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Empowering Women. Uplifting the Community.

Hope Ministries is creating a new center for women and children in need at 3800 E. Douglas in Des Moines—on our new Hope Ministries Steve Lankford Campus! 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 center 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. We’re renovating a portion of the school building plus building a new residential wing.

On September 15, 2022, we celebrated the groundbreaking at the new campus and unveiled its name: Hope Ministries Steve Lankford Campus. The campus is named in honor of Steven R. Lankford, former president and CEO of Boyer Valley Company, who passed away in 2016. Lankford was a long-time friend of Nix and Virginia Lauridsen, lead donors in our campaign to build a new women and children’s center.

At this site, we’ll serve three times as many women and children in need as we do currently! Our current Hope Center can serve around 35 individuals total…our new center will have 100 beds. In addition to providing a safe haven, three meals a day and other essential needs, our new center will also offer job readiness training, substance abuse and trauma-informed counseling, practical life skills classes, educational opportunities, and so much more.

As this construction nears completion, we’ll have a variety of work projects and opportunities for volunteer groups. Bookmark this page and stay tuned!

As our services for women and children grow, we need passionate women to come alongside Hope Ministries with your time, talents and treasure! We’re assembling an interest list of women who’d like to stay connected. Learn more and sign up here.

In addition to allowing us to serve more struggling women and children more effectively, our new center 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 center 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

Allison
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…

Brooke
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!)…

Vikki
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
kcoady@hopeiowa.org
(515) 265-7272