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What We Do

Programs & Services

Veterans Per Diem Program

In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, we provide 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, veterans staying at CISS have access to daily meals, case management, donated clothing, and laundry facilities.

The Community Kitchen

The Community Kitchen is a United Way funded program that prepares and delivers more than 165,000 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.

Job Training Program

With support from the United Way of Central Iowa, Central Iowa Shelter & Services is able to employ up to 7 employees in our on-site job-training programs. These programs are designed to help employ individuals who are struggling to find employment by normal means and give them an opportunity to gather experience and build their resume. Currently we have a program that supports our Community Kitchen locations in our kitchen, and a program that works out of Mulberry Farms & Food learning basic grounds keeping and garden management skills. 

Mulberry Farms

Mulberry Farms & Food is a growing program run by Central Iowa Shelter & Services staff and clients aimed at providing healthy and locally grown food options to use in the Mulberry Street Cafe, the kitchen program at CISS. Read more here.

Our Impact This Year

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  • Lbs harvested from Mulberry Farms & Food This Year


  • Polk County
    Polk County
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