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Central Iowa Shelter & Services

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Causes: Christianity, Employment Preparation & Procurement, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Job Training, Religion

Mission: Central Iowa Shelter & Services' mission is to provide free shelter and meals to homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions, and to facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency.

Target demographics: Homeless Adults (18+)

Direct beneficiaries per year: almost 2,000 unduplicated individuals through our homeless opportunity center

Geographic areas served: Central Iowa

Programs: emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing with a community service wing providing an on-site health clinic, food pantry, clothing closet and classroom.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

This is ran by the residents and rules are not enforced by the staff who see this place as a stepping stone for a better career. Third shift is non existence in the north and south sleeping area, people sprawled out on the floor like a crack house.
Residents are allowed to intimidate and tell staff that they don't have authority to tell them to follow the rules. Threats from the drug crowd is rampant and ignored by staff, violence is condoned by the staff as residents gain power.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a client in the fall of 2011(?) when the new shelter opened. It was such a savior for me. I was living basically, on the streets, for about 8 months which was a total eye-opening experience. I was waiting for my disability payments to start but in the mean time had no where to go during the winter. Like a lot of the others, it was a matter of happenstance. I was Very grateful to have the services provided to me that helped get me back out into a world of self-suffiniency. I have been a donor to these causes for the homeless in prior years and also since!!! I PAY IT FORWARD FOR A REASON!!!