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What We Do

Programs & Services

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholic Anonymous meets each weekday at CISS. It is a fellowship of individuals who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other to recover from alcoholism. AA meets at the following times:

Sunday 7:30pm-8:30pm
Monday 8:30pm-9:30pm
Tuesday 1:00pm-2:00pm
Wednesday 8:00pm-9:00pm
Thursday 8:00pm-9:00pm
Friday 5:30pm-6:30pm

The Community Kitchen

The Community Kitchen is a United Way funded program that prepares and delivers more than 125,000 meals a year to meal sites across the metro. Meal sites are located in Polk County neighborhoods where poverty levels range from 25% to 33% (U.S. Census- 2000). The program provides on-the-job training and employment for up to 15 homeless men and women each year. This program is staffed and operated by CISS.

For locations and hours of each meal site, see our Google Map.

Transit Shuttle Service

 TSS provides van transit assistance for guests needing to access employment and other Polk County community services outside existing public transportation routes and schedules. The service goal is to improve access to job training, education and placement services for extremely low-income adults, while improving opportunities for sustainable self-sufficiency.

Veterans Per Diem Program

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, we provide a 19 studio apartments for eligible veterans. These guests can reside for up to 24 months while they are assisted with supplemental case management, job training, housing placement and resources.

In addition to daily meals, case management, donated clothing, and laundry facilities.

Our Impact This Year

  • Bed Stays This Fiscal Year


  • Volunteer Hours


  • Lbs harvested from Mulberry Farms & Food


  • People Housed in 2016


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