What We Do

Family Promise of Greater Des Moines (FPGD) assists homeless families with children through a network of 14 area faith-based host congregations that provide clean, safe overnight shelter and nutritious meals for a period of one week every three months. The host congregations provide each family with a private room for sleeping as well as dinner and food for breakfast and for packing a sack lunch each day. Guests are provided a safe, secure place to be during the day at our Day Center, which is located at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Case management services are provided at the Day Center as well as:

  • Health care assessment and referrals through a partnership with Primary Health Care’s Homeless Outreach Program.

  • Short-term child care assistance through a partnership with Iowa Homeless Youth Centers.

  • Assistance organizing and executing a plan to secure employment or other income.

  • Limited transportation assistance until a family secures income.

  • Referrals for legal assistance through a partnership with Iowa Legal Aid.

Initial length of stay is 30 days, but a family may stay for up to 90 days. Families wishing to stay longer than 30 days must agree to a plan to save 80% of their income and actively work toward goals related to securing income and housing.

FPGD is one of only two family shelters in Des Moines with the capacity to serve families with a single male head of household, two parent families as well as multigenerational families.