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Community Foundation awards grants to WesleyLife, Iowa Homeless Youth Centers


The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines has awarded two Leadership Grants totaling $180,000 to organizations working to address food insecurity and mental health services in the community. According to a news release, WesleyLife received a $100,000 grant to support the construction of a new community kitchen and cafe at the former Drake University Education Building on University Avenue. The new location will house the Meals on Wheels program and will serve about 700,000 meals annually, nearly triple its current capacity. An $80,000 Leadership Grant was awarded to Iowa Homeless Youth Centers to help provide on-site behavioral health outpatient services at the 6th Avenue Flats affordable housing complex that is being developed in the Riverbend Neighborhood. The grant will support two on-site therapists who will serve clients in and near the development. According to the news release, the integrated approach of embedding mental health support in an affordable housing setting is the first of its kind in Central Iowa.

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