A transitional home for women and family in need in Des Moines is getting a makeover.
Every year, 500 women and children use the programs provided by the House of Mercy in Des Moines. An eastside home serves as a final place to stay before participants move out on their own, but it's in need of major renovations.
The Greater Des Moines Leadership Group is taking on the repairs as its 2012 service project.
House of Mercy leaders say the transitional home is the most important step in the process of getting families back on their feet.
“We can clean people up, we can get them counseling services they need, we can assist them with parenting but if they leave our program unable to provide for themselves and their children in an economic way then we really haven't helped them a whole lot,” says Todd Beveridge with House of Mercy.
Thursday night, the Des Moines leadership group kicked off a six-month fundraising project to fund the project. They estimate it will cost $180,000 to make all the necessary repairs to the home.