Ribbon is cut, but work to help homeless families remains ongoing task for entire community
Just five years ago Tom Moreland stood in the kitchen at St. Joseph Shelter and cooked his first meal for the families staying at shelter.
Last night, Tom stood in that same space for the blessing and ribbon cutting of the newly renovated shelter that he helped build, not only through his million dollar gift, but also through his compassion and his sincere desire to share the many gifts God has blessed him with.
"As we celebrate the new shelter, let us not forget that there are people right here in Des Moines that won't have a place to stay tonight and that don't have a roof over their head," Tom said during the ceremony. "We have to keep fighting poverty."
Board and committee members, staff, volunteers, construction crews, architects and shelter supporters also attended the celebration of the completion of St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter last night. Bishop Richard Pates blessed the renovated home that has been remodeled to include 5 additional bedrooms, an upgraded kitchen, expanded dining room, handicap accessibility and a play room. All of which will contribute to, "Giving them [shelter guests] the best shot at returning to self-sufficiency," Nancy Galeazzi, Executive Director at Catholic Charities stated at last nights ceremony.
I encourage you to stop by for your own tour on Sunday, Dec. 5 between 1-5 p.m. The shelter (1535 11th Street in Des Moines) will be open to the public for tours in conjunction with No Room at the Inn, our annual awareness event for St. Joseph Shelter.
As Tom reminded us last night-- there is still so much work to be done and so many people who need help. Your continued support and prayers for all families trying to make ends meet, is so appreciated!