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Heroes For Homeless 2020




Grow The Greenhouse - The Schoen Family Challenge 

Imagine a greenhouse that produces vegetables and fish in one system! A lead donation of $50,000 by the Schoen family is bringing this dream to our community. The Schoen family challenge asks people in the community to donate toward this project, too. For every $1 raised, the Schoens will do an additional match up to $75,000. Let’s support this project – “Grow the Greenhouse!”

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CISS is making a dream come true through a generous donation from the Schoen family in honor of their wife/mother Maddie Schoen. This donation will bring a HydroCycle Aquaponics Systems to our greenhouse, allowing us to take advantage of the natural biological functions of both fish and plants. As the fish fertilize the system’s plants, the plants purify the water, leading to low-maintenance systems that produce natural, pesticide-free veggies and protein!




To the City of West Des Moines - City Manager's Office and its council members - thank you for the long-term commitment you have shown and continue to show the shelter. Your financial support helps us provide shelter, food and job training to over 2,000 people annually. Thank you to Polk County Housing Trust Fund for supporting our organization this past year as we build an additional 24 efficiency apartments on our campus to continue meeting the needs for affordable housing! Thank you MidAmerican Energy Company and Kathryn Curran Kunert for the work you do to support CISS throughout the year! And thank you to the Schoen family for the lead donation to help grow our greenhouse and for the $1 for $1 match, We appreciate all that you do!

Our Impact This Year

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  • Lbs harvested from Mulberry Farms & Food This Year


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