What We Do

Rescue. Recovery. Restoration.

Meeting basic needs today. Giving hope for tomorrow.

We’re here to help hurting people in Central Iowa

Every day hurting people in Central Iowa are without safe, stable housing. Many don’t know how they’ll get their next meal. Abuse, addiction, incarceration and other painful circumstances have shattered their confidence and independence. We are here to help.

Our rescue services offer safe shelter, nutritious meals, free clothing and more, and our long-term life recovery programs are meant to break the cycles of homelessness, abuse, addiction, incarceration and chronic poverty. Every day we’re meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of men, women and children! 

Free Community Meals

We serve 450+ free meals each day to anyone in the community.

Men’s Emergency Shelter

We provide short-term shelter for homeless men at Bethel Mission (1310 6th Avenue).

Life Recovery Programs

Our residential, long-term life recovery programs for men, single women and mothers with children work to break the cycles of homelessness, abuse, addiction, chronic poverty and other struggles.

ENCORE Thrift Stores

Our thrift stores offer reasonably priced new and used clothing, furniture and household items at two locations in Des Moines.

More Help & Hope

In addition to our food, shelter and life recovery programs, we also offer these opportunities for additional help and hope:

FREE CLOTHING

In partnership with local agencies, we provide free clothing vouchers to our ENCORE Thrift Stores. Call (515) 265-7272 to find out more.

HOPE ON THE STREETS

Every Saturday, our staff and volunteers visit those living on the streets of Downtown Des Moines to distribute basic necessities and to offer encouragement and information about our services.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

We work closely with other critical service providers including veterans’ resources, medical services and education providers.

HOLIDAY MEALS

On holidays, we deliver meals to the Des Moines community. Check our holiday page for meal reservation sign-up in the weeks leading up to each holiday.

HOPE PRISON OUTREACH

We connect with current inmates approaching parole to determine if our programs are a good fit and help former inmates during their transition back into society.

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By partnering with us, you'll help offer
men, women and children the solutions
that give hope and change lives
through God's love.

By partnering with us, you'll help offer
men, women and children the solutions
that give hope and change lives
through God's love.

By partnering with us, you'll help offer men,
women and children the solutions that give
hope and change lives through God's love.

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