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!

Friendship Gala Car Wash

Presented by our Disciples Teen Group, come on Saturday May 4th, Saturday June 8th and Saturday July 6th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Free Car Wash with Free Vacuum. Snacks and drinks will be provided. All donations will go help support the D.T.G and the Friendship 100 Gala on Saturday, September 14th at 5:00 pm. Tickets go on sale on April 1st. $40 pre-order, $50 at the door.

Friendship Center Meal Train

You can sign up right now!

Hello there!

Thank you so much for considering us! We are excited for this opportunity to meet you and have you serve our community. This is a great ministry for families, friends, neighborhoods, small groups, or sports teams. Anyone is welcome to serve with us! The Friendship Center is a faith based non profit community center. We are located in the heart of Des Moines, More specifically the Martin Luther King area. We offer many programs for our “friends” and community, from education, to fiances and more. The Friendship Center serves over 3,000 “friends” each year. All while sharing the good news of Jesus to Iowa.

One of our biggest ministries always in need is our meal programs. This is a great way to serve without a long term commitment. You can make this ministry fit into your schedule or season. We serve four meals to our community, newborns to elderly. No one is ever turned away.

“I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:35

Meal times-

Monday- Dinner for the Youth Group at 4 pm (average 25)

Tuesday- Breakfast for the Community (average 30) at 9 am and Dinner for Kids Club (average 20) at 4 pm

Thursday- Dinner for Kids Club (average 20) at 4 pm

You are always welcome to use our full service kitchen. If you can not make it, we can serve your pre-made meal for you too.

We understand that sometimes cooking for that many people may be overwhelming, Listed here are some ideas.

* Bring a frozen meal and drop it off before, or meal prep a frozen meal to fill in when we have open spots.

* Order food to be delivered to the Center

* Pizza

* Breakfast for dinner

* Pastas

* Anything in a crock pot

* Soup

* Casseroles

* Easy kids meals ( Mac n cheese, chicken nuggets, cold meat sandwiches, hot dogs)

* Anything to be grilled in the warmer months (We have a grill on site!)

Listed below are the dates available. If you have any questions please reach out to me Ashton Haines at ashtonkempfhaines@gmail.com or my cell (515) 381-8618. We are so thankful for your partnership in loving and serving God’s people.

God Bless,

Ashton Haines

Program Director

Friendship Center

Mental Health Support Class

Starting on Wednesday, May 8th from 6-8 pm, the Friendship Center will be hosting a seven-week Bible Study dealing with Anxiety and Depression by reading “When I am Afraid” by Edward T. Welch. Each participant will receive one copy. The class limit will be ten individuals. Each week we will discuss one chapter, talk about ways to handle Anxiety and pray together. If interested, please contact Joe at ministry@friendshipcenterdsm.org.

Need an outreach opportunity in 2019?????

Sign up today as a Family, Small Group or Church Family to provide a meal at our Family Fun Nights in 2019!!!! You provide the meal, sides, and dessert and we will provide the rest!!! Come and share a 10 minute Bible devotion or highlight your local church!!!!!  Family Fun Nights start at 4 pm with a Bingo Tournament. Dinner starts at 5 pm and over by 6 pm. Great Community with fantastic people!!! Take this opportunity today by signing up on our volunteer page!!!

        • April 20th
          • Group: Karen Reese’s Family (Life Change Church)
        • May 25th
          • Group: Jerr Carr’s Family
        • June 29th
          • Group: Jimmy Lane’s small group from Cornerstone
        • July 27th
          • Group: Matthew Risberg’s Small Group from Soteria
        • August 31st
          • Group: Khoa Le’s Youth Group from Vietnamese Evangelical Church
        • September 28th
          • Group:
        • October 26th
          • Group: First Grace Baptist in Sheffield
        • November 30th
          • Group:
      • December 21st
        • Group: