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Posted September 14, 2012 in Web Exclusives

Gov. Terry Branstad and other distinguished Des Moines leaders will reveal one of Des Moines’ best kept secrets at noon on Tuesday by announcing a state grant.

The $50,000 grant will kick off a fundraising campaign to repair and modernize the plumbing, electrical and mechanical features of a century-old church that provides more than $1 million of privately funded, essential services annually to resident of one of Des Moines’ most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods.

Visuals include the before pictures of what is expected to be an astonishing make-over of a historic institution. The sanctuary of Trinity United Methodist Church was made over in 2011 to restore much of its original 1910 glory. Now, the church and others are raising money to modernize the kitchen, classrooms and offices that three organizations – Children and Family Urban Ministries, Las Americas Comunidad de Fe, Trinity United Methodist Church – are using to serve more than 300 people a day through meals and more than 20 educational and healthcare programs for low income families including many immigrant groups.

Available for interviews:
Rev. Barbara Dinnen, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, Las Americas Faith Community; 515-490-1234,
Rev. Carmen Lampe-Zeitler, Ex. Director, Children and Family Ministries; 515-210-4400;
Rev. Diane McClanahan, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church; 515-418-7766;

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