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Partnership Place Hours
  • Tuesday 9am - 1pm
  • Thursday 9am - 1pm
  • Saturday 9am - 1pm
    • Volunteer shifts
      • 8:45am - 11:15am
      • 10:45am -1:15pm
We will be closed:
  • Thursday, November 26th and Saturday, November 28th for Thanksgiving
  • Thursday, December 24th for Christmas
  • Thursday, December 31st for New Year's

Starting Thursday, Nov. 12th, The Johnston Partnership is switching back to serving clients outside the pantry. Staff and volunteers will be the only ones allowed inside. We are highly encouraging phone-ahead orders or emailed orders. We also have order forms to complete at our front door. All of the same items are available, including clothing and personal care, as when we are open. We will have volunteers fill orders, and they will be available to pick up outside of the exit door. Thanksgiving turkey vouchers are still available if you have not received a Thanksgiving service at another pantry.

Phone ahead orders should call 515-528-2379 or 515-868-1357 between 8am-2pm Monday-Friday. Email orders to andrea@johnstonpartnership.org. Deliveries can still be made (once a calendar month) on Thursdays and Saturdays. Food & clothing order forms can still be found on our website www.johnstonpartnership.org

Clients will still be expected to provide information on household members including DOB and address. Please bring IDs along with you for anyone you want served! We will do our best to get your needed items to you in a timely fashion. With colder weather upon us, you may want to wait in your car if you didn't call us ahead of time to prepare your order.

At this time, we will continue to accept all donations, but please limit clothing donations to 5 bags or less. This is subject to change, so please be patient with us 🙂

Thank you all for your help and support. Stay well!!

 We are planning to hand out over 400 turkeys this November to our clients! Can you help us out? Please consider a donation here!
*New* Johnston Partnership 
  
Just a reminder, we have left Suite D and moved to Suite C, next to the post office. Our new space is nearly double the square footage as our previous space, and this is the 1st time the Johnston Partnership has had a space designed specifically for our needs! Clients will enter on the east side of the building and donors will come to a door on the west side. 

Due to the pandemic, the JOHNSTON GIVES program will look a little different this year. We are providing families with a gift card to either Fareway or Walmart, to use for holiday meal or gift purchases.  Last year we helped almost 450
 students in the Johnston Community School District have a brighter holiday. We hope to collect $18,000 to give these kids something to look forward to as 2020 draws to a close. Money can be donated in person (during our operating hours), mailed to our PO Box 975 in Johnston, or given online at our website. Please specify that your donation benefits Johnston Gives in the Special Instructions line online. There's no amount too small, as it all goes to kids right here in our community!
We have been chosen! For the month of November, the Johnston Partnership will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable red "My Heart" bag at the Johnston Hy-Vee (5750 Merle Hay Road). 

Winter coats!! Boots!! Snowpants!! Did you know that we give away almost 600 of these items each fall/winter? Please think of us when cleaning out your closets. We accept all sizes of winter gear, plus gloves, scarves and hats - worthy of a sledding day at recess or standing out at a bus stop - during our operating hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 9am-1pm

Thank you to Denise Bubeck, Des Moines Area Religious Council Board Member, and Eddie Andrews, recently elected Representative at the Iowa State House, for visiting the Johnston Partnership! We love sharing what we do in the community with others!
Thank you to HR Green, Inc. for your donation of $700+ to the Johnston Partnership! HR Green, Inc. held an East vs. West team competition to see who could gather the most money & personal care items, and the West team came out on top!

We have additional volunteer needs in our new space.
Please check the link to find a time
http://signup.com/go/rMX3nG
or email Andrea at andrea@johnstonpartnership.org

Johnston Youth Mentoring Program Update

Our students need their mentors more than ever right now-unfortunately the in person meetings between mentors and students that have been happening in the Johnston Schools for the past 16 years are not able to happen at this time. The JUMP staff members began working over the summer months to pivot the program to an  “e-mentoring” model. Staff members are facilitating emails and regular Zoom meetings for students to have an opportunity to maintain their connection with mentors in the safest way possible.  

Engaging students in the multiple learning formats that they have already experienced this year, is a priority for the JUMP team. Driveway/front door visits and care packages mailed out regularly are just a couple of the ways staff members are able to continue connecting with students and their families. Continuing to focus on building relationships allows staff members to identify challenges or roadblocks students may have. Frequently the issue is something staff members are able to help the family solve. Most often by connecting the family to a community resource. Connecting with community resources and empowering families to access resources has become even more crucial during this time. The silver lining of our current normal is the school and our local community providers are collaborating to meet the needs of the community.   

Students are experiencing more challenges and transitions this year than ever before. The JUMP team and their mentor are the constants they can always count on for support no matter what challenges come their way.


Thank you Hermann Family Chiropractic for your generous personal care donation! What a great way to kick off November!!

BOARD MEMBER HIGHLIGHT

 

Joleen Roskamp

  
Tell me a little about yourself .

The loves of my life are my 3 kids; Riley is 22 and lives in Chicago; Baylee is a sophomore at the University of Iowa and Kelsey is a Junior at Johnston High School. When I am not working my job as a Realtor, I am usually hanging out with them or traveling to see them. I have been in Real Estate for over 10 years and love it. I get to meet so many people and make lifelong friends who buy and sell from me. Cooking, baking and hanging out with my girlfriends and family are my favorite pastimes! I am blessed to still have mom. She is 83 and I take her meals just about every day!

Having a positive impact in my community has always been important to me. Throughout the years, I have worked with Hope Ministries, served on the boards of Boys & Girls Club, and Variety Children’s Charity, and I have supported many other organizations. When the pandemic started, I created a little website called spare10forhunger.com to create awareness for hunger.
 

Why did you become involved in the Johnston Partnership, and what has your involvement looked like over time?

Prior to joining the board, I would reach out to Andrea periodically and find out what the needs were. Then I would do various drives for the Partnership and would gather clothes and toiletries from friends. So when I was asked to be on the board, I was excited to be able to make a more meaningful contribution to the Partnership. I like working at the pantry as I get to see firsthand the impact that we make in the lives of others.
 

What makes the Johnston Partnership mission meaningful to you? 

I have always had a heart to help those less fortunate. Together, the volunteers and community, we all are making a difference in the lives of so many people in Johnston and beyond. There are families that do not know where their next meal is coming from… so many families count on us. I also love that we offer a mentoring program to kids which is so important. Friday Friends makes sure kids have food on weekends, how cool is that? Our community and volunteers are amazing! We have a fantastic board, volunteers and donors that together make our mission possible!

Partnership Place Volunteers

We continue to need volunteers at the Partnership! Looking to fulfill Silver Cord hours? Or wanting to give back to your community? Sign-up herehttp://signup.com/go/rMX3nG


JOHNSTON COMMUNITY GARDENS
St Paul Presbyterian and St James Lutheran community churches both have dedicated volunteers who grow and deliver vegetables and fruit to the Food Pantry during the spring, summer and fall months. This extra fresh produce is a hit with the families who rely on the pantry for nutritious food.

 

2020 was a hard year for Johnston’s community gardens. The heat and drought reduced yield and the Covid-19 pandemic reduced the number of volunteers who felt comfortable helping. Nevertheless, about 1100 pounds were produced by a core group of dedicated and faithful volunteers who brought their own tools and worked in different beds while staying safe working in the gardens.
 

In 2020 at the St James Lutheran garden, over 264 volunteer hours went into providing 630 pounds of food. Food donated including strawberries, rhubarb, onions, radishes, bok choy, bush beans, garlic (planted last October and harvested in July), tomatoes, squash, okra, sweet potatoes, sweet bell peppers, and a variety of spicy peppers including serrano, jalapeños, habaneros, and hot lemon peppers. According to Mary Dzubak, St. James Lutheran Church garden volunteer, this season's pepper plants were the most prolific, producing into October! The sweet potato crop totaled 114 pounds, which greatly surpassed last year’s harvest. In August, volunteers began bringing the sweet potato vines to the pantry instead of putting them in the compost pile. The vines are often used in soup and stir fry recipes, and are very popular in some cultures.
 

Val Nichols, St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church garden coordinator, indicates that 6 or 7 dedicated volunteers put in 500 or more hours to produce a 460 pounds of a variety of vegetables. Val indicates the vegetables are tailored to what the clients want. Okra is always a big hit. Although they grow all the usual vegetables, they also grow many herbs.
 

Val mentioned that the apartments which were built close to St Paul’s garden site have been a mixed blessing. The removal of trees and fields for the apartments reduced the number of bees and butterflies essential for gardens. The last couple of years the garden has grown pollinator plants which has improved the situation. Positive impacts of having the apartments close include the buildings blocking wind and increased security of having people near-by. The families, especially children, who live in the apartments are curious about the garden and communication “over the fence” is increasing.

 

Research shows community gardens provide numerous health benefits, including improved access to food and improved nutrition by those receiving the food. Garden volunteers experience increased physical activity and improved mental health. Johnston is very fortunate to have two community gardens!!

Vegetables from the St. James garden

St. Paul's Garden


We are still accepting food donations, personal care donations and monetary donations. Please click here to make a monetary donation. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Did you know that you can support the Johnston Partnership while shopping at Amazon? With their AmazonSmile program, it is so easy to do through the Amazon shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones! Simply follow these steps:
  1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
  2. Go into the main menu of the Amazon Shopping app & tap into "Settings"
  3. Tap "AmazonSmile" & follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process

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Stats for the Month of October

 
    October of 2020  
Families Served 177
Individuals Served 844
Food Pantry Items Distributed 5420
Clothing Distributed 2828
Volunteer Hours 451
Friday Friends Bags 585

Partnership Place

(5870 Merle Hay Rd, Suite C)
Tuesdays 9am-1pm
Thursdays 9am-1pm
Saturdays 9am-1pm

Closed holidays and holiday weekends
Donate anytime we are open

 
Partnership Staff:
  • Andrea Cook (Program Director)
  • Jessica Lewis (Pantry Operations Associate)
  • Chris Wilson (JUMP Project Coordinator)
Board Members:
  • Tom Foldes (President)
  • Amy Johnson (President Elect)
  • Chris Higdon (Past-President)
  • Kathy Nichols (Treasurer)
  • Peggy Martin (Secretary)
  • Barb Allen
  • Judy Andersen
  • Tony Garcia
  • Susan Lucas
  • Joleen Roskamp
  • LuAnn White
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