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Variety helps Waypoint

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Variety is helping provide some relief for homeless parents who need temporary childcare for their kids while they try to find work or a place to live. One room at Waypoint's Cedar Rapids building serves as peace of mind for some parents. Though it's usually full after school, during the day, it's available for child care for parents staying in Waypoint's homeless shelter.

"That way moms can go out to their appointments looking for jobs, housing and tending to all the things they need to tend to, knowing their kids are being cared for in a safe place," said Waypoint marketing director Corinne Ramler.

Variety has a history with Waypoint. After the floods of 2008, it helped pay to convert this room into a playspace - open throughout the day.

"It is so exciting to see their faces for the first time when they walk in and they see the colorful murals and the great play equipment that's there for them and they get to use it every night while they're at our shelter," said Ramler.

Ramler says Variety provides funding for projects that other sources of funding can't fund.

"They are funding materials and bricks and mortar kinds of things that without them, we would have a hard time finding funding for so we're really pleased Variety has helped us with equipment, repairs to rooms children use and things like that so that our programming remains the quality programming that it is," said Ramler.

 Online Anchor:  Bob Waters

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