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.
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. Read Telisha's Story