Mission: Waypoint strengthens and empowers women and families in their life's journey by providing advocacy, crisis intervention, supportive services, shelter, quality child care, and community leadership
Programs: Child care services: provides licensed, quality care with age appropriate curriculum and healthy meals for children ages six weeks to 12 years. Full-time care is provided for children age six weeks to five years with preschool at three locations, before and after school care at eleven locations and full-time summer care at five locations in cedar rapids, iowa. In the fiscal year 2015, an average of 515 children were served daily with 30% receiving financial assistance to attend.
domestic violence victim services program: provides support services to help victims/survivors and their families deal with the trauma of domestic violence. Services include 24-hour domestic violence crisis and support line; one-on-one peer counseling; medical, legal, and criminal justice advocacy; weekly support groups; safety and basic needs; and community prevention education. In fiscal year 2015, waypoint served 2,433 new victims of violence and answered the 24/7 resource and support line 5,196 times.
madge phillips center shelter: provides emergency shelter, basic living supplies, case management, and outreach support for homeless women and their children. In fiscal year 2015, the program provided shelter to 289 homeless women and children. Daytime resource program: a weekday drop-in resource program for individuals who are homeless, nearly homeless, or living in poverty. In fiscal year 2015, the program served 4,171 individuals. Coordinated intake (ci): offers support and services to homeless households or those at risk of becoming homeless. Ci assesses the needs and then connects individuals to a community program that best meets their needs. Currently all emergency shelter community providers participate in this effort. In fiscal year 2015, ci supported 2,817 individuals with services.
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I started my career in business and education at Waypoint as an intern in their marketing department. I was impressed then and I remain impressed now, after 6 years working in a few different companies, how well this organization is ran. From the top down it always seems to me that Waypoint has a clear focus and utilizes an outstandingly successful "umbrella" business model that uses their for-profit daycare centers to operate their non-profit women and children centers. I am proud to say that I was a daycare kid in their summer program as a youth and that I was able to help them while also starting my career there. I am now a high school teacher in downtown Houston, TX with 85% of the population being "at risk" in one way or another, Houston needs an organization like Waypoint in a bad way! Cedar Rapids is lucky to have them. -Wylie Hachey