Oakridge Neighborhood

Our Impact

2,642 adults served by our programs yearly.
321 pre-k – 12th grade students in programming.
$17,389 average household income of our residents.


Oakridge Neighborhood creates pathways to success for adults, children and families by providing affordable housing, culturally diverse education programs, and comprehensive employability services.

Key Services Provided

Oakridge Neighborhood provides affordable housing, supportive programs and essential services for the most vulnerable members of our community. Programs include: Workforce Readiness and Placement, Financial Empowerment and Path to Homeownership, Wheels of HOPE, Digital Literacy, Drivers Ed and CDL Career Pathways, ELL and Citizenship classes, nationally accredited Oak Academy preschool, 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school and out-of-school youth academic and enrichment programs for students K-12, and more.

Key Audiences Served

Oakridge Neighborhood is one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in Des Moines, serving residents and others from across the metro. Our nearly 1,000 residents include refugees and immigrants from 26 countries speaking 39 languages. Over 50 percent are children, 72 percent are refugees and immigrants, and 99 percent are low income.

Ways to Give

  • Provide a financial gift now or with a planned gift
  • Sponsor or attend our events
  • Volunteer your time or talents
  • Provide an employment opportunity
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Board of Directors

President – Martine Olson-Daniel, Wells Fargo
Vice President – Dr. Andrea McGuire, Dr. Andy McGuire & Associates
Secretary – Jamie Buelt, enQStrategies
Treasurer – Mark Wiltse, F&G
Past-President – Tim Haight, Deere & Company/John Deere Financial (retired)
Marcy Baker, Sammons Financial Group
Carol Bodensteiner, Writer & Consultant
Albert Farr, DMACC Urban Campus
Matt Haney, John Deere Financial Services
Sharon Gaddy-Hanna, Bankers Trust (retired)
Steve Hinrichs, Hinrichs Partners, LLC
Michael Hutney, ConsultantMary Johnson, Assured Partners
Kent Kramer, The Foster Group
Erin Kuhl, Krause Group
Emily Lemay, Global Atlantic Financial Group
Skylar Mayberry-Mayes, Principal Financial Group
Joyce McDanel, UnityPoint Healthcare Des Moines
Deidre Williams, EMC

1401 Center Street | Des Moines, IA 50314 | (515) 244-7702 | www.oakridgeneighborhood.org

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