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How to get Help

If you are looking for a way out of the life or a way back home, we’re here to help. Below are some helpful tips to find safety.

As you read this, you might think there is no way out for you – or that you have to stay…but you don’t.

You deserve your best life. You deserve love. You are worthy!

Call the Hotline

If it’s possible, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text “BeFree” at 233733.

You can also call the Iowa Crime Victim’s Hotline at 1-800-770-1650.

These calls/texts are free and will be kept confidential. People on the line will help you find immediate assistance.

Reach out to Chains Interrupted

If you’re in the Cedar Rapids area and want to talk with someone (not emergent), call us at (319) 364-0222.

Get assistance at local hospitals

If you are able, go to the Emergency Room at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids (701 10th Street SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa). Click for directions.


St Luke's Hospital (1026 A Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa) Click for directions

Remember: You’re Not Alone

You may feel alone today, but you’re not. There are people who care about you.

There are resources available to help you.


Resource Guide

Human Trafficking (Find services or report a tip)
- Iowa Helpline: 1-800-770-1650 or text "IOWAHELP" to 20121
- National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 or text “233733”
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC): 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)


Emergency Shelter
- Friends of the Family
     o #319-233-3094
     o Providing safe shelter, confidential services, and housing assistance to individuals in
             crisis due to homelessness, domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.
     o Located in Waverly, Iowa

- Waypoint (Adults & Families)
     o #319-366-7999
     o Assisting people experiencing homelessness and connecting them to the most
             appropriate housing intervention.
     o For assistance:
                Call the Housing Services team: 319.366.7999 or 833.739.0065
                Leave a detailed message with a reliable phone number
                Email:
                Enter your contact information into the online portal:

- Foundation 2 (Youth, ages 11-17)
      o #319-366-8797
      o Providing emergency shelter for youth experiencing a personal or family crisis which makes it
         necessary to temporarily live away from home.
      o 3015 12th Ave SW Cedar Rapids


Advocacy & Therapy for Survivors of Sexual Assault / Human Trafficking

Riverview Center
     o Cedar Rapids Office #319-540-0080
     o Iowa Sexual Assault 24/7 Hotline: #888-557-0310
     o Providing services for individuals affected by sexual assault and sex trafficking.

Programs for Survivors of Human Trafficking

Restoration Homes/Programs in Iowa

     o Dorothy’s House (Des Moines) {Adult Survivors}

     o Wings of Refuge (Ames) {Adult Survivors}

     o Freedom House (Pella) {Survivors under 18}

     o Garden Gate Ranch (Des Moines) {Adult Survivors pregnant or with children under 5}

     o YSS: Youth and Shelter Services (Ames) {Survivors under the age of 25}

     o Lila Mae’s House (Sioux City)


- Apply to Restoration Homes/Programs Nationwide
     o The National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance
           “The NTSA is a network of service providers committed to enhancing
                  services and increasing access to care for survivors of human trafficking and
                  sexual exploitation.”


Legal Assistance

Iowa Legal Aid
     o #1-800-532-1503
     o “Iowa Legal Aid is a nonprofit organization providing critical legal assistance to low-
             income and vulnerable Iowans who have nowhere else to turn.”

Other Resources in Iowa
Get connected to a variety of resources: housing, clothing, food, child care, transportation, health care,
family resources, counseling, substance recovery programs, financial assistance, and other basic needs.

     o “United Way 211 is a free, confidential information and referral helpline and website serving 42 counties in Iowa.”
     o CALL: Dial 2-1-1
     o TEXT: Zip Code TO 898211

Other Resources in Linn County
- Linn County Community Resources

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