Help families get out of homelessness through A Community Thrivs

Family Promise of Greater Des Moines partners with 14 Des Moines congregations to provide clean, safe overnight shelter and nutritious meals to homeless families with children. The organization also has a centralized drop-in center where families have a safe home base while they work to find employment and permanent accommodation.

With a shortage of affordable housing in Polk County and rising inflation, many families continue to need extended follow-up after transitioning out of homelessness.

“Transportation is a big expense for the families we work with,” said Skye Lawson, the organization’s development and communications coordinator. “We work with a mother and her teenage son who left the program in 2021. Every month since then they have returned and secured two bus passes for the mother to get to work and her son to get to work. get where it needs to go. Bus passes cost almost $50 each, which helps a lot. Other families are coming in for help with gas money, especially now that gas is so expensive.

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“There can be a lot of hurdles to getting back on your feet after homelessness,” Lawson said. “Gas money and other aid allows them to remove barriers so they can eventually do these things on their own. We are really proud of the families we work with.

In 2021, Family Promise provided 3,362 nights of accommodation, 10,086 meals and ongoing support to dozens of families. The organization hopes to raise $10,000 to help cover the cost of these services.

How you can help

You can donate to help Family Promise of Greater Des Moines through A Community Thrives, an initiative of the Gannett Foundation.

Family Promise is one of 17 nonprofit organizations in Iowa focused on community building eligible for crowdfunding and grants from the Gannett Foundation.

To donate to Family Promise or another nonprofit, go to Search by location or category, find a cause to support, and donate by August 12 to participate in the Community Thrives Challenge.

Organizations keep all funds raised through crowdfunding and some will share $2 million in grants from the Gannett Foundation. The grants are expected to be announced in October.

Iowa Organizations Participating in A Community Thrivs

Go to contribute to these organizations during the fundraising period until August 12).

  • Central Iowa Wind Ensemble, Ankeny
  • Civic Music Association, Des Moines
  • Community Health Resources, Bettendorf
  • Everyone wins! Iowa, Des Moines
  • Greater Des Moines Family Promise, Des Moines
  • Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, Urbandale
  • Highland Park Community Development Association Inc., Des Moines
  • Home Allies Inc., Ames
  • Iowa Service Dogs, West Des Moines
  • Living Kingdom Iowa, Des Moines
  • Martha’s House of Hope, Ames
  • Shalom Community Impact Centre, Urbandale
  • Shelter House, Iowa City
  • The Southeast Iowa Arc, Iowa City
  • Center for Afrofuturist Studies, Iowa City
  • United Upper Nile South Sudanese Community Association in Iowa, Des Moines
  • Young Men’s Christian Association of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines

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