Visit the Diocese of Des Moines
Catholic Charities : Diocese of Des Moines

No Room at the Inn

December 6-8, 2013

601 Grand Ave., Downtown Des Moines, Iowa


Did you know that there are 46.5 million people

in the US living in poverty?

Learn more about poverty and homelessness at

No Room at the Inn December 6-8, 2013

at 601 Grand Ave. in Des Moines.


No Room at the Inn, now in its 9th 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 2013 Events


Fundraising Reception

Friday, Dec. 6-8 from 5-8pm  

601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309

Join us for our annual fundraising reception for St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter and Poverty Reduction Programs at Catholic Charities. New in 2013, No Room at the Inn will feature a Community Giving Tree. Join Bishop Richard Pates and other community

leaders in the lighting of the tree at the Friday evening

No Room at the Inn Fundraising Reception.
Your monetary donation to the reception includes an evening of cocktails,

hors d’oeuvres and words from Bishop Richard Pates. Click here to donate and RSVP online.


Poverty Simulation

Saturday, Dec. 7 , 9am-Noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

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.

Register for the afternoon session here.

Or print and mail an order form.


Musical Open House

Sunday, Dec. 8 from 1-4 p.m. - 601 Grand Ave. Des Moines

Bring the entire family to a holiday open house featuring local children’s choirs, nativity displays, free Christmas treats and a live nativity sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi Knights of Columbus. Bishop Richard E. Pates and Bishop Emeritus Joseph L. Charron will also read the Christmas story.

New this year are program displays with loads information about fun and rewarding volunteer and service projects for all ages. Opportunities for retirees, ideas for students in search of service projects and congregations looking for new ideas for community outreach will be available.

Admission is your gift of a personal care item to put under the community giving tree. Cash donations are also welcome at the event or online here.


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.


2013 Choir and Christmas story reading schedule:
1:00 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Ankeny Community Chorus
1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. St. Francis Children's & Middle School  Concert Choirs - 45 singers
2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Bishop Pates reading the Christmas Story
2:25 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Holy Family Children's Choir
2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. St. Augustin School Choir
3:20 p.m. - 3:35 p.m. Bishop Charron reading the Christmas Story
3:40 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Catholic Youth Chorus