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St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter - Des Moines, Iowa

St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter 

1535 11th Street

Des Moines, IA 50314



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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.


Services include:

  • 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?

As part of Coordinated Intake all families seeking shelter should contact:

Primary Healthcare Outreach at 515-248-1850


Last year, St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter provided shelter to 395 men, women and children. 
60% were children.