Parish ambassadors serve as a liaison between Catholic Charities and parishioners. These volunteers help spread the word about the services provided by various Catholic Charities programs as well as raise awareness when there is a specific need for volunteers and donations. These programs include: St. Mary’s Family Center, St. Joseph’s Emergency Shelter and the Refugee Resettlement program. Contact: Kathy Avey 964.0359 Learn more
OLIH “Bread Brigade'“
Every Monday through Thursday, a pair of OLIHers loads up bread and baked goodies from Panera South (Delaware Ave in Ankeny) to deliver and re-package at the Catholic Charities Outreach Center on Hubbell in Des Moines. Time commitment is a couple of hours once or twice a month depending on your schedule. Contact Amy Wall, 964-3038 if you would like to help or just need more information about becoming part of this team.
Catholic Worker House
OLIH parishioners prepare and serve dinner on the 4th Friday of the month. Contact Jerry and Shelley Tegels 964-9474 if your group is interested in serving. Meal Information Guide
Learn more about the Catholic Worker House of Des Moines
Center for Social Ministry
Center for Social Ministry is an organization for educating and prompting Catholic Social Teaching. JustFaith and Engaging Spirituality are two programs that are offered locally. Contact: Susie Tierney Learn more about Learn more about the Center and JustFaith
Connection Café is a free lunch program for homeless and low income people in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. We serve lunch at noon every Monday-Friday to our honored guests.
OLIH parishioners prepare and serve two meals a month.
Learn more about the Connection Cafe
There are many food pantries in the Greater Des Moines area. Check the DMARC website for more information of food pantries in the area and ways that you can support or volunteer. Learn more
Habitat for Humanity
Through Ankeny Circle of Faith, a coalition of area churches, OLIH partners with Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity to create homeownership opportunities for low-income families. Financial donations are accepted year-round; please make checks payable to Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity and indicate Ankeny Circle of Faith on your memo line or accompanying note.
Our Habitat for Humanity ministry team seeks groups and individuals to help in a variety of ways. Opportunities include serving lunch, helping build or rehab houses, organizing fundraisers, leading prayer and more.
Learn more about the Greater Des Moines Habitat For Humanity Learn more about the Des Moines Habitat Restore