Help for Moms

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Resource Directory

The Saint Ambrose Cathedral Walking with Moms team has identified many resources available in our local community for pregnant and parenting mothers and their families.  Short descriptions and contact information for the resources are available in the directory below.  Certain resources may be subject to income eligibility and funding limitations.

A printable brochure which includes some of these resources prepared in May of 2023 is available here.

Non-Catholic organizations are included in this directory where, to our knowledge, the service offered by the organization does not contradict the teachings of the Catholic Church.  If a concern arises about a resource included in this directory, or to identify other resources, please inform the Walking with Moms team by contacting the parish office.

Care and resources available for pregnant and parenting mothers and their families:

Agape Pregnancy Resource Center

  • Free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD tests
  • Counseling, parenting and personal development classes, life coaching
  • Attend classes in person or online to earn “Agape bucks” for free baby supplies, clothing, hygiene and household items



Catholic Charities Food Pantry                 

  • Free diapers and infant formula to those in need

1815 Hubbell, Des Moines



Count the Kicks

  • Download a free app to record your baby’s movements, track changes over time, and remind you to count kicks in the third trimester of pregnancy


Healthy Baby Showers

  • Attend a virtual or in-person baby shower for expecting mothers hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach in Polk County and Nutrition 4 Young Children to learn about how to support your baby’s development during pregnancy



Innervisions Healthcare

  • Free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD tests

Call:  515-440-2273

Text:  515-369-2244


Mary’s Helping Hands 

  • Free maternity clothes, baby clothes, diapers and nursery items



MercyOne Maternity Care – Des Moines

  • MercyOne Maternity Care provides care for both low- and high-risk pregnancies, deliveries, postpartum and newborns
  • Childbirth education classes, lactation consultation and support



Mercy South Family Practice OB/GYN

Dr. Dennis Zachary

6601 SW 9th St.

Des Moines, IA 50315



Personal Hygiene Pantry (Impact Community Action Partnership)

  • Provides hygiene and household cleaning items, such as shampoo, soap, feminine hygiene products, detergent and more



St. Vincent de Paul Clothes Closet

  • Free clothing to those in need

515-282-8327, Ext. 140 ( 1426 6th Ave., Des Moines)

515-282-8328, Ext. 230 (520 Army Post Road, Des Moines)


Stork’s Nest & Family Nest by EveryStep

  • Earn points that can be used for diapers, clothing, strollers, cribs, car seats, laundry soap and other household items



Vitae Family Care Clinic, OB Care

Dr. Gregory McKernan

1355 50th Street, #100

West Des Moines, IA 50266


Christ the King Free Clinic

  • Free medical care
  • Open Monday nights 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Registration starts at 6:30 p.m.

5711 SW 9th

Des Moines, IA



Primary Healthcare at Mercy

  • Family Medicine Residency Program at MercyOne

250 Laurel St., Des Moines



I-Smile by EveryStep

  • Dental and oral care services to children under the age of 21 and pregnant women


Lutheran Family Service

  • Licensed adoption agency


Catholic Charities Food Pantry

  • Free food, including infant formula, and personal hygiene items

1815 Hubbell Ave., Des Moines



Connection Café

  • Free lunch at noon, every Monday – Friday, for homeless and low-income individuals and families

St. John’s Lutheran Church

600 6th Ave., Des Moines



DMARC Food Pantries/DMARC Mobile Food Pantry Sites

  • Visit one of many food pantry sites to select a three-day supply of food for your family once a month at no cost



St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantries

  • Free food to those in need

515-282-8327, Ext. 140 (1426 6th Ave., Des Moines)

515-282-8328, Ext. 230 (520 Army Post Road, Des Moines)


Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

  • Nutrition program serving pregnant women, breastfeeding women, postpartum women, infants and children under 5


Anawim Housing (AllTerra Property Solutions)

  • Provides permanent supportive housing for individuals and families



Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter (St. Joseph Family Shelter)

  • For assistance with housing placement, families in need of shelter should contact Primary Healthcare Outreach



Hope Center for Women & Children

  • Short-term shelter for women and children and a free long-term life recovery program



Oakridge Neighborhood, Inc. 

  • Section 8 housing units
  • Facility includes onsite daycare, after-school program, summer camps for youth



Ruth Harbor Ministries

  • Housing and support for pregnant women before and after baby is born


Catholic Charities

  • Counseling provided by licensed, professional therapists



Children & Families of Iowa

  • Mental health, therapy, family support, domestic violence services



MercyOne Perinatal Hospice & Bereavement

  • For information about pregnancy and infant loss resources, contact Connie Thompson, Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator at Mercy Medical Center



St. Ambrose Cathedral 

  • Spiritual direction and support offered by our priests, Rev. Nivin Thakidipurathu Scaria and Rev. Ambrose Ladu Daniel

607 High St., Des Moines

515-288-7411, ext. 205 (Fr. Nivin)

515-288-7411, ext. 204 (Fr. Ambrose)

Children & Families of Iowa

  • Affordable child care for low-income families



Child Care Resource & Referral

  • Free referrals to licensed child care centers, licensed preschools, and other programs



Child Care Assistance

  • Financial assistance for child care available to children of eligible parents


St. Ambrose Cathedral St. Vincent DePaul Conference

  • Contact the parish office at 515-288-7411


Impact Community Action Partnership

  • Financial assistance for housing and utilities


Iowa Legal Aid

  • Legal services for low-income Iowans in civil cases involving family matters, housing and public benefits


Bridges of Iowa

  • Long-term substance use disorder treatment for low-income or uninsured persons
  • Provides care regardless of ability to pay



Children & Families of Iowa

  • Substance abuse services for individuals and families

515-289-2272 (Ankeny)

515-266-6338 (Des Moines)


House of Mercy

  • Residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment and mental health programs for pregnant and parenting mothers and their families
  • Walk-in substance abuse and mental health assessments


GRASP (Impact Community Action Partnership)


  • Discount program for eligible families to receive 50 – 75% off for recreational activities offered through Des Moines Parks and Recreation, including swimming lessons, family swim passes, bike rentals, youth sports programs, garden plots, and others




RAYS (Impact Community Action Partnership)


  • Scholarship program for eligible youth to cover costs for a variety of activities, including sports registration, band, dance, and other recreational programs


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607 High St, Des Moines, IA 50309

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