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Shelter House is a non-profit organization that has provided housing and supportive services to the homeless of Southeast Iowa since 1983.

Shelter House is Johnson County, Iowa's only general use homeless shelter, providing transitional shelter to men, women, and children, including the disabled and the elderly. 

Our mission is to provide shelterbasic and transitional resourceswhile encouraging self-sufficiency, to any person in our community who is homeless.

Our values

  • Respect - Understand and value the needs and abilities of each client.
  • Caring - Support clear expectations and provide opportunities for each individual to become self-sufficient.
  • Responsibility - Use ethical behavior in all interactions with clients, staff, and the community.
  • Integrity - Serve as a model of professionalism in our community.
  • Stewardship - Collaborate with other community agencies to provide services efficiently and effectively.

United Way of Johnson CountyShelter House is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. As a partner agency of the United Way of Johnson County, we have successfully met all local membership accountability standards in finance, ethics, governance, and diversity.

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A few current needs:

We have the greatest need for the following items:

  • Day time cold medication (non-drowsy)
  • Acid reducer
  • cough drops
  • Toilet paper
  • Pillows
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent
  • Adult women's pants (small to 3x-large)
  • Diapers (newborn and up) Link to Donate Goods.



Drop-In Service Hours:
-  Monday - Friday 1-4PM
-  Saturday - Sunday 8-10AM

Wait List:
Sign-up for admission to shelter begins daily at 6:00PM. You must be present to sign-up.

Overnight/Evening Shelter Coordinator

Are you looking for a job or experience in human services? Shelter House seeks a part-time Shelter Coordinator to work overnight shifts providing support and assistance to those experiencing homelessness. The Coordinator will work approximately 20 hours per week.  The position is available immediately.  Download more information and apply here. Please send resume to Mark Sertterh at to apply.

For more information about all job openings, please contact Phoebe Trepp at (319) 338-5416 ext. 240 or email her.

Donate Now

Your gift directly supports and advances our mission to provide shelter, basic and transitional resources, while encouraging self-sufficiency, to any person in our community who is homeless.

  • $25 will sponsor a night of shelter and supportive services for a person who is homeless in our community.
  • $100 will sponsor a night of shelter and supportive services for a family in need.
  • $175 will sponsor a week of shelter and supportive services for someone trying to restart their life.

Donations can be made in any amount to Operations. For questions please contact Sarah Fletcher at 319-338-5416 ext. 202


Shelter House  |  429 Southgate Ave.  |  Iowa City, IA 52240  |  MAP  | 319-351-0326

Administration/STAR  |  429 Southgate Ave.  |  Iowa City, IA 52240  |  MAP  |  319-338-5416

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