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Chrissy Duplanter's Story

My name is Kourtney Kirkpatrick, I am writing this from my new office at HOME, Inc. Two months ago I was hired as the Fundraising Director, a position I was eager to take on for an organization I did not know much about. It did not take long for me to realize HOME Inc. has been the best kept secret in Des Moines. My goal is to ensure everyone recognizes not only the name but the mission behind HOME, Inc.

In just a short time,I have already seen first-hand the impact we have on the community. From the hundreds of home buyers coming through our office for home buyer education classes, to countless calls and in-person visits from landlords and tenants learning about their rights and responsibilities, and the support we have provided to 36 extremely low-income families who are receiving financial assistance and one on one budget training through our HOPE for Stable Families program. Last but not least, two of our affordable homes have been sold to low-income families with children. One of which is Chrissy Duplanter, a single mother of two who had a dream to one day be a homeowner. HOME, Inc. made that possible.

"HOME, Inc. is not just a name to me, it is a foundation. HOME, Inc. has guided me in the right direction of reaching my dream, which is to provide affordable, yet comfortable housing to me and my young children, whom are now 7 and 12 years old. A lot of people think home ownership is not obtainable, but HOME, Inc. is an organization that works with working families to help them afford quality housing. Without them I truly believe I would not have come so far in reaching my goal.”

-Chrissy Duplanter

A decent, safe and affordable home provides strength, stability and independence. As the Fundraising Director, I ask you to help HOME, Inc.continue to be the foundation for Des Moines families by making a gift today.

Thank you for your consideration, and Happy Holidays!


Kourtney Kirkpatrick

Come work with us!

We have an opening on our team. HOME, Inc. is looking for an accountant.  If you are interested, resumes are due by 4 p.m. on Dec. 11, 2018 to

Position Title:  Full Charge Accountant

Unit/Organization: Administration

Reports To:  Executive Director

Date Revised: November 21, 2018

Organization Overview: Founded in 1967 through the efforts of citizens concerned about the lack of decent, affordable housing, Home Opportunities Made Easy, Inc. (HOME, Inc.) is the oldest private, non-profit housing organization in Des Moines.   HOME, Inc. believes that quality, affordable housing provides the foundation that enables people to stabilize and improve their lives.  HOME, Inc.’s mission is to create opportunities for quality affordable housing by developing affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, counseling individuals and families so they obtain and retain housing, and providing education to tenants and landlords to improve rental relationships.

Position Description:   HOME, Inc.’s Accountant is responsible for implementing, managing, and maintaining the financial systems and procedures that result in achieving financial stability and accountability to HOME, Inc.’s donors and grantors.   This individual is responsible for all accounting, book-keeping, financial activity, financial data entry, transaction processing, account reconciliation, discrepancy investigation and resolution, journal entries, and financial statement preparation.   This individual is responsible for working with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and staff to achieve HOME, Inc.’s mission.

Salary Range: $45,000---$55,000

Benefits: Medical, dental, long-term disability and life insurance available

Leave: Generous sick, holiday, and vacation.  Paid leave December 24th—January 1st.

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00—4:30.   Flexible schedule may be possible.

Duties and Responsibilities

Accounts Receivable:   maintain client (customer) accounts, prepare and record invoices and statements as needed, record receipts, deposit daily receipts, pull customer history and receivables reports as needed;

Accounts Payable:   maintain vendor accounts, record invoices and statements received, prepare checks, monitor cash balances, pull vendor history and payables reports as needed, maintain cash history spreadsheet of properties;

Bank Reconciliations:   reconcile all accounts (currently 7) monthly;

General Journal:   enter all needed entries to include but not limited to monthly depreciation, accrued taxes and insurance, worker’s comp breakdown, etc.;

Monthly and Annual Financial Statements:   reconcile and prepare;

Budget Preparation:   assist in the preparation of agency, job costs, program, and/or services budgets as needed;

Payroll:   process semi-monthly payroll in conjunction with a 3rd party payroll service, and enter and maintain salary and related costs and fees and benefit breakdowns in Sage.

Tax Forms:   determine which vendors need 1099’s and which clients need 1098’s and prepare and file along with 1096’s in a timely manner;

Annual Agency Audit and IRS 990:   prepare all requested worksheets, confirmations, and provide all requested documentation;

Annual Insurance Audit:   monitor proof of insurance by sub-contractors and provide a list with amounts of all payments to sub-contractors and employees;

Time Sheets:   annually determine categories needed and set up time sheets in Excel, compile monthly, quarterly, and annual time reports, determine leave carry-over and record accrued vacation.

Other Duties as Assigned


In depth knowledge of Sage/Peachtree software setup, data entry and reports;

In-depth knowledge of Excel;

Bachelor’s Degree with accounting major.   CPA preferred;

Minimum 2 years accounting experience;

Not-for-profit accounting experience a plus.

Must be accustomed to work being audited

Able to work overtime, evening and weekend hours as needed

Ability to work independently with limited guidance.

Ability to communicate effectively with staff and Board who possess varying levels of accounting knowledge.

Send resumes to 

Resumes must be received by 4:00pm, December 11, 2018

No email or telephone inquiries

HOME, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer.  Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.

Giving Tuesday!

You may be wondering, what is Giving Tuesday? Well we are here to tell you all about it. 

After the Thanksgiving holiday there are several days of extreme deals for shopping followed by Giving Tuesday. It is a chance to start the holiday season in the spirit of generosity. Tuesday, November 27th is your chance to come together with people around the world and give back to organizations that are meaningful to you.

This Giving Tuesday consider a gift to HOME, Inc. and directly impact the lives of families struggling to keep a roof over their heads. 

Once we get 50 donors to HOME, Inc. our Executive Director, Pam Carmichael, has agreed to let our Board of Directors pie her in the face. Watch a special message from Pam here.

Make a gift here.

Searchable Rental Handbook Now Available

Our Rental Housing Handbook for Landlords and Tenants provides a wide variety of information that is critical to understanding your rights both as a tenant and a landlord.  We've recently updated it so you can search the PDF based on key words.

Our handbook includes information such as:
  • What tenants need to consider before renting.
  • Tenants rights. 
  • What landlords should consider before renting a property.
  • Landlord rights.
  • And much, much more.
If you questions about the handbook or rental questions, please don't hesitate to contact our housing counselors at 515.243.1277.