Foundation 2 is a non-profit human service agency that offers crisis prevention and intervention programs to people of all ages. We are committed to positive youth development, suicide prevention, and helping build the foundation for stronger and healthier families and safer communities for everyone.
Who We Are
“You all make the world a better place with who you serve and what you do.”
-Foundation 2 Donor
What We Do
Our services include a 24-hour crisis phone line, crisis chat and text, family counseling, support groups, mobile crisis outreach, an emergency youth shelter, and independent living support for young adults who have aged out of foster care.
Our Mission Statement
To be a trusted support when life gets tough. All people. Any time. Every time.
Our Vision Statement
To build resilience and improve quality of life by ensuring every Iowan has access to our lifesaving work in crisis prevention, intervention and response.
Foundation 2 services are confidential. We believe that all persons have the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
Origin of Our Name
Established in 1970 by an “anti-establishment” group of Coe College and Kennedy High School students, Foundation 2 intentionally positioned itself outside the mainstream, pulling inspiration from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy series.
In the book series, the Second Foundation was established to address important social and psychological issues from behind the scenes, without mainstream culture or government constraints.
Early Foundation 2 staff and volunteers made this structure their model, often tackling mental health care needs that weren’t addressed by mainstream providers.
No longer an anti-establishment organization, Foundation 2 maintains our solid foundation as a premier provider of quality, innovative human services in the Cedar Rapids community. We continue to meet our mission to be a trusted support when life gets tough. All people. Any time. Every time.