From the executive director's desk /  12.27.17
Jim Hayes head shot
Jim Hayes, Executive Director

Thank you for a wonderful 2017 -- and thank you to everyone who has supported our mission to bring hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education. Your generosity means so much. 

As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to serving children, teens and adults from all walks of life.  I'd like to share a few of the Center's 2017 accomplishments:
  • Launched Spanish speaking counseling services.
  • Started a support group for survivors of suicide loss.
  • Expanded capacity to serve veterans and their families.
  • Enhanced treatments for trauma, depression and anxiety.
  • Added new service to provide supervision for spiritual directors.
  • Opened a satellite clinic in the Drake neighborhood, in partnership with Grace United Methodist Church.
  • Provided sliding scale or assistance to 40 percent of our clinical clients because they were uninsured or underinsured.
  • Provided the same high quality services to all, thanks to our roster of 28 excellent clinicians.
  • And much more (please see our four-minute video below).
If you have not already given, will you please consider an end-of-year gift? Your help will mean so much to others. Together, we can bring hope and healing, and save lives.


Jim Hayes, D.Min., M.Div.,  Executive Director
Telephone: 515-274-4006, ext. 117

P.S. You may wish to consult your financial planner regarding the implications of the new tax law to charitable donations.  If you plan to itemize for 2017, you may wish to consider making a gift this calendar year to realize the full tax benefit. In addition, it may make sense for you to accelerate some charitable contributions planned for 2018 into 2017 to get a larger income tax charitable deduction this year.

This is hope and healing
a 4-minute video

Our mission is to bring hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.  What does it look like?  At the Center, this is hope and healing. (Be sure to turn your sound on!)

Give the gift of hope and healing. 

Will you please help children, adolescents, adults and families who need mental health counseling and education? Thirty five percent of our clients are uninsured or underinsured. We are committed to serving all in need, thanks to your support. Your donation helps bring hope and healing, and saves lives. If you have already donated, thank you.

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Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
8553 Urbandale Avenue
Urbandale, IA 50322

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Our mission is to bring understanding, hope and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.
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Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization  serving more than 3,700 individuals annually including children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. Although best known for its 45 years of quality, professional mental health therapy, the Center is a multi-faceted organization providing a range of services:
  • Counseling, including specialized services for children and adolescents
  • Psychological testing and assessment
  • Psychiatry (medication management)
  • Training for clinical professionals
  • Leadership and spiritual life programming 
  • Career Coaching
  • Conflict transformation and strategic planning services for congregations, nonprofits and businesses
  • And so much more!   / 515-274-4006