St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter
St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter is the only emergency shelter in Polk County where the entire family unit can stay together. St. Joseph’s provides safe, clean housing for homeless families for a limited stay.
Our mission is to honor the humanity of each person by acknowledging the emotional and financial crisis involved when a family finds itself without housing or funds.
Private rooms and laundry facilities
A Family Advocate on staff to assist guests in returning to self-sufficiency
All meals, infant & personal hygiene items
Donated furniture & household items available for guests moving into permanent housing
Referrals to community recourses and assistance
Learn more about the expansion that took place in 2011
Looking for shelter?
Call 515-282-1235 to check on room availability. Families are accepted on a first come, first serve basis and there are no waiting lists. Shelter is available for children and whomever they bring. This includes two parents with children, single mothers with children, single fathers with children and parents with children over the age of 16.
Last year, St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter provided shelter to 395 men, women and children.
60% were children.