Family Promise

Family Promise of Greater Des Moines (FPGD) assists families experiencing homelessness through a network of 14 area faith-based host congregations that provide clean, safe overnight shelter and nutritious meals for a period of one week every season.  The host congregations provide each family with a private room for sleeping as well as dinner and food for breakfast and for packing a lunch. Each time First Unitarian hosts, about 100 volunteer job slots are filled to assist with meals, kitchen clean up, driving, and serving as evening and overnight hosts. Contact Elaine Imlau to learn more

During the pandemic families always stay at Westminster Presbyterian Church, home site of FP offices, in Beaverdale. Only meals and overnight hosts are needed from host churches .
Signup here to provide meals or overnight host for November 8-14:

Please mark your calendar with our Family Promise hosting dates for the year:

November 8-15, 2020
January 31-February 7,2021
April 18-25, 2021
July 4-11, 2021

FEDS: Feed Every Deserving Soul

The Social Justice task force concerned with hunger and hunger issues (commonly identified as the FEDS: feed every deserving soul/stomach) attempts to identify, pursue and facilitate projects for church members interested in helping to alleviate hunger in central Iowa. Activities since the FEDS inception in 2008 have included preparing and serving dinner monthly at the Central Iowa Homeless Shelter, quarterly at Children and Family Urban Movement (CFUM), and collecting for the DMARC Food Pantry. Contact: Bruce Martin,


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