Meet the Team

While Greater Des Moines Supportive Housing is a new organization, the founding team has many decades of experience in homeless services, housing programs, and nonprofit management. The founding team includes:


Emily Osweiler, MSW

Emily helped lead the efforts to build and launch the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus in Des Moines in 2011. She helped plan the design of the facility with architects, developed resident-centered programming, and managed the low-income tax credits. Emily has 18 years of nonprofit experience and more than a decade of experience in board development and management, fundraising, cultivating strategic partnerships, and around social work issues of homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, trauma, veteran’s needs, extreme poverty, mindfulness, and more.

Emily’s deep commitment to the community is evident in the way she spends her time. She serves on the Plymouth Place Board of Directors and is a past Director for Community Choice Credit Union, a past member and current volunteer for the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute, a member of the Board of an animal rescue called Inner Light Sanctuary, a member of a Giving Program Board through Kinship Brewery and is active in her church and her children’s activities. Emily was named one of the Des Moines Business Record’s 40 Under 40 leaders in 2020.

Carol Luth

Carol Luth

Carol has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit world and has worked in the mental health, corrections, older adult, and adult education arenas as a direct service provider, program developer, and manager. Carol has over 15 years of experience in grant writing and management, including recent employment with Mercy Foundation of Des Moines and the YMCA of Greater Des Moines.

Impact Story

One day his neighbors noticed that he hadn’t been out and about

Fitz lived in a tent for 17 years. Everyone knew him. He was always the life of the party. He had found all of the ways to take care of his basic needs and make a true home in the camp. He got around by bike and utilized the pantries and the free clinics. One day his neighbors noticed…
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