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July 30, 2020

A workshop for all couples who are planning to be married, living together, or just want to improve their relationship.

You’ll have fun learning how to take your relationship to the next level.

ELEVATE sessions may include:

• Review of strategies that any couple can use to elevate their relationship
• Short video examples
• Tools for couples to to learn more about each other and to practice each strategy
We know couples are busy—so this workshop is designed to be completed in during the lunch hour.
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July 30, 2020

In many cases, people do not know where to start in planning for their or a family member’s financial future, so they put off doing so. “My advice for everyone is do not wait until there is a crisis to plan for long-term care or your financial future,” says Weinand. “If you are not sure where to start, sign up for this course. We’re here to provide research-based, non-commercial information, to help you and your family plan ahead and make difficult times a little easier.”

June 26, 2019

If you are under stress and need help, we have a hotline that is willing to listen and help!

September 29, 2014

Facebook users are invited to stay up-to-date with Des Moines County Extension by joining us on Facebook. We keep the link right here -- or search for Iowa State University Extension, Des Moines County

January 18, 2012

4-H is the largest youth organization in the WORLD!

Statewide Resources

  • Answer Line

    Get answers to your home and family questions from the specialists at AnswerLine. Connect with them on the phone, email, or Facebook for information about cleaning, food preparation, preservation, and safety, home, equipment, nutrition, and laundry. 1-800-262-3804 or - answer@iastate.edu

  • A 24-hour resource for legal, finance, crisis and disaster and personal health issues, Iowa Concern provides access to an attorney for legal education, stress counselors, and information and referral services.

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    A national resource that brings quality, research-based information to families at the time it can be most useful and make the biggest difference in their lives.

  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers

    A series of classes designed to empower family caregivers of older adults to take better care of themselves. Learn more about the six-week series and find a class near you.

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    Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is all over the social media networks. Stay in touch with us through our blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

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    Are you an early childhood professional that provides care and education in your home, a center or a school? Check out our programs, resources, and trainings available to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be.

  • Parenting can be fun, enjoyable and stressful! Check out our blog and podcasts for the latest research based information and resources to help parents in their important role of raising children.

  • Articles from Ag & Biosystems Engineering for housing issues.

  • Specialists have compiled a list of resources to help you prepare for and recover from natural disasters. Remember to take care of yourself and your family first; then deal with the things lost to the disaster.

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