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Food
12:08 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Feeding the Homeless on the Holidays

hungry people waiting for the food Sister Ludmilla Benda serves on Sundays and holidays line up around the block
Dean Borg Iowa Public Radio

For those who are apprehensive about preparing holiday meals for family guests, consider Sister Ludmilla Benda, a nearly ninety-year old woman who does it weekly for a hundred-or-more hungry strangers. 

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News
2:05 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

'Food Dome' Will Provide Vegetables Year-Round for Shelter Kitchen

Volunteers begin work on the 'Food Dome' at Central Iowa Shelter and Services.
Tom Vance Central Iowa Shelter & Services

A giant ‘food dome’ is almost complete next to Central Iowa Shelter and Services in Des Moines. As Iowa public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports, the unusually shaped greenhouse will grow vegetables year round and supply the shelter’s kitchen.

Rodney Volkmar and a team from the Colorado-based company Growing Spaces are attaching triangular sheets of reflective insulation on a 30-foot, dome-shaped scaffolding. They expect to finish work by Friday.

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News
5:32 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Evictions Looming for Des Moines Homeless

Rod Mundy, Rick Mundy, and Bonnie Schroeder at their camp near downtown Des Moines.
Durrie Bouscaren Iowa Public Radio News

Just south of downtown Des Moines, and tucked away from the families and bicyclists visiting Grey’s Lake, six people live under the Martin Luther King Bridge.

“It’s a lot scarier than people think,” says 52-year-old Bonnie Schroeder.

For the second time in two years, the city of Des Moines is evicting about 40 people who are homeless and living in camps within the city. Some have already packed up and moved on—others, including Schoeder, are appealing the city’s decision.

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Health
5:20 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Iowa Medicaid Alternative Shows Fed's Flexibility

Jerry Gross, who's 56 and homeless, waits in line at the Central Shelter and Services to talk with a healthcare navigator.
Credit John Pemble / IPR

More than twenty states have refused to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, leaving many Americans below the poverty line with few health insurance options. Some states are coming up with their own low-income health plans which would give them some of the federal money set aside for Medicaid expansions while writing their own rules. Federal authorities approved Iowa’s alternative proposal. As Iowa Public Radio’s Clay Masters reports… the rest of the country is taking note. 

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River to River
1:40 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Homelessness in Iowa

A man sleeps on a bench in Downtown Iowa City on July 31, 2013. Sleeping on benches between the hours of 5 a.m. and 10 p.m. would violate an ordinance the city council is considering and could result in a $65 fine.
Alan Light Flickr

According to a study by the Iowa Council on Homelessness, in 2011 roughly 17,900 individuals in Iowa were homeless at some point throughout that year.  What are the causes of homelessness and what can communities do to help? Also, Iowa City has a new ordinance which aims to further restrict panhandling in the downtown area. 

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Talk of Iowa
3:33 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Job Training for the Homeless

Thomas is the first graduate of the Culinary Starts Training Program
Shelter House

Today on Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe discusses job training programs for the homeless by exploring Iowa City's Shelter House "Culinary Starts" program, that teaches its clients how to prepare food. The program also generates revenue by catering to local businesses.

Nebbe also talks with a veteran and a director involved in the Goodwill of the Heartland's employment program.

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