Christ-centered homes & programs for pregnant and parenting young moms.

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Celebrate with us all that God has brought to this ministry over the past year!  Hear first-hand about this new chapter in our growth, hear from young women who have experienced life-change, and have the opportunity to join us in plans to impact more than double the number of clients we serve. Whether coming for the first time or returning as a valued partner in ministry, you will learn what God has been doing in the lives of our clients and our plans for additional service in the future… and how you can provide life-change for young women and children in need!

The Annual Fundraising Banquet is Thursday, November 15, 2018. Doors open at 6:30, dinner and program from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Information about being a Table Host

For help, call (515) 279-4661 or email

The opening of Ruth Harbor’s Carlisle home would not have been possible without the generous support of several businesses and individuals.  Special thanks to these who donated time, labor and resources:
Amstutz Concrete Midwest
Auto Fire Sprinkler Co.
Bob Peterson Painting
Diamond Vogel Paint
Lynn Johnson, Realtor
Juergens Property Devel.
Technology By Design
Doug Wells, Architect
Other Anonymous Contributors

Ruth Harbor holds two major awareness and fundraising events each year. Be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter, and join our email list to be notified of these upcoming events and how you can get involved.

  • Our Walk For Life is a family-friendly outdoor event held in May, the Saturday prior to Mother’s day. Individuals, families, small groups and churches are encouraged to become “sponsored walkers” and join us for a 1.2-mile walk to celebrate and raise funds for the ministry.

  • Our Fundraising Banquet is held in November of each year. This is an adult-only, semi-formal banquet with an opportunity to listen to a guest speaker, be brought up-to-date on the ministry’s successes and dreams, and enjoy life-changing testimonies from our former residents.

Location:  Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines
101 E Locust Street, Des Moines, IA
(Patio outside Riverview Lobby)

Registration begins at 9:00am
Walk begins at 9:30am

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Questions? Contact us at, or call 515-279-4661.

Ruth Harbor: Making a difference...two lives at a time!

Walk for Life 2015

Thank the Lord for giving us a great morning, safety, and enthusiastic walkers.
Your generosity raised $21,000 to support Ruth Harbor's mission in caring for young women and their babies.

2015 Ruth Harbor Banquet

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Christ-centered homes & programs
for pregnant and parenting young moms.

Ruth Harbor
534 42nd Street
Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: 515-279-4661
Fax: 515-633-2157
M-F 8:30 AM-5 PM
Since we laughed along with him at last year’s banquet, Mike Williams published two books: Don’t Stand Under a Flock of Angry Birds: Ancient Wisdom from A Modern App and The Parable of the Muddy Jeep: The Adventurous Life of Riding Shotgun with God. He has another book due out yet this fall entitled Bows & Arrows…Life lessons I learned while trying to hit my target. Mike has recorded 14 CDs, 4 DVDs, and written numerous other books. Nationally-known speaker and writer, he’s heard daily on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Laugh USA channel. Mike came to popularity as a pro-life speaker after Focus on the Family brought his personal story of his own adoption and his son’s rescue and subsequent adoption to national spotlight.
“Tips” for raising funds and awareness for Ruth Harbor’s Walk for Life!

Communicate Ruth Harbor’s mission
Tell the listener why and how you are being supportive.
Invite the listener to join you in some way (walk, support, and/or pray).

Some practical ideas to consider:

  • Send an e-mail with link to your walker webpage
  • Ask for donations in lieu of birthday gift
  • Pass on your manicure or that extra latte this week, donate the savings to Ruth Harbor
  • Add Ruth Harbor Walk information to you voicemail message
  • Add a note about Ruth Harbor’s walk under your email signature
  • Post a donation form in your lunchroom.
  • Ask businesses that you frequent for a donation
  • Share Ruth Harbor’s story with your small group or your church
  • Drop your change in a “Ruth Harbor Jar” - have one for home and one for the office
  • Keep your sponsors updated on your progress toward your goal

Be Creative!