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CENTRAL IOWA SHELTER & SERVICES
November 30, 2010

In the past year, Central Iowa Shelter and Services has assisted more than 1,200 guests, providing transitional shelter opportunities, as well as shower and laundry facilities. CISS also offers a weekly medical clinic, HIV screenings and counseling services, substance abuse and mental health evaluations, legal aid and GED exam preparation. The organization is focused on providing a host of resources to help clients achieve independent living such as case management, counseling, life skills instruction. In the past year, CISS has successfully placed 152 individuals were transitioned into stabilized housing. Their commitment to our community goes beyond their own walls. The Central Iowa Shelter Community Kitchen program delivered more than 89,000 meals at six sites around Polk county last year alone.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personally, I have been extremely impressed with the staff and their level of output given their resources and limited space. That dedication has earned great respect for CISS from community and business leaders throughout the metro area.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Central Iowa Shelter and Services is in desperate need of a larger space. Residents are overflowing from the bunk rooms meaning many have to sleep in the common area's chairs at night. Plans are in the works for a new, state-of-the-art building that will greatly relieve the space issues and allow the organization to expand its outreach and training roles in the community.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have served on the planning committee for their annual "Heroes for Homeless" fundraiser and awards ceremony.