[Photo: ECC Entrance at 601 Second Avenue SouthEast]

601 Second Avenue SE Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401 319-366-2651

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Ecumenical Community Center

Ministries of Humanitarian Care & Service


Helping Hands Ministry

Our mission is to provide

emergency material assistance, referrals,
and / or supportive ministry
to persons in emergency need
in collaboration with
local agencies and faith communities
in Linn County.

We recognize that, to be healthy and whole,
all of the basic needs of the client must be met,
including: physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual.

Helping Hands Ministry
June 2017

[Chart: How $2,488 Assisted 132 Neighbors in Need, over half for rent, one-third for utilities, one-sixth for transportation, only 72 dollars for ID and Birth Certificates]

68 Families with 43 Children Requested & Received Assistance
HHM Received 826 Phone or Walk-In Requests for Assistance

[Chart: How Many of Our 132 Neighbors Needed Which Type of Assistance, One in ten needed rent, one in 12 needed utilities, 3 out of 4 needed bus tickets or auto gas, one in 20 needed ID or Birth Certificate]

Download HHM Brochure in PDF Format

Helping Hands Ministry staff
Interviewed on Poverty In Our Community
May 2012
17 minute video

The HHM Wish List is at the bottom of this page


HHM serves people with limited material assistance on an emergency basis, helping with rent, utilities, and / or supportive services and advocacy. Our staff and volunteers help the client to prioritize needs and work with community agencies and funding sources to meet those needs. Our staff offers someone to talk to; someone to share concerns with; someone to encourage reaching goals and then rejoice in those accomplishments.


Anyone living in Linn County in need of emergency help is eligible to apply. There is no charge. Our services are not restricted based on race, gender, religion or creed! If your family needs assistance, we encourage you to call us.

Location and Hours

The HHM office is in the Ecumenical Community Center,
at the corner of Sixth Street and Second Avenue SOUTHEAST
The HHM entrance is on Second Avenue
Our office is open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.
Appointments are required.
Call on the last Monday of the month at or after 10 AM
to schedule an appointment for the following month.

Helping Hands Ministry
601 Second Avenue SE #2
Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52401-1305

Phone: (319)-366-2651

E-Mail Helping Hands Ministry

Helping Hands Ministry Wish List

For distribution to clients:

For our office:

Reviewed 8/17/2016

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