CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank was founded as the Crisis Center of Johnson County in 1970 by two University of Iowa students after finding their roommate had barricaded her door one night and attempted suicide. CommUnity’s services began as a telephone hotline that people could call to seek counseling and advice on whatever might be troubling them. Trained volunteers staffed the phones to respond to callers in crisis and specialized in suicide prevention and intervention.
In the past 50 (plus one) years of service to our community, our services and our organization have grown significantly! In 1976, phone services were expanded to be 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. In 1978, a small food pantry was added in response to client needs. Clothing and household items became available through vouchers from Goodwill and Crowded Closet in 1983. In recent years, we have added suicide prevention training and crisis incident stress management services. In 2019, we changed our name to reflect our commitment to serving our community as a whole!
Celebrate With Us!
In 2020, when CommUnity reached its 50th year of service to the community, we faced a global pandemic that canceled our plans to celebrate. So, please join us in celebrating 50 (plus one) years of service with limited edition 50th Anniversary Reunion gear!
Click on the button below to browse our groovy ’70s themed swag items! Order your limited edition gear now! Supplies are limited and ordering will close on November 10th.