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house 2 HOME was the class project for the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Class of 2012. 


The House of Mercy in late 2011.

A space plan of the inside of the House of Mercy.

The following are some "after" shots of the newly renovated interior at the House of Mercy.



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Project Overview

The House of Mercy in Des Moines provides clinical services for women undergoing substance abuse treatment, transitional housing, and permanent housing. The House of Mercy's program goals are for women to become alcohol- and drug-free, move into permanent housing, and begin the steps toward self-sufficiency. Last year, approximately 88% of the participants discharged from the program entered permanent housing. The House of Mercy permanent housing facility offers a warm feel of home for those it serves, but in late 2011, the facility was in desperate need of repair.

The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute (GDMLI) Class of 2012 chose to renovate the House of Mercy permanent housing facility as its service project, house 2 HOME. What began as a $50,000 request for new siding from House of Mercy for their permanent housing facility evolved into a complete transformation project. The GDMLI Class of 2012 was fully committed to the project both financially and physically. All class members worked numerous hours bringing with them their areas of expertise and knowledge: marketing, fundraising, event planning, designing and constructing, to accomplish the $186,000 renovation project in six months. 

Thanks to the help and support of the community, the Class of 2012 exceeded its fundraising goal and completed the project in record time, transforming the House of Mercy into a beautiful new home for its residents.

Project Scope

Project details:

  • 4000-square-foot permanent housing renovation located in the Capitol Park neighborhood on East 12th Street
  • Four to six resident families involved with the renovation project 
  • Six scheduled on-site workdays to complete the renovation
  • Fundraising goal to complete renovation: $180,000

Renovation project included:

  • Siding & Gutters
  • Landscaping
  • Furniture
  • Paint
  • Flooring
  • Appliances 
  • Cabinets, Vanities and Countertops

These critical renovations helped to provide an empowering, comfortable and secure place for the women and children who call this facility home. 

Thank you to everyone who partnered with the GDMLI Class of 2012 and sponsored this project to help renovate the permanent housing facility of the House of Mercy. This beautiful new facility will continue to provide services for women and children for years to come, providing them with healthier, more peaceful, and more productive lives.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Premier Sponsors ($10,000+)
100+ Women Who Care
Heartland Finishes
JE Dunn Construction

Gold Sponsors ($5,000+)
100+ Chicks for Charity
Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts, P.C.
John R and Zelda Grubb Foundation
Kum & Go, L.C.
Ruan Family Foundation
Lou and Wendy Waugaman Charitable Fund

Silver Sponsors ($2,500+)
Baker Electric
Bankers Trust
Beisser Lumber Company
Chris Vance, Local Artist
Steve and Melissa Chapman
Flooring America
Hy-Vee, Inc.
William C. Knapp Charitable Foundation
The Mansion
Moberg Gallery
Nyemaster Goode, P.C.
Paramount Kitchen & Bath
The Principal Financial Group
RCS Millwork
Rhino Materials
Sammons Financial Group

Bronze Sponsors ($1,000+)
Atlantic Bottling Company
Belin McCormick, P.C.
CDS Global, Inc.
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Susan Fitzsimmons & Jake Christensen
Generate A Vision
Holmes Murphy & Associates
Bruce & Susan Kelley
Marsden Bld Maintenance LLC
Marsh U.S. Consumer
McGladrey LLP
Rachel and Benjamin McLean
Meredith Corporation Foundation
Prairie Meadows
Midwest Mattress
The PrivateBank and Trust Company
Dr. Mary and Mr. Suku Radia
Debbie & Doug Reichardt
Rew Materials
Taylor Industries/Hussmann

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