Goal of Home Ownership Audrey and her children entered The Home Connection from an emergency shelter
in September of 2018. Her family began experiencing homelessness after falling behind
on rent and facing eviction. During the following November, a couple of months after
moving in, she had her baby and had to take several weeks off for maternity leave.
Audrey's Full Story
A Home for the Holidays Pollack Summers November 2019 250 Shawn, Shannon and Leland (9 years old) entered New Directions Shelter on October 22, 2019, just 28 days after
moving to Des Moines. Prior to moving to Des Moines, the family had not had safe, stable housing for over 10 years.
They had most recently been living in a converted garage in the mountains of the state of Washington for one and a
half years that had no running water, however, it did have heat and electricity.
Shawn's Full Story
Amie's Story Amie Turk and daughter When Amie and her newborn daughter arrived at New Directions Shelter in October 2014, her life changed
forever. She now lives in an apartment, has a shift supervisor job, does volunteer work, and believes she is
now a better mother. She hopes to start school part time at Des Moines Area Community College and work
towards an Associate Degree in Human Services.
Amie's Full Story
A New Beginning for Tracy New Beginning for Tracy Tracy, 53 years old, came to Hawthorn Hill's New Directions Shelter with her 21-year-old Jazlyn and Jazlyn's
two young sons Jamir and Jaiden from Waterloo. Tracy and Jazlyn were accepted into the West Des Moines
Rapid Rehousing program. Tracy, Jazlyn and her grandkids moved into their new home on the south side of
Des Moines in August 2017 and they are on the way to a better life.
Tracy's Full Story
Telisha's Story Telisha became a part of United Way's HOPE Initiative in 2015 while she was living at New Direction's
Shelter with daughter, TeAsia. Now, 2 years later, Telisha is on track to graduate with a degree in Surgical
Tech and through Section 8, she has become part of a new program that will help move her towards the
security of home ownership.
Telisha's Full Story
A Future Engineer Tayo and his 5 children have been in The Home Connection program since January 2014. This spring Tayo's
oldest son Fiyin graduated from high school and started full time at Iowa State University Fall semester of
2016. We are so proud of all of that Fiyin has accomplished in his short time in America and in The Home
Connection program.
Tayo and Fiyin's Full Story
Juanita’s New Beginning After moving her children from Texas, Juanita joined the Home Connection program and enrolled
in the social worker program at DMACC. Having graduated from DMACC in 2015, Juanita attended
Grandview University and received her Bachelor's degree in Social Work in May and in the spring
of 2018, she will begin studying for her Master's degree in Social Work.
Juanita's Full Story
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Every Family Deserves a Home!

Hawthorn Hill’s mission is to establish and operate housing programs for homeless families with children that help them obtain permanent housing and to provide services to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Hawthorn Hill, Keeping Families Together

Shawn, Shannon and Leland (9 years old) entered New Directions Shelter on October 22, 2019, just 28 days after moving to Des Moines. Prior to moving to Des Moines, the family had not had safe, stable housing for over 10 years.  Read Shawn's story.

Every Family Deserves a Home!

Hawthorn Hill’s mission is to establish and operate housing programs for homeless families with children that help them obtain permanent housing and to provide services to help families achieve economic self-sufficiency.

What our families say

“I feel I accomplish some of my goals every single day. One of my goals for the future is to be responsible and secure enough to have my own home by the time I have to leave here. I’ve been saving money and learning something new each and every day.” —The Home Connection family

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New Directions Shelter

New Directions Shelter
The New Directions Shelter provides shelter and services for approximately 105 to 130 homeless families with children every year.

Home Connection Family

The Home Connection
Families enter this supportive housing program homeless, but leave with the necessary education and job skills to be financially independent.

A Strengthened Partnership

The Management Services Organization (MSO) binding Hawthorn Hill and Bidwell Riverside Center into a mutually beneficial long-term partnership is now in place.  View Details

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