Someone once said, "Working together, ordinary people can perform extraordinary feats. ". This was certainly true last weekend when 52 people gathered together to make a difference in Des Moines. On Saturday, January 7th, members from Taproot Church, Des Moines Gospel Church, Normandy Park Christian Church, Sterling Savings Bank and the Federal Way High School Honors Society met at the Federal Way Multi Services Center Homeless Shelter on South Military Road. Their mission was simple: to completely repaint five homes as a part of the Family Shelter Unit Project adopted by The Rotary Club of Des Moines.
When asked about the success of the day's event, Steve Swank, the Committee Service Chair of the Rotary Club of Des Moines, remarked, "It was amazing to see the way that all of the volunteers bonded together as a team for the purpose of creating a quality living environment for future residents of this shelter. We committed to painting five homes and we didn't stop until the work was done!"
The Family Shelter Unit Project is funded by the Rotary District 5030 Homelessness Grant. The Rotary Club of Des Moines applied for the grant and contacted Federal Way Multi-Service Center (MSC) to determine that there was a need. The center oversees the transitional housing shelter in Des Moines with the goal of helping homeless families get off the street and eventually into more permanent housing. The shelter serves over 800 people each year and has a waiting year list of 1,400. With the rapid turnover of families moving in and out of the shelter, there is a constant need to completely repaint the units and replace furniture. For more information about the Family Shelter Unit Project or to get involved, please contact Steve Swank at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information about the Rotary Club of Des Moines, please visi our website at www.dmrotary.org.
Photos courtesy of Steve Swank.