Raise the Roof: Thomas’ Story

Raise the Roof: Thomas’ Story
Thomas, Fairweather Lodge Training Program Participant I see men and women growing in the groups we hold in this home. To see them making progress like that encourages me to keep going. I’m 7 months sober now.  I’ve got to say, The Fairweather Lodge has helped me to stay sober and has kept me from getting bored and lonely.  It’s all about the comradery of the people here; the groups, st...
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Under Your Wing

Under Your Wing
Here’s something that may not be a surprise: Moving people beyond homelessness is hard work. Beyond working with clients, putting in applications, and helping individuals find employment, there are larger institutional blocks that cause people to continue experiencing homelessness, including bad credit, poor backgrounds, and stigma associated with staying in shelter. Shelters all across the coun...
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Kelly’s Story

Kelly’s Story
When I showed up at the Winter Shelter, I was terrified to go inside. I had been living with someone, and was relying on them for transportation, but after some bad conflict they left me in Iowa City without a way home. I realized I had no place to go. It was snowing, it was dark, and it was cold… This wasn’t the first time I had been homeless—the last time was in 2009 after my place caught...
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Swing Fore Shelter House

Swing Fore Shelter House
The Bean Learning Community at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine is putting together an exciting event this spring: Swing Fore Shelter House! The event will involve a golf game of 4-person scramble and all the proceeds will support Shelter House! You don't need to be a pro or even have golfing experience at all - just mark your calendar for Saturday, April 22, 2017, sign up, and ...
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2017 Book Sale

2017 Book Sale
Important info: Shelter House will be having its 20th annual Book Sale to help raise funds to support them in their mission of moving people beyond homelessness. Sale will be held on March 25th (10:30 AM-5 PM) and 26th (12 PM-4 PM) at the Johnson County Fairgrounds (Building C) -- Early bird fee for 10 AM entrance available for $10 Donation Drop Off begins Feb 26th (Sunday). Weekly Dona...
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Out of the Cold: Kishawna’s Story

Out of the Cold: Kishawna’s Story
Ever since I was a little girl, my life has been rough. I walked out of my mom’s house at the age of 18, and I’ve been jumping from place to place and shelter to shelter ever since. I didn’t have anyone else in my life to turn to. Even though my life was rough, I never had to go through what other people have, sleeping outside and everything else. I didn’t have to do that … But moving from pl...
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Children’s Holiday Party

Children’s Holiday Party
Shelter House would like to thank everyone who helped put on a successful and fun Children’s Holiday Party this year!       Over 30 children from families who have experienced homelessness in the past year came to the event at Shelter House on Saturday, December 17th, and as you can see, they all had a blast.   With great support from o...
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Out of the Cold: Fred’s Story

Out of the Cold: Fred’s Story
Meet Fred, a Fairweather Lodge mental health recovery program participant: “When I lived in Michigan, I was working in a sweatshop…I was under so much stress. Then, when I came to Iowa City it took a lot of adjusting to come to another state. I thought I came to rebuild my life, but I couldn’t get that experience or the stress out of my mind. …After I lost my job, I lost my mom’s house becau...
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Out of the Cold

Out of the Cold
This year alone, over 864 men, women and children relied on Shelter House for emergency shelter and support when they had no place to call home. Eight hundred sixty four of our neighbors, our children’s classmates, and our fellow community members came through our doors as they faced the disruptive and traumatic experience of homelessness. Each with unique backgrounds, challenges, goals, and s...
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Thank you for Keeping Us Cool!

Thank you for Keeping Us Cool!
YOU DID IT! We not only reached our goal of $3,500 in our Keep Us Cool campaign, but you blew our expectations away by contributing over $5,000 to help pay for our utility and water bills for August (and beyond!).  Thank you all for being so engaged and contributing so generously to the campaign. Because of you, Shelter House is staying nice and cool as we move people beyond homelessness in ou...
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