The Safe Place Foundation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a place for men in recovery to seek resources, shelter and support to live a sober and successful life.

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Complete our online form with a comment, referral, or question for the Safe Place Foundation team. We will follow up with you as needed.

Admissions Process

The pre-admissions process starts with a face-to-face or phone interview. Initial screenings take place to gather basic information, including:

  • History of substance abuse, mental health, legal, and medical
  • Current living situation and overall wellbeing
  • Details to see if they meet the criteria for entry into our program

If we feel that the individual needs a higher level of care or is not an appropriate fit for our program, we will recommend alternative services.

Admission Criteria

To be a resident at Safe Place Foundation, you must:

  • Be an adult male over 18 years of age
  • In early recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction
  • Homeless or near homeless
  • Agree to abide by the rules and expectations of Safe Place Foundation

Exclusionary criteria include:

  • Physical limitations which limit the individual from fully participating
  • Severe psychiatric disorders
  • Having a requirement to be on the sex-offender registry

Phase One

During the first phase of recovery, residents:

  • Follow the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 12 step immersion curriculum
  • Start and end their day with prayer and meditation
  • Complete various 12 step assignments each day
  • Meet the local recovery community by attending a 12 step meeting or another recovery event like Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Cocaine Anonymous (CA), depending on their unique needs

Because phase one is life development driven, residents will learn how to:

  • Do basic household chores
  • Grocery shop
  • Plan and cook meals
  • Do laundry
  • Budget expenses
  • Live a healthy and fulfilling life

Peer Support

Phase one residents will also benefit from the peer support of phase two clients that facilitate peer support meetings.  During these meetings, clients will discuss issues, concerns, and solutions to daily living.

Phase Two

Clients may remain in phase two for up to nine months. During phase two, residents will:

  • Begin job searches
  • Gain employment
  • Budget income
  • Save money for their transition into independent living

Recovery remains a big part of phase two, because of this, residents must:

  • Attend a minimum of four outside 12 Step groups per week
  • Get a sponsor and a home group
  • Continues working the 12 steps
  • Attend two mandatory 12 Step study classes per week that are facilitated by volunteers at the Safe Place Foundation

Clients remain accountable by checking in regularly with staff and doing Transition Plan Reviews (TPRs). During these TPRs, staff reviews all aspects of the client’s ongoing participation in The Safe Place Foundation, including goals initially set by the client. We want our clients to grow toward their transition back into independent living continually.

How You Can Help

Want to help support the mission of the Safe Place Foundation? Learn more about the ways to give, such as donate online, gift supplies from our list of needs, or volunteer your time.

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