Celebrating 50 Years: 1972 – 2022

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Click through photos of the people who have made the Center what it is for 50 years!
Do you have a photo or story to share? We want to know! Email Shannon Schott, sschott@dmpcc.org, and we’ll add your memories to our collection.

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The rich history of the Center includes these milestones:

1972:
The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is established as an outreach project of the First United Methodist Church.

1973:
The Center incorporates as an independent not-for-profit organization.

1977:
Ellery Duke joins the Center – the second counselor to be employed.

1979:
Ellery Duke is appointed as Executive Director.

1980:
Professional education program established by Jeff Means.

1981:
Community education initiatives implemented by Eileen Burtle.

1983:
Jeanne Schossow joins the staff as business manager.

1987:
The Center is approved by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).

1999:
The Center opens COOL (Children Overcoming Obstacles of Life) under the leadership of Grace Sherer and Sara Swansen.

1999:
The Center hosts the first annual Women Helping Women event to fundraise for mental health services for women and girls.

2005:
The Center outgrows its offices on Ingersoll Avenue and subleases a larger space on Westown Parkway in West Des Moines.

2007:
The Center celebrates 35 years of service in the community and launches the Campaign for Hope and Healing to create a new facility. The Center employs 20 (full time equivalent) counselors.

2010:
$2.8 million raised for the new facility – groundbreaking in June.

2011:
Grand opening of the Center’s new facility at 8553 Urbandale Avenue – doubles spaces from 7,000 to 14,200 square feet.

2014:
Services expanded to include psychiatry in addition to counseling.

2016:
Ellery Duke retires after 40 years of service.
Jim Hayes begins as new executive director in December 2016.

2018:
The Center hosts the 20th annual Women Helping Women event, raising $204,000 for mental health services for women, children and families who couldn’t afford services.

2020:
The Center transitions to 100% telehealth service at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Clinical Training Program celebrates 40 years of preparing more than 100 new
clinicians to enter the field.

2021:
The Center adapts to a hybrid work model, continuing to provide 60-90% of services via telehealth throughout the year.

2022:
The Center celebrates 50 years of hope and healing with the rich,
dynamic community that has made our mission possible
for five decades!