An idea...a goal...a reality...It became a reality on January 6, 2020.
Waterloo Warming Center opened to serve those that are living unsheltered here in the Cedar Valley.
It serves those that are living in places like their vehicles, vacant buildings, under the bridge, and that have exhausted their days at the overnight shelters here.
This has been a dream come true
for those that had no place to go at night...
Lives have literally been saved this winter. We are a low barrier shelter, serving those that have substance abuse issues, possibly coming intoxicated or "high" to the
shelter. Our rule is that they are welcome as long as they don't create a threat or issue for the other guests or volunteer staff.
Our warming center is open every night from m 8 p.m. til
7 a.m. the next morning. There is no limit to the number of times a guest may utilize the shelter. We will be open until March 31, 2020.
Having been open for 46 days as of this posting, we have
served over 38 NEW people. These are people that would have been outside this winter.
We have cots, sleeping bags, blankets, mats and pillows for each guest. We serve hot chocolate and snack items at
night. In the morning before leaving, guests are given a breakfast bag with a "to-go" meal.
Guests are given an opportunity to make an appointment with a homeless case out-reach worker to access other services
if they so desire.
We are so grateful for Jubilee Freedom Center for allowing us the use of their facility during the month of January and for Hawkeye Community College for allowing us to have their old Metro Campus
on W. 4th for February and March for the warming center.