Several Des Moines business executives will join the leaders of the YMCA and United Way on Giving Tuesday to serve a meal at the YMCA’s Supportive Housing Campus.
This Tuesday, November 27, is Giving Tuesday – a day when the nation’s focus turns from feasting and shopping to recognizing the importance of serving others, especially at this time of year.
The YMCA’s new CEO, Leisha Barcus, has invited representatives of several Des Moines corporations to join her and United Way President Elisabeth Buck on Giving Tuesday for a special event at the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus. These business and nonprofit executives will be serving a meal to the 140 men and women who make up the Supportive Housing community.
Since 2011, the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus has provided permanent housing and wraparound services for people who were homeless or at-risk of homelessness. Here, residents find a safe place to call home, a community of caring, and access to services to help them achieve their life goals. It’s an amazing story, and we’re excited to give Des Moines business leaders an opportunity to view firsthand how their financial contributions to Y-SHC are making a difference in the lives of others.
WHAT: Giving Tuesday meal for YMCA Supportive Housing residents
WHEN: Tuesday, November 27, 2018 – 6-7:30 p.m.
WHERE: YMCA Supportive Housing Campus
2 SW 9th Street, Des Moines (just south of West End Salvage)
WHO: YMCA CEO Leisha Barcus
United Way President Elisabeth Buck
Polk County Supervisor Steve Van Oort Eric Burmeister, CEO, Polk County Housing Trust Fund Kris Schechinger-Camper, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Nationwide Insurance Micah Kiel, Vice President, Community Affairs Consultant, Wells Fargo Rachel Woodhouse, Program Officer, Principal Financial Group Becky Wampler, Executive Director, The Wellmark Foundation, Wellmark BCBS Tim Hall, EVP of Business Development, American Enterprise
WHAT: These executives will be serving a community meal for the 140 residents of the Supportive Housing Campus, which serves those who were formerly homeless or at-risk of homelessness.
NOTE: The work of serving the meal starts at 6 p.m. However, we are offering executives the opportunity to tour the Supportive Housing facility at 5:30 p.m. If you have never been to the Supportive Housing Campus, you are welcome to take part in the tour as well.
Facts about homelessness and the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus:
Almost 13,000 Iowans experienced homelessness at some point in 2017
Polk County has a shortage of more than 7,000 affordable apartments for low-income individuals
The YMCA Supportive Housing Campus provides permanent housing for 140 residents, with an average of 100 people on the waiting list; 90 percent of residents were homeless prior to arriving at Y-SHC
32 percent of current Y-SHC residents are military veterans
The average stay at Y-SHC is 506 days; some residents have been with us for several years.