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Review for Central Iowa Shelter & Services, Des Moines, IA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm an original Board Member of this wonderful and caring Shelter for over 100 men and women each night at no charge, who would otherwise be out on the harsh streets of Des Moines. I've seen the Shelter continue to expand, not only in it's basic programming, but in its vision for a round- the -clock care and housing for chronic homeless. The Board through the years has been unbelievably committed and visionary, sharing their passion with others in our Community to make it a household word of ultimate caring for those of the least of us. In addition to housing homeless, the Shelter provides 2 meals each day, a clinic sponsored by a local hospital, computer/GED classes, transportation to and from jobs for clients, and serves as the Community Kitchen in Des Moines Metro area, sending out over 450 meals each day to different meal sites for families, individuals and children at no charge.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The Shelter has grown,not only by the services provided, but by our stature and sense of place in the Community. This result is due partly to our current Director, who has reached out to city leaders, organizers and those who are influential in helping expand the Shelter. The Staff has risen to the occasion as well, providing caring and dignity to our clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help get our new building finished by next year, allowing more people a safe and welcoming environment. We're on our way, but time means more to those in need than the bystanders. We could also use more Social Workers to assist those to a place beyond homelessness.

Role:  Board Member & I meet with other members of the Board,setting policy, overseeing general Shelter operations,hiring the Shelter Director. I also coordinate volunteers who provide and serve a meal each night of the year.