Future Campus for Women and Children

Empowering Women. Uplifting the Commmunity.

Hope Ministries is creating a new campus for women and children in need at 3800 E. Douglas in Des Moines. This new center will be a safe refuge for hurting single women and moms with children, meeting their immediate needs while empowering and equipping them for lasting life change. The campus will include 50 short-term beds and 50 long-term life recovery beds.

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.

In addition to allowing us to serve more struggling women and children more effectively, our new campus will also:

Expand Community Capacity

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.

Allow Same-Day Check-In

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.

Provide Space & Flexibility

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.

Changed Lives & Brighter Futures—Thanks to YOU

A Great Job & Financial Independence

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…

A Family Reunited

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!)…

The Joy of Sobriety & A New Dream

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.

To learn more, please contact:

Kathy Coady, Director of Development
(515) 265-7272