Donate to support mental health services!

Help people find the hope and healing that leads to a fulfilling life… even if they can’t afford counseling.

You can donate to Women Helping Women :

You can donate to our annual fund:

“I’ve supported the Center for years now in a variety of ways. Why? Because their services had a huge impact on my life in the past. And I know they make that same kind of life-changing difference everyday in the lives of hundreds of others.”

Shirley Poertner,
Women Helping Women Committee Member

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Mind & Spirit Counseling Center is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
Gifts to the Center are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable. EIN #42-0995074

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center is a nonprofit mental health organization providing high quality services to all who walk through our doors, including those who are uninsured, underinsured or from low-income households.

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center was our name from 1972-2022.
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A donation frequency of monthly, quarterly, or annually helps more people needing mental health support in Iowa!

$10/MONTH helps a child distressed by domestic violence

$25/MONTH helps a family relate to a loved one who suffers from addiction

$50/MONTH helps parents who grieve the death of their son or daughter

$100/MONTH Helps an adolescent who is bullied at school

$250/MONTH Helps a veteran who considers suicide

Donate By Check or Phone

Rather than donating online, you may submit your donation via phone by calling Laurie Betts Sloterdyk at 515-564-5122, or mail a check made payable to Mind & Spirit Counseling Center to the following address:

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center
Attn: Laurie Betts Sloterdyk
8553 Urbandale Ave
Urbandale, IA 50322

Planned Giving Helps You Leave a Legacy

Giving a legacy gift makes it possible for us to continue the mission for years into the future. You can make a difference today for those needing our mental health services tomorrow.

IRA Charitable Rollover

You may be looking for a way to make a big difference to help further support the Mind & Spirit Counseling Center. If you are 70½ or older you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help make an impact in your community and benefit this year.

How an IRA charitable rollover gift works

  1. Contact your IRA plan administrator to make a gift from your IRA to the Mind & Spirit Counseling Center.
  2. Your IRA funds will be directly transferred to the Mind & Spirit Counseling Center.
  3. You will receive an acknowledgment of receipt from the Mind & Spirit Counseling Center.
  4. Please note that IRA charitable rollover gifts do not qualify for a charitable deduction.

Contact us if you have any questions about an IRA charitable rollover gift, please contact the Center’s Director of Development, Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, 515-274-4006 x137,

Stock Transfers

To transfer stock to the Center, please send a Letter of Authorization to your broker(s) to send securities to the following:

  • Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
  • DTC # 07250
  • Account Name: Mind & Spirit Counseling Center
  • Account Number: 441H8304

For more information, please contact Laurie Betts Sloterdyk, Director of Development by calling 515564-5122 or emailing

Matching Gifts Boost the Power of Your Donation!

Many employers will match employee or retiree gifts to nonprofit organizations like the Center. This is a powerful way to maximize your contribution to mental health services in our community!

If you or your spouse is employed by (or retired from) a company that matches employee or retiree charitable contributions, your gift could be worth even more than you thought. Check with your employer on their matching gifts program. Matching gift forms can be sent to:

Mind & Spirit Counseling Center
Attn: Laurie Betts Sloterdyk
8553 Urbandale Ave
Urbandale, IA 50322


individuals served

through counseling, psychiatry and psychological testing


children and teens lives touched

through our Children Overcoming the Obstacles of Life program (C.O.O.L.)


services subsidized

for clients who were uninsured, underinsured or from low-income households


hours clinical training

and supervision provided by Center clinicians

Recognizing Our Donors

Thanks to the following donors, Mind & Spirit Counseling Center is able to provide quality mental health services, even to those who are unable to afford it. The following is a list of our 2021 donors. For longer sections, you may select the number of entries you’d like to see per page, and advance through the pages to view the full list.

VISIONARIES ($50,000+)
Carlson Family Foundation
The Estate of Harold "Hal" Higgs
CHAMPIONS ($25,000 - $49,999)
Delta Dental of Iowa
DEFENDERS ($10,000 - $24,999)
Linda and Bob Anderson
Doug A. Fick
Mary Gottschalk and Kent Zimmerman
Iowa Foundation for Education, Environment, and the Arts
Microsoft - Community Empowerment Fund
Polk County Board of Supervisors
Prairie Meadows
Kay and Bob Riley
United Way of Central Iowa
Sally Wood
PATRONS ($5,000 - $9,999)
American Enterprise Group
Bank of America
Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey
BWA Foundation
Kathy and William Fehrman
Kate Garst
Sally and Tom Graf
MidAmerican Energy Company
Storey Kenworthy
Sally and Sam Wallace
The West Bancorporation Foundation, Inc.
HEALERS ($2,500 - $4,999)
Carol Bodensteiner
Chrysalis Foundation
Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
Cultivating Compassion: The Dr. Richard Deming Foundation
Dentons Davis Brown, P.C.
Foster Group, Inc.
Sharon Goldford
Norma Hirsch
Trudy Holman Hurd
Andrea James
LaDonna and Rich Matthes
Sue and Todd Mattison
Shirley Poertner
Plymouth Congregational UCC
Rusty Hubbell
Rachel Stauffer and Jim Lawson
The Viking Foundation of Lincoln
Susan and Carl Voss
Marti Wade
West Bank
Kathleen and Larry Zimpleman
NURTURERS ($1,000 - $2,499)
Apple Roofing, L.L.C.
Rev. Paul R. and Sandra L. Axness
Dr. Barbara Beatty
Broadlawns Medical Center
City of West Des Moines
Roxanne Barton Conlin
Patty and Jim Cownie
Des Moines University
Easter Family Fund
Nora and Dave Everett
Cindy and Tom Fischer
Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
Jann Freed and John Fisher
Barbara and Michael Gartner
Gateway Market and Cafe'
Beth and Stephen Gaul
Deborah Gitchell
The Graham Group, Inc.
Renee Hardman
Katherine S. Hauser, M.D.
John and Jeannine Hayes
Sarah and James Hayes
Starr and Harry Hinrichs
Ann and Thomas Holme
Charlotte and Fred Hubbell
Debbie and Michael Hubbell
IMT Insurance
Iowa Radiology
Martha James and Michael Myszewski
Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines
Kate and Andy Juelfs
Linda and Tom Koehn
Mary F. and Charles Kunkel
Kum & Go
Kwik Star
Virginia and Nix Lauridsen
Kristen and Joe Lee
Janet Linn
Nancy Main
Steve Marquardt
Claudette and Patrick J McDonald
Dr. Bernard and Brenda Mouw
Doris Jean Newlin
William and Pauline Niebur
Barb and Andy Nish
Jill and Mark Oman
Merle T. Pederson
David Primeau
Kathy Reardon
Mary M. Riche
Mustafa Sagun
Jackie Saunders and Cecil Goettsch
Dr. Rebecca and Dr. Robert Shaw
Cameron Shepherd and Peter Sloterdyk
Phil and Diana Sickles
Chris and Larry Sidwell
Silver Fox
Kathy and Ted Stuart
Mary H. Stuart
Toni and Tim Urban
Sheri and Dick Vohs
Chris Waddle
Dr. Teri Wahlig and Mark Feldmann
Whitney Warne and Erik Dominguez
Wells Fargo
William C. Knapp Charitable Foundation/Susan and Bill Knapp
Kim and Rich Willis
Connie Wimer
Rev. Paul Witmer and Lynn Heuss
Alan Zuckert and Joyce Dainty
ADVOCATES ($500 - $999)
Stephanie Asklof
Kristen Benge
Carrie Bening
Janet and Charles Betts
Annie S. and Matt Brandt
Amy Campbell
Carney & Appleby, P.L.C. Attorneys at Law
Central Presbyterian Church
Lori Chesser
Renee Clippert
Connie Wilson Design
Tom Connolly and Family
Beth and Tim Coonan
Dr. Christine Dietz
Marsha and Ellery Duke
Sondra Eddings
Denise Essman
Jane Fogg
Gregary and Jan Franck
Jane Funk
Rosalie Gallagher
The Grainger Foundation
Jill D. Greiner
Rachel Hardin
Diane Hedden
Leslie and Steve Heimbach
Jody and Tom Herman
Karen Jeske
Dianne and Roger Jones
Onnalee Kelley
Anne M. and E.J. Kelly
Kitchen Collage
Jenna Knox
Mary Kramer
Marla Lacey
Angela Loomis
Robbie and Rick Malm
Cyril and John Mandelbaum
Lorraine and Tom May
Cathy McMullen
Jeff Means and Diane Glass
The Middleton Family
Diane H. Morain
Ellen K. and Bruce E. Nelson
Jeanne and Jim O'Halloran
Lynsey Oster
Stephanie Pearl
Sharon and James Rasmussen
Katherine and Charles Safris
David and Lita Sagula
Melanie Scupham
Karen Shaff
Barb Sherman
Patsy and John Shors
Kendra Simmons
Laurie and Ashley Sloterdyk
Terri Mork Speirs
Kathleen Stahl
Randal and John Stern
Hallie Still-Caris
Nanette D. Stubbs
Velvet Coat
Rhonda and Joe Watton
Fritz Wehrenberg and Jennie LeGates
Emily and Fred Weitz
Malinda Wiesner
Deb Wiley and John Schmidt
Emily Williams-Bouska
Martha Willits
Dr. Judy Winkelpleck
SUPPORTERS ($250 - $499)
Emily Abbas
Anonymous (3)
Judith Akre
Lisa and Brad Anderson
Becky Anthony
Barb Bachman
Janice Bannister
Mary K. Bartine
Connie Beasley
Lois Beh
Karin Beschen
Beth Bishop
Patricia Boddy
Connie Boesen
Teresa Bomhoff
Nancy Bone
Lisa Bradshaw
Shelley Brody
Suzan Kelsey Brooks
Sue Ellen Burke
Judith Burns
Suzie Glazer Burt
Phyllis Cacciatore
Teree Caldwell-Johnson
Marilyn and Frank Carroll
Kevin Carroll
LaNae Ceryanec
Nancy Cheeseman
Holly and John Clark
Polly L Clark
Alicia Claypool
Julie Ann and Michael Connolly
Holly Craiger
Cynde Cronin
Suzanna de Baca
Douglas Detrick
Helen Eddy
Kelly Edmister
Lynn Ekblad
Dr. Katherine Elsner, D.D.S.
Karen Engman
First United Methodist Church
Peggy Fisher
Fran Fleck
Allison Fleming
Julie Fleming
Paige Franzluebbers
Kathy Giles
Shawna Gisi
Linda Goeldner
Gary and Janet Goodhall
Judith Goodwin
Mary Helen Grace
Courtney Greene
Carrie Hall
Jan Hardin
Lori and Larry Hartsook
Lynn Heggen
Barbara Hein
Christine Hensley
Victoria Herring
Rev. Martha E. Hill
Nick and Jill Hittner
Dixie Hoekman
Michelle Hogan
Sara Hopkins
Dr. Alexandra Hubbell
Bev Hutney
In the Bag Corporate Cuisine
Connie Isaacson
Linda L. Jennings
Joseph Jester
Joanne Johnson
Myrna Johnson
Sandy Benson Johnson
Beth Stelle Jones
Susan Judkins
Rosemary Jungmann
Lola Kenworthy
Emily Susanin Kessinger
Kathi Koenig
Erin Kuhl
Kathryn Kunert
Sheila Kurtz-Robinson
Carol Leech
Caroline Levine
Christine Lewis
Sheila Starkovich Lingwall
Julie Linn
Deb Madison-Levi
Kate Massop
Ms. Louise McDonald
Dr. Andy McGuire
Jan and John Mechem
Matt and Lisa Meline
Shirl Melton
Reo Menning
Rebecca and Brian Metzger
Ann Michelson
Robyn Mills
Rose Kleyweg Mitchell
Polly Moore
Cheryl Morton
Jill Musin
Maura Nelson
Liz Neumann
Greg Nichols and Dawn Connet
Mary Nilsen
Charlotte Noble
Noreen O'Shea and Thomas Benzoni
Leigh O'Tool
Jo Oldson
Katie Gibson Overby
Nina Socarras Pack
Mary Pappajohn
Katie Patton
Donna L. Paulsen
Sally Pederson
Allison and Timothy Peet
Sen. Janet Petersen
Diann M. Peyton
Lynn Rankin
Lynette Rasmussen
Martha A. Reno
Susy Robinette
Tamara Rood
Janet Rosenbury
Anne Roth
Katie Roth
Barbara Royal and Deidre Fudge
Debra Salowitz
Laura Sands
Priscilla D. Sayeed
Susan Moritz Scharnberg
Sam Scheidler
Pam Schoffner
Mary Kay Shanley
Loretta Sieman
Joan Stark
Jacqueline Stoken
Ellen Strachota
Mary Ellen and Larry Streyffeler
Gail Stubbs
Erica Shannon Stueve
Jan Stump
Sarah Sullivan
Sarah Susanin
Mathilde Brown Swanson
Cheryl Sypal
Tiffany Tauscheck
Joyce and Harold Templeman
Marsha Ternus
Robert and Karen Unrau
Teresa VanVleet-Danos
Terri Vaughan
Renee Von Bokern
Susan Vujnovich-McRoberts
Charlene Vukovich
Marilyn Warling
Melissa Watson
Linda Weidmaier
Katie Wengert
Tracy Wheeler
Dee Willemsen
Jean M. Williams
Rena S. Wilson
Janie Wine
Barbara Yankey
Kate Yocom
Roberta and Reg Yoder
FRIENDS ($100 - $249)
Sophia Ahmad
Anonymous (6)
Ed Augustine
James Austin
Julianne Bartlett
Dodie and Wayne Bauman
Benson Family Foundation
Jan Berlin
Paula Bittick Binkley
Meghan Blum
J.R. and Meredith Boesen
Nicole Boyington
Mary Brooks
Nancy Brown
Rachel Bruns
Ellen and John Burnquist
Paul and Nancy Burrow
Businessolver Foundation
Robin Ahnen-Cacciatore
Sue Caley
Jessica Cezar
Shelley Chambers
Mary Chapman
Diane Child
Sabrina Sartori Chouinard
Elizabeth Chrisinger
Eva Christiansen
Mary Cory
Patricia and Jay Cramer
David C. King Family Charitable Fund
Abbe Davidson
Susan Lee Davis
Patrick and Margaret Deluhery
Lori and Tim Diebel
M.J. Dolan
Amy and Tom Donnelly
Richard Douglass
Margaret and Kevin Doyle
Kathryn Wheeler Driscoll
Marianne Fons
Robin Fortney
Linda Franker
Carol and Jim Franzluebbers
Brenna Fujimoto
Katherine Gamble
Mary Ann and Gene Gardner
Harlan Gillespie
Sandra Githens
Phyllis Goodman
Celeste Goodrich
Nancy Green
Bonnie Green
Kay Grother
Nancy and Gary A.T. Guthrie
Diana Hansen
Lois Harms
Mary Beth Hart
Kathleen Heinzel
Barbara and Gordon Hendrickson
Kelli Hill
Jennifer Hilmes
Kathleen Hoegh
Dale and Robert Howe
Jann Culvahouse Howell
Teri Hughes-Paulline
Craig and Joan Johnson
Megan and Lance Kading
Brad and Lori Kiewel
Char Kimball
Valerie Kottke-Cole
Cynthia Lidgett
Elaine Lundstrom and David Yurdin
Marian and Ivan Lyddon
Glenys Bittick Lynch
Colleen MacRae
Mark McQuistan
Kate Mead
Bob and Sharon Meisenheimer
Robert J. Myers
Mary O'Brien
Doris and Michael O'Malley
Linda and Gary Ordway
John Otte
Laura Palmer
Diana and Daryl Pals
Mary Jean Paschen
Dr. Lauren Patrick, D.D.S.
Katie Patterson
Judy Perkins
Polk County Housing Trust Fund
Donni Popejoy
Melissa Primus
Rolland Riley and Carol Hibbs
Estee Roe
Annette Roth
Don Rowland
Linda Rullan
Cassie Sampson
Kathryn and Mike Sankey
Erica Schaefer
Chuck and Meg Smith
Kelly Sparks
Dr. Katie Spellman, D.D.S.
Karen and Charles Stockton
Rev. David and Betty Stout
Paul Strayer Jr.
Chelsea Swanson
Nikki Syverson
John R. Taylor
Annie Uetz
Lisa Veach
Ann-Charlotte Wade
Jack G. Wahlig
Emily Webb
West Des Moines Christian Church
Christopher Wilson
COMPANIONS (gifts up to $99)
Susie Anderson
Anonymous (2)
Peg Armstrong-Gustafson
Judy Blank
Judy Bradshaw
Julius S. Conner
Stephanie Cornish
Linda Dawe
Sheryl DeMouth
Mary Kay Dial
Lillian Dittrick
Sally Dix
Teresa Driscoll
Linda "Chick" Duffy
Beth Ann and John Edwards
Claudia and Dave Ewald
Jennifer Feeney
Rita and Thomas Fisher
Priscilla Gilbert
Marcia and William Gilmer
Patricia J. Goldberg
Sally Hampton
Nancy Jo and James Hopkins, M.D.
Gloria Cano Humphrey
Marla and Jeffrey Inks
Ted Irvine
Janet A. Johnson
Jason Kelly
Pamela Kenyon
Delma Kernan
Mary Ellen and James Kimball
Deb Kline
Connie Klug
Kristi Knous
Lynn Mankins
Carol McGarvey
Michael McNeil
Sally Nadolsky
Catherine Olesen
Vickie Olsen
Cheryl Pederson
Katy and Ed Polich
Peg and Layne Rasmussen
Sandy Riesberg
Jim and Susan Rohden
Mary Routh
Abigail Schiltz
Kathy Shives
Katherine Sircy
Lu Spaine
Barbara and Paul Spong
William Staplin
Julie Stauch
Rep. Kristin Sunde
Karen Novak Swalwell
Sr. Cathy Talarico, CHM
Susan Terry
Jill and Derek Trobaugh
Sen. Sarah Trone-Garriott
Elaine Van Dyck
Mary Van Heukelom
Peri Van Tassel
Kjersten Walker
Mary Wells
Jody White
Estela Whitman
Mary H. Yearns
Corporate Matching Gift Employers
Assured Life Association
The Grainger Foundation
The Meredith Corporation Foundation
Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Wells Fargo
Gifts in Kind
Business Publications Corp.
Connie Wilson Design
Tom Fischer
Integrity Printing
Shirley Poertner
Honor Gifts
Gifts were given in honor of:Given by:
Shelley ChambersJoseph Chambers
Angela ConnollyBeth Bishop
Teresa Bomhoff
Tom Connolly and Family
Connie Isaacson
Susan Judkins
Polk County Board of Supervisors
Polk County Housing Trust Fund
Susan and Carl Voss
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center StaffChristine Dietz
Chris Waddle
Dr. Ellery Duke and Kathy Reardon, R.N.Stephen and Beth Gaul
Renee HardmanMary Brooks
Cynde Cronin
Emily KessingerPeter Sloterdyk
Mary KunkelMary Routh
Kathryn MandsagerKathy Giles
J. Jeffrey MeansSharon and Dennis Goldford
Rachel Meier, LIMHP, CPC, PLADCPaige Franzluebbers
Katie PattonLisa Bradshaw
Shannon ReiderSharon Goldford
Laurie Betts Sloteryk, Terri Speirs, and the WHW CommitteeSharon Goldford
Those who courageously meet with a counselor for the very first timeChris Waddle
Susan VossMerle Pederson
Marti WadeSharon Goldford
Memorial Gifts
Gifts were given in memory of:Given by:
Evelyn Adams BensonBenson Family Foundation
Mary BruceSarah and James Hayes
Isabel Anne DietzChristine Dietz
Ray DukeMarsha and Ellery Duke
Eugene and BradleyAnonymous
Mary Susan GibsonPatsy and John Shors
Winnie HayesMary Cory
John and Jeannine Hayes
Harold "Hal" HiggsAnonymous
Dr. Barbara Beatty
Janet Berlin
Carney & Appleby, P.L.C.
Margaret and Patrick Deluhery
Mary Kay Dial
Jennifer Feeney
Marcia and William Gilmer
Nancy and James Hopkins, M.D.
Joan and Craig Johnson
Valerie Kottke-Cole
Mark McQuistan
Robert Myers
Sally Nadolsky
Doris Jean Newlin
Claudia Peyton and David Ewald
Katy and Ed Polich
Susan and Jim Rohden
Kathryn and Mike Sankey
Jack Wahlig
Maria S. OtteJohn Otte
Maggie PopeCatherine Olesen
Tom ReeseMary Gottschalk
Sr. JoAnne Talarico, CHMSr. Cathy Talarico, CHM