Homeless overflow shelter officially open in Cedar Rapids


    The overflow shelter on 3rd Ave in Cedar Rapids accommodates 45 beds. (CBS2/FOX28)

    After securing funding, the Willis Dady homeless overflow shelter opened to the public on Saturday, December 1.

    The shelter, located at 719 3rd Avenue SE, accommodates 45 people.

    The shelter manager urges people to call ahead each morning to reserve a bed for the night.

    "You do want to make that call, and you want to make it as early as possible," said Denine Rushing, the shelter manager. "Because if we do get full, we don't want anyone to be without a bed."

    The shelter is open Monday-Friday from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.

    Rushing said the shelter is still in need of donations or volunteers. To apply to become a volunteer, visit this site. To donate, visit this site.

    To reserve a bed, call (319)366-7999.

    Below are donation items needed for the overflow shelter.

    Overflow Shelter Needs

    Clean and gently used blankets

    Clean and gently used sheet sets (twin or full)

    New pillows

    Cleaning supplies

    Hand warmers

    Socks


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