Family Resources

We are proud to showcase #DCGexcellence throughout our district. We want our students to feel valued and we want their experience in our district to be a memorable one. We hope this page provides DCG families with additional resources to help in their educational journey. Building counselors are a tremendous source of knowledge. Click on the headings below to expand information about each resource area. Please connect with your counselor for additional information.


Internet Access

InternetThere are community options available for families looking for free/reduced-price internet access at home.

        •  Affordable Connectivity Program (Government assistance) | Website
        • T-Mobile 10 million project | Website
        • Mediacom| Website


Community Resources

Polk County General Assistance Office | Website | Phone: 515.286.2088

  • Basic Needs- Food, Rental Assistance, Household/Personal Items, Utility Payments
  • Special Needs-  Clothing, Furniture, Health Supplies, Traveler’s Aid
  • Monday-Friday 7:30-4:30

Other Rent Assistance Options listed on Iowa 211

  • Salvation Army in Clive: 515-282-3599 Mon-Fri 9-4 (call first 3 business days of month)
  • Cross Outreach: 515-279-9998 (Recording with how to apply)
  • Impact: 515-519-4770 Mon-Fri 8-4:30
  • Rental Assistance Program: 515-323-8930
  • Hope Ministries: 515-974-0545
  • Catholic Ministries: 515-244-3761



Dallas County Closet | Website |Email:

          • Dallas County Closet is a community-run, nonprofit that accepts clothing donations in order to provide clothing to those in need. The shopping link to sign up for an appointment is posted monthly via Facebook.



Holiday Presents

Grimes Giving Tree | Email:

EveryStep Winter Assistance | Website

DSM4Kids Resource | Website



DCG CSD Free and Reduced Meals | Website

  • Options are available through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Grimes Storehouse | Website |Phone: 515.986.4191

  • Mission: The Grimes Storehouse’s challenge is to not only reduce or eliminate hunger but to also feed people’s hope and sense of purpose in their lives.
  • If you are in need of food/personal items please call during open hours or leave a voicemail and we will return your call as soon as possible.
  • Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30-11:30am and 1st & 2nd Tuesday each month 5:30-7:00pm
  • Address: 112 NE Ewing St # B, Grimes, IA 50111

Dental, Health & Insurance


  • EveryStep | Phone: 515.288.1516
    • It can be difficult to find a dental provider who accepts Medicaid and other types of dental insurance. Whether you have insurance or not, you can download the flyer to find a dental provider. If your child is under 21 years of age and does not have dental insurance, look for information on the Dental Voucher Program through EveryStep in the flyer below.


  • Dallas County Health Navigators | Website |  Phone: 515.993.3750
  • The Health Navigation program is available to all Dallas County residents. Health Navigators connect clients with resources to meet their needs. This may include filling out paperwork, completing phone calls, or learning how to navigate the healthcare system. The program aims to help clients improve their overall quality of life and advocate for their own health needs.


  • EveryStep | Phone: 515.558.6243
  • EveryStep assists uninsured and underinsured children and pregnant women sign up for health insurance through Medicaid or Hawki to find a doctor and dentist. Assistance from EveryStep is free and available year-round. Staff who serve families in Polk and Dallas counties speak English and Spanish. Other languages are served by interpreters from EveryStep’s Interpretation Program.

General Local Resources

MercyOne Behavioral Health Services  | Website

  • MercyOne Behavioral Health Care provides hope and help for individuals struggling with mental health illness and substance abuse problems. We are understanding and completely confidential in working with patients and their families.

Easter Seals Crisis Stabilization Program | Website |Phone: 515.288.0818

  • If you or someone you love is in need of Crisis Stabilization services you can access them through referral by:
    • Mobile Crisis
    • Hospital Emergency Room
    • Upon Hospital discharge
  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Residential services for those under 18
    • Under 18 years old for the children’s services or over 18 years old for adult services
    • Experiencing a crisis you need professional intervention to overcome
    • Residential services are available to residents of Polk, Dallas, Audubon and Guthrie   counties. Community services are only in Polk county.
    • Not currently a danger to others for residential services
    • Do not meet hospital admission criteria

Iowa Lutheran Behavioral Services | Website | Phone: 515.263.5612

  • Behavioral Health Services offers an extensive spectrum of care covering all age groups and types of programs. Our behavioral health professionals will provide an assessment during an initial visit to determine which level of care is most appropriate for each individual.
  • Location: UnityPoint Health – Des Moines Iowa Lutheran Hospital 700 E. University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50316

United Way | Website | Phone: 515.246.6500 | Email:

  • Mission: United Way of Central Iowa has played a unique role in our community by bringing together people from every part of our community – donors, volunteers, advocates, nonprofit organizations, community leaders, elected officials, and people with lived experience. TOGETHER, we look at the big picture when it comes to the future of our community to identify gaps and best leverage points to create sustainable impact. 
  • Address: 1111 9th Street, #100, Des Moines, Iowa 50314

Dallas County Resources | Website 

  • Mission: Dallas County provides resource information as a service to all members of the community.
  • Contact List

Polk County General Assistance Office | Website | Phone: 515.286.2088

  • Basic Needs- Food, Rental Assistance, Household/Personal Items, Utility Payments
  • Special Needs-  Clothing, Furniture, Health Supplies, Traveler’s Aid
  • Monday-Friday 7:30-4:30

Polk County Resources -EFR  | Website

  • Mission: EFR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit human services organization that aims to help people manage life’s challenges to reach their full potential. At EFR, our team specializes in prevention, intervention, and treatment for substance use disorders and behavioral health issues, all under one roof. Moreover, we provide a judgment-free environment that only seeks to help.
    • Des Moines Location
      • Address: 505 Fifth Avenue, Suite 600, Des Moines, IA 50309
      • Phone Number: 800-327-4692
    • West Des Moines Location
      • Address: 1001 Office Park Rd, Suite 205, West Des Moines, IA 50265
      • Phone Number: 515-471-2357

Therapy Resources

Lifeworks | Website

  • Mission: Our services are provided in a supportive and non-judgmental environment, honoring individual differences in the clients we serve. We provide personal, comprehensive services to promote whole health for your entire family.
  • Des Moines Location:
  • WDM Location: 
  • Ankeny Location: 

Stepping Stone Family Services – WDM | Website | Phone: 515.276.6338 | Email:

  • Vision: Stepping Stone Family Services’ vision is to help children, adults, and families improve their lives by providing a caring and empowering environment.
  • Address: 1730 28th St., West Des Moines, IA 50266

Family Legacy Counseling – Johnston | Website | Phone: 515.727.1338

  • Mission: At Family Legacy Counseling, we desire the end result of therapy to be personal wholeness, more fulfilling relationships, and hope for a bright future. No matter what issues you may be facing, or no matter how dark your situation may seem, we at Family Legacy believe there is hope.
  • Address: 5415 NW 88th St, Suite 100, Johnston

Providence Place in Grimes | Website | Phone: 515.986.7255 | Email:

  • Mission: Providence Place is locally-owned and is operated right here in Grimes, IA. Since our company opened in 2011, we have helped everyone with respect and best practices.
  • Address: 408 SE 2nd Street Grimes, IA 50111

Student Assistance Program (SAP) | Website

  • Free sessions for students and their families

Grief & Loss Resources

Amanda the Panda | Website

  • With vision and dedication, Amanda the Panda and EveryStep Grief & Loss Services will continue to bring compassion, healing, and joy to children, individuals, and families.

Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss | Website

  • Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.