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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. 


Shelter House provides safe shelter and helps people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness


Shelter House is the catalyst and voice for systemic community change in the persuit of ending homelessness.


We will do this through excellence in service, financial stewardship, and development of strong community partnerships.


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:

  • Toothpaste (full and travel-sized tubes)
  • Diapers (size 3 and up)
  • Body Wash
  • Kleenex
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant
  • Laundry detergent
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Lotion
  • Men's and women's interview clothes
    • (slacks, shirts, ties, shoes, and belts)

Learn more about donating 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.

Fresh Starts Vocational Coordinator

Shelter House seeks a full-time Fresh Starts Vocational Coordinator to begin immediately.  The Vocational Coordinator will manage a Fairweather Lodge employment program for adults with chronic mental illness who are experiencing homelessness.  The Vocational Coordinator will supervise both Fresh Starts janatorial staff and temporary janitorial interns through the Shelter House STAR case management program.  This is a full time position with benefits. Click here for more information.


Supported Community Living Service Coordinator

Shelter House is seeking a part-time SCL Service Coordinator for 20 hours per week to maintain the day-to-day implementation of SCL services for the individuals on thier caseload.  The Service Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of services within the agency, with Regional Case Management, Integrated Health Home and with other agencies as needed.  Hourly wage is $10-12 per hour. Click here for more information.


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.


Facilities Coordinator

Shelter House is hiring a part-time facilities coordinator to do general maintenance for 4 properties that are agency-owned in Iowa City.

Key Responsiblities:

  • Ensuring all Shelter House-owned properties meet various codes as determined by City Codes and standards of state and federal partner.
  • Managing and completing the day-to-day maintenance of agency properties within a prescribed budget.
  • Assuring all Shelter House-owned properties are safe to use for clients, staff, and volunteers.
  • Maintaining the exterior and grounds of the faclities on a regular basis.
  • Repairing damages to property promptly.
  • Responding quickly to emergency situations (basement flooding, storm damage, etc.)

Ideal candidate will have knowledge of plumbing, heating, mechanical, and general repair skills. Interested candidates should e-mail resume and 3 references to

Donate Now

Your gift directly supports and advances our mission to provide safe shelter and help people improve the quality of their lives as they move beyond homelessness.

  • $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.


Shelter House  |  429 Southgate Ave.  |  Iowa City, IA 52240  |  MAP  | Front Desk 319-351-0326  |   Fax 319-358-7132  

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

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