[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
November 2018

[Chart: How 2,617 Dollars Assisted 304 Neighbors in Need, almost half for rent, one fourth for utilities, one fourth for transportation, only 168 dollars for Iowa ID]

158 Families with 89 Children & 26 Seniors Received $ Assistance
HHM Received over 771 Phone or Walk-In Requests for Assistance

[Chart: How Many of Our 304 Neighbors Needed Which Type of Assistance, One in twelve needed rent, one in twenty needed utilities, three fourths needed bus tickets or auto gas, one in seven needed Iowa ID]

Download a NEW HHM Brochure in PDF Format

See these very short videos! We are grateful to ECCF board members for describing our programs and services. Please call or email for more in-depth descriptions.

Helping Hands Ministry

Bus Tickets

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 us weekdays between 10 AM and 4 PM. Leave a message with your first and last name, your phone number and a brief message explaining your need. Please be very clear about your phone number. We will call you back as soon as we can to review your situation.

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

Phone: (319)-366-2651

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Helping Hands Ministry Wish List

For distribution to clients:

For our office:

Reviewed 8/17/2016

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