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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

3 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.

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.


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.