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!


    Lutheran Services of Iowa

    Emergencies happen. LSI provides free, short-term child care for families who are experiencing a crisis or emergency.


    Children must be between the ages of 0-12

    Families must reside in Story or Boone County

    A family must be experiencing a crisis (medical, death, domestic abuse, acute parental stress)


    Call our 24-hour crisis line at 515.460.2423

  2. Hike - County Road 527, Lansing

    01/28/2021 @ 07:00pm
    County Rd 527, Lansing IA

    Fullmoon Snowshoe Hike - County Road 527, Lansing

    Thursday, January 28

    Description:7 pm

    County Road 527, Lansing IA

  3. Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for Resilient Parenting

    01/28/2021 @ 07:00pm

    Parenting can be HARD, but resilience can make it easier. In this training, we'll uncover strategies for strengthening four areas related to resilience: Relationships, Internal Beliefs, Initiative and Self-Control.

  4. Teen Parenting

    Lutheran Serv


    LSI’s Teen Parenting program supports and educates Iowa teenagers who are raising young children. We lift up students in need of peer support, guidance, or a listening ear, and we provide parenting education that can help their new families thrive.


    This program is open to all middle school and high school students in Woodbury County

    Students must be referred to this program by a school official, including a nurse, a health teacher, a counselor, or an administrator


    If you know a youth who could benefit from this program, please contact their school office.

  5. Driftrunner's Snowfest 2021

    01/31/2021 @ 11:00am
    Location: Cresco, Iowa, Beadle Park

    Thursday / January 23rd

    Vokaty Special Early Bird Ride - meet at 10am at The Hideaway in Cresco.

    50/50 Fun Run for Spina Bifida begins - turn in cards 11am - 1pm at the Fireman's Inn, Ridgeway

    Evening Club Trail Ride - meet 7pm at The Pub in Cresco

    Friday / January 24th

    Ladies Trail Ride - meet at 10am at Expo Center in Cresco

    Cresco Area Clay Crushers Fish Fry Dinner, 5-8pm at Heritage Events CenterEvening Club Trail Ride - meet at 7pm at the South Side Bar & Grill in Cresco

    Saturday / January 25th

    Fun Run continues all day.

    Raffles and Silent Auction - at Expo Center in Cresco

    Boy Scout Breakfast - 6:30am -11:00am at Expo Center

    ISSA Club Iowa Ride - 11am at ExpoLunch available - Noon until gone at Expo Center

    HoCA Cancer Awareness Family Ride - 12:00 Noon at the Expo Center

    Vintage Sled Ride to Lime Springs - leave at 12:00 Noon from Expo Center

    BINGO - take a break from 12:00 Noon to 4:00pm at the Expo.

    Torchlight Parade - 6:00pm line up east of Expo Center (leave at 6:30pm) and all sled to Vernon Springs

    Bonfire - 7:00pm at Vernon Mill Pond south of Cresco.

    Snowball Dance - 8:00pm to 12:00 Midnight (featuring Mike Donahue DJ). Admission $5/person

    Sunday / January 26th

    Fun Run Drawing & Brunch - 11am -1pm at the Fireman's Inn, Ridgeway

    Family Trail Ride - 1:00pm leaving from Fireman's Inn

    For up-to-date information and snow conditions visit Facebook and search Driftrunners Snowmobile Club.

    Driftrunners and ISSA memberships - $40

    More info call Brandon Plaht, President, 563.605.0141 or Lee Pecinovsky, Vice President, 641.229.6919

    Remember to respect private property and roadway laws. Ride safely and stay on the trails!

  6. EMBRACE is a financial assistance program


    EMBRACE is a financial assistance program funded by the Des Moines Register that can provide up to $500 towards the purchase of; household items, appliances, mattresses, car repairs, or tires. This program cannot provide immediate financial assistance, please call 515-518-4770 if you need immediate assistance.

    Embrace is available to residents of

    Polk County

    Jasper County

    Marion County

    Warren County

    Boone County

    Applications can be downloaded from the IMPACT website or sent by mail

    Applications can be submitted by

    Fax 515-274-9833

    Mail 3226 University Ave

    Des Moines IA 50311


    IMPACT will take applications between Nov 30th- Jan 31st and notify families of approval or denial in March. Physical applications can be mailed upon request.

    You can download the application here.

    Applications can be submitted via:


    •Mail: 3226 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311

    •Drop-Box: Located at our Drake and Boone Offices.

    This program is first-come, first-served and the Des Moines Register may contact you for a story if you are selected for the program. If you would like to share your story, please complete page 2 of the application.

    Am I Eligible?

    To be eligible for the EMBRACE program you must be a resident in one of our service counties with a household income at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Funding availability varies.

    •To apply for this program, please call 515-518-4770 or complete and submit the application linked above.

    What Documentation Is Required?

    -Identification for all household members.

    -Proof of the last 30 days of income or previous year income.

    -Invoice, estimate of cost of item.

  7. Parent Pals

    Lutheran Services of Iowa

    Raising a child can be tough. But Parent Pals is here to help! This free and voluntary program focuses on building parenting skills, strengthening your family, promoting your child’s healthy development, and connecting you to parenting resources in your community.


    Families must be residents of Clinton County

    This program serves parents from pregnancy up until their child is 5 years old


    Call 1.855.BeMyPal

  8. Nurturing Healthy Sexual Development

    02/01/2021 @ 09:00am

    Free Workshops for Parents, caregivers, and teachers!

    Our workshop gives participants accurate info about children’s sexual development and help adults develop the skill and comfort to respond to questions and to promote health behaviors.

    Register online:

    Click the link for a complete list of upcoming sessions and to register. Various dates and formats are open now!

  9. Buy Eat Live Healthy

    Phone or video chat Nutrition Coaching Series

    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 foods you have

    Learn to make easy and low-cost meals

    Strengthen family relationships

    Sign up Now!

    To register and for more information contact:

    Star Scott


  10. ACT Raising Safe Kids Program

    02/02/2021 @ 10:00am

    Are you looking for ways to add to your "Parenting toolbox"?

    If you have a child zero to eight years old, ACT Raising Safe Kids may be what you need.

    Nine 90-minute class sessions held once a week are led by certified experienced class leaders.

    When you learn positive parenting skills and strategies everyone benefits.

    Date Tuesday, February 2 -April 6

    Time 10:00 -11:30am

    Location Virtual meeting using Zoom

    Cost $40/participant: scholarships available for Polk County Residents to cover entire cost of program

    Register online: Please register by January 26 to ensure materials will arrive on time. Polk County residents will enter coupon code POLK when registering to not be charged for the course. Class Leaders: Rosa Gonzalez Malisa Rader Michelle Schott Questions? Contact or


  11. 2021 Autism Acceptance and Advocacy Day on the Hill

    02/04/2021 @ 12:00pm

    The 2021 Autism Acceptance and Advocacy Day on the Hill event is scheduled for February 4th. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, plans are being made to hold this event virtually should this be necessary. Please follow our social media and website for further information.

    If you are interested in receiving information about this event as plans are finalized please click here.




    Un Group De Apoyo, Asesoramiento Y asistencia virtual para la comunidad de habla hispana que se ha visto affectada por la pandemia (COVID-19)

    Vivo En Iowa, Un grupo de COVID RECOVERY IOWA en Facebook creado para proporcionar apoyo y asesoramiento para la comunidad Latina o hispanohablante. Este grupo es espacio PRIVADO y seguro donde los miembros pueden compartir sus experiencias, pensamientos, e ideas. Dentro de este grupo podra encontar.

    Para Mas informacion llame a la linea en: 531-800-3687

  13. Braving Grief: Little Footprints Perinatal & Infant Loss Support Group

    02/15/2021 @ 06:00pm

    Braving Grief: Little Footprints Perinatal & Infant Loss Support Group

    A safe space to share and connect with others impacted by miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss.

    January 11-February 15th


    Group is held virtually via Zoom

    To register, please contact EveryStep Grief & Loss Services at 515-223-4847 or

  14. Zoom Support Groups for Parents


    COVID Recovery Iowa Provides FREE Resources for Iowans

    Zoom Support Groups for Parents, Teens and Pre-Teens. For information or to register, contact

  15. Ujima Behavioral Health Intervention Services

    100 E Euclid, Suite 131, Des Moines, IA 50313



    Services shall assist a member to regain self-control and reestablish effective management of behavioral symptoms associated with a psychological disorder in an age-appropriate manner.


    Enhance the family’s ability to effectively interact with the child and support the child’s functioning in the home and community,


    Skill training and development includes interventions to enhance independent living, social and communication skills that minimize or eliminate psychological barriers to a member’s ability to manage symptoms associated with a psychological disorder effectively and maximize the member’s ability to live and participate in the community.

    Contact us at: +515-339-2951

  16. COVID Recovery Iowa Provides FREE Resources for Iowans


    • Iowa Warm Line, 844/775-9276: connect with a peer counselor or request to be connected to a COVID Recovery Iowa counselor.

    • Iowa Concern Line, 800/447-1985: provides 24/7 access to stress counselors and other resources, focusing on rural and agriculture topics, including legal issues. Language interpretation available.

  17. Virtual Town Hall Meetings

    03/01/2021 @ 12:00pm

    The Iowa DD Council wants to hold a virtual town hall meeting in your area! This legislative session, Iowans with Disabilities in Action is looking for local partners to host and participate in virtual town hall meetings across the state to discuss your local advocacy topics and share their legislative priorities with your local legislators. These local forums can be held as a town hall meeting (where you ask questions) or listening post (where legislators are there to listen to your concerns and learn more about your issues) - or a combination of the two. Its format, design, and focus are up to you - the local advocate.

    More details will be coming soon! Email for additional information or to let us know you'd like to participate. These town hall meetings will replace "Local Capitol Days," which will be suspended this year in lieu of this virtual advocacy opportunity. Added bonus - you don't need to worry about rescheduling these because of snow days!

  18. Monthly Food Pantry

    MATURA 207 B North Elm, Creston, IA 50801

    This program is designed to provide a two to three-day provision of groceries to families. Households will receive a pre-packaged meal box or bag based on the number of people within their household.

    Please visit our Find Us page for Outreach Center locations.

    Food Pantry packages can be picked up at the MATURA Outreach Center in the county you reside in.

    Am I Eligible?

    All families in need of food are able to receive a food package in the county they reside in. Households may access this service once per calendar month.

    How Can I Get My

    Food Package?

    We encourage Food pantry visitors to call ahead prior to coming in to cut down traffic at the centers. Packages may be brought out to your vehicle or you may enter the center wearing a mask to pick it up.

    Staff will place the food pantry package at a safe social distance for families to retrieve.

    MATURA Action Corporation

    Main Office

    207B N Elm Street

    Creston, Iowa 50801

    Phone: (641) 782-8431

  19. MATURA

    2078 North Elm, Creston, IA 50801


    available for FaDSS and

    Head Start eligible families:

    Applications are being accepted

    for the Tenant-Based Rental Assistance. Because of COVID-19, please call (641) 782-8431.

  20. Get Your Taxes Done for Free!

    Lutheran Services of Iowa

    LSI is focused on serving limited English speaking taxpayers/ and or taxpayers who are immigrants or former refuges. Families can use this this service to claim their Earned income Tax Credit EITC and Child Tax Credit

    For the 2020 tax year, the EITCH can range from 538 to 6,660 depending on your filling status and how many children your EITC

    Interpretation will be provided!

    Individuals and families who earn 56,000.00 per year or less are eligible for this service.

    An ITIN can be used in place of a Social Security Number

    Information on what to bring will be discussed scheduling your appointment

    If you need interpretation to schedule you appointment or to ask questions, call:

    LSI Language Hotline 877-558-2609

  21. Declaracion de impuestos gratuita

    Lutheran Services of Iowa

    LSI se centra en servir a contribuyentes/o contribuyentes limitados de habla inglesa que son inmigrantes o antiguos refugios. Las familias pueden usar este servicio para reclamar su EITC de Crédito Tributario por Ingreso del Trabajo y Crédito Tributario por Hijos

    Para el año fiscal 2020, el EITCH puede variar de 538 a 6,660 dependiendo de su estado de llenado y cuántos niños su EITC

    ¡Se proporcionará interpretación!

    Las personas y familias que ganan 56,000.00 por año o menos son elegibles para este servicio.

    Un ITIN se puede utilizar en lugar de un Número de Seguro Social

    La información sobre qué traer se discutirá programando su cita

    Si necesitas interpretación para programar tu cita o para hacer preguntas, llama a:

    Línea directa de idiomas LSI 877-558-2609