What We Do
At Hope Ministries, we believe in a holistic approach to meeting the needs of hurting men, women and children. That's why we provide both rescue services and long-term life recovery programs meant to help individuals and families break the cycles of homelessness, addiction, abuse and poverty.
We are currently serving more than 14,000 meals each month! We can shelter up to 260 people each night at our residential ministry centers:
- Bethel Mission: our emergency shelter for men, open since 1915
- Door of Faith: our long-term life recovery center for men, open since 1969
- Hope Center for Women and Children: our short-term shelter and long-term life recovery center for single women and mothers with children, open since 2004
Our other ministry centers include:
- Hope Cafe: our community dining hall serving three free meals every day
- ENCORE Thrift Stores: offering low-cost, good-quality clothing, household goods, shoes, furniture and more at two locations (4640 Merle Hay Road and 500 E. Army Post Road)
- Administrative Offices: housing our business, HR and development offices
Bethel Mission: Emergency Shelter for Men
Through our rescue services, we are providing the basic necessities of life for those in need in central Iowa—including shelter, food and clothing. While with us, individuals and families receive three meals a day, clothing and other personal care necessities, and Christian love and guidance. And our case managers offer referrals to vital community resources, including our long-term life recovery programs.
We also serve the community at large through our meals program, providing three free meals every day of the year at our Hope Café, and through our clothing voucher program.
The goal of our long-term life recovery programs is to address the root causes of homelessness, chronic poverty, addiction and other life struggles and help our recovery residents become productive members of society. Our programs are free.
Our program for men lasts one year; our program for women and children lasts up to two years. Guests at both our Bethel Mission and Hope Center for Women and Children who are ready to make a commitment to long-term change and accountability start out by participating in the first phase of our recovery program. The first phase for men lasts one month; for women and children, two to three months. This is a time of structured transition. Each student has a personalized care plan involving reading assignments, class participation, Bible study and addiction counseling. Recovery residents agree to intentional accountability.
After completing the first phase of our recovery program, men transfer to our Door of Faith long-term recovery center. Women and children continue to stay at our Hope Center, but they move to one of our long-term recovery houses.
Our recovery programs have six main areas of emphasis. We work with residents in all of these areas through individualized case management and program classes, but also through off-site programs, churches and mentoring groups.
- Spiritual Life: At Hope Ministries, we believe true life change begins with a heart transformation. While we do not require our residents to be Christians, we let them know they will hear us talk about Jesus Christ. They will also participate in devotions and/or chapel services.
- Recovery: Our substance abuse counselor works with men and women struggline with drug and alcohol addiction. We also address other issues--such as chronic poverty, abuse, pornography or gambling addiction--through meetings with case managers and both on- and off-site support groups and program classes.
- Life Skills: Life skills classes include practical and tangible topics such as financial management, parenting, computer basics, etc., as well as personal life skills such as anger management, problem-solving, conflict management, healthy boundaries, etc.
- Education: We believe education is an important piece of the recovery process. That’s why in addition to our program classes, our case managers work with residents to receive their G.E.D. while in our long-term recovery program.
- Health & Wellness: We educate residents on nutrition and health and wellness. We also have outside groups, including local college nursing students who teach residents about health and nutrition. And we help our residents access medical care if needed.
- Work Skills Training / Business Practicum: We want to make sure our residents have a strong sense of community responsibility and possess the skills they need to be excellent employees. That’s why we are intentional about providing on-site Service & Skills training and a business practicum program. We also provide opportunities for residents to give back to the community, and we assist men and women with job searches.
Graduation and Aftercare
In order to graduate from our long-term life recovery programs, men and women must have employment and a place to live, be active in a local church and be clean and sober.
Upon graduation, we offer continued classes, counseling and case management through our Hope Aftercare Ministry.
For men, aftercare lasts up to one year. Our aftercare case manager visits men in their home, holds regular gatherings and provides ongoing support. During that year and beyond, graduates also continue to stay connected with us through our Fraternity of Hope alumni program, which includes regular meetings, retreats and gatherings.
For women and children, aftercare lasts up to three years. Our aftercare case manager continues to meet with women and their children. Graduates are involved in ongoing classes and counseling, and are also invited to our Hope Center outings and activities.