Hawthorn Hill operates New Directions Shelter which serves families with children who are experiencing homelessness. The shelter is short term, emergency housing. The nonprofit organization also leads Home Connection, a long term supportive housing with rental units all across the Des Moines metro. New Directions Shelter plus Hawthorn Hill’s administrative and Home Connection offices are all located at 3001 Grand Avenue.
“Our organization serves some of our community’s most vulnerable people,” said Kelsie Pinegar, Program Manager of New Directions Shelter. “Our guests support local businesses through employment and shopping, and attend neighborhood schools.”
Hawthorn Hill opened its doors on Grand Avenue in 1990. Pinegar said the organization enjoys their location on The Avenues because all basic needs for their guests are within walking distance along with access to reliable public transportation. Students from nearby Des Moines University also volunteer weekly to spend time with the kids residing at the shelter.
“We often hear from donors and volunteers that they didn’t know we were here. Although that’s great for the confidentiality and sense of normalcy for guests, it makes us wonder if we’re missing out on potential connections with other local businesses,” said Pinegar. “We’d love to explore additional partnerships between Hawthorn Hill and the neighborhood.”
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