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. Virtual Fatherhood & Motherhood Classes

    08/12/2020 @ 05:00pm
    Virtual

    Our trained and certified facilitators will be offering Fatherhood & Motherhood Classes remotely beginning Wednesday, August 12. Registration required to receive Zoom link.

    Join for support on topic areas such as life skills, communication, coping strategies, and more. For new parents, parents sharing custody, parents of all ages, formerly incarcerated parents, and adults in parenting roles.

    WEDNESDAYS, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    August 12, 19, 26

    September 2, 9, 16, 23

  2. NEW Play and Learn Facebook group

    08/15/2020
    Facebook

    Play and Learn is a parent-child interaction group that focuses on the power of free play and school readiness for kids of all ages

    Find us on Facebook under Play and Learn - Central Iowa

  3. Devora Libros!

    08/20/2020
    DMPL.ORG/SUMMERREADING

    Viendo.leyendo.haciendo Des Moines Public Library

    Manten Tu Progreso en linea y gana un libro como premio!

  4. Des Moines Public Library

    08/20/2020
    DMPL.ORG/SUMMERREADING

    Book your summer! Watch.Read.Do

    Track your progress online and win a prize book!

    DMPL.ORG/SUMMERREADING

  5. Des Moines Public Library

    08/20/2020
    DMPL.ORG/SUMMERREADING

    Book your summer! Watch.Read.Do

    Track your progress online and win a prize book!

    DMPL.ORG/SUMMERREADING

  6. Central Iowa Shelter and Service

    08/30/2020 @ 12:30pm
    1420 Mulberry St, Des Moines IA 50309

    Food Pantry Open Starting Monday, July 6th 12:30pm -2:30pm

    Appointment Only

    Please call 515-805-7215 to set up an appointment

  7. WIC is Open!

    09/01/2020
    Various

    The Polk and Dallas County WIC program continues to provide services to all eligible participants during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are providing our services over the phone and allow curbside pick up for WIC card and breast pumps through September 30, 2020

    Call Today

    River Plaza 515-282-5800

    Lutheran 515-263-5660

    South Des Moines 515-282-8520

  8. PPTL Summer Programming

    09/01/2020
    Online

    We are thrilled to be able to offer our most comprehensive summer programming schedule yet for youth, college students, and adults. Mental health is complex on a good day so with Covid-19 we know that youth and those leading them need this information now more than ever. Everything is online making it easily accessible and available for anyone around the world. There are more programs on the way, too, so keep checking back!

    https://www.pleasepassthelove.org/summer-2020-programming?blm_aid=140306

  9. Please Pass the Love's Summer Programming!!

    09/01/2020
    WWW.pleasepassthelove.org

    We are thrilled to be able to offer our most comprehensive summer programming schedule yet for youth, college students, and adults. Mental health is complex on a good day so with Covid-19 we know that youth and those leading them need this information now more than ever. Everything is online making it easily accessible and available for anyone around the world. There are more programs on the way, too, so keep checking back!

    Check it out here!

    Our Contact Information

    Please Pass the Love

    4801 Franklin Ave.

    Des Moines, IA 50310

    5153393837

    http://www.pleasepassthelove.org

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  10. Self-Care for Teens

    09/01/2020
    Various

    Please pass the love Presents

    SELF-CARE FOR TEENS

    Free self-care and healthy coping skills workshop

    Help teens prepare as they head back to school

    Fun and interactive

    Virtual or in person (with social distancing in place)

    Available for middle school and high school students

    Contact Emmalee to see about scheduling a workshop for your group!

    emmalee@pleasepassthelove.org

    www.pleasepassthelove.org

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. COVID Recovery Iowa

    09/15/2020
    Online

    COVID Recovery Iowa will provide counseling, virtual activities, referral and help find resources to help Iowans build coping Skills and resilience

    Iowans can access services;

    Call the Iowa Warm Line 844-775-9276

    to connect with a peer counselor or request to get in touch with COVID recovery Iowa counselor.

    Visit www.Covidrecoveryiowa.org and complete a contact from a counselor

    will get back to you.

    FB,INSTAGRAM,TWITTER: COVID recovery Iowa

    Every Iowan is eligible for free confidential counseling.

  14. 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.

  15. Get Help with mortgage payment during COVID pandemic

    10/10/2020
    Iowa Mortgage Help Line

    Get help with mortgage payments during COVID pandemic

    Federal mortgage agency offers new payment option at Attorneys General’s urging

    The U.S. economy has begun to reopen, but don’t expect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to lessen, economists warn. The uncertainty could mean more Americans have trouble paying their mortgages.

    Fortunately, homeowners have several options during this time.

    “If you are able, continue to pay your mortgage to avoid falling behind once the pandemic passes,” Attorney General Tom Miller advises. “But if you are struggling financially, I encourage you to act quickly to seek help. This is the time to act, not to sit back and wait, if you can’t pay your bills.”

    Here are some of the options for homeowners:

    Forbearance

    If you have a federally backed mortgage, you have the right to request a forbearance ― or a temporary pause on payments -- for up to 180 days if you have a financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic. You also have the right to request one extension for up to another 180 days. Keep in mind that forbearance doesn’t erase what you owe. You still must repay any missed payments in the future.

    How do I find out if I have an eligible federally backed mortgage?

    1. To find out if you have a federally backed mortgage, you can call your mortgage servicer (the company to which you send your monthly payment) and simply ask them.

    2. You can also see tips from the CFPB or go to Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac’s look up tool.

    What if I do not have a federally backed mortgage? Can I still be helped?

    Even if you do not have a federally backed mortgage, many mortgage servicers and financial institutions are also offering relief to borrowers. Call your servicer and let them know your situation immediately. Ask them what “forbearance,” “hardship” or “loss mitigation” options may be available.

    New Payment Deferral Option is Now Available

    Fortunately, homeowners with federally backed mortgages have a new payment option if they temporarily suspend payments. Starting July 1, 2020, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have a new payment deferral option to help certain homeowners who are in a COVID-19 related forbearance.

    Under the new option, the missed payments are put on the back of the loan without interest. That enables eligible borrowers to simply resume making their regular monthly payment when they are able. The borrowers’ monthly mortgage payment will not change. Because the missed payments are placed on the back of the loan, they are repaid when the home is sold or refinanced, or when the loan terms ends, instead of having to repay suspended payments when the forbearance plan ends.

    On April 23, 2020, Miller and a bipartisan coalition of 34 attorneys general recommended actions to help homeowners in letters sent to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Among other suggestions, the letters recommended moving the forborne payments to the back of the loan.

    Miller and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox followed up with a phone call to FHFA Director Mark Calabria, urging his agency to implement new policies to provide relief to homeowners affected by the pandemic. FHFA announced the new payment deferral option the following week.

    "I thank the Federal Housing Finance Agency for offering this new option,” Miller said. “It could make a big difference for homeowners who need relief, but fear facing a big payment once they can resume making payments. It makes all the sense in the world.”

    Foreclosure Moratorium for Certain Loans

    If you have a federally backed loan (such as those through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac or HUD), a foreclosure and eviction moratorium is in place through Aug. 31, 2020, for certain loans. The separate foreclosure and eviction moratorium that had been put in place by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds expired on May 27, 2020.

    Payment assistance

    To get short-term help paying your mortgage or rent, check out the COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Program, which Gov. Kim Reynolds established in late May.

    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 iowahousingrecovery.com or call the Housing Recovery Help Line: 855-300-5885 or 515-348-8813.

    Other resources

    Iowa Mortgage Help Line: Whether you are currently behind on your monthly mortgage payment, or if you may soon experience financial trouble, call for help now. With this free program, trained counselors will help you identify the course of action that is most appropriate for your individual situation.

    Call the Iowa Mortgage Help hotline at 1-877-622-4866 or click here.

    Iowa Legal Aid: See tips to help restructure debt, deal with mortgage companies, and other assistance here.

    Call for COVID-related legal assistance: 1-800-532-1275

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: See a guide to coronavirus mortgage relief options on the federal agency's website.

    The Iowa Attorney General’s Office: You can file a mortgage-related consumer complaint with the Consumer Protection Division through an online mortgage complaint form.

    Email: consumer@ag.iowa.gov

    Phone:

    515-281-5926

    888-777-4590 (outside of the Des Moines metro area)

  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. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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