Emergency Shelters In Cedar Rapids Close Their Doors
Two emergency shelters in Cedar Rapids have closed their doors because there simply isn't enough money to keep them up and running. Mission of Hope, which runs two shelter houses, announced the closing late last week.
Mission of Hope, which is a faith-based organization, relies on donations from the community. After several months of low donations, they simply couldn't afford to keep the shelters open. The executive director says that the shelter needs $500,000 a year to run. The decision to close affects 16 men and 12 women who were staying in the home. It also means laying off 5 employees.
The people staying in the homes were placed there by Waypoint Services. Waypoint says that housing has been found for all of the women previously staying at the Mission houses, but that they are still struggling to find housing options for all of the men.
Mission of Hope also provides meals and blankets and food banks at some of their other locations.