coffee with chrysalis

Coffee with Chrysalis provides you an opportunity to learn and engage in discussion around issues impacting girls and women in Greater Des Moines. Future coffees will be planned to address relevant and timely issues, and we welcome your ideas for topics and speakers.

juneteenth - what it means to me

Friday, June 17, 2022 - 8:30-9:30 am 
Dwana Bradley

Learn about Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, and Iowa's observation of this important holiday. Dwana Bradley, Iowa Juneteenth General Chairperson, will provide information and lead our discussion. Coffee will be provided and there is no cost to attend. 


next coffee with chrysalis 

Friday, October 21, 2022 - 8:30-9:30 am
more details to follow

Past Coffee with Chrysalis Events

the experience of afghan women and other refugees in iowa

Friday, January 21, 2022 - 8:30-9:30 am 

Learn about the refugee crisis resettlement of refugees in Iowa and the particular challenges faced by the rapid resettlement of Afghan women and their families. Stephanie Moris, Executive Director, Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa, will provide information and lead discussion on this important topic. No cost to attend; masks are required.

thank you to those who were able to join us for coffee with chrysalis.

We encourage you to share what you learned with your family, friends, and colleagues. 

We will continue to hold the supply drive specifically collecting undergarments and sanitary pads for the Afghan women refugees and gently used winter gear for ALL family members (see associated links). 

Additional resource: Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa 

donation drive


1. Donate undergarments and sanitary products using the Chrysalis Support for Afghan refugees Amazon Wish List

2. Make a monetary donation to Chrysalis here

3. Gather gently used winter gear for ALL family members and email us to arrange a drop-off or pick-up.