Our Mission Statement : Developing Strong Futures

It all started with one child.

Orchard Place Des Moines Iowa Mental Health ServicesOn a cold November morning in 1886, a three-day-old baby boy was left on the doorstep of a prominent family in Des Moines, Iowa. Within 24 hours, Elizabeth Mann and two of her friends had established the Home for Friendless Children, the city's first orphanage, which was soon renamed the Des Moines Children's Home. It has since evolved into the organization we know today as Orchard Place. 

No longer an orphanage, Orchard Place now helps many of the state's most emotionally troubled and helpless children, striving to help them develop strong, promising futures. Through our four branches of service, we contribute to the community's well-being by serving the mental health, substance abuse, educational and juvenile justice needs of children, adolescents and young adults.

Four Branches of Service:

Orchard Place is a nationally recognized leader in children's mental health and juvenile justice services, and is one of only a few organizations in the country that incorporate both mental health and juvenile justice services for children and adolescents.

Orchard Place Today

In 2016, Orchard Place:

  • Provided care to nearly 10,000 Iowa children and youth
  • Employed 375 staff members and utilized the services of 406 volunteers
  • Operated on a budget of $22 million, supported by a diverse funding base
  • Limited management and general expenses to only 8% of the budget
  • Accredited, audited and licensed by more than 10 entities, including the Joint Commission, meeting or exceeding more than 1,200standards of operation, safety and management
  • Benefited from the charitable support of a large network of individuals, groups, businesses and foundations