About


Our Mission

The mission of CFUM is to create a community that supports the potential of children, youth, and families through educational success, healthy living, and community engagement. CFUM is a 501-C-3 entity and our Tax ID # is 42-1396833. Children and Family Urban Movement rents space with Trinity United Methodist Church located on the corner of 8th and College directly across the street from Moulton Extended Learning Center.

Physical address – 1548 8th St. Des Moines, IA 50314

Mailing address – PO Box 41125 Des Moines, IA 50311

Our History

Children and Family Urban Ministries was birthed (the legal term is incorporated) in December 1992, but its ministry with neighbors on the near north side of Des Moines began more than twenty years before.

The Breakfast Club was initiated by the congregation of Trinity United Methodist Church in 1968. The Supper Club began while Burns United Methodist Church, Gatchel United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church were joined in the Inner City Parish.

The first directors of CFUM were Church and Community Workers. Cynthia Carver continued the work she had done as a member of the staff of the Inner City Parish when she became the first director of CFUM as a Church and Community Worker. Donna Kay Campbell followed Cynthia. After Donna Kay’s tenure, the relationship with the Church and Community Worker program ended. Carmen Lampe Zeitler became the third director of CFUM in late 1996.

In 2013 CFUM changed the name to better reflect the vision and hard work, faithfullness and innovation, the people and resources at the heart of CFUM. The work of CFUM is truly a movement for change driven by the ideals of the worth and potential of each and of all, the abundance intended for all, the draw of justice within and beyond us, and the power in community. The name has changed but the mission is still as bold as ever.

Our Neighborhood

DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO MAIN OFFICE

From the East: Take 235 W to the 5th Avenue exit. Go straight toward the Holiday Inn to the 6th Avenue intersection and turn right at the light. Drive north on 6th Avenue through three lighted intersections (University, Forest, and College Avenue). At College Avenue, take a left and drive two blocks to the second stop sign. CFUM is located in a large brick building to the left. The most accessible entrance is a single red door at the northeast corner of the building (on 8th Street).

From the West: Take 235 E to the 7th Street exit. Cross the street and turn left onto 6th Avenue. Remain on 6th Avenue through three intersections (University, Forest, and College Avenue). At College Avenue, take a left and drive two blocks to the second stop sign. CFUM is located in a large brick building to the left. The most accessible entrance is a single red door at the northeast corner of the building (on 8th Street).