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

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For everyone who was able to attend this year's annual fundraising banquet, thank you for joining us during such a special night! Your attendance Thursday evening was a great blessing for the young women Ruth Harbor Ministries will serve in the coming year. With 19 moms and babies served in the past year and the average length of service for each resident increasing, your support continues to be the driving force enabling life change! Special thanks to this year's keynote speaker, Jor-El Godsey, for his insight into pregnancy help programs here locally and around the world.

We're pleased to tell you that $126,000 has been raised so far to care for young moms in the coming year. Praise the Lord with us and help us share the good news with others! If you were unable to attend, we still hope to reach this year's goal of $160,000. Contributions can still be made here. (please indicate “banquet” in the note field).

We give God the glory for all He has done and will do through your generosity, concern and efforts to make a difference in the lives of these young women. Because of you, young women and their children in our community will experience "abundantly more!"

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

Look What God Did Through Individuals Like You!
A few months ago, we set a God-sized goal of raising $62,500 at this year's Walk For Life. Due to our second home and serving twice the number of residents and children, that amount was TWICE the goal we've set in past years...and yet WE MADE IT!
Hundreds of faithful supporters raised and gave money to support Ruth Harbor Ministries' Walk For Life this year. Of those who attended, many chose to tour the new second home in Carlisle. When the event was over, we had raised 60% of our goal. However, the next day, God spoke to the hearts of a family and asked them to help us reach 100% of our goal...and they faithfully gave the remaining amount, nearly $25,000!
How exciting for all who were watching the progress thermometer! We give God the glory, but thank each contributor for being faithful and generous! Every single contribution, regardless of size, made reaching the goal possible – even a God-sized goal!
"The gift was exciting, but I can't say it was 'surprising,'" said Becky Zemlicka, Co-Founder & Board Member. "Over the years, God had shown up time and time again, reminding us this is His ministry. However, I will say, His blessings and surprises never get old!"

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"On Purpose, For a Purpose"

Here are just a few photos from our fundraising banquet. One of the highlights was the surprise presentation of a cherished memory to Kenny & Bobbi McCaughey, the couple who sold us their family home in Carlisle so we could begin our Mother-Child Program.  The potential to serve and impact twice as many women and children is now a reality.
We are excited to share that $134,000 was raised in gifts and pledges the evening of the banquet and additional funds continue to come in.  Praise the Lord!! This is a tremendous demonstration of God's faithfulness through you and others to meet the needs of young moms and babies!
If you were not able to attend the banquet and would still like to have your contribution included in our banquet total, you may give online at, call our office at 515-279-4661 and talk with Aimee, or email Aimee at

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 Ministries
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!