The First Responders Foundation is pleased and excited to announce we have moved to a new home. We are now located at 10605 Burt Circle in the Old Mill area.
The Foundation outgrew our previous location and went searching for a larger space to offer needed programs and services for our first responders. This new location, just off of I-680 is the perfect place to begin our 11th year as the only Foundation in the metro area that focuses solely on first responders and their families.
The First Responders Foundation Has A New Home
First responders face hardships that most of us will never know. On our behalf, they bravely risk death or injury in the performance of their duties. Knowing those first responders are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty, we have shifted our main concern to focus on the mental and emotional well-being of first responders.
Our new location will offer a host of services for first responders and their families. One service is a place where first responders can meet with trained clinicians. Fully licensed behavioral health practitioners make up The First Responders Support Team (FRST). They dedicate themselves to be specially trained to work with first responders and their families.
Available now to first responders, are:
- one-on-one sessions
- workshops, and programs for couples
- family support
- spouse groups
- a frontline medical support
- peer support meetings
FRST also focuses on educational programs that we offer to police and fire departments as well as other first responder groups. For example, a Suicide Awareness Training Program has been completed with the Omaha Fire Department where all personnel from firefighters to command staff received the training.
The Foundation and our FRST programs are available to non-paid first responders as well. Non-paid/volunteer departments most often do not have the same access to resources as paid departments, and the goal of the Foundation is to offer services/programs for all first responders.
Physical Wellness Services
Our new home is extra spacious. This allows us, in the very near future, to begin offering physical wellness services for first responders. We are excited to share that we will have a gym in our new building featuring exercise machines and Functional Fitness equipment. The gym will be staffed with professionals, some of whom are first responders. Gym memberships will be available to first responders and their families.
Our space also has a room available for outside community groups and other social impact organizations to hold meetings or events. More details will be available in the coming weeks.
The new location has room for growth and our goal is to use the building to enhance public safety for community betterment and support first responders and their families. The facility is supported in part by grants from the:
- The Sherwood Foundation
- The Dr. C.C. and Mabel Criss Foundation
- The Kim Foundation
- The Hawks Family Philanthropy Fund
We are extremely grateful to these foundations for their support.
First Responders Foundation in Omaha & Council Bluffs, IA
We invite you to join us (virtually for now) as we transform our new space into a place that welcomes and respects first responders and their families. At each stage, we will update the website and social media with the details and photos of our progress. When our renovation is complete and we are able to gather together again, the public will be welcomed at our Open House! Contact us today for any questions or if you would like to support our First Responders click here by donating today.