As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to reach out to our brothers and sisters in Christ – to be the face of Jesus to those who are sick, hungry, poor, or facing other desperate circumstances. In a very real way, the church of Jesus Christ has been given the task of carrying on his ministry, following his example into the lives of our neighbors, both here and abroad.
Below, please find a list of Hope’s local mission partners and ways they serve our community, along with information on how you can get involved.
Bidwell Riverside Center
Bidwell Riverside Center envisions a future where no one lives in poverty and every person has the opportunity for a positive future. Through their Child Development Center, they provide all-day learning and care regardless of family income. Their Distribution Center provides food supplies and other necessities for over 14,500 individuals each year.
Booster Pak's mission is to help at-risk students in the West Des Moines Community School District reach their fullest potential by reducing childhood hunger and promoting health and wellness. They provide food and personal care products to nearly 700 preschool through high school aged students. Their programs are free and confidential to the students and families that participate.
Central Iowa Shelter and Services
CISS provides free, temporary shelter and meals to homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions. They have various programs that assist participants in their move toward self-sufficiency.
The Chainsaw Ministry provides tree trimming, yard cleaning, tree removal, brush cleanup and small building removal to homeowners, churches and other nonprofits, as well as quick response to major storm damaged areas. Volunteers have the opportunity to join either a local outreach effort or a disaster relief effort. If you are interested in volunteering, email Kim Dreher – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM)
The mission of CFUM is to create a community that supports the potential of children, youth, and families through educational success, healthy living, and community engagement. CFUM provides morning meals, after-school programming, tutoring and meals for families balancing on the poverty line.
Christ in Action (CIA)
Christ in Action is a group of kids and their families who meet quarterly to share the love of Jesus Christ through project work with the local and world community. If you are interested in volunteering, email Trina Graen – email@example.com.
Delta Emerging Leadership Academy (DELTA)
DELTA is a three-year leadership training program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, with the goal of helping to raise up the next generation of Christian leaders. Using Jesus as the role model, DELTA seeks to inspire and equip young people to lead Christ-like change when they encounter situations that cry out in the world around them.
Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)
DMARC has been at the forefront of food assistance work for over 40 years, helping people get the food they need when they need it. DMARC serves over 15,000 individuals on a monthly basis, many of whom are children. In addition to food assistance, DMARC supports a Housing Stability Fund and promotes interfaith dialogue to work together to meet the basic human needs in our community.
Dorothy's House is a safe place for the practice of life for girls whose lives have been interrupted by sex trafficking. They offer a structured environment to rebuild hope for a future, not defined by the things that have happened in the past. If you are interested in volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Promise of Greater Des Moines
Family Promise of Greater Des Moines (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network-IHN) provides a way for the community to respond to the needs of homeless families with children. Religious groups unite to provide shelter, meals and compassionate assistance to these families. If interested in volunteering, email Jason Walke at email@example.com.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
FCA wants to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. Their mission is to present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.
Food & Clothing Donations (Outreach Night at Hope WDM)
The mission of Hope’s Outreach Night is to open our doors to people of all backgrounds – regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey – to show them the love of Christ and provide access to a variety of necessary essentials. Clothing and nonperishable grocery items are collected on alternating weeks throughout the month for Outreach Night.
Freedom For Youth Ministries
Freedom for Youth Ministries gives youth across Iowa hope through the love of Jesus Christ to break bondages, discover their God-given talents, and lead transformed lives. Their primary focus is reaching young people from kindergarten through 22-years-old with the gospel of Jesus Christ and making disciples. Their volunteer-driven programs also include tutoring, after-school activities, meals, job training, and residential services for post-high school students—all of which help young people stay in school, learn life skills, prepare for the workplace, and develop healthy relationships.
Hope’s Furniture Ministry provides individuals and families coming out of local homeless shelters with basic household necessities for their new homes. Most furniture items are needed. The donation will be picked up at your convenience and a donation letter will be provided for tax purposes. If you are interested in donating or volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawthorn Hill helps families with children that are experiencing homelessness. They provide emergency shelter and supportive housing for families. They also offer supportive services to assist families with achieving financial independence through education, job training and employment.
Hope Ministries is a Christ-centered shelter and recovery program that works to rescue those who are homeless, hungry, abused or addicted by providing opportunities for hope, recovery and restoration through the love of Jesus Christ.
Ingham Okoboji Bible Camp
This is a Bible camp located in Northwest Iowa. Their mission is simple: to know Jesus Christ and to make Christ known to all. The camps allow children and families to discover God the Father and Creator through the beauty of creation, experiencing the Holy Spirit's renewing power through caring community, and receiving the life-giving good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is what makes the camping ministry so impactful for every person in every generation.
InnerVisions Health Care
InnerVisions HealthCare allows women and men to receive compassionate, non-judgmental, and truthful information, sexual integrity education, and free medical care, empowering them to make the most informed, life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families.
Joppa is a local volunteer-based nonprofit organization that helps homeless people survive, get housing and rebuild their lives. Their mission is to create a community of unconditional love, support and hope for the homeless, as they work together to end homelessness in Central Iowa. On the first Sunday of each month, Hope provides volunteers and donations to assist in Joppa’s outreach efforts. Wherever unsheltered people are living, in and around Des Moines, volunteers visit with them – building relationships, providing survival supplies and helping with specific needs. Click here to sign up.
Joshua Christian Academy
JCA believes urban children should have the opportunity to experience the benefit of a Christ-Centered K-12 education. Small class size, parent involvement and Christian values and dedicated staff prayerfully challenges and prepares children to be all they can be academically, spiritually, and socially for the global marketplace.
Lutheran Services in Iowa
Lutheran Services in Iowa responds to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate services to children, families, and people with disabilities, the elderly and former refugees. LSI’s Refugee Community Services are there to help Iowa’s newest residents. They provide extended support and training for former refugees in Polk County through English classes, work readiness training, child care and parent education, elder services, and Global Greens, an urban agricultural program.
Meals for the Homeless
Lutheran Church of Hope members prepare and serve a meal on the fourth of each month at Central Iowa Shelter and Services (1420 Mulberry Street in Des Moines). The menu usually includes one warm dish, side dish, fruit, bread and dessert. They also provide milk, juice, cereal, coffee, sugar, peanut butter, etc. each month. Click here to sign up.
Meals from the Heartland
Meals from the Heartland empowers people to save the starving. They lead teams of volunteers who package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world.
Primary Health Care (PHC)
PHC is a nonprofit community health center dedicated to serving those that experience barriers to receiving care. They strive to find and successfully treat medical, dental and mental health conditions before they become serious enough to require hospitalization or emergency treatment.
Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp
Riverside Lutheran Bible Camp serves youth, families and adults by providing opportunities to retreat from the routine and dive into knowing God’s love on a more intimate level.
Ruth Harbor is a Christ-centered home, providing housing, programs and services resulting in positive life change for young women who have experienced an unplanned pregnancy.
Sandwiches for the Shelter
A small team of volunteers prepare 150 sandwiches per week for the Central Iowa Shelter. Another small team goes to CISS weekly, to prepare and serve sack lunches, which include sandwiches, bags of chips, fruit or applesauce, bags of cookies, and bottled water (all individually wrapped, single serving). Email Darcy Schulte email@example.com to sign up.
Waukee Area Christian Services (WACS)
WACS provides physical and spiritual nurturing to families on greater Des Moines’ west side, by offering food and medical assistance to those struggling to make ends meet. Supported by area churches, businesses and community organizations, WACS includes a food pantry, free medical clinic, and community garden.
Wildwood Hills Ranch of Iowa
Wildwood Hills Ranch works to transform lives and strengthen communities by providing healing, hope and God’s unconditional love to children and youth at-risk.
Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS)
YESS is the largest emergency shelter for kids in the State of Iowa, providing a safe haven for infants, children, and teens when they need it most. YESS also keeps kids safe in their own homes through a network of community-based services that create environments where families can thrive