About Us

For almost 40 years, Beacon of Life has been a guiding light for women in our community experiencing homelessness due to trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence and incarceration. Our program isn’t just about finding a job or having a place to live — it’s about repairing broken relationships, building new ones, creating boundaries and strengthening the mind, body and spirit.

Beacon of Life, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, is the only shelter in Central Iowa that provides transitional housing with supportive services in a structured environment exclusive to single women. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our safe and secure facility is fully equipped with a pantry, kitchen, laundry room, activity room and around-the-clock staff for 34 women. 

Welcome to Beacon of Life's Virtual Cake Gala - presented by Nationwide

Cake Gala is Beacon of Life's premiere annual fundraising event! This year is the Beacon of Life's 40th anniversary, and since we can't celebrate in person - we are looking forward to bringing our event to you in a fun new way! Our program, auction, dinner, and celebration of client success will all happen virtually this year from the comfort of your own home.

Dinner will be available for curbside pick-up and an online program will be aired for ticket holders. We will still hold a silent auction with fun items to bid on and a bonus auction with amazing artistic cakes, but all the bidding will take place online instead.

4:00-6:00 p.m. | Curbside Dinner Pick-up - Purveyor, 505 E Grand, Des Moines or Blue Moon, 5485 MIlls Civic Pkwy, WDM 

7:00 p.m. | Virtual Program

Cakes will be delivered in the Des Moines metro after the program. More information will be emailed out closer to the event.

Register now for tickets, and we hope to "see" you soon! 


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