The shelter is currently running very low on toilet paper, paper towels, and body towels. If you would like to help us out, you can drop off these donations at New Directions Shelter at any time, or you can purchase them from our Amazon list and have them shipped directly to us. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Kelsie (New Directions Shelter Program Manager), Sylvia (New Directions Shelter Senior Case Manager), and Sy’Anne (Upper Iowa University Intern) spent last week giving the living room of the shelter a makeover with a fresh coat of paint!
This fresh coat of paint also marks the re-opening of the living room, happening today, as a community space for the families to gather in. Families will be able to watch TV, play games, and read books like the did pre-covid. We're excited to be slowly getting back to normal around here! ... See MoreSee Less
We are currently searching for volunteers to host children's activities at New Directions Shelter! You will choose and plan an activity for the 10-15 children staying at the shelter - we are specifically asking for volunteers to help coordinate a Juneteenth celebration and a separate activity for Father's Day.
Suggested activities include: - Crafts the children could give to their parents as gifts - Story times - Outside games and activities
In the month of May, New Directions Shelter served a total of 12 families consisting of 16 adults and 27 children. We’re heading into June with 6 families consisting of 7 adults and 15 children. ... See MoreSee Less
At New Directions Shelter we try to provide safe and fun activities for our guests during their stay with us. This helps keep the kids busy and gives the family a chance to spend quality time together. This summer we are looking for some outdoor activities we can provide for our guests (think of what your children or grandchildren like to play with during the summer!).
Some items we are requesting for our families: Nerf balls Bouncy balls Squirt guns for all ages/sizes Water balloons Kid friendly sprinklers Sidewalk chalk Outdoor bubble kits (include wands) Hula Hoops Jump ropes Frisbees New or Gently-used baseball/softball gloves
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Des Moines and Omaha Field Offices put together this video for their Annual Iowa/Nebraska Peer-to-Peer Homeless Symposium. If you watch closely, you'll see some familiar faces from New Directions Shelter! vimeo.com/542694563... See MoreSee Less
We are currently in need of new or gently used household items for families with children exiting the shelter who have nothing to take with them.
Specifically, we are completely out of: sets of pots & pans, complete sets of dishes, kid-friendly plastic cups, sets of silverware, kitchen cooking utensils, Tupperware/storage containers, and water bottles. (Basically everything except for coffee mugs).