Groundswell CLOSED due to storm damage

It’s been a rough week and we need your help. The roof at Groundswell and Matthew 25 is badly damaged and the inside is soaked. The greenhouse roof at the urban farm is gone. Fruit trees and trees around Matthew 25’s affordable rental properties are down, but all our renters are ok.

In the midst of it all, Matthew 25 staff and volunteers are organizing and hitting the streets. We’re listening. An elderly man is without electricity for his medical device. A single mom with three kids is staying in a small apartment with her mom and asks for a pack-n-play for her three month old. A first-time home buyer bursts into tears because she just found out her insurance wasn’t being paid out of escrow and she has no idea how to finance repairs. Cedar Rapids faces a challenging road ahead.

We’re working with the city and other non-profits to deliver resources. We’re taking generators to people in need. Matthew 25 will be there to help with the rebuilding process. We can’t do it without people stepping up and donating in a big way. If you can donate financially, please do. If you want to donate generators, tarps, chainsaws or other items, please drop them off between 9:00 – 4:00 at the Hosmer Building at 604 Ellis Blvd NW. If you have questions, please call Azure at 319-651-0470 or email


Grace & Peace,



If you’d like to contribute to Matthew 25 online, click this link. You can also donate through our Facebook page or by mailing a check to Matthew 25 at 201 Third Avenue SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.


Neighborhood Resource Centers via The City of Cedar Rapids

Starting Monday, August 17, Neighborhood Resource Centers will be set up at five sites throughout Cedar Rapids to consolidate resident services. Locations include:

  • Ladd Library (3750 Williams Blvd SW)
  • Northwest Recreation Center (1340 11th St NW – parking lot)
  • St. Paul’s Methodist Church (1340 3rd Ave SE)
  • ROC Center (1202 10th Street SE)
  • Taylor Elementary School (720 7th Ave SW)

The centers will operate from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily and be staffed with City employees and volunteers. Initially, the sites will provide food and daily updates on services for residents, and serve as charging stations for those with medical needs. Additional resources will continue to be added including supplies for clean-up, and legal and mental health assistance. The sites are coordinated by Linn Area Partners Active in Diaster (LAPAID) organizations. Services will transition as additional resident needs are assessed. Learn more on the City of Cedar Rapids’ website.

Please stay tuned for more information on when Groundswell Cafe and Coworking will be able to open again.