Overflow shelter in Cedar Rapids secures funding

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG)- The Community Overflow Weather Shelter System (COWSS) in Cedar Rapids has secured enough funds for their shelter on 3rd Avenue S.E.

Earlier this month it was announced that the old Salvation Army Thrift Shop would be a place for homeless people to go when other shelters are full.

“There are some repair and logistics to be worked out for the location, but we expect to be open Dec. 1 at the latest, said Phoebe Trepp, executive director at Willis Dady Homeless Services, the agency that provides staffing for the overflow.

While goods are still needed, Trepp says people should collect the items, but wait to bring them until the shelter opens.

-cleaning supplies-laundry soap-30-gallon trash bags-blankets-hand warmers-thermal socks-disposable drinking cups-bottled water-portable foods that require no preparation, such as granola bars and packets of tuna

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWW) — Organizers of the Community Overflow Weather Shelter System (COWSS) say they’ve received enough financial donations to cover expenses for this winter’s operations at 719 3rd Ave SE.

Goods are still needed, but donors are asked to wait until the shelter opens before bringing these items: cleaning supplies such as laundry soap, floor cleaner and all-purpose cleaners; 30-gallon trash bags; blankets; hand warmers; thermal socks; disposable drinking cups; bottled water and portable foods that require no preparation, such as granola bars and packets of tuna.

The Overflow Shelter is a harm-reduction model to keep people sage and out of life-threatening elements. Its a collaborative project that pools and leverages existing community resources providing staff, coordination, transportation and equipment.

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