Future History: Clive Community Services 2016
July 2016 – Clive Community Services Opened to Serve Clive Residents
Clive Community Services (CCS), a newly formed non-profit, service organization located at 2190 NW 82nd Street, Suite “A” in Clive, had a Grand Opening of its DMARC (Des Moines Area Religious Council) Food Pantry on August 22, 2016. An Open House/Ribbon Cutting event was held. Many community residents and dignitaries attended.
DMARC Mobile Food pantry was on site during the month of July prior to the CCS opening.
At the time of the opening the Executive director position is vacant. Linda Shank and Stephanie Horak are sharing the work load of that position.
The current members of the Board …. Linda Shanks – President, Chad Whitmore – Vice President, Stephanie Horak – Secretary – Lu Anne Gafford – Treasurer, John Villotti, Ro Sang, Joe Nielsen, Debbie Turri, David Ennen, Trent Middendorf, Marilyn Russie The staff consists of community volunteers. For September 2016 the 35 Volunteers donated 405 hours.
In the first month of operation 18 families were served with most using the service each week. The Center is open twice a week. The number of clients served increases each week. English is not a primary language for the clients so word is spread orally. There are plans to add medical services soon. CCS is looking for a licensed Medical Director and a Clinic Manager. There will be some construction within the building to accommodate the lab need and then outfit the exam rooms.
Educational services are also in the works, currently with Crestview School of Inquiry. A chairperson is being sought to organize and schedule classes. The first effort will center on English as a second language. A Community Garden has been established with Walnut Hills United Methodist Church hosting and managing the facility.