Celebrate the Center in 2020

Excited to have former Friendship Center Directors Jon & Mindy Jamison as our Guest Speakers for our annual Fundraising Night on Saturday, October 17th, starting at 5 pm. Enjoy a night of Silent Auction, Live Music performed by Jordan and Jessa Anderson, Award Presentations, Live Art Painting, and much more. Tickets are $25 per adult.   Purchase tickets at eventbrite or www.friendshipcenterdsm.org starting July 1st! If you cannot attend, please consider purchasing a donation ticket in the amount you can afford. Paper Tickets can be purchased at the center on Mondays from 8-4 pm.

The location of the Celebration will be at the Mid-Iowa Council Building in Des Moines. The dress is casual!!!

Special Message from our guest speakers, Jon and Mindy Jamison

July Fundraiser

Have you heard the news? The Friendship Center has been selected as the beneficiary of the @HyVee Reusable Bag Program that supports local non-profits! Each time a $2.50 red “My Heart” Reusable Bag is purchased at the Hy-Vee at 3330 MLK Jr Pkwy during the month of July, we will receive a $1 donation.

Back-2-School Backpack Giveaway

Join us on Saturday, August 1st from 5 to 7:30 pm for our annual Back-2-School Backpack Giveaway. Five hundred backpacks filled with supplies will be given out to each child who attends. We will also offer  Free Haircuts for all children, Free Dental Checkups for children, Free Laundry Services, and Free hot dogs, chips, and water, provided by MLK Hyvee for all.  Our clothing closet will be open as well. For more information, follow us on Facebook @FriendshipCenterDSM.

2020 New Donor Levels

What Level of Support do you want to belong in 2020?

Donors of the Friendship Center actively obey Matthew 25:35-40 to the surrounding MLK community, and greater Des Moines. This emerging group financially partners with the Friendship Center and is a voice within their larger communities as allies for the ministries of the center.

The basic structure of a Ministry Donor is that each member commits to an annual term of partnership in which they will receive our monthly newsletter, invited to exclusive events, receive a special gift, and will be expected to contribute monthly.

Each individual, Family, or Business Group contributing as a Ministry Providers Level and above will be recognized on the Friendship Center Donor Tree along with other recognitions published throughout the year.

Start your walk of Faith today at www.friendshipcenterdsm.org.
Seeds of Truth at $1.64 a day
Ministry Providers at $2.74 a day
Helping the Shepard at $13.70 a day
Living Matthew 25:35 at $27.40 a day

Great Western Bank Sponsors FPU

Thank you to our friends at Great Western Bank for sponsoring our Financial Peace University Class for the next four years.  Through your generosity, generations of lives will be impacted to help break the cycle of poverty, become good stewards of God’s money, learn to live on a budget and prepare for a brighter future.

Every June, the Friendship Center will offer F.P.U. to 10 individuals freely, while capping the class at 20 individuals overall. If you are interested in taking this class, please email Joe at ministry@friendshipcenterdsm.org.

Tis the Season


Through October, we will be accepting Christmas Wish-Lists from our Teens, ESL participants, After-School Kids Club, and Women’s Bible study group. If you would like to adopt a child or adult, please contact us at ministry@friendshipcenterdsm.org. To be eligible, you must attend one of our ministries! No more lists will be accepted after October 31st. Each adoption asks for 2-items of clothing, 1-pair of shoes, and 1-fun item. Please spend only $100 combined on all gifts purchased. Gifts must be wrapped with a name tag on each item.

Lists will be made available to the public on November 1st. Please have all gifts sent or dropped off to the center by November 29th!!!

Welcome our New Kids Club Leader

We are beyond thrilled to welcome Grace to the Friendship Center. Grace will lead our after-school kids club on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 3 to 4:15 pm. Please pray for Grace as she leads our kids into knowing Jesus Christ.

Hi! My name is Grace Zihlman. I grew up in Carlisle, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University in December 2018 with a degree in Instrumental Music Education. My husband Matt and I were married in May 2018 and we currently live in Ames, Iowa and attend Crossroad Baptist Church. We are active in several church ministries together including helping with the Truth and Training kids at AWANAS, Crossroad Kids on Sunday mornings, and the Crossroad Music Team. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking, hiking, playing the piano, and cheering on the Iowa State Cyclones!