Missions in Our Community

THE FUTURE OF WEST DES MOINES IS IN THE MAKING!  BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS!

The City of West Des Moines is kicking off engagement for the update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan. The City is faced with tough choices regarding topics such as housing, transportation, land use, workforce development, and quality of life. The Comprehensive Plan helps provide the guidance for our elected officials to make choices to better the community.

We invite everyone who lives, works, plays, or visits West Des Moines to CONNECT with us on social media and our website. Over the next couple of months, we will be posting questions and activities to learn and better understand what you want for the future of our City.

Your ideas will help CREATE the final plan. Use the tools on our website to share ideas and photos, map insights, and let us know what actions and priorities you think would help make WDM the best yet!

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The Midweek Refuel  Generosity Adventure Continues in 2018-19!

 

Booster Pak of West Des Moines, Iowa is a non-profit group founded by Melanie Menken, and serves the children of West Des Moines who qualify for nutritional assistance through the West Des Moines Community School District and the Food Bank of Iowa.  The Booster Pak program has grown and expanded with the guidance and leadership of Melanie Menken. It is making a difference in the lives of many children in this community who are fighting hunger. Yes, there are hungry children in West Des Moines and just outside of our church doors.

When The Midweek Refuel and Booster Pak talked of ways to help feed hungry children, we began to narrow those needs to our surrounding neighborhood.  With the help of Melanie Menken, we selected Hillside School for our December project of providing extra nourishment, while the children were out of school for two weeks.  Nutritional needs continue daily even when school is not in session.

Hunger for some children even grows.  During the summer months WDM Community Schools, The Food Bank of Iowa and Booster Pak provide nourishment for qualifying students.  There are three nutritional sites during the summer.  They are Legion Park at Fourth and Vine; Candle Ridge Apartments; and Clive Elementary School of Inquiry.  Wednesday Night Live selected Legion Park site to help this summer as a continuation of our Generosity Adventure.  During the summer for 10-11 weeks, between Noon and 1 p.m. on Fridays, students may pick up a Booster Pak for the weekend with food suitable for them.  They are checked in and verified by staff of the Nutritional Services Department of the WDM Community School District.  Melanie is estimating that Legion Park will serve 70 children or more weekly this summer.

During the summer of 2017, 1,500 Booster Paks were distributed through the summer program.  Proceeds from the Midweek Refuel Dinners will be going to provide funding to serve these meals. Come to dinner on Wednesday Nights and pay what you may.  Please know that your free will offering will be going outside of the walls of our church and into the community to fight hunger. Hunger does not go away in the summer for these children.   To follow Jesus’ instructions from Matthew 14 verses 15-16, we are told as his disciples to feed His lambs and tend to His sheep.  We are excited about this mission project and hope that our meals will nourish your tummies and your souls.  May we all think of children who are hungry and need a stumbling block removed to be healthy physically and mentally.

If you would like to volunteer to help stuff Booster Paks, drive Booster Paks from the Learning Resource Center to Hillside, volunteer at the High School Pantry, or help in any way, please just let the Midweek Refuel know of your interest. Volunteers are always needed! We are most grateful to all who have supported the Midweek Refuel Generosity Adventure since November 1, 2017. We have a big opportunity awaiting us for 10-11 weeks this summer!  JOIN us on this Adventure to fight hunger!

Believing and Grateful – The Midweek Refuel Dinner Team Leaders