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A safe place to call home is the foundation for thriving individuals, families, and communities. When residents have a stable place to live, they can focus on their well-being, attend school or work, and engage with their community. But last year, roughly 7,300 individuals in Polk County experienced homelessness — depriving them of the safety, security, and foundation they need to succeed. 

At Homeward, we believe the Polk County community has a collective responsibility to support residents experiencing homelessness by providing a variety of housing options and services. With your financial support, we can ensure our neighbors have access to the resources they need not just to survive — but to thrive — in stable, permanent housing. For more information on making a gift, contact Angie Arthur at

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During the month of March and April 2024, the Youth Action Council of Homeward is partnering with the West Des Moines Community School District to conduct a supply drive for Homeless Youth Kindness Bags. A flyer advertising the event that can be distributed to a wider audience can be found here. To visit the Amazon wishlist, please visit

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