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.