How We Help

Safe Haven. Bright Future.

One of the most important outcomes of programming at Catherine McAuley Center (CMC) is that residents and students are able to get involved in all aspects of community life with better communication skills, sustainable employment, improved financial stability, and participation in the civic process. With new skills, these individuals go on to have a positive impact in our community. The work we do together transforms their lives and has a ripple effect that changes our community in countless ways.

Transitional Housing

With a sheltered space to call home, stepping into the future gets easier. At CMC, our Transitional Housing Program (THP) supports up to 15 women at a time in three facilities within the Cedar Rapids community, serving as many as 50 women each year.

Basic Education

Our Adult Basic Education Program (ABEP), available only at CMC, delivers free one-on-one tutoring to help adult learners improve their English language skills, understand and trust the U.S. banking system, study for the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET), or prepare for the U.S. citizenship exam. Program participants get better jobs, help their children succeed in school, interact effectively with local service agencies, and become productive members of the community.

Food & Hygiene Pantry

Learning takes brain fuel, so students in our day classes appreciate the chance to regularly pick up food staples and personal care supplies from our food and hygiene pantry to support the health and well-being of their families. We stretch our dollars until they squeak by restocking our shelves two or three times a week from Cedar Rapids’ HACAP Food Reservoir.