Family Promise

The Des Moines Area Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network) assists homeless families with children through a network of 13 religious congregations that provide clean, safe overnight shelter and nutritious meals for a period of one week every three months. Ankeny First United Methodist Church participates as a host congregation for the DMIHN.

During our hosting week, Ankeny First provides each family with a private room for sleeping at our Faith Chapel location. We also provide supper and breakfast at Faith Chapel, and food for packing a sack lunch each day. Guests are provided a safe, secure place to be during the day at the DMIHN Day Center which is located at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Des Moines. At the Day Center, guest have access to showers and laundry facilities as well as a telephone with answering machine, daily newspaper and the Internet to assist in their employment and housing searches.

Volunteering for Family Promise is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with families experiencing homelessness. Volunteer opportunities involve provision of an evening meal, evening hospitality, overnight hospitality, driving the Family Promise van, set-up/take down or laundry of bedding at the conclusion of the hosting week. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to express your willingness to help. We can get you connected to the people coordinating the various opportunities. We will be hosting the following dates:
    • Please visit back soon to find next dates. December 17-24

Testimonial from a Family Promise volunteer:

"For me, being a Family Promise volunteer is all about fulfilling Mathew 25:40, 'I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.' When we provide a friendly, welcoming temporary home for our IHN guests and ensure that all members of a family can stay together we realize our mission to seek, grow, serve in Christ. Being a volunteer is truly a blessing in my life."