Who We Are

The compassion to rescue
A passion to restore

Hope Ministries has been serving people in need in central Iowa since 1915. We provide food, clothing, shelter and life recovery programs for men, women and children out of seven ministry centers around Des Moines. 

Our Mission

To rescue those who are homeless, hungry, abused or addicted, providing opportunities for hope, recovery and restoration through the love of Jesus Christ.

Welcome Friends!

Welcome to Hope Ministries! I’m glad you’ve found our website today and encourage you to dig deeper into these pages to discover more about our ministry and how we’re giving hope and changing lives.

Since 1915, Hope Ministries has faithfully served people in Central Iowa experiencing homelessness, hunger, abuse or addiction. Our services are offered freely to anyone who comes here seeking help to overcome huge challenges in their lives and hope for a brighter future.

The support of our generous donors and volunteers makes it possible to rescue hurting men, women and children, meeting their immediate need for food, clothing and shelter. Our life recovery programs offer a clear path forward to those who need the love of Jesus in their lives and guidance out of desperate situations.

Your partner in ministry,

Leon Negen

Hope Ministries

Our Core Values

  1. We honor God by trusting and obeying Him.
    • We seek to serve Jesus Christ and discern what God’s will is for us—individually and as an organization
    • We strive for excellence, seeking to “run the race” with our best efforts and with our eyes focused squarely on Christ.
    • We strive for integrity, seeking to be transparent in motive, action and conduct so that Jesus Christ can be seen clearly through us.
  2. We are stewards of God’s resources.
    • We manage carefully every resource God brings to us, knowing that each gift is provided by God’s hand through the efforts of others.
    • We proactively prepare for the future, knowing that stability is essential to the consistent rendering of God’s work.
    • We demand of ourselves high standards of competence and performance and accept the need to be accountable through appropriate structures for achieving these standards.
  3. We value people.
    • We are called to serve those in need, to relieve their suffering and to promote the transformation of their condition of life.
    • We value donors and volunteers highly, providing for them a conduit through which they can serve God and their fellow man.

We seek to provide quality opportunities and experiences to our employees, providing them with opportunities for personal, spiritual and professional growth.

Statement of Faith

We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His future return in power and glory.

We believe that the Holy Spirit personally indwells all believers, bearing witness to their relationship with God; and imparts spiritual enlightenment, conviction of sin, and divine power for witnessing and service.

We believe the Bible, as contained in the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired written Word of God. As such it is infallible and authoritative in all moral and spiritual teaching.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved to eternal blessedness and joy, and of the lost to judgment and eternal conscious punishment.

Our desire is that all people will place their trust in Jesus Christ. We believe it is essential for all people to believe in Jesus as their Savior and receive Him as their Lord by the regeneration of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that God alone holds the power to set us free from the bondage of sin, addictions, and compulsions that destroy the quality of life that God intends for us to live.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ and that we should speak with a united voice for the welfare of the community.

History of Hope Ministries

  • 1915: Bethel Mission opens
  • 1969: Door of Faith opens
  • 1999: Leaders of both organizations begin talking about joining forces
  • 2000: Bethel Mission and Door of Faith merge to become Hope Ministries
  • 2003: Newly constructed Door of Faith opens on SW 9th Street
  • 2004: Hope Center for Women and Children opens
  • 2005: Construction of Hope Café community meal site
  • 2013-14: Thrift store is renamed ENCORE Thrift Store and relocates to Merle Hay Road; second location opens on Army Post Road
  • 2015: Hope Ministries celebrates 100 years of Hope

Homelessness in Central Iowa

There is a clear and pressing need for programs and services for homeless and hurting people in Central Iowa–and throughout our state and country.
11,890

Iowans were homeless in 2016

32

were from Polk County

24

of households struggling with homelessness include children

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YOU can
give hope!

YOU can give hope!

YOU can give hope!

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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