The Diocese of Des Moines
Summer service projects
St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter under construction. Photo by Jacob Sharp.
Summer service projects
July 19, 2010
Written By: Trish Radke

 Even though school is not in session, many youth find that they still need to meet service hour requirements during the summer months. Some youth are even looking for special projects to occupy some of their time as we move into the dog days of summer.


An easy service project for this age group-- and all ages for that matter-- is to host a housewarming party for St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter. The shelter is undergoing a major remodel and expansion that will double its size. Serving more homeless families matters now more than ever-- the shelter's case worker reported that they had to turn away 75 families in the month of June because the shelter was at full capacity.


As the only emergency shelter in Polk County that keeps the entire family unit together, household items from highchairs to bathroom rugs are needed to make the new house a warm and comfortable home for families.


Hosting a housewarming party with your church, neighborhood, sports team or friends is easy!
1.       Go to and look for a list of items needed for the shelter or
2.       Go to to preview items on the St. Joseph Target Gift Registry (First Name: St Joseph Shelter, Last Name: Catholic Charities).
For more information about the project or how you can help contact Trish Radke. Save to