Willis Dady in search of location for winter overflow shelter

The Willis Dady shelter in southeast Cedar Rapids. The shelter has supported a homelessness prevention program for five years.
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) -- Willis Dady Homeless Services is in search of a location for their Community Overflow Weather Shelter System for the upcoming season which is set to begin in November.

Phoebe Trepp, executive director at Willis Dady, says the ideal location will have room for 50 cots and be in walking distance from downtown.

“Cold weather is here. We have employees and volunteers who are ready to staff the overflow, but we need a location,” Trepp said in a written statement.

Trepp adds that over the 122 nights the overflow shelter was in use, the average temperature was 18 degrees with a low of -18 degrees. At those temperatures, Trepp says people without shelter can die, suffer from frostbite or be injured starting fires to help keep warm.

Last year's overflow shelter served 470 unduplicated people between November 15, 2017 and Match 15, 2018.

Trepp adds that once a location is found donations including money, cots, bedding, cleaning supplies and bus tickets will be needed.

Anyone who can help is urged to contact Phoebe Trepp at 319-362-7555 or director@willisdady.org.