Our Mission

Since 1992 Central Iowa Shelter & Services’ mission is to provide free shelter and meals to homeless adults regardless of physical or emotional conditions, and to facilitate their move toward self-sufficiency.


What's New:

New In-Kind Donation Policy:

CISS is implementing a new donation policy. We receive many donations each day, for which we are very thankful. With that, we receive many items that we cannot use to help our clients. To better meet the needs of our clients we feel that a donation policy is the best solution to invite our donors to help us serve our clients as best as we can.

Starting January 1st we are going to start following the new guidelines. To see the entire explanation, as well as a list of items that we will and will not be accepting (as well as alternate locations for items we do not accept) please go to our Donate link at the top of the page.

We thank you for all of your many donations and we are looking forward to working with you to help support our clients in the future. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jorie Hidri at (515) 564-5727 jhidri@centraliowashelter.org


Job Opportunities:

Central Iowa Shelter & Services is currently hiring for several positions. We are taking applications now for these positions and the descriptions all of our positions can be found and applied for on our website at our Employment Opportunities page.

Shelter Manager

Lead Shelter Assistant

Shelter Assistant

Case Manager

All positions are open until filled.

Holiday Boxes

It's that time of year again! If you are looking for a great alternative gift to give to one of your loved ones, think about supplying a holiday box in their name! Box openings are limited so make sure that you contact Jorie at jhidri@centraliowashelter.org to reserve your tags!

 Holiday Boxes List


Johnston Alternative Gift Market




Honor those who have enough by giving to those who have too little!  “Shop” from over a dozen local non-profit organizations and 30 international projects.  Easy check out with check or one credit card charge. Send beautiful holiday cards with gift descriptions to those honored.


St Paul Presbyterian Church, 6426 Merle Hay Road, Johnston, IA, 50131.  
For more information call 515-202-3551 or visit www.stpaul-johnston.com


2nd Annual Johnston Alternative Gift Market:  St. Paul Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 21 from 10:00AM-3:00PM.  Stop and shop! Click HERE for more details.



Kid President has inspired us to be awesome this month by collecting socks for people who need them for #SOCKTOBER.