Central Iowa Shelter & Services

    Central Iowa Shelter & Services (CISS) opened a new homeless shelter at 1420 Mulberry in Des Moines. The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines provided a $100,000 Leadership Grant for the project. 


    "The Community Foundation invests in issues critical to our community and has a long history of support for CISS and the homeless in Greater Des Moines," President of the Community Foundation Kristi Knous said. "This new facility has capacity to house more individuals and provides additional support services to enhance our community's efforts to address homelessness."


    The 40,000 square foot homeless shelter provides emergency housing for 100 men, 50 women and includes 38 units for Section 8 housing and 19 units for veterans totaling 207 individuals.  CISS has expanded current programming to 24 hours a day with additional space for showers, an expanded kitchen, restrooms, storage and an education room. 


    Executive Director of CISS Tony Timm said. "The Community Foundation's support has helped our organization grow and make this new facility a reality. We are excited that the new center has expanded support services, such as substance abuse treatment, legal aid, health care, education programs and vocational training."


    The Community Foundation's previous support of CISS includes convening shelter and city staff along with key community leaders and stakeholders to facilitate discussions around homelessness and determine the most effective location for the shelter.