Ways to Get Involved with Social Justice

There are many different ways that you can become involved and make a difference in the lives of others. 

AMOS  - A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy
AMOS is a non-partisan, grass roots community organization that works through area churches and social service institutions.  AMOS brings ordinary people together to craft creative solutions to the real issues that impact central Iowa families. 

Family Promise
Family Promise strives to create a safe, stable and nurturing environment for the children as well as to support the efforts of their parents in securing employment and housing.

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.

More ways to get involved in the Ankeny/Des Moines area:

  • Family Promise: Homeless families stay at OLIH for one week each quarter. Volunteers are needed to visit with families and provide meals. Contact Todd Halbach, 515.494.4714 for more information.

  • Habitat for Humanity contact Mary Reichter, 515.964.3038.

  • JustFaith: offers an opportunity for participants to experience a spiritual journey into compassion.

  • Des Moines Catholic Worker House: Monthly meals are prepared and served in Des Moines the 4th Friday of the month. Contact Jerry & Shelley Tegels, 515.964.9474 if your group is interested in serving.

  • Catholic Charities: Support and promote Catholic Charities services and events including the annual No Room at the Inn event, which supports St. Joseph’s Family Shelter. Also collect items for the Refugee program (items may be dropped off at the OLIH Office and left at Kathy’s chair)

  • Connection Café: Meals are prepared and served in downtown Des Moines. Contact: Jane Alderman, 515.965.5944, if you would like to join a group.

  • Coffee Project: Coffee direct from El Salvador is available for purchase the 1st Sunday of each month. Purchasing this coffee ensures the farmers and laborers are paid a just wage and supports local community projects. Contact: Jeanette Bauer, 515.963.1318,

  • Alternative Gift Mart: Gift ideas that support “fair trade” products and several charities are offered for sale. The Gift Mart is held every other year in November.

  • Bread for the World Offering of Letters: a letter-writing effort to rally legislative support for combating world hunger and poverty. The letters are written before and after Masses one weekend during Lent. This year it is March 30 & 31, 2019.

  • Ankeny Substance Abuse (ASAP)