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As a not-for-profit organization, Crossroads of Iowa develops exceptional programs for women, including those in jail or prison, with a focus on mental wellness using a holistic approach.  

You’re always welcome here. Call us; we welcome you to join us!



Women’s Empowerment Group

Held each Wednesday evening, 8:00pm-9:00pm, at the Fresh Start Women's Center, a 5th Judicial District facility. It is located next to Broadlawns Hospital. Call with questions: 515-633-7968.


Finding Your Voice

A five week class in the Polk County Jail where individuals work through negative feelings and thoughts, building self-confidence through written words and discussion. Developed by author Jennifer Lee. Facilitated by Ruth Hardin.


Understanding Grief

Beginning January 2016 in the Polk County Jail, a five week class that covers the five stages of grief and explains the difference between grieving and mourning. Facilitated by Bob Merkley.


Journaling—Writing to Save Your Life

Starting in March 2017 at the Polk County Jail, the Journaling class is a five week course based on a book and a seminar by Michele Weldon.



Crossroads of Iowa offers annual seminars in January, on Trauma and PTSD, CEU's are offered with the location at Grand View University. Stay tuned for more information!



What?: Join Crossroads of Iowa's $100 Dollar Club

What does it require? A small donation of $2.00 a month!

How?: Use Paypay on our website,, through Venmo or mail a check to 2815 100th St. Suite 111, Urbandale, IA 50322.  


An Evening of Celtic Music

What?: ClearJoy Music Concert Fundraiser

When?: March 4, 2023 at 7 p.m.

Where?: Windsor Presbyterian Church, 6301 University Avenue, Windsor Heights, IA 50324

Free Admission. Free-Will Offering to Support Crossroads of Iowa’s Programs


Additional parking located at 64th and University. South of Windsor Presbyterian Church.

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Crossroads of Iowa works to reduce people from returning to jail and prison. We are looking for a few good men and women to build our board. Without a fundraiser on staff, Crossroads is dependent on members to plan virtual events, post fundraisers on-line and reach out to the community for support. A president is needed to help execute activities and a treasurer is needed to work with the volunteer accountant. At a minimum, the treasurer will be able to report on monthly financials. If any of these activities attract you, please contact Ruth at 515-633-7968,

Crossroads of Iowa strives to reduce recidivism and is looking for special individual/s that will provide classes inside The Polk County Jail.


A) Dependable class facilitators for Friday mornings each week are needed for ongoing Finding Your Voice classes.

B) A backup person is needed for all facilitator's classes, when someone is ill or on vacation: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings, 9:00am and 10:00am.  Finding Your Voice Classes are on Monday or Friday mornings, 9:00am and 10:00am. Writing/Literature classes are Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9:00am and 10:00am.  


Materials and curriculum are provided and easy to follow. Beginning facilitators, will be trained by an experienced class leader. Our classes tend to be therapeutic for class participants, but are not religious based (the Jail has a full time Chaplain).


Inmates sign up for classes on a voluntary basis and appreciate our classes. A background check and jail orientation are required prior to facilitating a class. It takes approximately a month to go through the clearance process. A one year commitment is needed. If interested, contact Ruth Hardin, 515- 633-7968 or


We earned a 2021 Silver Seal of Transparency, demonstrating our commitment to transparency! Learn more about our organization’s impact through our #NonprofitProfile on @CandidDotOrg. 

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