Waukee Area Christian Services

Waukee Area Christian Services (WACS) is a non-profit outreach ministry supported by Waukee area churches.  Our organization is united in helping people in Waukee and all of Dallas County with supplemental food, clothing, basic health care and assistance with housing and school essentials.

All services are volunteer-driven and supported by donations from citizens like you.

If you’re in need of our services or want to get involved, please connect with us by phone (515) 987-5523 or the Contact Us page.

Mission Statement

Waukee Area Christian Services’ mission is to serve people’s immediate needs and create connections for lifelong wellness.

Vision Statement

A community where all are physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy.

Meet the Team

Waukee Area Christian Services team members, from left to right, Heather Van Leeuwen, Julie Lins Robeson, Melissa Stimple, AJ Hanson and Cindy Macarthy.

Melissa Stimple – Executive Director

Melissa has been with WACS from the very beginning in 2005She is a native Iowan who enjoys camping, bike rides, hosting family gatherings and any type of travel.


Cindy Macarthy – Client Intake and Food Pantry Manager 

Cindy was a volunteer from the beginning in 2005 and joined the staff part time in 2017. Born and raised in Connecticut, Cindy has called Iowa home for the last 27 years.  She enjoys walking, spending time with family and designing cards.


Heather Van Leeuwen – Client Advocate

Heather joined the team part time in 2016 as our Client Advocate – helping clients navigate through available resources within WACS and elsewhere.  She is a native Midwesterner, having lived in Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa.  She is passionate about sharing God’s love and grace, spending time with family and friends and traveling on adventures.


Julie Lins Robeson – Communications and Administration

Julie has volunteered in our donation garden for the last eight years and joined the staff part time in 2020 to help with communications, grant writing, clothing service and general administration work.  She is a native of Wisconsin, spent over a decade in California, but has been in Iowa for over 16 years.  She enjoys exploring, games/activities with family and anything outdoors.


AJ Hanson – Client Support Case Manager

AJ was a volunteer in our Food Pantry before joining the staff part time in 2020 to work one-on-one with clients needing hands on support. She is a native of Kansas and moved to Iowa in 2014.  She enjoys helping others reach their personal and fitness goals, working out, being active outside and hanging out with her family and dogs.

    Meet the Board of Directors

    WACS Board of Directors

    Waukee Area Christian Services Board of Directors, from left to right, Melissa Stimple (WACS Executive Director), David Wall, Kate Bills (glasses), Sonia Arnold, Mark Masters, Michelle Rosel, Marlette Squier, Dan Adams and Lanita Cavanaugh.

    President – Michelle Rosel (Principal Financial Group)

    Vice President – Dan Adams (Leachman Lumber)

    Treasurer  David Wall (Tarbell & Co., P.L.C.)

    Secretary  Kate Bills (LightEdge Solutions)

    Board Member – Sonia Arnold (Retired)

    Board Member – Lanita Cavanaugh (Retired)

    Board Member – Mark Masters (State of Iowa)

    Board Member – Marlette Squier (Retired)

      Holiday Food Donation Drive

      Food is often the centerpiece of holiday family gatherings.  With your help, our clients have the opportunity to receive the ingredients for a bonus holiday meal in November and in December as well as Christmas gifts for their children.

      Please consider sharing your blessings right here in our community.

      Update: You and your organization can print checklists to share with others who can help!  Click the "Printable Food Drive Checklist Handout" button below.

      School Supply Donation Drive

      Let’s help kids in our community start the school year ready to learn!

      Please donate to our school supplies drive.

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