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

Online signup links are available about one month before each hosting week. Watch for announcements here and on Facebook. Our hosting dates for the Family Promise year 2019-2020 are as follows:

September 15-22, 2019

December 15-22, 2019

March 1-8, 2020

May 24-31, 2020

August 23-30, 2020


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,


First Unitarian is a dues paying member institution of Des Moines Area Religious Council. Click here to learn more.