New Directions Shelter

Group of children at New Directions Shelter

Since opening in February of 1990, New Directions Shelter has provided free, temporary, emergency shelter and services for Iowa's homeless mothers and their children. The shelter is located at 3001 Grand Avenue in Des Moines, IA.


Our New  Directions Shelter program not only benefits the community by providing emergency shelter for the homeless mothers and children we serve, but we also provide the services to help families work towards financial independence. We assist homeless mothers with children with job opportunities and training to promote  their economic empowerment. We also assist our families with obtaining any public benefits that they are entitled to.


Case management staff assists our clients with resume development, completing job applications, finding employment, attending job fairs and job interviews, obtaining job training and acquiring affordable childcare. Our services also include helping clients obtain needed documentation such as social security cards and birth certificates. Clients are assisted with obtaining FIP, SSI and food stamps if qualified.



The New Directions Shelter provides shelter and services for approximately 370 homeless mothers and their children every year.