Two primary groups benefit directly from our services:
- Women over age 18 needing shelter and treatment for mental health, substance abuse, domestic abuse, or education and skills to re-enter the workforce after incarceration
- Adults — men and women — with limited income, limited English language skills, low levels of education, and/or interest in becoming U.S. citizens
Spreading the Wealth
Benefits radiate far and wide when our participants complete their activities with us and go on to greater involvement and success in Cedar Rapids and surrounding communities.
In 2015, our Adult Basic Education Program (ABEP) broke records, serving 362 adult learners representing 52 countries. Ninety-seven percent of these students came to us to learn English and studied at the Center for nearly 11,800 hours. All their hard work paid off, too — 85 percent of students who studied at Catherine McAuley Center showed progress on their biannual tests. We also welcomed 14 new U.S. citizens into our family.
Benefiting Our Community
When we lend a helping hand, offer a transitional place to stay, teach basic life skills, deliver effective educational programs, and assist families in feeding themselves, our graduates make healthier choices, attain meaningful employment, find permanent housing, and become enthusiastic contributors to our cities and towns.