Crisis does not only affect adults. Children and youth in our community also experience crisis. Many do not necessarily know effective ways to handle these feelings on their own. Their internal struggles make them silent sufferers. Through our outreach and education, we hope that youth and teens who need help seek help from the resources the Cedar Rapids community has to offer them.
Foundation 2 Youth Shelter is an emergency shelter for youth, between the ages of 11-17, who are experiencing a personal or family crisis, which makes it necessary to temporarily live away from home.
Referrals are accepted from parents/guardians, law enforcement officials, social workers, and other human service professionals. Contact the Foundation 2 Youth Shelter at 319-366-8797.
Where Do Participants Live?
Currently, this 17-bed facility is the only one available in Linn County. We offer temporary shelter and support services to both system youth and youth who are not in the judicial system—a safe alternative to the dangers of living on the streets.
- Meals, limited transportation, medical care, and an accepting environment
- Structured supervision from professional staff; 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Individual and group counseling, educational programming dealing with youth-related issues
- In-shelter school program is also available, and taught by certified teachers, for those not enrolled in the Cedar Rapids school area
Shelter and family counseling services are designed to:
- Restore appropriate parent-child roles
- Clarify strengths, values, and needs
- Aid in listening and understanding
- Explore solutions to troubling issues and build skills in order to prevent or resolve future conflicts
- Focus on preventing runaway behavior, suicide attempts, child abuse, family breakup, school failure, or the placement of a runaway or homeless youth
Independent Living Services
Foundation 2’s Independent Living Services provide supportive services for homeless and runaway youth (ages 16-21) located in the Cedar Rapids area. Services include transitional living support (housing is not available at this time), Iowa aftercare services, Achieving Maximum Potential (AMP), the Life Skills Accountability program and Youth Transition Decision Making.
How Can We Help?
The Foundation 2 ILP program provides rent support and assistance with client needs (including items such as household items and bus tickets) to prevent homelessness of young people in our community.
Who Is Eligible?
Independent Living Program and Transitional Living support serve homeless youth ages 16-21
Iowa aftercare serves youth who have reached the maximum age to receive formal child welfare services
AMP is a foster care advocacy group for anyone who has been in and out of home placement, including those who have aged out of foster care (ages 13-18)
Life Skills Accountability program is a cognitive restructuring and community service based program for delinquent youth who are referred from Juvenile Court Services
Youth Transition Decision Making is a client-centered process to prepare youth who will be aging out of DHS or JCS services
For More Information
Contact the Foundation 2 Independent Living Services at 319-368-3376.
Juvenile & Family Assistance & Stabilization Track
If you are concerned about a youth in crisis, J-FAST can meet with you to discuss options. Issues we can help with include: depression, cutting, violent behavior, substance abuse and thoughts of suicide. We can be at your Linn County location within an hour of your call. Additional services include:
- Assessment & Referrals
- Case Management
Services are available 24/7.
AMP (Achieving Maximum Potential)
AMP is a youth-driven, statewide group that seeks to unleash the full potential for personal growth among foster and adoptive children in Iowa. AMP offers leadership opportunities, service learning projects, speaking opportunities, and educational/vocational assistance. AMP also provides the life skills youth need to become self-sufficient, independent adults.
Who is Eligible?
AMP members are youth ages 13 and up who have been involved in foster care, adoption or other out-of-home placements.
Where and when does AMP meet?
The Foundation 2 AMP group meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the First Church of the Open Bible (1911 E Ave NW in Cedar Rapids). Youth currently involved in foster care and former foster care youth are welcome to join us. If you would like more information about this program, please contact the Foundation 2 Independent Living Program office at (319) 368-3376.
What do AMP youth do?
- Train to become advocates for themselves and others.
- Participate in valuable leadership opportunities.
- Develop their voices by telling their own stories.
- Educate legislators, foster parents, the public, child welfare professionals and juvenile court representatives about foster care and adoption from the youth perspective.
- Build youth/adult partnerships in the community that create opportunities for service learning.
- Encourage others to open their homes to teens in foster care or those available for adoption.
- Provide understanding, support, and encouragement to one another.
- Gain the life skills necessary to become healthy, independent adults.
- Explore educational/vocational options to chart their path to become successful productive adults.
How can you help?
Let us speak. AMP youth have a compelling story to share. Please consider having them speak at your next luncheon, meeting or event.
Share a skill, talent or hobby! The majority of youth who reach adulthood while in foster care do not get the chance to develop critical life skills – skills that enable others their age to succeed. Please consider sharing your skills and knowledge with our young people. You can help them build a resume, fill out a car loan or college application, or understand personal finances, to name a few.
Donate a service or item. Teens leaving foster care have many needs that other teens coming of age are provided by their biological families. Furnishings, sheets, blankets, personal hygiene products, cleaning supplies, towels, kitchen supplies and more are all items these youth will need to live independently.