Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment and Services

Urban Dreams is a state licensed substance abuse treatment center providing outpatient substance abuse treatment, assessments, group and individual counseling, state-approved OWI classes, and aftercare for adults and juveniles.

To schedule a substance abuse assessment, please call +1 (515) 228-4742.

To schedule a 12-hour or 48-hour OWI jail diversion weekend class, please call Nellie Remson at +1 (515) 228-4742 or visit us at

Mental Health Treatment and Services

Urban Dreams is a state accredited mental health treatment center that offers adult, youth, couples, individual, and family therapy, counseling, and skill development (BHIS) services.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Melanie Acklin at +1 (515) 805-7562.

Information and Referral

Over 30 years, Urban Dreams has formed an extensive network of collaborators and partners within the community which includes services that provide assistance for people in need of the following:

  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Jobs

Urban Dreams also invites anyone to make free local phone calls, use the internet, or just get out of the weather and watch TV.

For information or a referral, please call +1 (515) 228-4742

Social Mediation and Consultation

Urban Dreams provides consultation and assistance with issues involving race, education, community conflict, and social/civil concerns with multiple agencies, including (but not limited to):

  • Des Moines Police Department
  • The City of Des Moines
  • Des Moines Public Schools
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • The Greater Des Moines Partnership

Voter Education

A non-partisan effort to increase civic engagement in areas with historically low voter turnout, within the scope of which is –

A non-partisan forum that has focused attention on issues of particular concern to minorities in presidential, gubernatorial, and other elections since 1984


The Iowa Brown & Black Presidential Forum is an element of Urban Dreams’ non-partisan Project V.O.T.E. (Voting Opportunities Through Education). It is the nation’s only presidential forum in which all candidates have the opportunity to answer essential concerns of African-Americans and Latinos. The non-partisan event began in 1984 and has figured prominently in the Iowa caucuses. It is recognized as the oldest continuous minority forum for presidential candidates in America and one of the longest-running presidential forums in the nation.

For more information on the Iowa Brown & Black Forum, please visit us at

Other Activities

  • Annual Christmas tree and food giveaway in conjunction with the Iowa Barbecue Society
  • Summer youth activities and programs
  • Helping ex-offenders with reintegration, habilitation, and becoming positive members of our community
  • Staff serves on multiple boards and commissions