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‘We’re not out of the woods’: Shelter House’s winter shelter is open, for now

Shelter House’s winter emergency shelter has opened after a month of delays caused by staffing issues and COVID-19 infections. The winter shelter, located at on 340 Southgate Ave, opened Jan. 4. Seventy-nine people took shelter that night, with 72 staying […]

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Free mobile clothing closet helps locals in need bundle up, dress for school or jobs

Around 40 people picked out clothes on Thursday, when the Corridor Community Action Network’s (CCAN) brought its free mobile clothing closet to Pepperwood Plaza in Iowa City. The event was the first test drive for CCAN Clothing Cruise’s RV, which […]

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Iowa City teen Kasey Dawson overcame homelessness and loss to graduate high school. A year later, she’s still fighting for a place to call her own.

In January 2019, Little Village received an email submission from a City High senior named Kasey Dawson titled “My Life Story.” “I never understood what it meant to be depressed,” it began. Over a nearly 2,000-word essay, the 17-year-old reflected […]

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‘How do I manage my anxiety about this?’: Needed now more than ever, crisis and community orgs adapt to social distancing

While the immediate concern amid the COVID-19 pandemic is physical health, social distancing has wide-stretching impacts on mental health, employment and other resources. Due to social distancing guidelines, local service organizations have had to adjust the way they serve the […]

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Shelter House continues serving the community while COVID-19 forces changes and funds run short

Everyone is being told to stay home to help limit the spread of COVID-19. But what does that mean for people experiencing homelessness? And how does social distancing work in emergency shelter? Those are questions Shelter House had to quickly […]

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Bikes, bags and brews: Brake the Cycle of Homelessness will raise funds for Iowa City’s Shelter House

This is the first year for the ride, which will start at Terry Trueblood Recreation Area and finish at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom. There are scheduled stops along the route, beginning with the Vine Tavern & Eatery in Coralville. From there, cyclists will head to downtown Iowa City and stop at Molly’s Cupcakes and Yotopia Frozen Yogurt. These restaurants will give back a portion of their proceeds to Shelter House during the event. […]

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Shelter House’s winter programs, Housing First project fight homelessness in Johnson County

Shelter House, an Iowa City nonprofit that serves the needs of the homeless, has kicked off its Out of the Cold fundraising campaign.“It’s to support all of our winter programming that includes the winter emergency shelter,” said Angelica Vannatta, development director for Shelter House. “Our fundraising goal this year is $100.000.” […]

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Iowa City wins $25,000 Amazon award for its Data-Driven Justice Initiative

Iowa City will receive $25,000 worth of cloud services for its Data-Driven Justice Initiative that works to keep individuals dealing with mental illness and substance abuse issues out of jail. The award is part of Amazon Web Services’ City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge.
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