Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families

1171 7th St, Des Moines, IA, USA

Phone 5156977700


Program: Career Fairs

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families offers a monthly career fair where applicants can meet, interview, and complete applications. Employers vary from month to month. Companies who will be in attendance are updated on Evelyn K. Davis' Facebook events page each month.

Services:

  • Meet local area employers
  • Set-up interviews
  • Fill out applications

Eligibility:

Open to anyone

Intake Process:

Contact Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families to find out how to ride DART for free to the career fair.

Participants are required to have a resume and professional dress. If you have any questions or need professional business attire prior to the event please call Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families.

Hours:

Call your location or visit the website to check on upcoming career fairs.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Digital Literacy

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families offers basic and advanced classes in digital literacy.

Services:

Classes include:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Email
  • Internet Safety
  • Internet Searching
  • Job Applications
  • Storing Documents

Eligibility:

Open to anyone

Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


A facilitated, peer-driven, small group format that will cover discipline, communication, formative relationships, father-mother partnership, physical and emotional development and social modeling.

Services:

  • Support group
  • Parenting discussion on a variety of topics

Eligibility:

Open to:

  • New Dads’
  • Divorced Dads
  • Dads of Teenagers
  • Dads of Young Children
  • Formerly Incarcerated Dads
  • Foster Care Dads
  • Faith-based and Non Faith-based Dads
  • Teen Dads
  • Men in Fathering Roles

Hours:

Sessions held on:
Mondays 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Tuesdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


The Financial Capability Network is located at Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families. We maximize the potential of financial education. The Network provides low to moderate income individuals and families a pathway of financial literacy and financial inclusion that leads to financial stability. Implementation of the program expands participants' knowledge and develops the skills necessary to help them understand their financial situation in addition to motivating them to take action.

United Way Worldwide and Wells Fargo teamed up in 2012 to develop a nationwide network to provide financial counseling . Eight United Ways across the nation, including the United Way of Central Iowa, were selected to launch the Network.

Services:

  • Financial Fitness BootCamp
  • One-on-one financial coaching
    • Financial independence
    • Repair credit
    • Build savings
    • Reduce or eliminate debt
  • Financial calculators
    • Auto & home loans
    • Budgets & goals
    • Education
    • Credit & debt
    • Family & life
    • Career & retirement
    • Savings & investments
  • Financial education classes

Intake Process:

Contact 515-697-1450 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


The Financial Empowerment Center through the Evelyn K Davis Center for Working Families connects individuals to personal finance services, business development, and financial revival loans.

Services:

  • Financial coaching
  • Financial fitness boot camp
  • Business coaching
  • Masters business boot camp

Eligibility:

Open to anyone

Intake Process:

Call or schedule an appointment on the website

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


HiSET tests give adults a chance to earn their jurisdiction's or State's High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma, which certifies they have attained the educational level of a high school graduate. The HiSET test is a series of five tests covering writing, science, math, literature and the arts, and social studies. These tests require the test taker to apply reading, math, language, and critical thinking skills. Tests are taken one at a time, and can be taken in any order, as long as writing and math are not last. Passing the HiSET test series allows student to earn their High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).

Services:

  • HiSET prep classes
  • HiSET pre-test
  • HiSET exam

Eligibility:

Individuals who want to obtain their State's High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma.

Intake Process:

HiSET students of all ‘ages must be prepared to present a valid government-issued picture ID (e.g., driver's license, state ID, passport) at each official testing session. Contact DMACC to register for orientation.

Payment:

Self Pay

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Bidwell Riverside Center offers a toy pantry during the holiday season. A parent/guardian may choose 1 toy for each child signed-up. Must pre-register.

Services:

Eligibility:

Families with children ages 18 and younger. No income or area restrictions. Must have received a meal package from Bidwell in November or December 2021.

Intake Process:

Sign-up starts December 1st at the Bidwell Food Pantry during normal pantry hours (Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Choose a time to shop the Toy Pantry upon signing up. Bring photo identification for the adult who picks up toys. Toys will be available on a first come, first served basis. Families can utilize the Toy Pantry as well as Toys for Tots.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Men on the Move

A career closet where men from the community who have been selected for a job interview, new or existing positions, is in recovery, re-entry, or those that have clothing needs, will have an opportunity to enjoy a personal shopping experience.

Services:

Personal Shopper Assists Clients with:

  • Suits
  • Jackets
  • Slacks
  • Dress shirts
  • Shoes
  • Professional Hair Cuts
  • Cuff Links
  • Ties
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Hygiene Kits

Intake Process:

For more information and access to the closet, visit a job developer at the Evelyn K. Davis Center For Working Families by calling 515-697-7700 or emailing info@evelynkdaviscenter.org.

Hours:

By appointment only. Call 515-697-7728 or schedule online.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


An opportunity for mothers of all ages with children from infants to adults, to come together, discuss and learn.

Services:

  • Support group
  • Parenting discussion on a variety of topics

Eligibility:

Any mother

Hours:

Meets:
Thursdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


National Career Readiness Certificate is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in applied mathematics, locating information, and reading for information. Assessments measure “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.

Services:

The NCRC assists a job candidate to:

  • Demonstrate to others (educators and employers) their transferable employability skills.
  • Compare their work readiness skill level to the skill levels required for jobs they want.
  • Once employers know their skill level, they can determine who will be a “good fit” for job openings.

Eligibility:

Open to anyone

Intake Process:

To register for the event, call 515-281-9637 or email annette.dawson@iwd.iowa.gov.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
2nd Saturday of the month: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


The Polk County Financial Empowerment Center offers free individualized 1 on 1 coaching sessions to help people reach financial freedom. They also offer free coaching for small businesses and non-profits.

Services:

  • Personal finance
    • Financial independence
    • Credit repair
    • Savings
    • Debt reduction or elimination
  • Financial Fitness BootCamp
  • Business development
  • Non-profit development

Eligibility:

Open to anyone

Intake Process:

In-person or phone based consultations can be scheduled at empowermeonty.org/book or by calling 515.697.1450. Consultations available in English or Spanish.

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website


Program: Tutor Heroes

Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families offers the #TutorHeroes program to middle school and high school students. Tutors are from Drake University, Grand View University and Des Moines Area Community College.

Services:

#TutorHeroes work with students on the following:

  • All common school subjects
  • ACT preparation
  • College preparation
  • Study skills

Eligibility:

Students in 7th -12th grades

Hours:

Meets:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Payment:

No Cost to Participant

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Appointment Needed: No

Website: View Website