Thank you meal providers! 

We are extremely grateful for all our meal provider volunteers for helping us supply nutritious and fresh meals to the families we serve at the Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter. Thank you for all you do for the families we serve!

We provide dinner to all families staying at the shelter seven days a week. The shelter can house up to ten families at one time. Currently, we are at full capacity. Meal providers help us feed those we care for who are working on becoming self-sufficient to provide for themselves and their families.  

Meal Providers are Always Needed!

If you are interested in providing a meal, please contact

Kelli Novak, shelter coordinator, at For more information, please view our meal provider guidelines. 

Meal Provider Guidelines

Current available dates:

August: 15, 17, 19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31

September: 1, 4, 5, 16, 19, 21, 23, 25, 29, 30

Congratulations Barbara!

Catholic Charities Executive Director, Barbara Decker was honored as a 2023 Des Moines Business Record’s Woman of Influence on Thursday, August 3. We are grateful for Barbara's passion, leadership and commitment to our mission of empowering individuals and strengthening families. 

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Donors Like You: Pat and Pattie Fraizer 

Giving back to those in need is something Pat and Pattie Fraizer strive to do often. They know when they support Catholic Charities and the different programs we offer, they are making an impact in the lives of those most in need in our community. They are proud to support the Catholic Charites’ mission and encourage others to support the vital work being done at Catholic Charities to make a stronger impact on those in need.

“Catholic Charities is a worthwhile cause that is always in need of additional funding to continue the great work it does,” said Pat. “It’s great to support this organization.”

Why We Give

Did you know?

This last fiscal year, we had 126 volunteers provide 848 hours of service at the Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter. We are grateful for our amazing volunteers! 

Interested in helping others? Click the button below to see how you can get involved.

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Help Those in Need

We are in urgent need of personal hygiene items for the Catholic Charities Food Pantry. We have seen an increase in demand for items like toothbrushes, tooth paste, toilet paper, soap, etc. You can help us continue to provide these needed items to those we serve.

You can also shop our Amazon Wish List to have your donation shipped directly to us. Donations are also accepted at the food pantry during regular business hours.

Amazon Wish List

Staff Spotlight


Teresa Hensley on 45 Years!

Catholic Charities would like to celebrate Teresa Hensley, voucher processing and office assistant in our Council Bluffs office, for 45 years of amazing work! Throughout her 45 years, Teresa has worn many hats and has helped Catholic Charities programing best assist those in need.

“I have greatly enjoyed my time with Catholic Charities, the people I work with and the clients I have helped serve over the years,” said Teresa.

Teresa enjoys gardening and taking wildlife photos. She also loves spending time with her family and taking on new challenges.

Thank you Teresa for all that you do! 


Kendall Begnoche, Marketing Manager!

Catholic Charities is pleased to welcome Kendall Begnoche as our new Marketing Manager. Kendall comes from MercyOne Des Moines Foundation and will be managing our Catholic Charities brand, messaging and communications. She will also be assisting with our development and fundraising efforts.

"I am very excited to be at Catholic Charities and share stories of the impactful work being done here," said Kendall.

Kendall loves photography, baking and spending time with her husband Joe and their three children.

Welcome Kendall to the Catholic Charities team!  

Catholic Charities in the Community

In July, John Huynh, our new director of social justice for Catholic Charities and the Diocese of Des Moines, and Tom Leto, program manager for the Catholic Charities Food Pantry, sat down with Bishop William Joensen for his Making it Personal podcast. Listen to their episodes below! 

LISTEN:Making it Personal with John Huynh
LISTEN:Making it Personal with Tom Leto

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Breakfast with the Bishop

Friday, October 13

9 - 10:30 a.m.

Mark your calendars for the next Breakfast with the Bishop! Join Bishop Joensen and Catholic Charities to learn more about our Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program serving southwest Iowa. Stay tuned for more information.

Register Today!

Volunteer with Catholic Charities

If you or your organization are looking for a way to help others in the community, Catholic Charities has put together a list with many ways you can make a difference. From small donations to full-time volunteers, there is something everyone can offer in extending their time, talents and treasures!

To find out more about volunteering, immediate needs, and collection drives, contact Emily Klisares at 

or 515-237-5078

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Dear Friends:


Giving Back is a simple yet profound message of help and hope as expressed in our August newsletter. The call to service provides meaning to our mission to empower individuals and strengthen families and to our communities. Each encounter and act of kindness leaves a lasting impression to those we serve.

Service is provided in a multitude of ways, both great and small. You can make a difference in a person’s life by helping us shelter those who are homeless, provide food to the hungry, and listen to the needs of others. Saint Teresa of Calcutta tells us, “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

We invite you to extend your hands and hearts in this vital ministry to serve and give back. Truly, there is no better time to respond with care and compassion by providing these essential needs to our brothers and sisters in need.

I remain grateful to each of you, to our staff, volunteers, and donors for your time, your talents, and your prayers. 

With Blessings,

Barbara Q. Decker

Catholic Charities Executive Director

Your Support Serves Thousands in Central and Southwest Iowa

Catholic Charities Annual Appeal is the primary funding source for Catholic Charities along with government and private grant funding. Donors who commit to an annual gift help strengthen and empower individuals and families through some of the most difficult times in their lives. Consider an annual gift that will help all year!

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Serving those in need within the Diocese of Des Moines

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Des Moines serves those in need within the 23 counties of the Diocese of Des Moines in southwest Iowa. Our mission to empower individuals and strengthen families applies to anyone in need in the area, regardless of demographic. Our mission is rooted in Catholic Social Teaching. Our programs and services include refugee resettlement, professional counseling, food pantry, domestic violence and sexual assault shelter and services, emergency family shelter and more. We impact over 30,000 individuals each year.

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Phone: 515-244-3761


Mail: 601 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

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