1021 1st Ave. N. Fort Dodge, IA 50501

   Reaching out to men who are homeless,
   hungry and 
in need of hope

      Demonstrating the Grace of Christ through food, shelter, clothing and the Word of God

Sharing the love of Christ in a tangible way.

Beacon of Hope Shelter is a Christ-centered faith-based ministry working cooperatively with the community to eliminate homelessness. Beacon of Hope provides a safe and secure emergency shelter to homeless adult men: offering shelter, clothing and food, for temporary assistance to create opportunities and programs in working towards self-sufficiency.

How You Can Get Involved


You can make a difference in the lives of homeless men. Be a part of something bigger than yourself. We are forming many ministry task groups and asking all those yet to volunteer to respond with your passion as to where God is asking you to serve.

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Provide Meals

Our numbers vary greatly each day so we serve as few as fifteen up to fifty men each night at the Beacon. They eat at 5:30pm so anyone helping with the meal would have to plan for that many and that time. Contact Brian Bidleman by phone 515-955-3366 or email

Email Brian

We operate totally on donations from individuals, churches, and businesses. Every donation, no matter the size, makes a big difference in the lives of the men who will be staying at the Beacon.

Share our Mission

We would love to come and speak to your group or church about Beacon of Hope Shelter. We have a wonderful team of passionate persons who are willing to come and share the Beacon of Hope story. Please contact Brian Bidleman by phone 955-3366 or email:

Email Brian

Transformed Lives

Don’t take our word for it – meet whose lives have changed

This place has given me the biggest blessing what started out as a disaster has turned into a new life with all the promise hope and blessings god could give me.

A mess turned into something beautiful… I have been blessed!

I have been wrestling with alcoholism since he was 15. After decades of use, alcohol’s hold on me was so strong that nothing could shake it– I lost my job. Eventually I drank through my savings. I ended up at Beacon of Hope and my life started to change. The team at Beacon of Hope showed me the love of God.I now am working at the Second Hand Thrift Store and have been sober for 8 months.


I met a 65 year old Veteran of 14 years, living at Beacon of Hope. He had worked as an electrician and construction worker. He talked about the hard times in his life, and then told us his desire in faith, and fascination for Sci-Fi. I also spoke with 3 other men who shared their many challenges, stories, and regrets. They had found there way to the Beacon by following God’s path. It was truly inspiring.