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Ribbon cutting & blessing marks completion of St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter expansion
St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter. Photo by Jacob Sharp.
Ribbon cutting & blessing marks completion of St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter expansion
November 2, 2010
Written By: Trish Radke

This afternoon, Catholic Charities board and committee members, staff, shelter guests, the expansion committee and supporters of St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter will celebrate the completion of the expansion effort.


And what an effort it has been! The remodeled home looks amazing and will increase the quality of services Catholic Charities is able to provide to homeless families.


Bishop Pates will be in attendance and will do a special blessing of the renovated shelter, which is the only emergency family shelter in Polk County that keeps the entire family unit together, including mom, dad and children of all ages. Funded by an I-JOBS grant, a major gift from the Thomas J. Moreland Charitable Fund, as well as contributions from the community, the new shelter includes additional bedrooms, an upgraded kitchen, expanded dining room, handicap accessibility and a play room. 


Click here for more information about the expansion project!


The ribbon cutting celebration is from 4-6 p.m. today and will include tours, a ribbon cutting and a blessing ceremony. A larger, public Open House will be held on Sunday, December 5 from 1-5 p.m. in conjunction with No Room at the Inn, St. Joseph Shelter's annual fundraiser and awareness event. Learn more about No Room at the Inn, including plans for a very special addition to the exhibition of nativity displays!   


We hope you will join us for one of these celebrations of the renovated shelter and continue to keep those in need of shelter like St. Joseph in your thoughts and prayers. Save to


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