DES MOINES, Iowa – After four years of idle occupation in the Kathedral Church parking lot, one historic building in Des Moines found its new home Wednesday. Though originally a gas station and convenience store, the building’s owners at Kathedral say they’ve got an entirely new purpose to it.
“We’ve titled the building, the ‘Filling Station,’ thus, the children of the community not only get filled with the word of God, but they also get some good character and morals,” said Neja Linhart, a pastor at Kathedral. “It’s a place where they can come after school. We can help them with their homework, we can help guide them with issues of life.”
Church leaders say they hope to see the historic building become a “hub” for community improvement; with the nearby Oakridge neighborhood, leaders say the goal is to help steer the community’s youth out of troublesome situations, and give them a place to grow.
“We want to be a bridge for the youth in the community,” she said.
The process hasn’t gone without a few speed-bumps, however. Pastor Linhart says, after initially securing ownership of the building, the church had to house it in its parking lot for four years due to some neighborhood complaints and the death of an integral organizer for the project. Having it find its home, Linhart says, is a welcome sight.
“It’s finally come to the place where it’s supposed to be, and we are very excited,” she said. “And now we can reach the community.”
Due to the moving process, Crocker Street will be closed from 19th Street to Center Street from Wednesday to Thursday morning.