Free Medical Clinic

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Free Clinic Winter Warmth

Effective Tuesday, November 5, 2019, free winter outerwear (coats, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves) and socks will once again be available to individuals visiting the Free Clinic and/or the accompanying Free Meal, which is held in the Activity Center every Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00. You can help by donating one or more of these items OR by donating money to go toward the purchase of such items. Please mark monetary donations “Free Clinic Winter Warmth.” Winter outerwear and socks may be brought to church any time, but preferably on Tuesdays between 4:00 and 7:00 pm. All donated clothing must be machine washable, clean, and in good condition. For additional information, please contact Mary Paulson by (515-490-4039) or by email at

The Grace Free Medical Clinic

Whether you’re an EMT or a nurse—or simply a layperson who’d like to volunteer your time in non-medical ways—come join our efforts to help those in our community get the healthcare they need.


Since 2010, the Grace United Methodist Church Free Clinic, affiliated with Free Clinics of Iowa, provides free healthcare for the whole family. We serve anyone who comes through our doors: Whether you’re old, young ,or in-between, whether you’re insured, uninsured ,or underinsured, or if you simply want to come by because our hours of operation don’t require time off work, you are always welcome.

Here’s How It Works:

We’re open each Tuesday evening with registration from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Patients are seen from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. No appointments are taken, and all services are free, provided by volunteers.

Services Include:

  • Routine physical exams for adults and children
  • School, sports, camp and employment physicals
  • Acute illness and injury care
  • Chronic disease management
  • Diabetes testing and education
  • Medication assistance
  • Referrals
  • Note: vaccinations are not available at the free clinic.


Stay for Dinner:

A free hot meal is served from 5:00 to 7 p.m. to anyone, not just clinic patients.

Volunteer with Us!

If you’re a healthcare professional and wish to volunteer, we’d love to hear from you. You’ll be working alongside other physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals who volunteer their time. Des Moines University students also come weekly for a learning experience.

However, you don’t need to be a healthcare professional to help us with our Free Medical Clinic—we always need volunteers to help greet and register clients, input data, and help serve our free Tuesday night dinner.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact the church office at 255-2131, and the message will be given to the appropriate person, who will contact you. Generally, Clinic volunteers commit to one Tuesday night a month.

Your Donations Appreciated

To keep our clinic doors open, generous businesses, individuals, and organizations provide contributions, which are tax deductible. If you would like to contribute, please send a check to Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove Ave., Des Moines, IA, 50311. Note on your check that your donation is for the Free Medical Clinic.

Community Calendar

Mon 17

Women at the Well

February 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Mon 17

Wolf Den

February 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mon 17

Boy Scout Troop 61

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mon 17

Des Moines Diversity Chorus

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue 18

Free Hot Meal

February 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Tue 18
Tue 18

Des Moines Community Orchestra

February 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed 19

Interfaith Clergy Meeting

February 19 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Wed 19

Free/Low Cost Mental Health Clinic

February 19 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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