Iowa City Churches Prepared To Provide Overflow Shelter

By Mark Carlson, Iowa City Bureau Chief


By Aaron Hepker

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Several churches in Iowa City could become emergency overflow homeless shelters in the next few days should the need arise. Pastor Mark Pries of the Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City said he's prepared to open his church while networking with others if the city notifies him of a need.

"I told the police to call me if they're having a problem finding a place for people to stay at night," Pries said. "We will make sure no one sleeps outside in this cold."

Iowa City police often spend cold nights checking and helping to care for the area homeless.

"The police are our friends, we are all working together," Pries said.

The city of Iowa City has also opened several daytime shelters at area activity centers to help people cope with the cold.

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