Posted on: 07/24/2014

Youth Homes of Mid-America is excited to announce that they have received a $500,000 gift from the W.T. and Edna M. Dahl Trust which will be used to ensure that services, programs and facilities continue to meet the needs of the children and families served.

The W.T. and Edna M. Dahl Trust honors the memory of Mr. and Mrs. Dahl, long time Des Moines residents. W.T. Dahl was the founder of the Dahl’s grocery stores located throughout the Des Moines metro area.

“W.T. and Edna were long time friends and supporters of Youth Homes of Mid-America,” explains Mike Arndt, YHMA Executive Director.  “Their financial support now exceeds one million dollars and we are grateful to trustees Paul Tyler and Jerry Jones for continuing the legacy that W.T. and Edna created here at Youth Homes of Mid-America.”

“W.T. and Edna were very private people in their philanthropy but they were extremely proud of their relationship with YHMA. They firmly believed in the value to the entire community of the services YHMA provides and would have been most appreciative of this recognition”, noted Trustee Tyler. 

In recognition and in honor of W.T. and Edna’s generosity, Youth Homes of Mid-America will name their education center the W.T. and Edna M. Dahl Education Center in a brief dedication ceremony to be held on Tuesday, August 19th at the YHMA Campus in Johnston at 9:00 am followed by an Open House.

About Youth Homes of Mid-America

Youth Homes of Mid-America is a non-profit social service agency serving both young men and young women that offers individualized programs and services for children and families with behavioral, emotional, and educational difficulties. YHMA maintains a focus on strengthening family life, re-establishing the self-worth of the individual, and teaching basic skills for living in the community.  YHMA has been providing services to Iowa youth and families since 1943.

For additional information, contact Wendy Ingham at 515-276-3473, ext 205 or