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Waypoint Services for Women Children and Families

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Child Day Care, Children & Youth, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters

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.

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Kylynne K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent and committed staff who have the interests of survivors at the fore-front of their work. Thank you Waypoint.

Sam T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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...........

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a former board member and current volunteer, I can think of no other not-for-profit that does so much for the women, children and families in need in our community. Waypoint stretches its limited resources to help those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, homelessness or near homelessness AND subsidized child care. Most of all, the organization does this with unbound passion and professionalism.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a board member for Waypoint, i want to share what a difference this organization has made in our community . Waypoint provides a safe, confidential, non-judgmental place for women, children and families. They provide free and confidential services for those most vulnerable that includes individuals and families of all ages, socio-economic levels, cultures and genders who are:

Homeless
Living in Poverty
Victims of Domestic Violence
Victims of Sexual Assault
Friends and Families of Victims
There is no greater understanding demonstrated by the staff of this organization. They are the ultimate professionals and offer compassion and care for all they touch. I wish to express my appreciation and support for this team and the work that they do without any need for recognition, only a desire to provide support and love. Thank you

Client Served

Rating: 5

Waypoint has been a huge life- changer for me. They have helped me with the most difficult times in my life. They have convinced me that I do deserve better in life. Me and my children do not have to hurt or be hurt anymore. There staff are some of the most supportive, empowering women I have ever met in my life. Thank you so much to all who help support them and us. They have given me a new look on life and possibly life itself.

Donor

Rating: 5

Waypoint has a great positive impact on our community. They have consistently used their resource to bring the most impact to the people they help and the rest of our community. The leadership of this organization is well respected and deserving of our thanks.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

The work this organization does is unbelievable. I ALWAYS support them through their May Day Basket program and the holiday toy drive for the kids. They support my business and therefore I do the same.

Mary123

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was on the board for 8+ years, served as President, and was always impressed with the dedication of the staff. I often thought that the Board may be the "head", but the staff is the heart. Waypoint serves families by strengthening them.

Colleen16

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was on the board for 6 years, served as board president for one year. The staff consistently showed the highest level of service, dedication, compassion and love for all of the clients they served. They touched, and enhanced, the lives of so many. During an open house tour of the transitional residential facility a little girl proudly showed me "her home" and "her bed", undoubtedly the nicest and safest place she had lived in quite awhile. The staff continually looks for ways to leverage resources to provide the maximum amount of service possible within their financial constraints and realities. Kudos to Liz and all of her staff!

Elizabeth76

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I served on the board for 5 years before moving away from Iowa. I was amazed at the great work they did for the community. The testimonies from those served brought to light that no one is exempt from needing help from time to time. They provided shelter for abused women and families, and a helping hand to get women back on their feet. I left before the flood that devastated the area but once again, hard work and commitment enabled this organization to rally and resume helping those still reeling from the floods. They are truly a treasure to the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Christine53

Board Member

Rating: 5

As both a board member and parent of two young children in Waypoint's daycare program, I am impressed every day with the level of commitment and dedication that Waypoint's staff--top to bottom--has. We know our children are in great hands every day and are continuously impressed with the childcare staff's loyalty and genuine concern for our children's wellbeing. As a board member, I had many opportunities to observe the senior executive team in action. It is clear that Waypoint's staff is constantly focused on providing excellent service to its clients and our community. We are lucky to have this organization providing critical services in our community.

Cathy39

Donor

Rating: 5

I always think of Waypoint first when I have useful items to donate such as diapers, backpacks, school supplies or toys. Several groups I belong to support Waypoint as well...it's such a crucial service to our community.

Amy_59

Client Served

Rating: 5

Waypoint was a god-send for me 4 years ago when I was in need of childcare for my youngest daughter. I really didn't want to pay a lot of money to send my child to an in- home daycare that I wasn't sure of. Someone suggested Waypoint Uptown Kids. Oh. My. Gosh. From the minute I walked in there with her, I knew this is where I wanted my daughter to be. Chris, her lead teacher in the Blue Room along with Ginny and Carla (who would become her lead teacher in Purple) were wonderful. When Carla moved to Purple Room to be a lead teacher, she took me aside and explained that she was moving and wanted me to know for Katy's sake. They comforted her when she went through the separtion that first week, got down on the floor and played, did crafts, and were so helpful with any concerns I had. Each room that my daughter transitioned to was the same. Helpful, caring and incredibly knowledgeable staff. Even though she is now in 1st grade, my daughter always wants to go visit and see Miss Kim, or see Diane at the front desk. Whenever anyone asks me where to go for child care, Waypoint Uptown Kids is the first answer out of my mouth. No hesitations.