About Us

At the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families, we're helping families and individuals improve their financial position and connecting them with their work and career goals. From its location in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa, the state's capital city, the Evelyn K. Davis Center is helping many Central Iowans build their educational and job dreams. This first-of-its-kind center is a beacon for those looking for educational, job training and career opportunities by delivering these workforce services. We're preparing many Central Iowans to find their life's calling as successful, working Iowans. View our annual Community Report

The Center is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, United Way of Central Iowa and Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC). Along with a grocery store located in the same building complex, the partnership is providing solutions to three crucial needs identified by local residents: workforce training, employment opportunities and grocery and retail services.

The Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families features:

  • Education and Employment services including job search assistance, job interview preparation, short-term certificate training, creation of employment plans, career resume preparation assistance, job placement, job preparation, Adult Based Education classes (referral), digital literacy, basic literacy and career assessments.
  • Income and Work Supports such as benefits screening, income tax preparation and access to public benefits.
  • Financial Services/Asset Building including financial literacy, FASFA, credit repair programs, debt reduction plans and EITC.

Learn more about our services.


A Vision
of Evelyn Davis

The Evelyn K. Davis Center is a first-in-the-nation initiative that brings together the dream of Evelyn Davis, a dynamic, visionary community leader in Des Moines, who dedicated her life to creating opportunities for other people. One of Evelyn's visions was to establish a place that focused on helping people gain employment through education and on-the-job training programs that are supported by local employers. Now, the Center is building on Davis' vision and features multiple services for the community including training providers and other programs to match training opportunities with support services. This direct connection to employers and the Center's on-the-job training opportunities are driving solutions to unemployment and underemployment for many in Central Iowa.


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