Each night in Polk County, more than 400 adults and children in families are homeless; half are children. The impact of losing a home is traumatic, especially for children. The resulting instability creates insecurity, worry, low self-esteem, and difficulty focusing in school and studying.

At the Des Moines Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (DMIHN) we strive to create a safe, stable and nurturing environment for the children as well as to support the efforts of their parents in securing employment and housing.


Volunteers put the "Hospitality" in Interfaith Hospitality Network!

Volunteers put the “hospitality” in Interfaith Hospitality Network by creating a home-like atmosphere where guests can receive what they need: rest, hope, respect, confidence boosting and a sense of control in their lives. During the host week, volunteers prepare meals, play with children, help out with homework and offer a listening ear for parents after a long day.

  • Annually, more than 1,000 volunteers (adults, youth and children) donate their time to provide hospitality to IHN guest families.
  • In 2010, our host and support congregations:
    • Amassed 10,000 volunteer hours
    • Provided more than 3,000 nights of lodging and more than 9,000 meals!
  • The monetary value of these volunteers’ time, and resulting savings to DMIHN:  $167,700!!*

* Monetary value calculated at the average dollar value of volunteer time for the state of Iowa of 16.77 per hour as determined by the Independent Sector (http://indpendentsector.org).


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Host congregations provide homeless families a clean, safe overnight shelter and nutritious meals for one week every three months.

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Mission Satement 

To mobilize our community to help homeless families achieve stable housing and income through compassionate care, hospitality and professional support.