The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families helped 5,000 people in its first year, the center announced today. The center, which opened last August at 801 University Ave., is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, United Way of Central Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College. Its mission is to help Iowans seek employment and gain job skills and education to help improve their financial stability. Director Marvin DeJear said nearly 60 percent of the center's clients have only a high school diploma and nearly 25 percent do not have a diploma or GED. The center will hold a public anniversary celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday. For a related Business Record story, click here.