Ankeny First United Methodist Church is one of the founding members of the Ankeny Circle of Faith - an ecumenical group working with Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, dedicated to cooperatively raising funds, materials and volunteer labor to build houses for families in need. Formed in 2001, the Ankeny Circle of Faith has participated in the creation of seven Habitat homes.
The mission of Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity:
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity partners with God and all members of our community to build simple, decent housing which strengthens families and transforms neighborhoods through home ownership.
Habitat homes are sold to partner families at no profit and are financed with affordable no-interest loans. The home owner's monthly mortgage payments are used to build still more Habitat homes.
Affordable housing creates all sorts of possibilities for Habitat homeowners and their children. It was recently shared that the owner of one Circle of Faith home recently graduated from Drake University and is now teaching full time at a Des Moines high school.
Many Circle of Faith partner families have had similar success stories.