Family promise

Mission & History

The mission of Family Promise of Greater Des Moines is "To mobilize our community to help homeless families achieve stable housing and income through compassionate care, hospitality and professional support."

Program Overview

Family Promise of Greater Des Moines (FPGD), formerly Des Moines Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, was incorporated as a non-profit organization in November 2002. The board of directors, with the assistance of a steering committee, took on the task of developing the organization, recruiting host congregations and volunteers, 

indentifying a site for the Day Center and developing a strategy for transporting our guests between the Day Center and host congregations. In March 2003, the organization was recognized as a 501(c) (3) by the IRS.

FPGD sheltered its first family on October 4, 2004. In the fall of 2005, FPGD moved its Day Center to Westminster Presbyterian Church, which generously offered office space and an area for the Day Center at no charge. Today, Westminster’s generosity saves FPGD more than $26,000 per year.

In November 2012, the Des Moines Area Interfaith Hospitality changed it’s name to Family Promise of Greater Des Moines to better reflect our affinity with Family Promise. This name also encompasses our promise to support and encourage our guests, whom we inherently believe all have the potential to be successful.

Aldersgate Host Congregation Volunteer Opportunities

Aldersgate host Family Promise twice a year creating opportunities to serve and help. Join other members of your congregation in extending a helping hand of hospitality to our guest families during your congregation’s host week. 

Volunteer opportunities include:

Setup and takedown

  • Rearrange furnishings to create space for sleeping and inflate air mattresses and make beds.
  • Put room furnishings back into their original places, deflate air mattresses, launder & store linens.

Prepare Dinner

  • Either at home or in the congregation’s kitchen
  • Typically, dinner courses are divided up between volunteers.

Evening Hosts

  • Socialize with guests or play games with children and/or adults.
  • Plan an activity for the children or help with homework.

Overnight Hosts

  • Join another member of your congregation and spend the night to insure safety and in case of an emergency. 
  • Wake guests the next morning and set out food for breakfast.

Driving the FPGD Van

  • Pick up guest families from Day Center at 5 p.m. Sunday – Saturday.
  • Return guest families to Day Center; Sunday-Friday by 7 a.m. & Saturday by 10 a.m.

Volunteer Drivers

Volunteer van drivers play a critical role in ensuring that our guests make

it safely from the Day Center to the host congregation and back again. To

be eligible to volunteer to drive our 15 passenger Variety Van, you must be

a member of one of the host or support congregations listed in this section

of our website. Our insurance company also requires that we conduct a

driver record background check annually on each person volunteering to

drive our van. A volunteer need only the standard state issued driver

license to drive our van.

Please complete the Volunteer Van Driver Agreement and return to the

coordinator at your host or support congregation so Family Promise of

Greater Des Moines can complete the driver record background check. You

may also scan and email the completed form to

The Volunteer Van Driver Policy explains what information in the

driver background check would make someone ineligible to drive our van.

Those volunteering to drive our van for the first time MUST view the van safety video below and attest that you’ve watched it on the Volunteer Van Driver Agreement.

Volunteer Van Driver Policy

15-Passenger Van Safety Video

Volunteer van drives are required to watch this video.

Volunteer Van Drive Application

When application is complete, please provide the form to your host coordinator.