Posted on: 08/28/2018

Youth Homes of Mid-America has received a $50,000.00 grant from Variety – the Children’s Charity to help support the Richard O. Jacobson Transitional Living Center on Park Ave in Des Moines. The Richard O. Jacobson Transitional Living Center provides services and housing for youth ages 16-18 in Youth Homes’ Independent Living program who cannot live in their current home situations.

Youth Homes which is celebrating its 75th anniversary, is a nonprofit organization serving youth and families with behavioral, emotional and educational difficulties. The Richard O. Jacobson Foundation grant allows Youth Homes to fulfill its mission of providing troubled youth and their families a path to independence.

The Variety grant, along with grants from Richard O. Jacobson Foundation, Prairie Meadows and the Sammons Financial Group will be used to offer young people in our communities a myriad of opportunities for success with services and supports aimed at preparing them for self-sufficiency in the real world.

“Our ability to truly fulfill our mission of putting kids and families on a path to independence is as strong as ever,” said Mike Arndt, YHMA Executive Director.  “These grants allow our kids greater opportunities and easier access to the services which prepare them to live independently.”

Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are at-risk, underprivileged, critically ill or living with special needs. Grant funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children. For more information on Variety grants and programs please visit

For additional information on Youth Homes, please contact Brooke Earleywine at


7225 NW 58th Street; P.O. Box 39-Johnston, IA 50131-(515)

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