The 1105 Project - Stronger Together!

The 1105 Project represents a unique opportunity to have a lasting impact on the delivery of essential community services in Johnson County, Iowa. The Crisis Center of Johnson County, in partnership with the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, Free Lunch Program, and National Alliance on Mental Illness of Johnson County, will create a collaborative campus to better serve our clients and the community at large.

How the 1105 Project Began

The Crisis Center began exploring the idea of establishing a human services campus with DVIP, Free Lunch Program, and NAMI-JC in fall 2011. Very quickly it became apparent that our common mission - to serve those in our community struggling with emotional turmoil, facing hunger or compromised personal safety - made this collaboration special.

Each agency provides unique-but-related services; offering clients access to all of these services under one roof creates efficiencies for both the individual and the agencies. Our intention is to move from meeting immediate needs separately to mutually supporting clients in ways that foster greater healing and health and prevent further crisis. Together we expect to meet 45,000 individual service needs on an annual basis.

Community Benefits

We have identified several key objectives that the 1105 Project will help us achieve:

► Sustainability of the Free Lunch Program

► Outreach, youth and prevention education services provided for victims of abuse.

► Expanded programs for individuals in crisis and those living with mental illness.

► Commercial kitchen for use by the local foods industry and others

► Meeting spaces available to the community.

► Innovative collaborations that will enable these nonprofits not just to survive, but thrive as we continue meeting the growing demand for services.

Stronger Together

This $1.75 million undertaking would not have been possible without the extraordinary vision and support of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors - Rod Sullivan, chair, and Patrick Harney, Terrence Neuzil, Janelle Rettig, and Sally Stutsman. Their gift of the property and facility located at 1105 Gilbert Court, immediately north of The Crisis Center, has launched the 1105 Project toward success.

The City of Iowa City has provided its support with more than $280,000 in Community Development Block Grant awards to help with renovation costs.

Join the Efforts to Bring 1105 to Life

An 1105 Project Building Fund has been established with the Community Foundation of Johnson County to accept financial gifts toward the 1105 Project capital campaign. You can make an online contribution at their website and designate 1105 Project as the specific organization

As the 1105 Project progresses, there may be volunteer opportunities to get involved. These could range from helping prepare mailings to assisting with light construction activities. If you would like to be on an email list to receive notices about our volunteer needs, please contact Mary Palmberg at (319) 400-0388 or by email at icfreelunch@gmail.com.

The 1105 Project logo was designed and provided by Robyn Hepker of Benson & Hepker Design. We are most grateful to Robyn for sharing her talents.