Who We Are

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.

What We Do

Our services include a 24-hour crisis phone line, crisis chat and text, family counseling, 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.

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