About Us

Oakridge Neighborhood


Not only is Oakridge Neighborhood the most culturally diverse neighborhood in Des Moines, it’s a place where people can raise families safely while working toward self-reliance. We like to call it the intersection of opportunity and community. The Oakridge campus has 339 housing units, which house more than 1,000 residents. For 45 years, Oakridge Neighborhood has worked with Des Moines’
most vulnerable residents by providing for the basic need of safe, affordable housing. Oakridge Neighborhood now goes beyond filling that need by providing wraparound services for residents and the greater community, ensuring that those served achieve success.
Oakridge Neighborhood Services provides a wide variety of programs. Our child care,preschool, and after- and out-of-school services are enhanced by active learning— and include infants, toddlers, and everyone up to high school students. Our workforce readiness classes—for speakers of English
and other languages—have helped many residents and community members from across the Des Moines metro find jobs and increase their income.


  • Carol Bodensteiner, Chair
  • Nathan Blake
  • Jamie Buelt
  • Darcy Darrah
  • Laura Douglas
  • Sharon Gaddy-Hanna
  • Steve Hinrichs
  • Mary Johnson
  • Eric Kinman
  • Tony Lengling
  • Matthea Little-Smith
  • Skylar Mayberry-Mayes
  • Dave Midtlyng
  • Karen Miller
  • John Schissel
  • Chris Steele