Shelter House
429 Southgate Ave
Iowa City, IA 52240-4401 Map
Phone: (319) 351-0326

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Be a catalyst for change!

Together, we can end homelessness.

Shelter House is a non-profit organization that has provided housing and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness since 1983. Founded by the Consultation of Religious Communities, we worked with the City of Iowa City to purchase a home in Iowa City’s north side where we were able to provide 29 sleeping spaces including beds, couches, and mats on the floor for men, women, and children.

 Today’s Shelter House is so much more than a roof and a bed. We offer a robust continuum of programs and supports focusing on emergency, stabilization, and long-term interventions in the areas of housing, employment, and mental health recovery. In so doing, we help hundreds of men, women and children each year to get back on their feet. We keep children in school, help men and women get back to work, assist people with disabilities and elderly to access benefits and health care, and move individuals and families into their own homes. Simply put, we help people move beyond homelessness.
There are many ways to support our mission and build a better community. It all makes a difference and will, in fact, make the world a better place! Visit for more information.


We rely on volunteers for daily ongoing support at the front desk, job lab, and kitchen as well as for seasonal initiatives, fundraising events, and outreach campaigns. Service organizations, student groups, Greek societies, and faith communities are welcome to organize one-time projects, activity nights, or donation drives.


Your monetary donation is essential to the long-term success and continued operations of Shelter House which will provide a bed to sleep in, food to eat, and additional supports for housing and employment placement. We also accept in-kind donations which help meet our clients’ most basic needs. Our greatest needs include toiletries, blankets, household items, and bus passes.


Your participation in a special event, community fundraiser, or campaign helps us raise necessary funds and public awareness to fuel our mission. We look forward to connecting with you at a future event.

Used Book Sale

Brake the Cycle of Homelessness bike ride

BBQ Bash Community Night Out

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week