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The Coldest Night of the Year is an annual, family-friendly walk with locations across the United States and Canada. 

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Help make a difference when you volunteer at CISS! From the kitchen to various committees—we rely on volunteers to serve our clients!

Our Mission

Central Iowa Shelter & Services is committed to providing low-barrier shelter, meals, and support services at no cost to adults experiencing homelessness, while also facilitating their move towards self-sufficiency.

What We Do

Emergency Shelter

A 24/7/365 Emergency Shelter for men and women experiencing homelessness. Each guest is supported by a case manager who helps them access services and secure permanent housing.
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The Schoen Greenhouse

A state-of-the-art greenhouse that features a HydroCycle Aquaponics System, which produces a low-maintenance, self-sustaining source of tilapia and fresh produce.
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Apartments

Our campus includes 81 single-efficiency apartments reserved for clients with Section 8 vouchers. 19 of these are designed to house veterans, 44 are project-based vouchers, and 18 are single room occupancy. Some apartments also meet ADA compliance regulations.
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Mulberry Farm & Food

An ever-expanding farm program run by CISS staff and clients that provides healthy, locally grown food options, including fresh produce and sustainably farmed tilapia.
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Two hands work within spinach leaves at the Central Iowa Shelter and Services Greenhouse.

Meet Tinesha

The Other Side: Tinesha. Before entering the Shelter, Tinesha was employed as a certified nurse’s aide and was determined to carve out a successful future for herself. But when a cascade of obstacles hit her all at once, she found herself getting farther and farther from the path she had planned for herself. Her breaking point was a financial stressor that many of us fear: car failure. This costly and frustrating barrier caused her to step away from work, essentially collapsing the foundation she had spent her early adulthood building up.

Despite facing these challenges, Tinesha remained determined. After six months away from work, she found the strength to turn to our emergency shelter for housing and support. Upon stepping through our doors, Tinesha made a conscious decision to immerse herself in the various opportunities for growth and empowerment offered at CISS. In a short span of time, her progress was evident, leading to a successful transition from the emergency shelter to one of our single-unit efficiency apartments.