At the Beacon of Life, we are passionate about coming alongside women who have experienced trauma due to domestic violence, homelessness, or incarceration, so that they can heal, grow, and experience a meaningful, productive life.  We are honored that you want to join us in this journey and take our financial stewardship of your gift very seriously. Monthly gifts (even if smaller) help us to budget most effectively, but of course, we are incredibly grateful for all kinds of gifts!

Transparency is important to us. If you have any questions about our operations or finances, please contact our Executive Director, Melissa Vine, at



Your large gift can ensure that The Beacon will maintain its presence in central Iowa for years to come by contributing to our endowment fund through the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines.

Email Ryan Douglas with questions.



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Care Packages for New Clients:

  • shampoo/conditioner (ethnic hair too)
  • toothbrush/toothpaste
  • loofah/body wash
  • razor

Donation Drive Ideas:

  • white copy paper
  • toilet paper/paper towels
  • dish/laundry soap
  • Amazon Wish List

Event Sponsor

By sponsoring one of our annual events, such as the Cake Gala, you can invest in our community, receive free tickets and other perks, AND gain exposure for your business with an audience that will appreciate your generosity.






Interested in joining our community? We have plenty of opportunities for volunteers to help shape and empower women. Whether that is joining our team of volunteer Resident Assistants who work directly with our clients and staff or joining one of our committees: Cake Gala, volunteer management committee, a landscaping committee, and more!

If interested, please email for more information.

Join The Board


Help to steer us toward a sustainable future in an advisory role on the Board of Directors.  If interested, email


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APPLY today and be empowered

Apply today and be empowered!

Are you or someone you care about interested in staying at The Beacon? Immerse yourself, or your loved one in an environment that empowers women to attain positive long-term change.
Apply today to be considered!

Our Annual Donors

charles gabus ford
Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Northwest Bank