2021 Fundraising Event

For pictures from our recent event, click here.
While the event is over we are still pursuing our goal.
You can still contribute by clicking the Donate Here button below.

Join us for Ruth Harbor's 17th Annual Walk for Life on Saturday, May 7, 2022 being held at our Ruth Harbor Home in Des Moines. Walk to change the lives of young moms & their babies! Registration begins at 9AM, the Walk begins at 9:30AM. This event is FREE and all ages are invited. Bring your whole family!
Ruth Harbor residents take steps of faith every single day – walking into a future that may feel uncertain to them, even frightening. But they are not alone. Together, we’re making “Footprints of Faith”. At this year's Walk for Life, we are launching into the next 20 years of serving young moms, babies, children and families who are walking a path they never dreamed possible.
Participating in the Walk is great! Being a SPONSORED WALKER is what leads to life-change.


  • Register either as an individual or as a group by clicking the "Register" button above.
  • Raise funds & awareness for the ministry by asking friends, neighbors & family to support you.
  • Can't attend in person? Walk anytime on your own.
  • Raise $250+ and receive a commemorative t-shirt.
You and your sponsors will multiply the support, guidance and hope for young moms and babies whether you participate with us on May 7 or on your own!
Ruth Harbor Ministries provides housing and support for young moms impacted by an unplanned pregnancy and their babies.


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Raise $250+ and receive a
free commemorative t-shirt!

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Pre-Event: Balloon Arch on Friday, May 6th
Day Of: on Saturday, May 7th

     •  Set Up @ 8:00am
     •  Positions: Parking Attendant, Greeter, Display Table Manager, etc.
     •  Clean Up @ 10:30am

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Q: What prizes are being awarded?
A: Gift cards to: Scheels, Chick-fil-A. Tickets to: B&B Theatres, Science Center of Iowa, Iowa Cubs, Des Moines Buccaneers, Costco

Q: What if I’m unable to walk on Saturday, May 7th?
A: Walk anytime on your own or with your household at a date, time and location that works for you.
Q: How do I earn a free commemorative t-shirt?
A: Raise $250+
Q: Where is the Walk being held?
A: Ruth Harbor Home in Des Moines

Q: Can I change my attendance type? I registered to participate virtually but now wish to attend in person.
A: Please contact Aimee@RuthHarbor.org to request this change.

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Homes where God’s love transforms lives.

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, business casual banquet with an opportunity to be envisioned and encouraged by a guest speaker, be brought up-to-date on the ministry’s successes and dreams, and enjoy life-changing testimonies from our former residents.

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Homes where God’s love transforms lives.

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!