Never before has spending two hours sorting books and shoes felt more rewarding than at the Hope Ministries’ Bargain Center in Des Moines.
Hope Ministries is a great place to get involved in the community and spiritually connect with others. Their sole purpose is to provide love and services to the least, lost and broken in Des Moines. Hope Ministries is a Christ-centered, faith-based ministry, and is one of the largest non-denominational ministries in Iowa focusing on homelessness and hunger issues.
The Hope Bargain and Community Outreach Center, where I volunteered this morning, is just one of the many services that Hope offers. The Bargain Center is a thrift store, donation and recycling center, central distribution center, and volunteer hub. Churches from all across the state bring volunteers to help sort donations, including my own church, the Des Moines Vineyard.
Once a month, the Des Moines Vineyard partners with Hope for a community outreach project, whether at the Bargain Center or visiting the homeless tent camps and praying for the men there. The main purpose of the ministry is to reach out to the homeless in Des Moines and bring them to the Bethel Mission, which is their emergency shelter for homeless and displaced men. It is at Bethel Mission that our church also leads a chapel service once a month. Many churches volunteer to lead chapel services, which men are required to attend each night.
Once men are at the Bethel Mission facility, they are encouraged to follow Hope’s long-term recovery program, the Door of Faith. No matter which path the men follow, Hope strives to share the love of Christ with the men who stay there. Hope provides resources to find apartments and jobs and helps free the men from addictions.
Hope Ministries also offers recovery for women at the Hope Family Center, which is their long-term residential and life recovery center for homeless women and children.
If you’re looking for a place to get involved with a spiritual group that is doing great things in Des Moines, check out the Hope Ministries website today.