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Agency - Willis Dady Emergency Shelter

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Willis Dady Emergency Shelter
Last updated on May 5, 2014


Willis Dady Emergency Shelter's mission is to provide immediate shelter to homeless single men and families in a safe, clean, and caring atmosphere, which promotes progress toward ending the cycle of homelessness.

Willis Dady Emergency Shelter serves homeless single men and families the Linn County area. We provide clients with needs, such as, clothing, personal hygiene items, bedding, laundry facilities, food,transportation, and case management services. Through meeting basic needs, direction to appropriate community services, and a safe living environment, we provide the space for residents to move their focus from survival to self sufficiency.

The shelter has been in operation since 1987. It was named after a young homeless man, Willis Dady, who drowned in the Des Moines River while attempting to rescue a child. Willis Dady was awarded the Presidential Citizen's Award, post death, for his heroic rescue. This is the highest award that a citizen of the U.S. can receive. Willis Dady Emergency Shelter has served over 10,000 clients from over 30 different countries. In 2009 we sheltered over 400 single men and family members. In August 2009, Willis Dady was awarded an I-Jobs Public Shelter Service Grant of $300,000.

Contact person: Denine Rushing, Community Liaison, (phone), (email)

Office fax number: (319) 362-7540

 1247 4TH Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, IA 52403
(See a map)

Web Site: http://www.willisdady.org


 We are located between 12th and 14th Streets on 4th Avenue SE. There are vacant lots on both sides of the building, which is tan with brown shutters. The main entrance faces the alley behind the building. It is always locked, so please just knock for assitance.
  Nearest Bus Stop: 4TH Ave. across from Shelter; 5TH Ave. and 12TH Street, 2 minute walk
Last updated on May 5, 2014

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