Volunteers Fix Up Cedar Rapids Homeless Shelter

By Forrest Saunders

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A house that helps the homeless is getting some help of its own.

Volunteers spent the last week fixing up the Cedar House Emergency Shelter on Second Street Southwest.

The team of about 25 high school and college kids was on a mission trip from Knox Presbyterian Church in Naperville, IL.

The group cleaned out the shelter’s attic, painted the walls, and poured new sidewalks.

To concentrate on their work, kids left cellphones at home. Some actually liked it.

“A lot of my friends at church don’t go to the same school. It’s time we actually can catch up and actually be with each other for a week and not always addicted to some cellular thing,” said Charlie Ovens, a volunteer.

Cedar House officials estimate volunteers saved them thousands of dollars in repairs.

The shelter has served Cedar Rapids since 2001. It can hold 16 guests each night.

l Comments: (319) 368-8610; forrest.saunders@kcrg.com

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