On Tuesday, May 17th, Foundation 2 board and staff came together to celebrate long-term employees and to discuss our accomplishments during the last year.  We would like to share with you some of the highlights of 2010-2011.

2010-2011: A Year in Review

·         A very successful 40th anniversary celebration was held at the Carl & Mary Koehler History Center

·         The Cities of Marion and Cedar Rapids, along with Linn County and the State of Iowa, declared July 6th to be “Foundation 2 Day”

·         Ben Fiedler and Dr. CJ Kleene joined the F2 Board

·         F2 Family Counselors were partners in the Marion School District’s Families And Schools Together program

·         F2 Crisis Line services received a two-year Momentum grant from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, and will be featured in their newsletter this summer

·         The federal funding for Street Outreach Services was not awarded to F2, and the program closed in October

·         F2 Shelter was awarded funds from Variety Club to replace the water heater with a more efficient tankless system

·         F2 staff and board members represented F2 at the Farmers Market, giving out F2 logo items to shoppers

·         Many F2 programs had positive external reviews/audits, including Shelter, Skills, Iowa Aftercare Service Network

·         F2 had an ad running at the Collins Road Theatre

·         F2 anniversary displays were set up at both Lindale and Westdale Malls

·         F2 Independent Living Programs moved into the Colonial Centre

·         Juvenile & Family Assistance and Stabilization  Track (JFAST) services were added as a new F2 MCO program to offer an alternative to a hospitalization in collaboration with several other community non-profits

·         A new phone system was installed at the F2 Crisis Center

·         The front steps, sidewalk and back parking lots at the F2 Crisis Center were repaired

·         F2 created a complete IT inventory and replaced many desktop computers

·         A new employee orientation training was developed and implemented

·         F2 banners were on display in downtown Cedar Rapids in January, July and August

·         F2 held the first Suicide Survivors Memorial, and continued to host the National Survivors of Suicide Day Conference

·         F2 was a sponsor of the Out of the Darkness Walk and had a team consisting of staff, board members, and volunteers

·         F2 expanded in-home shelter services to Iowa, Benton, Jones, and Johnson counties

·         The F2 After Hours Food Pantry reached a record number of households served in February

·         WAM (Wellness, Activities, and Morale) Committee members coordinated many opportunities for staff ….open houses, game nights, hosted a training, and created 100 Days of Wellness teams

·         Several opportunities for media promotion of F2 services, including Partners in Charity ads with Cedar Memorial and Livingston

·         Bed bug scare!  No actual bugs found, but preventative steps taken with support from the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation

·         F2 Crisis Center aided the local 211 in achieving its AIRS accreditation

·         The F2 shelter was able to replace the HVAC system with funding from the City of Cedar Rapids CDBG program

·         F2 Skills program will be ending in May

·         F2 staff participated in many community events, including: Sleepout for the Homeless, Freedom from Hunger Food Drive, Vigil and Resource Fair for LGBT At-Risk Youth, Variety Telethon, and the Resource Fair for Veterans

·         Many organizations held fundraisers for F2,  including: Taco John’s East, Back in Line Chiropractic, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust’s Debit Deals, and ITC Midwest

·         F2 Board Members continue strategic planning with facilitator Al Rowe

·         The 2011 Leadership for Five Seasons class selected the F2 Shelter to be the recipient of their project, and painted much of the interior of the shelter along with raising donations for furniture purchases

·         Received Homeless Assistance Funding for the F2 Shelter, and for the first time F2 TLP

·         F2 applied for but did not receive a SAMHSA crisis line follow up grant

·         F2 TLP advertisements are on billboards and city buses

Thank you to everyone who helped Foundation 2 to remain a trusted, compassionate resource for people in crisis.

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