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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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

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.

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.