(515) 402-2242
2800 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Welcome to Community Hand Up

We aid working households who do not qualify for Food Support/Medicaid and are experiencing a financial and/or emotional emergency/crisis.
We know what it’s like to live paycheck to paycheck and we want to be your support when things start to pile up.
Our History

After years of struggling raising two kids on her own, one thing was clear that every time she came close to being “self sufficient” something would happen that would put her back down. Looking back she realized that the systems in place are not designed to actually help people become “self sufficient”, they are designed to keep you down and once you’re down and once you are over the threshold they will no longer assist when you really need it.


SO in 2018, Community Hand Up was born  after listening to the same story from almost everyone she met.

Our Mission

Empowering the future financial security of people whose income is above the poverty line and just below middle class financial security by providing financial education, mentoring and emergency services.

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Board of Directors

This is our team! If you’re intersted in joining our board, reach out to Heidi at heidi.commhandup@outlook.com

Heidi Kroll, CNE

Founder / Executive Director

Robbie Morris-Riley

2021 Chairman

Mandi Benson

2021 Vice Chairman

Richard Ramos

2021 Secretary / Treasurer

Kathleen Halm

Board Member

Andrea Breeze

Board Member


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