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.
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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."