DMARC Takes Big Step in Faith

DMARC’s 1435 Mulberry Street grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held on June 10, 2014. Photo by Bill Gentsch.

Take the first step in faith.You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

For the first time in its history, the Des Moines Area Religious Council has a permanent home.

On Monday, January 20, 2014, DMARC opened its new offices and Food Pantry Network warehouse at 1435 Mulberry Street in Des Moines, Iowa.

Purchased in July 2013, the renovated 9,000 square foot building has been designed specifically for DMARC. The property is situated in the Western Gateway development area, with easy access from Interstate 235 and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.

Motivated by a building lease due to expire n January 2014, and by space limits in the former warehouse, DMARC took a first step in faith in late 2010 to find a more suitable facility.

Through cost savings resulting from the move, DMARC will soon be positioned to provide more services and more food for more people in more places, while also allowing all DMARC programs and staff to be housed under one roof.

And, what began as a dilemma more than three years ago has become a series of exciting and new opportunities made possible by the faith, commitment, and generosity of a growing circle of DMARC friends and volunteers.

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