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Shelter House is a non-profit organization that has provided housing and supportive services to the homeless of Southeast Iowa since 1983.

Shelter House is Johnson County, Iowa's only general use homeless shelter, providing transitional shelter to men, women, and children, including the disabled and the elderly. 


Shelter House provides safe shelter and helps people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness


Shelter House is the catalyst and voice for systemic community change in the persuit of ending homelessness.


We will do this through excellence in service, financial stewardship, and development of strong community partnerships.


United Way of Johnson CountyShelter House is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. As a partner agency of the United Way of Johnson County, we have successfully met all local membership accountability standards in finance, ethics, governance, and diversity.

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A few current needs:

We have the greatest need for the following items:

  • Lip balm
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Summer clothes

Link to Donate Goods.



Drop-In Service Hours:
-  Monday - Friday 1-4PM
-  Saturday - Sunday 8-10AM

Wait List:
Sign-up for admission to shelter begins daily at 6:00PM. You must be present to sign-up.

Floater Vocational Coordinator

The Floater Vocational Coordinator will manage a Fairweather Lodge Fresh Starts janitorial contract site as needed by permanent Vocational Coordinator staff.  The Fresh Starts program is a supported employment program for adults with chronic mental illness who are experiencing homelessness. The Vocational Coordinator will supervise both Fresh Starts janitorial staff and temporary janitorial interns through the Shelter House STAR case management program.  This is a part time position.  Please send resume to James Davis at to apply.  Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Overnight/Evening Shelter Coordinator

Are you looking for a job or experience in human services? Shelter House seeks a part-time Shelter Coordinator to work overnight shifts providing support and assistance to those experiencing homelessness. The Coordinator will work approximately 20 hours per week.  The position is available immediately.  Download more information and apply here. Please send resume to Mark Sertterh at to apply.


Donate Now

Your gift directly supports and advances our mission to provide safe shelter and help people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness.

  • $25 will sponsor a night of shelter and supportive services for a person who is homeless in our community.
  • $100 will sponsor a night of shelter and supportive services for a family in need.
  • $175 will sponsor a week of shelter and supportive services for someone trying to restart their life.

Donations can be made in any amount to Operations. For questions please contact Sarah Fletcher at 319-338-5416 ext. 202


Shelter House  |  429 Southgate Ave.  |  Iowa City, IA 52240  |  MAP  | Front Desk 319-351-0326  |   Fax 319-358-7132  

Administration/STAR  |  429 Southgate Ave.  |  Iowa City, IA 52240  |  MAP  |  319-338-5416

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