The Furniture Ministry is a recognized mission ministry of the Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines (although it receives no funding). As such, all donations are tax-deductible.
90% of the donations come from the Hope family which helps assure that the quality of donated items is “gently used”, and the other 10% comes from Hope or mission partner referrals.
The furniture ministry began in 2005. Hope member Dave Jensen was volunteering at Central Iowa Shelter and befriended a client who was able to get an apartment but had no resources to furnish it. Looking around his and his wife Carol's house, they found that they had just enough for those basic furniture & kitchen necessities that they were not using. From 2005-2008, they assisted about 50 home units with donations mainly from Hope staff & friends. In 2008, Dave and Carol decided to take a leap of faith & go church-wide by announcing the ministry in the church bulletin & announcement slides asking for donations. At that time, they also forged partnerships with local organizations that serve those coming out of homeless situations. From 2009-2022, the Jensens were blessed to “do furniture” each Saturday – pick ups in the morning, drop offs in the afternoon.
Today, the ministry continues with a core of 2 regular volunteers & a handful of occasional volunteers to call on when needed. The ministry has touched over 1000 home donation units, who are thrilled to know that their items will find new life. The ministry is truly blessed to be witness to God’s hand in all it does – from holding the weather at bay as it travels in pick ups, to amazing connections with the folks who donate, to “just in time” inventory, to how God’s decorating brings tears of joy. The team “prays in” with volunteers at the start of each day & “prays out” with those served. The sole purpose of this ministry is to glorify God & what He does in our lives.