Launches the Move the Food initiative to engage the whole community in building a systematic community model to end hunger and improve health in Polk County. Changed the content of Food Pantry Network boxes to healthy food/fresh fruits and vegetables. Food Pantry Network client base grew by 60% in response to economic recession.
Receives into membership the first Muslim congregation, Muslim Community Organization.
Organized community-wide events to respond to anti-Semitism and terrorism.
Established the Red Barrel program in most Des Moines area food stores.
Receives into membership the first Jewish congregation, Tifereth Israel Synagogue.
Co-sponsored with the Information and Referral Services of the United Way of Central Iowa, discussions on forming a hospice organization. Led to HCI Care Services (formerly Hospice of Central Iowa).
Established Compassion in Action as a cooperative effort with the Information and Referral Center of the United Way to “more effectively meet the needs of transients and other strangers coming to churches with stories of need.” Also, started the Childcare Assistance program.