Darren, a guest of Family Promise of Greater Des Moines, addressing
the Summer Celebration crowd on June 16, 2017.
Summer Celebration raises $33,000 for homeless families with children
Despite unfavorable weather conditions for an outside event, Family Promise of Greater Des Moines still held its Summer Celebration and Silent Auction, raising more than $33,000 for homeless Central Iowa families with children. The event, moved indoors when the forecast looked rainy, was held June 16, 2017, and attracted a passionate crowd of approximately 130 staff, volunteers and donors.
Event sponsors Sammons Financial Group and R&R Reality Group provided food, drinks and music while attendees bid on silent auction items. A guest of Family Promise of Greater Des Moines, Darren, addressed the crowd to thank them for their support of his family — his wife and two children — while they worked to improve their lives and gain stable employment. “There’s no way I could say ‘thank you’ enough,” Darren said.
The fundraiser was organized to support Family Promise
services to families experiencing homelessness.
Did you miss the Summer Celebration? It's not too late to donate! Give online now or mail donations
to Family Promise of Greater Des Moines, 4114 Allison Ave., Des Moines, IA 50310
Candis and Makayah Allen in their family’s newly refurbished car at
Ankeny Auto Body on Thursday, July 13, 2017.
Recycled Rides donates car
to deserving local family
Candis and Michael Allen, hard-working parents of four, experienced a series of incidents beyond their control, leading
to unemployment and homelessness.
After an unexpected job loss and eviction from their home two years ago, Candis Michael and their children, ages 3–17, turned to Family Promise of Greater Des Moines for shelter. Both quickly found new jobs and the family moved into an apartment
of their own.
However, since they didn’t have a car, Michael and Candis had
to ride the bus and walk the rest of the way to work. The bus schedule was inconsistent, and they were often late. Within a month of leaving Family Promise, both Michael and Candis had lost their jobs. 
As with many obstacles that seem insurmountable, one small change can make a huge difference. Since the family’s troubles stemmed from lack of reliable transportation, the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides™ — a program to repair and donate cars to those in need — presented the family with keys
to a newly refurbished car on Thursday, July 13, 2017. 
Recycled Rides collaborated with local organizations to help the family of six, including Family Promise of Greater Des Moines,
R. Jones Collision 1, State Farm (which donated the vehicle), Ankeny Auto Body1 technicians (who assisted with repairs) and collision repair students at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) (who volunteered their time and talent to refurbish the car as a community service project).
After receiving the keys to the car Candis stated, “Thank you for everyone coming together as a community to help out my family."
Candis and Michael are both employed again, and thanks to the Recycled Rides program, they’re well on their way to financial independence and a brighter future. 
Click on the links below to see local media stories covering the donation!
Calling all volunteers
If you’re passionate about helping homeless families in Central Iowa stay together while they get back on their feet, we invite you to join one of our board sub-committees. For more information, please contact Dave Morse, board president, at dave@davemorselaw.com.
  • Public Relations/Marketing — The PR/Marketing Committee helps communicate special events and important information to volunteers, donors, host church partners and metro media outlets.

  • CFCO Community Committee — This committee, made up of members of the greater community and FPGD board, plans our annual Comfort Food Cook-Off fundraiser. The fundraiser is a competition between our 19 congregations to see who can make the best comfort-food dish. You don’t have to be an expert event planner to help out.


In addition to financial gifts, in-kind donations are also extremely important to the success of our organization. Please drop off any of the following items at:

Family Promise of Greater Des Moines
4114 Allison Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday through Friday
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday.
  • Deodorant
  • African American hair products
  • Resume paper and envelopes
  • Ink cartridges (Epson 252)
  • Double-high Coleman twin and queen
    air mattress with a pump
  • Kleenex/paper towels
  • Dish sponges/scrubber
Make an online financial donation here!
Thank you for supporting the families we serve!

Our Mission:
To mobilize our community to help homeless families achieve stable housing
and income through compassionate care, hospitality and 
professional support.
Join a committee:
• Public Relations/
• CFCO Community
Contact: dave@davemorselaw.com for more information
The 2016 Family Promise of Greater Des Moines annual report is now available to download online!
• Deodorant
• African American
  hair products
• Resume paper and
• Ink cartridges
  (Epson 252)
• Double-high Coleman
  twin and queen air
  mattress with a pump
• Kleenex/paper towels
• Dish sponges/scrubber
For more information, visit www.familypromisedm.org
Host Congregations:
• Aldersgate UMC
• Ankeny First UMC
• Faith Lutheran
• First Unitarian
• Holy Trinity Lutheran
• Lutheran Church of Hope
• Our Lady’s Immaculate
• Plymouth United Church
  of Christ
• Ss. John & Paul Parish
• St. Stephen Lutheran
• Urbandale United Church
  of Christ
• Walnut Hills UMC
• Westminster Presbyterian
• Windsor Heights Lutheran
Support Congregations:
• Holy Trinity Catholic
• St. Pius X Catholic Church
• St. Theresa Church of
  the Child Jesus
• West Des Moines
  Christian Church

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