Catholic Worker House

Catholic Worker House

The Des Moines Catholic Worker house was founded in 1976. It is a community that offers food, clothing, shelter, and a shower to those in need. Simpson students volunteer regularly throughout the school year by serving food twice a week and by bringing food once a month.  Although called the “Catholic Worker house,” you by no means need to be Catholic. Students of all denominations and faith participate. 

Breakfast Club and the Haven

These are two separate ministries that both occur at Trinity United Methodist Church. The Breakfast Club is a program that is open from 6:00-8:15 AM year round and feeds on average 80 children a day. At least once a week, Simpson students will be volunteering with this program.

The Haven is an after school program during the school year that provides literacy enrichment and tutoring for children. Simpson students will regularly volunteer from 2:45 until 5:00PM.

Meals from the Heartland

Meals from the Heartland’s vision is simple – empowering people to save the starving. Simpson students will volunteer at the annual drive, as well as the mobile drives. Volunteers mix ingredients into bags to be shipped worldwide to combat hunger.

Also, Simpson is in the process of organizing a drive on campus!

Habitat for Humanity


Habitat for Humanity is a popular service choice among Simpson students. Several spring break trips volunteer with Habitat for a week in locations such as Florida, Texas, and Mississippi. However, you don’t have to go far to help build homes. Simpson will regularly volunteer in Des Moines and Indianola. No previous experience with construction is needed!

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Up for surprises? This is the service day for you! One Saturday a month, volunteers sign their names on a blank sheet. The morning of, the service site is announced. It may be Habitat for Humanity, volunteering at a shelter, picking up trash, or many, many other possibilities.


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Hello! My name is Jacob McLain and I am the service intern for RLC this year. I currently am a double major in Religion and History with a minor in Education. After graduation, I hopeJake to become a high school history teacher. Next fall and spring I will be coordinating service events such as Habitat for Humanity, Meals from the Heartland, Catholic Worker House, Haven Club, and Breakfast Club. There will also be other service opportunities including: playing bingo at a senior center, volunteering with children, putting up Christmas lights, and many, many, more. If you want to volunteer, have service ideas, or need anything, I can be reached at: