About Us

Since 1985, Urban Dreams has been providing Des Moines’ inner city and Central Iowa with a wide range of human service programs in a comfortable and non-threatening environment. Just as the problems that plague the inner city continue to evolve, Urban Dreams continues to change to meet them.

Urban Dreams offers programs that are in tune to the unique issues affecting Polk County’s economically depressed areas. Programs including information and referral and ex-offender support have been just two of the services that Urban Dreams offers at no cost. Urban Dreams is also a state licensed substance abuse and mental health treatment facility. In addition, Urban Dreams’ building is a “safe haven” where people can come to watch TV, use the telephone, or just relax.

Located in the heart of Des Moines’ inner city, Urban Dreams is accessible to those who need it most. This area leads Polk County in families living in poverty, low wage earners, single family households, high school dropout rates, ex-offender residency, gang participation, abandoned property, overall crime rates, and other problems too numerous to mention.

Urban Dreams works closely with area churches, government, colleges, and universities, and numerous other organizations and businesses which are mutually committed to the betterment of Iowa in general and central Iowa in particular. These organizations see their participation as an investment in the future of Des Moines and the state of Iowa.

Urban Dreams has been determined to be a public supported organization of the type described in Sections 509(a)(1) and l70(b)(l)(A (vi) of the Internal Revenue Code, exempt from income taxes pursuant to Section 501(c)(3), and this determination has not been revoked.

Mission Statement

Urban Dreams is a human service agency dedicated to serving the people, community, groups, nonprofits, for profits, and government agencies in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, education, and public safety as those pertain to underserved and underrepresented populations in urban communities.

Vision Statement

Building bridges of opportunity and equal access to pursue your dreams.