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Central Iowa Shelter & Services

Our Mission

Central Iowa Shelter & Service's 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.

Agency Overview

One hundred two emergency shelter beds are available for homeless men and women from 4 pm - 8 am daily, with an additional 14 beds allocated as longer-term transitional housing for homeless veterans. Guests are provided evening and breakfast meals; access to shower and laundry facilities, a weekly medical clinic, and group counseling; as well as individualized case management, life skills instruction, and referrals to other community services/benefits, where appropriate. These services are provided at a cost of approximately $13/guest/day, with no fees charged to guests.

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Questions & Answers

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If you have stayed in this shelter, how was your stay?

Is this a safe shelter to stay in?

User Answers

  1. Mostly it is. Staff are watchful and break up conflicts quickly, although I watched certain staff jump on the wrong person consistently. I don't think that people working in shelters like this really understanding the people they are 'helping'. Some people are prey, some are predators, and often certain staff attacked the prey person when a predator was provoking them. Most of the staff there really DO care about you, and this is one shelter where people are treated more like humans than most shelters I've been in. It's by far one of the best shelters I've been in. Not perfect, but they mostly have their heart in the right place. The one thing that was the biggest problem for me with safety issues was that they put men in the female dorm. I am a rape and sodomy survivor. That was hugely threatening to me, that is an unacceptable situation. Period.

    Answer posted on Feb 15, 2024 0

Do they accept pets at this shelter?

User Answers

  1. No

    Answer posted on Feb 22, 2024 0

Do you have any advice for those wanting to stay at this shelter?

How long can you stay here?

User Answers

  1. 90 days.

    Answer posted on Feb 22, 2024 0

1 Comment

  1. Donald
    Feb 25, 2021Reply
    Good place to stay when you are down on your luck

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