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.
My aunt was in a domestic abuse situation in Minnesota. Her and her 3 children, 2 of which have special needs, came to Waypoint (as she is from the eastern Iowa area). Waypoint helped her get settled into a safe place to "start over" and get out of harm's way. It is a blessing to have such a resource in the community to help people like this.