General Information

1450 West Dunkerton Road
Waterloo, Iowa 50703

Phone: ( 319) 291-2531
Fax: (319) 291-2715

In order to place a child at the shelter, contact either the Department of Human Services, Juvenile Court Services or the Youth Shelter for assistance. The court is always informed and must approve any child’s placement at the shelter.

We care about kids”

To provide our kids a temporary and orderly living environment that is safe, positive, caring and nurturing.
— We seek to create those services and opportunities that will help our kids meet their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs.
— We seek to help our kids develop and enhance their personal growth, life skills and talents.
— We seek to help our kids to learn, to laugh, to love and to find their own special purpose.

The Youth Shelter provides short-term emergency care, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, for children who are unable to remain in their own homes. By law, a shelter is a non-secure facility. That means we do not lock any doors. We try to make the physical environment as cheerful as possible.

Some children who come here are victims of physical or sexual abuse, or their families are involved in a crisis of some kind. Some are waiting for placement in a foster home or group home. A few children come directly from a psychiatric unit.

Sometimes a child may require a non-secure, out-of-home setting because they have committed an illegal act but does not meet the criteria for detention. Some who could be held in detention or jail are give an opportunity by the court or probation officer to avoid this by using the shelter and limiting privileges.

"In accordance with Federal law and U.S.Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age , or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."