imagen Popia Saludable

    Septiembre 24: Superando Barreras y Relaciones Difficiles

    Octubre 1: Construyendo Relaciones Saludables

    Visit Website to Register

    www.pleasepassthelove.org/youth-programming info@pleasepassthelove.org

  7. Get Help with mortgage payment during COVID pandemic

    10/10/2020
    Iowa Mortgage Help Line

    Get help with mortgage payments during COVID pandemic.

    Payment assistance: To get short-term help paying your mortgage or rent, check out the COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program

    The program provides funding to help income-eligible renters and homeowners pay for up to four months of payments. It can be used to pay missed payments starting from April 1, 2020.

    A cumulative total of $3,000 per applicant can be provided for mortgage assistance and $3,200 for rental assistance.

    Renters and homeowners who are at risk of eviction or foreclosure due to a COVID-19 related loss of income are eligible for this assistance. The documented loss of income must be COVID-19 related and have occurred on or after March 17, 2020.

    Assistance is only available to those who have not received the federal CARES Act unemployment benefits. Other eligibility criteria apply.

    For more information, go to www.iowahousingrecovery.com or call the Housing Recovery Help Line: 855-300-5885 or 515-348-8813.

  8. FALL YES PROGRAMMING

    10/10/2020 @ 09:30am
    Online

    FALL YES PROGRAMMING

    After the success of our summer, Virtual App Camp went national with a waiting list, we will keep the virtual platform for the fall Y.E.S. (Young Emerging Scientist) programming.

    Acting as a 'sequel' to the summer camp, students in this camp will learn the principles of coding and app design, and creative thinking skills to create an app.

    Our fall programming will be open to students in grades 4-9, n Saturdays, October 10 and 17, from 9:30 am -12:30 pm.

    Click here to register or for more information on our fall programming.

  9. October Soul in the Park

    10/11/2020 @ 10:00am
    Union Park- East 9th St Entrance

    Local artist, music, food, art and dancing. Pop up your tent, bring your chair, blanket, family and friends for a soulful time in the park.

  10. Parent Support Group Discussing the Impact/Stress of COVID-19

    10/15/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Virtual

    To join please contact: Chelsea.Siefken@pathwaysb.org

    Groups are free and will be held via ZOOM Wednesday at 5pm

  11. Engaging children during COVID-19

    10/22/2020
    Virtual

    We offer a FREE program via ZOOM for children age 10 and under. The program is 30-40 minutes-scheduled at your convenience-and includes:

    Book Reading

    Coloring activity

    Discussion about feelings related to COVID-19

    We offer stress-reducing programs for caregivers, teachers, and providers too!

    To Schedule a session, contact mandy.gesme@pathwaysb.org

    For more information about COVID recovery Iowa, Visit COVIDrecoveryiowa.org

  12. Read to Lead

    10/31/2020 @ 07:30pm
    Zoom

    Grown-ups who share books and playtime with young children are leaders at home and in the community! Each week families can Zoom in to enjoy storybook reading. playtime ideas and quick reminders to Get out to vote for kids.

    To request a Zoom invite, Email Crystal at ReadandLead20@gmail.com

  13. Voluntary In-Home Services

    11/01/2020
    In Home

    Boys Town Iowa partners with Des Moines Public Schools (DMPS)to identify students who are struggling and whose issues may have their families in or near crisis and in danger of falling apart.

    Family Consultants with Boys Town Iowa’s Voluntary In-Home Family Services (IHFS) then can work right in the homes of these families to address children’s academic and behavioral challenges and improve parenting skills.

    No-Cost Services to Eligible Families Boys Town Iowa’s Voluntary In-Home Family Services are funded by Des Moines Public Schools and are provided at NO COST to eligible families. All students who are considered for Voluntary In-Home

    Family Services must meet drop-out criteria of Des Moines Public Schools.

    For more information or to make a referral, please call 402-214-0344

  14. DMARC NO-CONTACT Delivery Service

    11/01/2020 @ 12:00pm
    Various

    NO-CONTACT DELIVERY SERVICE

    To request no-contact food pantry delivery, please call 1-833-362-7220 between 9am-12pm, Monday through Friday. Once the order is placed, food will be delivered to your doorstep with no-contact drop-off the following business day between 9am-12pm

  15. Weekend English at LSI

    11/02/2020 @ 09:00am
    Zoom

    Weekend English at LSI (beginning-level)

    Now accepting new students!

    Fall Session #1 classes are now in session, but new students can join at any time.

    Saturdays and Sundays from 2-3pm on Zoom

    LSI also offers free beginning- and intermediate-level online ESL classes during the week.

    To register or to refer a potential student, please contact John Windheuser at john.windheuser@lsiowa.org or call 515-271-7335 to set up a registration/pre-testing appointment.

    For more details, please visit our website at https://lsiowa.org/refugee/community-based-esl/

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Bidwell Riverside Center

    12/01/2020 @ 10:00am
    Bidwell Riverside 1203 Hartford Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315

    Bidwell-DSM Starting October 1st, the food and clothing pantry will only offer an emergency food package once a month (rather than 7 days a week). This means that clients can receive up to 2 meal packages and an emergency food package. Reminder: A DMARC Food package is only available once a month, no matter from which pantry you receive it) Clients must wait 7 days between receiving food packages, This change is unfortunately uncontrollable and is due to the increase in the cost of food from our supply chain and shortage of items.

    We apologize for any confusion this may cause, and thank you in advance for your patience as we work to adjust in these ever changing times.

  20. Cuidando de la Mamá

    12/01/2020 @ 01:00pm
    Virtual

    Cuidando de la Mamá

    Da la oportunidad virtual de conexión y apoyo para las mujeres embarazadas y nuevas mamás durante estos tiempos tumultuosos.

    Facilitadora:

    Karla Cardoza, LMFT

    Cada martes durante los meses de julio - diciembre, 2020 1:00 –1:45 pm PT, 2:00 - 2:45 pm MT, 3:00 - 3:45 pm CT, 4 - 4:45 pm ET

    Para recibir el enlace de registro, por favor de comunicarse con Karla Cardoza.

    Karla Cardoza | (310) 590-5088 | kkmmcardoza@gmail.com

    ¡Todas son bienvenidas! Sin costo alguno.

    1-jul-2020

  21. Taking Care of Mama

    12/01/2020 @ 02:00pm
    Virtual

    A virtual opportunity for pregnant and new moms to connect and gain support during these challenging times.

    ZOOM meetings facilitated by Maternal Mental Health NOW staff

    Anna King, LCSW, PMH-C & Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, PMH-C

    Tuesdays, July - December, 2020

    2 :00 - 2:45 pm PT, 3:00 - 3:45 pm MT, 4:00 - 4:45 pm CT, 5:00 - 5:45 pm ET

    To receive meeting link and password, or for questions contact: Barbara Sheehy | (415) 544-2395 | Barbara.Sheehy@DignityHealth.org

    All are welcome at no cost - Join one meeting or join all

    July

  22. 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.

  23. 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