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About Us

The Back Story of IH2

IH2 births from its founder, Stephen Johnson. Stephen worked as a firefighter paramedic, flight medic and technical rescue technician in the metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona for over fourteen years.

In 2006, with less than one year on the job, Stephen was exposed two traumatic pediatric death calls in a period of 60 days. Those calls in the first year had a profound effect on Stephen. With unhealed trauma, the calls continued to stack upon themselves. Trauma calls involving young children continued to inflict their hurt through the years. Pain, anger, frustration and despair set in.

After living with undiagnosed PTSD for over 10 years, help finally arrived.

Stephen started down the path of healing through much encouragement from his family and friends. By the grace of God, help from his wife, and a very timely introduction to a therapist named Libby Timmons, Stephen began to heal. With a retreat to Salt Lake City and deep intensive work, the pain started to subside, and a new life began to emerge. Hope of a new dawn began to rise in Stephen’s heart. Even as the healing continued, the journey as a firefighter came to an end in 2018 and Stephen medically retired after 14 years of service.

With a new-found joy for life and a burden to help others find their own freedom and healing, The IH2 Foundation was born.

The Back Story of IH2

IH2 births from its founder, Stephen Johnson. Stephen worked as a firefighter paramedic, flight medic and technical rescue technician in the metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona for over fourteen years.

In 2006, with less than one year on the job, Stephen was exposed two traumatic pediatric death calls in a period of 60 days. Those calls in the first year had a profound effect on Stephen. With unhealed trauma, the calls continued to stack upon themselves. Trauma calls involving young children continued to inflict their hurt through the years. Pain, anger, frustration and despair set in.

After living with undiagnosed PTSD for over 10 years, help finally arrived.

Stephen started down the path of healing through much encouragement from his family and friends. By the grace of God, help from his wife, and a very timely introduction to a therapist named Libby Timmons, Stephen began to heal. With a retreat to Salt Lake City and deep intensive work, the pain started to subside, and a new life began to emerge. Hope of a new dawn began to rise in Stephen’s heart. Even as the healing continued, the journey as a firefighter came to an end in 2018 and Stephen medically retired after 14 years of service.

With a new-found joy for life and a burden to help others find their own freedom and healing, The IH2 Foundation was born.

What You Don't Know

You don’t know what you don’t know. What you don’t see coming is what sneaks up on you, and that, that’s when you’re
INJURED.

YOU DON'T HAVE TO HURT ANYMORE

You no longer have to live in the hurt, the pain, the frustration, the anger. There's a better way to live. We know the way to
FREEDOM.

HOW LONG WILL YOU WAIT?

We've been where you are. We know what it feels like to be in your shoes. When know what it takes to
HEAL.

WHO IS THE IH2 FOUNDATION!

The IH2 Foundation is committed to the following core values:

We do more than just fix a bad call or two, more than just re-frame tough moments in your career. We believe it's deeper than that. We believe healing happens from the inside out. It’s not till we touch the core of the issues, till we get to the place where our real pain resides, that we begin to be made anew. Our focus is to help the body, mind and soul all work in harmony so we can feel better and do it fast.

Wholistic
Healing

The healing journey is often unkept, raw and real. We encourage deep authentic sharing no matter what. We are willing to walk through the muck of raw emotion to help facilitate the unloading of the trauma, healing and recovery.​

AUTHENTICITY

Each person who enters our program must do so for their own reasons. We encourage individual accountability and ownership of one’s journey. We are here to support your journey toward wholeness, not control or dictate it.​

Personal accountability

No man is an island, nor are we as an organization. Our focus is to utilize the best counselors, therapists, doctors, pastors, friends and family members to help bring about the healing process. Our foundation is built on the financial donations, service and prayers of those support our work. Together we are better.

Partnerships

It’s our desire to invite all who interact with our community into a nonjudgmental, non-threatening experience with God at the core of the healing journey. Never will we force any belief or agenda. Come as you are we say no matter your interest level in God or how far you feel from him. We welcome all regardless.

Walking W/ God

We do more than just fix a bad call or two, more than just re-frame tough moments in your career. We believe it's deeper than that. We believe healing happens from the inside out. It’s not till we touch the core of the issues, till we get to the place where our real pain resides, that we begin to be made anew. Our focus is to help the body, mind and soul all work in harmony so we can feel better and do it fast.

Wholistic
Healing

The healing journey is often unkept, raw and real. We encourage deep authentic sharing no matter what. We are willing to walk through the muck of raw emotion to help facilitate the unloading of the trauma, healing and recovery.​

AUTHENTICITY

Each person who enters our program must do so for their own reasons. We encourage individual accountability and ownership of one’s journey. We are here to support your journey toward wholeness, not control or dictate it.​

Personal accountability

No man is an island, nor are we as an organization. Our focus is to utilize the best counselors, therapists, doctors, pastors, friends and family members to help bring about the healing process. Our foundation is built on the financial donations, service and prayers of those support our work. Together we are better.

Partnerships

It’s our desire to invite all who interact with our community into a nonjudgmental, non-threatening experience with God at the core of the healing journey. Never will we force any belief or agenda. Come as you are we say no matter your interest level in God or how far you feel from him. We welcome all regardless.

Walking W/ God

The IH2-Foundation is a nonprofit 501.c3 organization dedicated to helping First Responders (Firefighters, EMT’s, Law Enforcement, and Dispatchers) feel better and feel better fast. Unresolved trauma, PTSD, PTSI and the hurts of being a First Responded have cumulative affects. It’s our mission is to help First Responders and their families identify and heal from the job-related pain, anger and despair that cripples and binds them the most.

What others say about us

I thought i was strong!

I was a rock, impenetrable, solid. So I thought. When I became the victim of trauma, life as I knew it fell apart. Hopelessness, despair, drugs and depression all set in. That was then. Today, I’m a new man. While I still bear the scars of my attack, they remind me not how tough I am, but how I can now heal from anything that comes my way. Police Officer From an officer who suffered a stab wound while on duty

I'll TAKE ANOTHER!

Nothing was working. The more I drank to cover my pain, the more I needed to drink to cover my pain. The more I drank the worse I felt. Now, after having worked through the healing process I can declare that I am sober and I no longer need alcohol to fix what was hurting inside of me. Law Enforcement Agent - Government Former Boarder Patrol who endured countless traumatic events

I NEVER SAW IT COMING!

I never saw it coming. Not in a million years, and I never would have guessed it would have hurt so bad. Now I know what it was that caused so much pain in me for so long. I no longer have to live like I once did, and for that I couldn’t be more grateful.​ Firefighter Paramedic Firefighter who experienced countless pediatric deaths

SOMEONE EMPTY THIS GARBAGE!

It gave me a judgement free venue to empty my psychological “trash can”. I was amazed at the actual PHYSICAL relief I felt, getting those things on the table and being understood. I found out I was normal and that I could get better, because I did. Chief of Police Chief of Police with years of accumulated trauma