Other Programs and Information

Food Pantries and Other Resources 

For up-to-date information on many other community resources, please visit the United Way's website at the following link:  
United Way of Story County Community Resources


The Bridge Home, located at 225 South Kellogg Ave. in Ames, is working to bridge the gap between homelessness and housing. Phone: 515-232-8075  Learn more about the services provided at the Bridge Home.

Furniture Donation

Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa has a store at 3504 Grand Ave. in Ames, and they take donations of building materials, tools, furniture, and appliances. The store is open to the public; all proceeds from sales go towards providing affordable housing. Store hours are Monday - Saturday 10:00 to 4:00, Thursday 10:00 to 6:00 - please confirm store hours before visiting.  If you have questions about donations, sales, or volunteering, call the store at 515-232-2335 or  Visit Habitat for Humanity's website for up-to-date information. 

NACo Prescription Drug Discount Program

These cards may be used by all county residents, regardless of age, income, or existing health coverage. The program is designed to help residents who have no prescription drug insurance coverage or have certain needed medications that are not covered. A national network of more than 65,000 retail pharmacies will honor the NACo prescription discount card. The cards and more information are available in the Story County General Assistance office.

How to Apply for Affordable Healthcare Coverage

www.healthcare.gov or 1-800-318-2596 (includes Iowa Health and Wellness Plan and insurance exchange options)

dhsservices.iowa.gov/apspssp/ssp.portal  (This is a DHS web portal and is only for the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan and Marketplace Choice options)

Statewide Crisis Line

View information about the Statewide Crisis Line

The crisis line provides information and referral, counseling, crisis service coordination, and linkages to crisis screening and mental health services, including dispatch of the CICS Mobile Response Team 24 hours a day in Story County. Additional resources are available that incorporate help with alcohol, drugs, gambling, as well as mental health and suicidal thoughts.