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No Room at the Inn

December 5-6, 2014

601 Grand Ave.

Downtown Des Moines, Iowa


Did you know that there are 45.3 million people in the US living in poverty?

Join us for No Room at the Inn, a weekend developed to shine a light on poverty and homelessness in our community.


No Room at the Inn, now in its 10th year, is a weekend of festivities centered around the nativity. The nativity serves as a reminder that, while there is too often “no room at the inn” for people living in poverty, Catholic Charities continues to offer hope. 


Schedule of 2014 Events

Fundraising Reception

Friday, Dec. 5 from 5-8pm  

601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309

Join the staff of Catholic Charities and Bishop Richard Pates for our annual fundraising reception for St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter and Poverty Reduction Programs at Catholic Charities. Your monetary donation to the reception includes a beautiful evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, nativity displays and a brief program. The evening also includes live music and a silent auction featuring wines, nativities, chocolates and more!  

Click here to donate and RSVP online.

To donate an auction item, please contact Beth Gibbins at 515-237-5078 or


Poverty Simulation

Saturday, Dec. 6 , 9am - Noon

601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309

A hands-on experience of what it might be like to live in a low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by the poor. The simulation is open to those 18 years and older. Pre-registration is required online.

Register for the morning session here.

Or print and mail an order form.



Schools, religious ed classes, offices, clubs, etc. are invited to participate in the Spirit of St. Nicholas Collection. The personal care items collected will benefit those in need via various Catholic Charities programs. This year we will have a special collection point at the diocesan parking lot in downtown Des Moines on the morning of Saturday, December 6*. We will serve hot chocolate, take pictures, and celebrate the generosity of our donors.
*Other arrangements can be made if the December 6 date does not work for your organization.
To participate, contact Ken Bresnan at 515-237-5089 or


Please Note: There will be NO Sunday event for No Room at the Inn. 


We invite you to attend one or all of the No Room at the Inn festivities in support St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter and all of our Poverty Reduction Programs: St. Mary Family Center, Hispanic Community Outreach and Refugee Resettlement.