What happens to someone who is living in Dallas County, far from their family, paycheck to paycheck, who then loses their job? And then their landlord evicts them? There are no homeless shelters or daily community soup kitchens in Dallas County, yet there are homeless individuals and families. In fact, women with children is the fastest growing type of homeless persons.
Hope Ministries, based in Des Moines, is a 100-year-old mission that welcomes people from the surrounding counties. They serve over 12,300 meals per month, and provide 4,700 persons an overnight stay each month.
The goal of Hope Ministries is to end the cycle of homelessness, giving the people they help the ability to become self-sufficient. Their philosophy of “housing next” (as opposed to “housing first”) drives their programming to emphasize long-term life recovery skills, not just a cot for that night.
The many Hope Ministries programs and services include classes at shelters for men, women and children, free meals daily at the Hope Café, thrift stores and free clothing closets, and outreach to veterans and to newly released prisoners.
Hope Ministries is privately funded. Offers of donations, including in-kind donations can be directed to 515-265-7272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.