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

FREE & Confidential Counseling for SEP Students

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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.
Location: 201 9th Street NW, Altoona IA 50009
Contact: 515.967.4533 – website 

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

School Supplies – Swerve Outreach is a non-profit organization that works very hard to meet many needs of students in our community. Please contact your school counselor to receive assistance.

Winter Weather Gear – The Altoona Elementary PTA organizes a Winter Warmth Drive to provide winter warmth to kids in the SEP district and kids in central Iowa.  Please contact your school counselor for additional information.  Warm Kids Warm Hearts 2019 Flyer

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.

Are You Experiencing Homelessness? Contact Centralized Intake for assistance. 1200 University.  Phone (515) 248-1850. Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Youth Opportunity Center for ages students ages 16-21.  612 Locust Street, Des Moines.  Monday – Friday 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Iowa Homeless Youth Center

Experiencing Domestic Violence?  You can contact Children and Families of Iowa – crisis line 515-243-6147.