Asian Resources

Iowa Asian Alliance Foundation

Established: 2005

Address: 1501 50th St. Suite 200, Regency 1 Building, West Des Moines, IA 50266

Phone: (515)245-2435

Email: srodari[at]bankerstrust[dot]com

Contact: Surasee Rodari

Purpose: To create awareness, to inform, educate, support, promote, and advocate on issues of vital interest to Asian Americans in the state and beyond.

Hispanic/Latino Resources

Catholic Hispanic Ministries 

Address: 601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515)237-5051

Fax: (515)237-5070

Email: kcameron[at]dmdiocese[dot]org

Contact: Fr. Kevin Cameron

Purpose: Both pastoral care and social services to the Latino/Hispanic populations in southwest Iowa.

Des Moines Latino Service Providers Coalition

Established: 1992

Address: 1271 E.9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

Phone: (515)237-5051

Fax: (515)237-5070

Email: dtromenjauser[at]dmdiocese[dot]org

Contact: Darcy Tromnehauser

Purpose: To share information and social services; be involved with Hispanic issues and events; work together to provide services for Hispanics.

Iowa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Established: 2000

Phone: (515)727-1677

Fax: (515)222-6958

Contact: Laura Castro de Cortes

Purpose: To promote the success of Iowa Hispanics business through education, advocacy, networking opportunities, and serving as a link to and for the Hispanic market.

Latino Leadership Project

Established: 1999

Address: Student Life Center, 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: (515)272-4633 or 4010

Fax: (515)244-8997

Email: llp[at]grinnell[dot]edu


Contact: Wayne Morrow

Purpose: To provide education and leadership programs that promote social change for Latino communities. Focus is on the youth leadership.

Latinas Unidas of Iowa, Inc.

Address: 4119-27th Street, Des Moines, IA 50310

Phone: (515)274-6840

Email: iowalatina[at]aol[dot]com


Contact: Lena Robison

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

Established: 1973

Address:962-40th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Phone: (515)261-7270

Contact: Ila R. Plasencia

Purpose: Advocate for Latino Issues and concerns; sponsors of educational, cultural-ethnic, and political events and programs; to develop awareness about Latino/Hispanic ethnic heritage and issues.

Los Bailadores Mestizos

Established: 1982

Address: 962-40th Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Phone: (515)225-6865

Contact: Paula Plasencia

Purpose: To preserve the Latino culture in music and dance.

Midwest Educational Resources Development Fund, Inc.

Established: 1980

Address:1240 E. 12th Street, Des Moines, IA 50316

Phone: (515)261-7270

Fax: (515)262-4036

Contact: Ila R. Plasencia

Purpose: To advocate for Latino/Hispanic issues and concerns.Assist with immigrations and naturalization application and forms. Interpret and translations service all documents in Spanish. Assist with tax forms.

Jewish Resources

Tifereth Israel Synagogue

Established: 1901

Address: 924 Polk Blvd., Des Moines, IA 50312

Phone: (515)225-1137

Fax: (515)225-1138

E-mail: deb[at]tiferethe[dot]org


Contact: Deb Finkelstein

Purpose: Serving the conservative Jewish population in greater Des Moines.

Lubavitch of Iowa's Judaic Resource Center

Established: September 1992

Address: 943 Cummins Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50312

Phone: (515)277-1718

Fax: (515)227-1624

E-mail: jrcspark[at]aol[dot]com


Contact: Rabbi Yossi Jacobson

Purpose: Judiac resource for all Iowans

Muslim Resources

Muslim Community Organization

Established: 1982

Address: 1087-25th Street, Des Moines, IA 50311

Phone: (515)266-7951

E-mail: mkhan[at]iastate[dot]edu

Contact: Mohamad W. Khan or Arif Perrez

Purpose: To serve Muslims in the Des Moines Area. Keep in contact with the other religious organizations and network with interfaith groups.

Restaurants and Grocery Stores

Casa Margarita's

101 West Street


Des Moines

China Sea

714 4th Ave


Choung Garden

915 Broad Street