The Diocese of Des Moines
Catholic Charities in the news!
November 24, 2010
Written By: Trish Radke

Our outreach centers have been extremely busy these last few weeks and the media has been capturing many of our efforts to assist people in need. Check out the following stories on WHO TV and KCCI.


At St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter, staff have been gearing up to increase the number of families staying at the shelter. Thanks for the recent remodel and expansion, the shelter can accomodate up to 10 families.  The public is invited to tour the new facility during No Room at the Inn coming up Dec. 5.


A metro shelter for families is celebrating a new expansion but says the demand for help is continuing to grow. The St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter in Des Moines is the only shelter in Polk County that keeps homeless families together.
At St. Mary Family Center, volunteers have given out 450 hams and turkeys since last Thursday. Manager, Susie Paloma said that they distributed 120 food boxes last Thursday (a record for one day), 107 food boxes on Friday and another 90 on Monday. Many of the food boxes distributed were to new families, indicating a disturbing trend in the number of families seeking assistance.
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines Area Religious Council pantries are serving on average 400-500 new families per month who have never before requested emergency food from the DMARC network. Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

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