Community Resource Guide

The city of Ames is a medium sized college town just 30 minutes north of Iowa’s largest metropolitan area, Des Moines. The following are community resources both on campus and in the community of Ames, and the surrounding Central Iowa area.

 

ISU has several affinity groups right on campus, which are called Faculty and Staff Associations (“FSAs”).

American Indian Faculty and Staff Council

This FSA does not have a Facebook group and does not appear to have regularly scheduled events on the Diversity and Inclusion webpage.

Website: https://www.diversity.iastate.edu/connect/fsa/ai

Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association

The Asian American and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Association supports Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander faculty and staff by sustaining a visible and supportive AAPI community, engaging in professional and social networking, and supporting leadership and career development and advancement.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1667622446785032/

Website: https://www.diversity.iastate.edu/connect/fsa/aapi

Black Faculty and Staff Association

The goal of the Black Faculty and Staff Association is to build community and highlight resources that enhance the personal and professional development of Black faculty and staff. 

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/IsuBlackFacultyStaffAssociation

Website: https://www.diversity.iastate.edu/connect/fsa/bfsa

Colegas, Building Community

Colegas is ISU’s Hispanic and Latinx Faculty and Staff Association. Although this affinity group has a website on the Diversity and Inclusion webpage, it uses a Facebook page for most of its activities.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IowaStateUniversityColegas.

Website: https://www.diversity.iastate.edu/connect/fsa/colegas

Jewish Faculty and Staff Association

The goals of the Jewish Faculty and Staff Association include the creation of a welcoming environment for faculty and staff, strengthening the campus Jewish community, and providing a venue to discuss issues relevant to the community and its allies.

Website: https://www.diversity.iastate.edu/connect/fsa/jfsa

LGBTQA+ Faculty and Staff Association

The LGBTQA+ Faculty & Staff Association was created for Iowa State University faculty and staff who are members or who are supportive of the LGBTQ+ community at ISU. The FSA exists to provide its members with opportunities for networking, career development, socializing, and becoming a bigger part of the ISU/Ames community.

Website: https://www.diversity.iastate.edu/connect/fsa/lgbtqa

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ISULGBTQAFSA

Twitter: https://twitter.com/isu_lgbtqa_fsa?lang=en

There are several religious organizations and places of worship listed below that are in and around Ames, Iowa.

Atheism, Agnosticism, Secularism

Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers – Sam and Louie’s Pizza, 8561 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA

Although this is not a religious group, it is one which weighs in on existential questions and spirituality. It meets at Sam and Louie’s pizza every Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Phone: (515) 770-8541

Email: president@iowaatheists.org

Websites:

https://www.iowaatheists.org/

https://twitter.com/Iowa_Atheists

AHA! (Atheists, Humanists, Agnostics) - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames – 1015 Hyland Avenue, Ames, IA

This is a group that gathers at the church each third Thursday evening of the month to discuss life and theology outside of the framework of God.

Phone: (515) 292-5960

Email: aha@uufames.org

Buddhism

The Angor Wat Friendship Association1301 19th St, Des Moines, Iowa, 50314

This Association was established to promote the Khmer (Cambodian) culture, language and art. It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Email: angkorwatdsm@gmail.com

Phone: (515) 897 – 2151, (515) 247-0189 (Sareap Noeuy)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/Angkor-Wat-Friendship-Association-Inc-359523871075030/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cambodian-Buddhist-Society/112009918861509

Chua Hong An – 1419 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50314

This temple is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Specific events and weekly events are not listed on the website.

Phone: (515) 288-6944

Buddhism Discussion Group - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames – 1015 Hyland Avenue, Ames, IA 50014

This group meets through shared readings, discussion and exploration of teams and concepts. There is not a regular meeting time listed in the activity guide.

Phone: (515) 292-5960

Email: buddhism@uufames.org

Pure Land of Iowa8364 Hickman Road, Clive, IA 50325

This group emphasizes pure land Buddhism, but it allows other Buddhist groups to use its facilities. The group meets every Sunday morning for two hours from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. with a one-hour potluck afterward until 12:00 p.m. There is two-hour Buddhism study on week days from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (515) 991-4347
Website: https://www.purelandofiowa.org/

Email: admin@purelandofiowa.comhelenchenliu@gmail.com

The Des Moines Zen Center - 6901 SW 14th, Des Moines, IA 50315

The Zen Center introduces visitors and students to Zen Buddhism on the third Thursday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Each Sunday the Zen Center conducts zazen from 7:10 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. They provide childcare and snacks for children during the zazen session.

Website: http://dmzencenter.org/contact-us/

Email: iowatoy2005@yahoo.com, info@dmzencenter.com

Tu Viện Hồng Đức5906 S.W. 9th Street, Des Moines, IA 50315

This is Vietnamese Buddhist temple has weekly services from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. every Sunday.

Phone: (515) 256 – 8176

Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TVHD2009/about/?ref=page_internal

Email: TuVienHongDuc@yahoo.com

Wat Phothisomphan – 2560 SE 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50320

This Buddhist temple meets weekly for dharma talks and chanting meditation and hosts monthly events.

Phone: (515) 619 – 9222 / (515) 777 – 4348

Website: http://facebook.com/WatPhothisomphan

Email: Kate919@gmail.com

Wat Lao - 1804 E. Park Ave, Des Moines, IA  50320

This Buddhist temple is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mondays through Sunday.

Phone: (515) 282 – 1801

Website: http://www.dsmwatlao.org/buddhism

Email: Donechanh@hotmail.com

Baha’i

There are two Baha’i communities in West Des Moines and Des Moines. In West Des Moines, Alan Prosser1organizes a Baha’i community. In Des Moines, Claudia Murphy2 organizes a Baha’i community.

Hinduism

Hindu Temple & Cultural Center of Iowa – 33916, 155th Lane, Madrid, Iowa, 50156

This Hindu temple performs weddings and services related to several deities. Different services are listed on the website.

Phone: 515-795-2635

Website: http://www.iowatemple.org/

Email: admin@htcciowa.org 

Hindu Cultural and Educational Center – 2513 E. Porter Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50320

This is a group which meets in a home. It provides language training in English and Nepali. It also provides citizenship classes. The Hindu calendar observes religious events.

Phone: (515) 505-5538

Website: http://www.hcec-iowa.org/contact-us/

Email: contactus@hoec-iowa.org

Islam

Bosniak Islamic and Cultural Center - 17630 Bosniak lane, Granger, Iowa 50109

This was the original Bosnian Islamic center formerly located at 3805 Beaver Road in Des Moines, Iowa. It provides daily prayer services five times a day each day. It has a community service (Jumu’ah) on Fridays at 1:30.

Phone: (515) 279 – 8374

Website: https://www.facebook.com/ICCBDesMoines/

Darul Arqum Islamic Center - 1212 Iowa Ave, Ames, IA 50014

This organization holds scheduled events throughout the year. The five times of prayer are posted on their website.

Phone: (515) 292-3683

Website:http://www.arqum.org/

Islamic and Education Center Ezan – 6206 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines IA 50322

This Bosnian Islamic center provides daily prayer services five times a day. Community service (Jumu’ah) is on Fridays at 1:30.

Phone: (515) 441-2114

Email: nijaz_va@hotmail.com, Nijaz ef. Valjevcic

Masjid an-Noor – 1117 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50311

This organization provides daily prayers and services.

Phone: (515) 274 – 4626

Website: http://dmmco.org/index.php

Email: information@dmmco.org

Shafia Islamic and Cultural Centre – 1425 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314

This is an offshoot from the Muslim Community Organization that practices Sufism. It provides a space of prayer and celebration of specific events like Ramadan.

Phone: (515) 724-8308

Email: jamal7621@hotmail.com (Imam Ahmed Moalim), xusseem@hotmail.com (Imam Hussein Abdi)

Judaism

Ames Jewish Congregation3721 Calhoun Ave, Ames, IA 50010

Shabbat services take place at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays. These services are led by Rabbi Nina Mizrahi once per month. The remaining services are conducted by congregation members.

Phone: (515) 233-1347

Email: https://www.ajciowa.org/

Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines – 33158 Ute Ave. Waukee, IA 50263

This organization is a good place to explore non-sectarian Jewish events occurring in the surrounding area. The Federation operates a non-sectarian preschool, Gan Shalom Preschool, a retreat and recreation center, Caspe Terrace, and the Iowa Jewish Historical Society.

Website: https://www.jewishdesmoines.org/

Phone: (515) 987-0899

Email: info@jewishdesmoines.org

CHABAD of Ames/ISU – 301 4th Street Suite #12, Ames, Iowa 50010

This group is situated on campus. Events are organized throughout the year. In particular, a Seder occurs on campus each year and they also hand out Passover care packages to students.

Phone: 515-339-9160

Email: Chabadames.isu@outlook.com

Temple B’Nai Jeshurun (Reform Judaism) – 5101 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

Erev Shabbat services generally start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings. There is a social time with wine and snacks that precedes each service time. The Friday service social time begins at 5:30 p.m. The Saturday service social time begins at 9:00 a.m. Traditional Torah study occurs every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Phone: (515) 274-4679

Website: https://templebnaijeshurun.org/

Tifereth Israel Synagogue (Conservative Judaism) – 924 Polk Blvd, Des Moines, IA 50312

Erev Shabbat services generally start at 6:00 p.m. on Friday night and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday mornings. The Saturday morning service is followed by Shabat Café at 11:45 a.m. A discussion of the Hebrew Bible occurs every Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Phone: (515) 255-1137

Website: http://tifereth.org/

Meditation

Meditation Sitting Group - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames – 1015 Hyland Avenue, Ames, IA 50014

This group meets Tuesday nights for 40 minutes of silent meditation.

Phone: (515) 292-5960

Email: meditationsitting@uufames.org

Mindfulness and Meditation - Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames – 1015 Hyland Avenue, Ames, IA 50014

This group meets Sunday nights from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Phone: (515) 292-5960

Email: mindfulness@uufames.org

Mormonism

The Church of Latter-Day Saints Ames Institute of Religion – 137 Lynn Avenue, Ames, IA 50014

This building provides religious education for young single adults from ages 18 to 30 years old.

Phone: (515) 292-2759

Website:https://www.facebook.com/AmesInstituteoftheChurchofJesusChrist/?rf=158097977728541

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints – 2524 Hoover Avenue, Ames, IA 50010

This is the regular congregation building for Mormonism in Ames, Iowa.

Phone: (515) 232-0437

Website: https://www.facebook.com/The-Church-of-Jesus-Christ-of-Latter-day-Saints-Ames-IA-279517908796734/

Sikhism

The Iowa Sikh Association – 1115 Walnut Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265

This is a non-profit organization. It holds congregation and prayers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each Sunday. Immediately following congregation is a community meal from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Website: http://iowasikhassociation.org/contact-us/

Telephone number: (515) 255-5755

Email: contact@iowasikhassociation.org

Sikhs of Iowa Khalsa Heritage, Inc. – 4820 NW 59th Street Johnston, IA 501301

It holds congregation and prayers from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. each Sunday. Immediately following congregation is a community meal from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Phone: (515) 259-6613

Email: iowasikhs@sikhinc.org

Wiccan / Pagan

Persephone’s Children – Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames – 1015 Hyland Avenue, Ames, IA 50014

This group meets every third Thursday of the month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames church.

Phone: (515) 292 - 5960

Email: personnel@uufames.org

Sacred Bridges First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50315

This group meets at the location above. They organize primarily through their Facebook page.

Phone: (515) 244 - 8603

Website: www.facebook.com/sacredbridgescuups

Email: sacredbridgescuups@gmail.com

The following includes a list of restaurants in Ames and the Des Moines metropolitan area serving a variety of options.

African

Patience’s African Cuisine3811 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310

Phone: (515) 279 – 6158

Safari Cuisine – 217 South Duff Avenue, Ames, IA 50010

Somali Restaurant – 4940 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310

Taste of Africa – 2500 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Suite 3, Des Moines, IA

Brazilian

Café Beaudelaire – 2504 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014

Phone: (515) 292 – 7429

Website: www.cafebeaudelaire.com

Chinese

House of Chen 705 East Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010

Phone: (515) 233 - 3144

Le’s Chinese Bar-B-Que – 1600 2nd Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314

Szechuan House – 3605 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50014

Phone: (515) 292 - 7888

Website: http://www.szechuanhouseames.com/

Little Taipei – 2514 Chamberlain Street, Ames, IA

Phone: (515) 292 – 6123

Website: https://www.ameslittletaipei.com/contact

Wok N Roll – 120 Welch Avenue, Ames, IA 50014

Phone: (515) 292-6688

888 Restaurant Chinese Food - 809 Wheeler Street, Suite 106, Ames, IA 50010

Phone: (515) 232 – 3366

Website: http://888restaurantames.com/

Central / South American

Botanero Latino Colombian & International Cuisine – 604 East Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010

Los Altos Mexican Restaurant – 823 Wheeler Street, Suite 5, Ames, IA 50010

Mi Casita Restaurant – 1115 6th Street Nevada, IA 50201

Phone: (515) 382-2444

Puerto Rico Restaurant – 6611 University Avenue, Windsor Heights, Iowa 50324

Phone: (515) 274 – 1690

Rico’s Tacos – 624 East Lincoln Way, Ames IA 50010

Tacos La Michoacana – 403 Broad Street, Story City, Iowa 50248

Indian

India Palace – 120 Hayward Avenue, Ames, IA 50014

Phone: (515) 715 - 1060

Website: http://www.indiapalaceames.com/

India Delights – 127 Dotson Drive, Ames, IA 50014

Phone: (515) 292-3419

Kathmandu Restaurant – 4121 SE 14th Street Des Moines, IA, 50320

Phone: (515) 207 – 1463

Website: http://kathmanduiowa.com/

Namaste India – Indian Cuisine and Restaurant – 7500 University Ave # A Clive IA 50325

Phone: (515) 255 - 1698

Eastern European

Phoenix Café 6769 Hickman Rd. Des Moines, IA 50322

Phone: (515) 331 - 4342

Middle Eastern

Pammel Grocery and Deli – 113 Colorado Avenue, Suite 133, Ames, IA 50014-3499

Peruvian

Panka Peruvian Restaurant – 2708 Ingersoll Avenue, Suite 200, Des Moines, IA 50312

Phone: (515) 244 – 1430

Website: Pankadsm.com

Thai

The Spice Thai Cuisine – 402 Main Street, Ames, IA 50010

Website: Thespiceames.com

Phone: (515) 232 - 0200

Vietnamese

A Dong Restaurant – 1511 High Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Le’s Restaurant – 113 Colorado Avenue, Ames, IA 50014

Phone: (515) 292-0002

Website: https://www.lesrestaurantames.com/menu

Pho 85 – 1705 SE Delaware Avenue, Ankeny, IA 50021

Phone: (515) 964-2388

Pho 888 – 1521 2nd Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314

Phone: (515) 288 – 1595

Pho Saigon – 1452 2nd Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314

Pho All Seasons – 1311 E. Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50316

Specialty Food Stores

African

Ahlan Grocery African Food Stores – 3826 Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310

Phone: (515) 279 – 5451

A & J African Food Store – 519 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313

Phone: (515) 661 – 0727

All African’s Market – 511 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313

Phone: (515) 243 - 0868

Malachi African Food Market – 3009 Merle Hay Rd. Suite 3, Des Moines, IA 50310

Phone: (515) 278 – 5603

Asian

Ames Asia Market – 819 Wheeler Street Suite 5, Ames, IA 50010

Asia Food Store – 516 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010

C Fresh Market – 801 University Avenue Des Moines, IA 50314

Phone: (515) 288 - 0525

Double Dragon Food Market – 1537 2nd Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50314

Eastern Europe

Bosna Grocery 3009 Merle Hay Rd. #4 Des Moines, IA, 50310

This grocery store stocks food from Italy, Germany, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and other Eastern European countries.

Phone: (515) 207 – 1163

Middle Eastern

Pammel Grocery and Deli – 113 Colorado Avenue, Suite 133, Ames, IA 50014-3499

Connecting Central Iowa Women – 2713 Beverly Drive, Urbandale, IA 50322

This group organizes social activities for lesbians and other women around the Des Moines area metropolitan area.

Website: https://www.iowawcc.com/about-wcc-connecting

The First Friday Breakfast Club – Hoyt Sherman Place – 1501 Woodland Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

This LGBTQ+ group meets monthly at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast at Hoyt Sherman place.

Phone: (515) 288 -2500 (Jonathan Wilson)

Email: info@ffbciowa.org

The Pride Center of Des Moines – 1620 Pleasant Street, Suite 244, Des Moines, IA 50314

This group puts on events in Des Moines throughout the year.

Website: http://www.dsmpridecenter.org/

Phone: (515) 277 – 7884

Email: info@dsmpridecenter.org

Pride Sports League of Central Iowa - P. O. Box 146, Des Moines, IA 50301

This group organizes recreational and intramural events to the LGBTA community in the Des Moines metro area.

Website: http://www.pridesportsleague.org/pages/about

Email: Info@pridesportsleague.org

Prime Timers Central Iowa – Steven Therrien – 2238 SW 35th Street, Ankeny, IA 50023

This group supports older gay and bisexual men.

Email: joshortom@yahoo.com, stherrien@mchsi.com

Transformations Iowa

This is a support group for non-binary and transgender individuals. Meeting locations may have changed since this has been created, please direct message the Facebook page or send an email to the organizer for updated meeting information.

Email addresses: sophia.transformations@gmail.com, TransformationsIOWA@yahoo.com

Website: www.facebook.com/transformationsiowa

Phone: (515) 779-5187

Des Moines Gay Men’s Chorus

This group performs choir events three times a year.

Website: http://www.dmgmc.org/

Phone: (515) 953-1540

LGBTQ+ Bars

The Blazing Saddle – 416 E. 5th Street, Des Moines, IA, 50309

Phone: (515) 246 – 1299

Buddy’s Corral – 418 E. 5th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 244 – 7140

The Garden Nightclub – 112 SE 4th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Phone: (515) 243-3965