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OUR HISTORY

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1983

Our Name

Willis Dady, an individual who had experienced persistent homelessness, passes away after attempting to save a young boy from drowning in a lagoon in Des Moines, IA.

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1987

Our Shelter

Willis Dady quickly transitions from a day shelter to an emergency night shelter for single men.

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2011

Our Case Management

Willis Dady expands it's shelter services to include individualized case management. This service supports clients in gaining long-term housing stability and self-sufficiency.

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1986

Our Founder

Jim Welborn starts a day shelter as his senior project at Mt. Mercy University. After experiencing persistent homelessness himself, he wanted to provide a safe location for people to go.

1980..

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2013

Homeless Prevention Program

A program is added to provide support to households in imminent danger of becoming homeless. This program works with househ

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