We purchased six acres of land at 3800 E. Douglas, which includes the former Douglas Elementary School, in 2020. It’s a wonderful location with easy access to public transit. Our $14.3-million project will include renovation of a portion of the school building plus new construction. We removed the oldest, unusable portion of the building in summer 2021. We will move forward the next phase of construction—which includes a major renovation of the remaining building and construction of a new residential wing—as soon as the needed funds have been raised.
This new campus will allow us to serve three times as many women and children in need as we can today! Our current campus can serve around 35 individuals total…our new campus will have 100 beds. In addition to providing a safe haven, three meals a day and other essential needs, our campus will also offer job readiness training, substance abuse and trauma-informed counseling, practical life skills classes, educational opportunities, and so much more.
Great news! Thanks to two incredible donors, we have a $1 Million Matching Challenge happening right now which will DOUBLE the impact of your gift toward our Empowering Women. Uplifting the Community. campaign when received by the May 31 deadline.
Please give generously now so, together, we can help the growing number of women and children who are in need of food, safe shelter and other basic necessities!
This project will expand Central Iowa’s capacity to provide immediate residential services to homeless women and children. There are currently far more struggling women and kids in our area than beds available.
We’re not able to provide same-day check-in at our current Hope Center campus. We’re excited to change that when we move into our new space, allowing single women and moms with kids to check in at their most critical time of need.
The new campus will create spaces and flexibility for additional programming for women and children including classrooms, auditorium, fitness area, art therapy and outdoor gardening/recreation spaces.
From abuse to addiction to homelessness . . . Allison was desperate for hope and healing and she longed to be reunited with her boys. At her lowest low, she couldn’t have imagined living the life she does today, which includes employment and financial milestones that are preparing her for life outside our walls. Here’s the rest of her story…
When Brooke first came to us, her one goal was to be reunited with her children. All three kids had been removed from her care following a severe domestic violence incident involving her former partner. Her heartbreak threw her into a season of turmoil . . . but hard work and perseverance led to an amazing resolution. Here’s her joy-filled story of restoration (plus adorable photos!)…
Last summer, Vikki completed the CORE program at our Hope Center for Women and Children . . . and this January she celebrated a wonderful sobriety milestone! She’s come so far since her days of sleeping on the streets, in her car or even in dope houses. And today, she’s excited to be pursuing a new dream. Here’s Vikki’s “Where is She Now?” story.