Welcome - From the Director

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.  We do this through a network of 12 area religious congregations who provide shelter and nutritious meals for one week every three months.  During their host week, volunteers from the congregation create a home-like atmosphere where guests can receive what they need: rest, hope, respect, confidence boosting and a sense of control in their lives.  On average, this network of more than 1,000 volunteers amasses more than 10,000 volunteer hours, provides more than 3,000 nights of lodging and serves more than 9,100 meals annually.

As you browse our website, you’ll find additional information about DMIHN –accessing services, joining our network as a Host or Support Congregation, volunteering either as a host congregation or at our Day Center, and making a financial contribution – an investment, if you will, in the lives of our guest families and their children.

If you’re not actively involved with the Des Moines Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, I invite you today to become a part of our “community response to homelessness”. 


Jim Cain
Network Director



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