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December 1, 2018 | Vol. 1, Ed. 20


Out of the Cold | Winter Emergency Shelter 

Since Winter of 2014-2015, Shelter House has opened a low-barrier Winter Emergency Shelter at a temporary location from December through March. This satellite facility is intended for individuals for whom homelessness has become a chronic condition. Barriers to entry such as sobriety, participation in programs, and other requirements are removed. With our expanded winter shelter capacity, individuals who would have otherwise been incarcerated or sleeping in encampments, parking ramps and hallways of apartment buildings are instead ensured a safe, warm place to sleep...

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Housing First | A Nationwide Trend

As the completion of Cross Park Place draws near, the excitement around Shelter House grows! 24 units will be available to those challenged by chronic homelessness.

Our Executive Director, Crissy Canganelli, sat down with Karol Kelly from Mediacom Newsleaders to talk about the Fairweather Lodge program and Cross Park Place, two permanent supportive housing projects that have proven to save money and more importantly, lives.

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So Many Socks! | Tis' the Giving Season

Mary's Farm Sanctuary coordinated with Shelter House to collect donations of socks from across Johnson County.  The goal at the outset was to have one pair of new socks to go with each of the 500 winter jackets received from the non-profit organization One Warm Coat via the Minnesota-based apparel company UNRL. By the end of National Hunger and Homelessness Week (November 11-16) the generosity of many Iowa City, Hills, Kalona, Wellman, Solon, and Lone Tree individuals, businesses, schools and churches and from departments at the University of Iowa resulted in the donation of 2,437 pairs of socks, nearly five times the original goal!


  • December 1: Shelter House's Out of the Cold campaign kicks off
  • December 1-24: Lucky's Giving Tree for Shelter House. Be sure to check it out at Lucky's Market
  • December 8, 2pm-4pm: Corks for a Cause @ WineStyles. 100% of ticket sales benefit Shelter House
  • December 18: Tacos for Peace @ Trumpet Blossom Cafe. Stay tuned for more details
  • Last Sunday of the Month: Eat @ Saigon's Corner. Enjoy delicious Vietnamese cuisine while supporting Shelter House

Shelter House
PO Box 3146
Iowa City, Iowa 52244-3146
(319) 351-0326



About Shelter House 
Much more than a roof and a bed
. Since 1983, Shelter House has provided safe shelter and helped people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness. We offer a robust continuum of programs and supports focusing on emergency, stabilization, and long-term interventions in the areas of housing, employment, and mental health recovery. In so doing, we help hundreds of men, women and children each year to get back on their feet. For more information about Shelter House, visit https://shelterhouseiowa.org/


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