Family Enrichment Center

The Family Investment Program (FIP) is Iowa’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. FIP provides cash assistance to needy families as they become self-supporting so that children may be cared for in their own homes or in the homes of relatives. Unless exempt, these families are also referred to the PROMISE JOBS work and training program. PROMISE JOBS requires that each person referred to the program sign a Family Investment Agreement (FIA) that outlines each party’s responsibilities as the family moves towards self-sufficiency.

For families that are on FIP and participate in PROMISE JOBS, the state also provides the option of joining the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency program (FaDSS). This voluntary program provides services that promote, empower, and nurture families towards economic and emotional self-sufficiency. The foundation of FaDSS is regular home visits with families, using a strength-based approach. Core services include support, goal setting, and assessment.

The Polk County Family Enrichment Center (FEC) is the FaDSS grantee for Polk County. The FEC program works to improve the lives of families at risk of long-term welfare dependency or family instability by creating opportunities for self-sufficiency.  FEC case managers meet with and track each family as they progress through the case lifecycle. FEC is also responsible for coordinating with the state FaDSS and PROMISE JOBS programs to provide these agencies with the data they need to keep the program running.

To be eligible you must be a resident of Polk County, a FIP recipient, and particpate in the PROMISE JOBS program. Participation is voluntary.  

The Family Enrichment Center can help participants with:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Child Care
  • Parenting
  • Health
  • Family Support
  • Quality of Life
  • Life Skills
  • Budgeting
  • Nutrition
  • Substance Abuse
  • Communication
  • Referrals
  • Goals
  • Career Counseling
  • Job Search
  • Job Training
  • Job Skills
  • Education
  • Advocacy


On-Site Resources

  • Clothing Closet
  • Perk Pantry
  • Food Pantry
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Employment Resources

Our Mission

To assist families in achieving stability and economic independence by providing family support services, education and training, and opportunities for employment.

Location & Contact Information

Polk County River Place
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
(515) 286-3406

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