The Diocese of Des Moines
Blogging the Build - St. Joseph Shelter Expansion Updates
St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter under construction.
Blogging the Build - St. Joseph Shelter Expansion Updates
August 2, 2010
Written By: Trish Radke

Seventy-five families were turned away from St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter in June because the shelter was full.  Seventy-five families, comprised of moms, dads, infants, toddlers, teenagers, even grandmas and grandpas, sought a place to stay because they had no place else to go.

When the case manager at St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter shared that number with me a few weeks ago it made me realize the true significance of the St. Joseph expansion. More families are finding themselves in need of assistance and Catholic Charities is working to respond to this increased need by doubling the size of St. Joseph’s, the only emergency shelter in Polk County where everyone in the family is able to stay together.
Anyone who has been to the five bedroom, two story house knows that it is as charming and homey as going to “Grandma’s House”. This charm and warmth is being multiplied through the construction which is keeping the architectural integrity of the home while providing updates that will assure guests find themselves in a respectful and dignified environment.
Construction began in the spring and is slated for completion at the end of September, so things are moving along quickly.  Since the building and grounds are changing by the minute, I invite you to check back daily as we post updates including photos of the progress.
Through the month of August we will share updates about the construction, information about the amazing people who are making this project possible and stories about families who have made St. Joseph their home. Save to