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Helping juvenile offenders stay out of court system

Three Des Moines area residents explain why they applaud the expantion of a mediation program that helps first-time, juvenile offenders understand the impact of their actions directly from their victims. Kathy Bolten/The Register

St. Vincent de Paul Board Selects Andrew Gross as Tom Varilek Education Center Director

DES MOINES – Andrew Gross, a former Catholic elementary school principal who was most recently an achievement coach and recruiter with the WTA-Connect program at Des Moines Area Community College, was named director of the Tom Varilek Education Center today. “Andrew brings a unique and extraordinary skill set to the Des Moines Council of the… Read more »

Volunteers Sought for Colorado Flooding Disaster Relief Efforts

The Des Moines Council of St. Vincent de Paul Society is seeking disaster volunteers from the local conferences to work as caseworkers for disaster victims of the Colorado floods in the Boulder area. SVdP is currently on “standby” to perform this mission. Barbara Slaven, National VP for the Midwest Region (from Omaha) received the call… Read more »

Friends of the Poor Walk Planning Under Way

The planning committee for this year’s Friends of the Poor Walk in Des Moines met on Saturday to begin planning for the event to be held at Pete Crivaro Park from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept 29. Anyone interested in additional information or in serving of this year’s organizing committee may contact Jessica… Read more »

Volunteers, Employees Honored with Service Pins

DES MOINES — The efforts of a number of long-time volunteers and employees of the Des Moines Council were recognized this morning during the society’s quarterly meeting at the Basilica of St. John. “I want to share a few thoughts about the value of volunteers summed up in three quotes. The first is, ‘Volunteers do… Read more »

A Special Gift from a Very Special Young Lady

Lyric Baker, a Des Moines girl who recently celebrated her sixth birthday, visited the St. Vicent de Paul Society of Des Moines today to donate all of the money she received for her birthday to buy food for those in need. Lyric, accompanied by her mother, stepfather and grandmother, presented social services director Fern Klemm… Read more »

Food Pantry Opens on First, Third Evenings of Month

Responding to the needs of the community, the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry will be open on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, Social Services Director Fern Klemm announced today. “The food pantry helps so many people each week, but we found that many others just aren’t able to get here during… Read more »