Team

Our team is dedicated to empowering women to lead self-sufficient lives.

We are a group of passionate women with one goal, and we use all of our resources to make it happen: empower women to lead self-sufficient lives. We know it’s worth it because our success rate speaks for itself—86% of the women that leave House of Hope go on to live happily independent lives, and their children grow up with confident role models and a roof over their heads.

Karin Rowe

Karin Rowe

Executive Director

Karin has spent over 15 years working with at-risk youth and social services throughout the Midwest. She’s a Chicago native, but she’s happy to be part of the Cedar Valley community. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and twin boys.

Why House of Hope?
After years of working with at-risk youth and families that are in and out of the shelters, it is incredible to watch a family break away from the struggles that hold them back and fully heal together. Knowing that the work the mom is doing now will open up the possibilities for the children’s future makes every day at the House of Hope worth it.

Dusky Steele

Dusky Steele

Development Coordinator

Dusky has over 15 years of experience in social services. In her spare time, she spends time behind her camera as a professional photographer. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and hopes one day, to finish the laundry.

Why House of Hope?
Breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness has always been a cause I feel strongly about. I love going to a job every day knowing we are changing lives.

Lisa Nissen

Lisa Nissen

Case Manager

Lisa has spent the last 24 years working in social services. The Wartburg alum enjoys spending time with her husband, children and horses. You can often find her riding the trails on her days off.

Why House of Hope?
Working with women who want to change their situation, being part of the empowering these families, and getting to see the change is why I am passionate about House of Hope.

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