A Reputation for Excellence.

Systems Unlimited was started by parents seeking alternatives to institutionalization for their children in the early 70’s. We were one of the first agencies in the country that obtained low income housing from HUD which allowed people to live in small, non-institutional environments in a community of their choice.

The philosophy that drove these early efforts to obtain housing and services in the community, has now expanded to a wide range of services—over 15 major services in all. We offer services which range from supported living, to employment services and a day program, and on to Behavioral Health Intervention Services and therapy services. The agency now serves over 1,200 children, adults and families in forty-five cities and towns throughout Eastern Iowa. In doing this, we generate over $23 million in revenues per year.

Our main office is in Iowa City, but we also have satellite offices in Cedar Rapids, Monticello, Muscatine, Tipton and Washington. Our employees include professionals with advanced degrees, as well as part time and full time employees who may, or may not, have had education or experience in the disabilities field. For those finding themselves in the field for the first time, we provide state of the art training. For those who are practitioners in the field, we offer the opportunity for collaboration with motivated peers and personal development. In total, we have 950 employees who are making a difference in the lives of persons served every day.

Systems Unlimited is able to provide these kinds of leading edge services because of the creativity, training and dedication of our staff to the people served. Our staff have a “can do” attitude, coupled with a strong commitment to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities or similar needs.


Our Mission, Vision and Core Values

Our Mission

Promoting dignity and growth for people with disabilities and mental health needs.

Our Vision

The people we serve claim a vital, fundamental role in their communities.

Our Core Values

Advocacy promotes inclusion.
Integrity demands accountability.
Education informs progress.
Creativity cultivates innovation.
Communication drives collaboration.