The Waypoint Madge Phillips Center Shelter for Homeless Women and Children
Corner of 4th Ave & 6th St. SE, Downtown Cedar Rapids
Intake Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Waypoint Madge Phillips Center Shelter provides shelter and stabilizing resources for homeless women and their children. The Center offers basic needs, information, strategic referrals, one-on-one support, and skill development so women can achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and family stability.
The Center has 16 private living spaces, a kitchen, two living areas, children’s playroom, laundry room, and private meeting spaces. Women and children can live in the shelter for up to 30 days. The atmosphere is safe, supportive, and structured to help women achieve their personal goals.
To inquire about vacancies in the shelter, please call 319-366-7999, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Emergency, Safe Shelter
If you are experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault and are in need of emergency shelter in a safe, confidential place, Waypoint has other safe housing options available. Call the Waypoint Crisis & Support Line anytime at 319-363-2093 or 800-208-0388.
One-on-one case management helps women identify, prioritize and resolve problems to improve their situations. The on-site case manager provides guidance, encouragement, accountability, and direction to the most appropriate community resources to help with barriers such as affordable housing, mental illness, legal services, job skills, substance abuse treatment, affordable child care, domestic violence and more. The case manager helps women set individual goals, provides them with appropriate information, and outlines realistic solutions to be attained during their stay at shelter and beyond.
Post-shelter outreach services provide a continuation of case management services in women’s homes to assist with working toward goal achievement for up to one year after departing from the Center. The service offers guidance to help each woman with the seemingly insurmountable challenges they face to maintaining long-term self-sufficiency. The service assists individuals by collaborating with appropriate resources within the community, offsetting discouragement, monitoring progress toward goals, improving self-concept, and assisting with establishing a support network.
Children's Activities and Support
An on-site children's activities coordinator supports the needs of each child living at the Center and provides positive interaction and planned activities during their stay. Case managers also provides parent support; arrangements for transportation to school; and advocacy for children at school or with other community resources.