RAMS Unite

The RAMS Unite page offers a unified location for Southeast Polk community students and families who are in need to find resources that will help support and ensure their success.

District Resources

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FREE & Confidential Support for SEP Students

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we are committed to providing student services to help children grow socially, emotionally, and academically.

Southeast Polk Elementary School Counseling Programs
Southeast Polk Spring Creek Counseling Program
Southeast Polk Junior High Counseling Program
Southeast Polk High School Counseling Program
Southeast Polk Student Mental Health Services


Community Resources

Food Pantry and Clothes Hanger Information

Caring Hands Outreach Center is a collaborative effort of churches and community organizations in the Southeast Polk region of Central Iowa, providing food, clothing, and household items to those in need. *Donations are accepted during hours of operation listed below.
Location: 201 9th Street NW, Altoona IA 50009
Contact: 515.967.4533

Eastview Community Center is located at 4101 E 42nd, Des Moines.
Hours: Sunday 10 am-noon, Tuesday and Wednesday 3:30-6 pm, Friday 10 am 1 pm.

Shop with a Cop

Shop with a Cop is a program where with limited financial resources have an opportunity to go on a shopping trip with an officer during the holiday season.

  • To see if a family or student qualifies, please reach out to officer Tufts at mtufts@altoonapd.com
  • Call the Altoona PD office at 515.967.5132.

Summer Meal Sites

Altoona Kids Cafe is a Summer Food Service Program that provides summer lunches to students who reside within the Southeast Polk School District. If you are interested in lending a hand or joining them for lunch, please contact us.

Location: Cross Cafe located inside Lutheran Church of the Cross, in Altoona.
Lunch Offerings: They will serve lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30-12:30 pm June and July.
Contact: altoonakidscafe@gmail.com

United Way

Need assistance? Call United Way 211 get connected and get answers. This service is available 24/7 and is confidential. www.211iowa.org.  Contact United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 or 319-739-4211 or 1-866-469-2211.