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Overflow Shelter

Because no one should be left out in the cold.

The Community Shelter and Wellness Coalition is a group of 15 agencies working together to provide low-barrier shelter during the cold nights of winter. We provide safe temporary shelter during life-threatening weather conditions until homeless individuals are ready and able to engage with other housing services. We help clients who are not able to find placement in other shelters at capacity. Regardless of a person's circumstances or background, the Overflow Shelter will accept anyone provided they follow shelter rules. 

Photo Credit Linn County Photographer

During winter of 2018-2019, 467 people utilized overflow shelter beds for a total of 6,563 nights of shelter.

Linn County Overflow Shelter 2019-2020 Information

Location: The Linn County Fillmore Center 
520 11th St. NW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52405

Hours of Operation: 6 pm – 8 am everyday 
November 15, 2019 – March 2020



 How to Access: 

  • Individuals seeking shelter should arrive at the Overflow at 6pm

  • Families with children seeking shelter need to call shelter services: 319-366-7999 to get connected to beds 

  • Shelter users MUST arrive before 8 pm to reserve a bed 


The Shelter will remain open all day on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Transportation Schedule (Transportation provided by NTS, Horizons): 

Monday through Friday 

  • Evening pick up: Downtown Cedar Rapids Public Library 5:45 – 6 pm

  • Morning pick up: Salvation Army 9 am


  • Evening pick up: First Lutheran Church 5:45 – 6 pm

  • Morning pick up: Salvation Army 8:20 am


  • Evening pick up: First Presbyterian Church 5:45 – 6 pm

  • Morning pick up: Overflow Shelter 7:50 am

*All morning drop-offs will be at the Ground Transportation Center

Overflow Volunteer needs:
-    Individuals to do Laundry at Overflow (8 am – 6 pm during the day when shelter is closed)
-    Laundry stewards to monitor client laundry (6 – 10 pm)
-    Assistance with intakes and welcoming clients to the shelter (6 – 8 pm)
Contact Katie at Willis Dady to volunteer: 319-362-7555 or volunteer@willisdady.org 

Donation needs: 
Clean pillows, cots, & pre-packaged food (beef jerky, granola bars, trail mix, tuna pouches, etc.)

NOTE: Overflow staff are not on site during the day.
Please call Willis Dady to coordinate a drop off time and location: 319-362-7555

The Linn County Overflow Shelter is operated by the Community Shelter & Wellness Coalition, a committee of the Linn County Continuum of Care. 

Special thanks to the following organizations for making Overflow Shelter possible for the 2019-2020 Winter Season: 
Willis Dady for providing staffing and other administrative resources
Linn County for providing the space and operational funding
The City of Cedar Rapids for operational and transportation funding