The staff and volunteers at Waypoint are one of a kind. They are steadfast in their mission of moving people forward and handle each individual with kindness and compassion. The organization is vital to women, children and families in Cedar Rapids and surrounding counties. I believe in Waypoint.
I have been involved with Waypoint for the past three years as a volunteer and board member. This organization does more good for our community than we could ever give them credit for. The people at Waypoint spend countless hours helping others in need, saving lives, and building a safe place for those who need one. They care children in their day care centers at a level anyone would be proud to be a part of. Join me in congratulating everyone who is a part of this great organization! Great Job Waypoint!
Waypoint is an incredible organization and provides great services within the communities they serve. I'm honored to serve as a Board Member and look forward to working with them on their mission.
I could not be more proud to serve on the Waypoint Board of Directors. Waypoint has 125 years of moving people forward. They impact lives in such a positive way everyday! Their preschool program for full pay and subsidized pay has over 95% of children kindergarten ready. They help with rapid re-housing to those in need of a home and help with domestic violence awareness as well as mentoring those that have been impacted. 125 of moving people forward...WAY TO GO WAYPOINT!
Teri G. - 2019 Board of Directors President
I am actually a former client and current board member of Waypoint Services. Without the services and support I received from Waypoint, I'm not sure what direction my life would have taken. The staff truly cares about the well being of each individual they serve. Their mission - to help individuals move forward in their lives - is evident in everything they do. I am grateful for the support I was given, and honored to pay it forward with my role on the board of directors.
Cannot say enough great things about Waypoint! When I was asked to be on the board, it was a no brainer. My time with Waypoint has been amazing. They are dedicated to the community and the people they work with. The staff are top notch. We are so lucky to have Waypoint in our Cedar Rapids community!
Waypoint is an embodiment of their mission; helping to move people forward in their life. They are highly needed in our community. I choose to volunteer with Waypoint as my journey in this life has not been the easiest. Waypoint helped me to move forward in my personal life. I was once a recipient of their services. What many did not know as I hid it; was I was married to an alcoholic. We met in high school at a young age. I always wanted it to be better, for him to be better and for me to be better. It was very turbulent. One evening, I had to call 911. I feared for my life. I had feared times previously; but this time I knew in my heart I had to call. I was able to escape to a nearby home. He was arrested and the state pressed charges. I met multiple times with the assistant county attorney and the victim advocate. I received information that Waypoint put together that was helpful to me. I am forever grateful to the state and to Waypoint for the kindness they extended to help me move forward in my personal life. I was able to get to a point where there was more of an assurance of safety. I then was able to focus on getting the help I needed. It has been a journey of healing and moving forward and as mentioned, I am forever grateful. When it indicates below to choose your role, I am thankful to be a volunteer now.
Such an amazing organization. Can't say enough great things about the staff and what they do for our community.
I start working at Waypoint as a college intern. After completing my internship, I continued my career at Waypoint as a volunteer. I was very impressed with the housing, and food, services Waypoint provided. No is never a word used with someone is requesting resources or services. If Waypoint cannot assist the person other resources, references, or a referral are provided. This is very important working with a person in crisis. The daily positive interaction between staff and clients is another reason I decided to volunteer.
As an employee of another non-profit organization that provides crucial services to the most vulnerable population in our community, I applaud Waypoint's DV program and its advocates for the wonderful work they do. Their advocacy helps to improve the lives and safety of families. We are fortunate to be able to collaborate with their program and help serve survivors.
Waypoint was my sunshine on my darkest days. I am a domestic violence survivor and was put in contact with them after my last attack. My advocate drove out to my home numerous times to meet with me, they helped me pay my bills, they helped get my locks changed on my house, they gave me tools I never would of thought of to make sure I and my daughter stayed safe. They made sure my daughter had a Christmas by giving gifts!!! My advocate took thousands of phone calls for me and attended all the countless court hearings, she sat next to me and held my hand as the judge handed out my abusers sentence. Most important she taught me how to believe in myself, she reminded me this storm will pass, she helped me find my voice again. I ended up getting to know most of the waypoint team. They all reminded me everytime how strong, and beautiful I was. That is a gift I'll never be able to repay. They all were my cheerleaders during the darkest part of my life. They helped me rise above and gave me more than one opportunity to share my story in hopes it would help atleast one person. Waypoints rating exceeds 5 stars. They gave me mine and my daughters life back. I've said my army is bigger than my abusers. With waypoint behind me I've got the strongest army ever! I will end my review with this. People have lives outside of work and even if there is a rough day out side of work you never would know it. They handled every call, face to face, court appearance and so on as I was the most important person in the world. Thank you Waypoint!
Waypoint is a nonprofit that is always looking at best practice models to better serve its clients. I have always been amazed by how well they carry out a strategic plan and really focus on needs in the communities they serve. Waypoint has been inspiring people to move forward for 125 years, this is an amazing testament to the work they do.
Waypoint does so much for families in and around the area; from women and children's services to Christmas gift giveaways to the community food bank, Waypoint's contributions to our community are appreciated. We use their school age services, and I feel that Jaina, the instructor at our site, genuinely cares about my children.
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.
I have been volunteering at Waypoint for the last six years and have found everyone we work with at Waypoint to be outgoing and positive role models for everyone that uses their services. We read to the pre-schoolers five times a year and interact with the teachers and children on our visits. The classes are always well-structured and the children have fun learning many skills and also are prepared to enter the school system.
I am a fairly new volunteer with Waypoint, but I think they do an excellent job! They are very respectful of the clients they serve and are friendly and helpful to the volunteers. I enjoy volunteering there very much and hope to for many years to come!
I have volunteered for Waypoint for more than 25 years as a donor and member of the Board of Director's and Board of Trustees. I have seen changes in volunteers, leadership and staff but the thing that has always remained the same is Waypoints' passion to fulfill the mission of serving women and their families during times of crisis. 25 years ago we were focused mostly on fitness. We now provide quality day care with a sliding fee scale, a homeless shelter for women and their children and advocate for victims of domestic violence as well as many ancillary services. I am proud and honored to be associated with such a wonderful organization for over a quarter of a century.
Excellent and committed staff who have the interests of survivors at the fore-front of their work. Thank you Waypoint.
I have served on the Board of Directors at Waypoint for 5 years and have been a volunteer with the organization since 2004. I have heard many stories from the women and families helped by Waypoint. The staff is dedicated, professional and innovative. I am proud to be associated with this nonprofit!
I served on this board for 6 years and have remained a huge advocate and supporter because of my experience as a board member. This organization genuinely engages it's board members to understand the impact that this organization has on the community as well as the women and children that it serves. We met the women in crisis and heard their stories. We hung out with the children in the shelters while assisting them at making hand made Mothers day cards. We were also invited/encouraged to go through the Advocacy training for the Assault Shelter. This is a 40 hour training experience that lead to one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life. I will never forget my first day of volunteering in the shelter and hearing the desperate cry of a mother on the phone as she learned about losing care of her children. As hard as it was to hear this, I knew that she had a support system around her within Waypoint that would lend her guidance and keep her safe. I often think of that woman and wonder what would she have done if Waypoint was not there for her...........