Families Forward

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Hunger


1203 Hartford AvenueDes Moines, IA 50315 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Empowering positive futures. For over 100 years, our mission is providing compassionate, life-changing assistance to families on their path to self-sufficiency.


Families Forward (previously Bidwell Riverside Center and Hawthorn Hill) has four main programs: Bidwell Pantry, Child Development Center, New Directions Shelter (emergency housing), and The Home Connection (long-term housing).


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