Mission & Purpose
Guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church, we serve all in need with compassion and competence, advocate for justice, & encourage all people of good will to share in these efforts.
601 Grand Ave., Des Moines
Volunteer Opportunities Available for Individuals, Families, and Groups
St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter
Meal Providers: Volunteers can provide a dinner at the homeless shelter for families in several ways: come to the shelter with the ingredients to prepare the meal, or prepare the meal ahead of time and deliver it to the shelter by 6pm on your assigned evening. Volunteers are welcome to stay and eat with the guests and staff. The average number of guests is about 30. (Please keep the maximum number of volunteers cooking at the shelter to 5.)
Call 515-282-1235 for more information or to sign up to prepare a meal.
A refugee is a person who is forced to flee their home and country because of persecution due to race, religion, nationality, ethnicity, political opinion or social group. Volunteers can help welcome this resilient and courageous population through setting up apartments, providing bus training, teaching English classes and sorting donations.
Hispanic Community Outreach
Spanish speaking volunteers can assist during our bilingual computer classes for Spanish-speaking adults. Volunteers are needed during spring, summer and fall sessions for both day-time and evening classes.
Volunteers can take up a collection for Refugee Resettlement, St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter and St. Mary Family Center. Collections can include baby items, kitchen supplies, personal care items, cleaning supplies, new children’s socks/underwear, etc. go to www.CatholicCharitiesDM.org for a complete list of items needed.