Connecting with immigrants in Des Moines


Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) provides non-credit English Language Learner (ELL) courses at Walnut Creek Downtown. Church volunteers help by connecting with immigrants through our Good Neighbor Program for the purpose of friendship, support, and spiritual guidance.


We encourage individuals & families from Walnut Creek to meet-up with participating DMACC students outside of normal class hours for things like grocery runs, community events, dinner with friends, or family celebrations.



6-9pm (No 2020 dates right now)


6-9pm (No 2020 dates right now)

Become a 'Good Neighbor'

Have a heart to befriend and connect with immigrants? We'd love to hear from you!

Welcome FAQs

What is the Good Neighbor program?

Our Good Neighbor Program connects members of Walnut Creek Church to international students from DMACC for the purpose of friendship, support, and spiritual guidance. Before and after evening classes at Walnut Creek Downtown, DMACC ELL students have the opportunity to sign up for our Good Neighbor program. We will pair up participants with an individual or family from Walnut Creek. Folks from Walnut Creek who have signed up to be a Good Neighbor will then contact their new DMACC friend and think of fun ways to connect with them.

We see these Good Neighbor teams as a way to bless immigrants and a platform to share the wonderful hope that we have in Christ. You are encouraged to get together with your neighbor at least twice a month for six months.

How can I help with the Good Neighbor Program?

It takes a lot of administration, communication, and coordination to make our Welcome Ministries work. If you’re interested in helping with planning, marketing, or communications, please contact Matt Crummy at welcome@walnutcreekchurch.org and describe your interest and skills.

What classes does DMACC host at Walnut Creek?

DMACC hosts ​​​​​​​​​​noncredit English Language Learner (ELL) courses, formerly called ESL or English as a Second Language (ESL), consisting of multi-level English instruction for anyone 18 years or older.

Get to know the amazing people who make our ministries happen

From the team:

Matt Crummy
“People from around the world are in our building Monday through Thursday. We’re humbled by the opportunity that we have in front of us to love our new neighbors.``

— Matt Crummy

Welcome Coordinator