This week as we collectively focus on all that we are thankful for the First Responders Foundation is thankful for our new Wellness Center!
Last spring we moved from a 12 x 12 room to a new facility that comes in at just under 8,000 square feet. We are thankful for this new building, at 10605 Burt Circle in Omaha, NE, that allows us to expand our mission to serve and honor first responders, veterans, and their families.
We Are Thankful
Making the move and getting “set up” has taken a lot of time and energy from some amazing businesses, organizations, volunteers, staff members, their families, and board members. Today we give a shout out to all who have helped us come this far!
Shortly after the move into a mostly empty building, Belfor Restoration Services started construction. They began to make separate offices for administration, for the therapist in our behavioral health services, for the new physical health /fitness program, and for a lounge area for first responders.
We immediately requested phone services from InTouch Communications and a security/alarm system from Sentrixx Security. FireGuard helped supply us with fire extinguishers, smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, and emergency exit signs. While Electric Express was installing and switching lights, Patriarch Distillers was keeping us safe providing us with gallons of hand sanitizer and maybe a little spirit too! Speaking of spirits, Josh from Everyday Grind Coffee kept our spirits up and bodies moving with his coffee. We worked with Action Signs to get our name and logo in lights outside the building. We were becoming official!
Leland Carpet Installers laid carpet and Sharp Carpet & Air Duct Cleaning cleaned the existing carpet. Eccles Heating and Cooling helped with some ductwork. Floor Tech helped with the floor for Physical Health. Graphite Lock rekeyed doors and installed door handles. Terry the Plumber provided plumbing services. After Terry’s services, we were ready for paper towels and toilet paper which were supplied by Outlook Nebraska. Joe Allen Painting prepped and painted the walls. Now we were ready for furniture! Thankfully, NFM donated new furniture and we received gently used furniture from Alorica and NAM (Nonprofit Association of the Midlands). Thank you to PIP Marketing, Signs and Print for all our printing needs.
Project Wasn’t Complete
We soon realized we had tons of little projects that needed to be completed and that is when handyman Leroy Richards saved the day. Leroy was willing to hang blinds and thermostat covers, fix doors and anything else he had skills to do, he did! Special thanks to our handywoman too who did many little tasks such as hanging sanitizer, Amanda Riggs. Bio-One Omaha disinfected the entire facility making sure things were clean and ready for first responders and their families. Baltimore Cleaning Services, Eight Days Cleaning, and BFF Cleaning provided office cleaning, to keep things clean and sanitized. Christine, of Accounting 1909, helped us keep all our financial ducks in a row.
We send a special shout out and thanks to staff members Jason Workman (Dir. of the FRST Program), Jodi Teal (Dir. of Operations & Development), Adam Tripp (Dir. of Physical Health/Fitness), and Diann Swigart (Coordinator of Community Engagement). Mr. Jason, whom by day specializes in therapy for first responders, took on many challenges such as; sealing off windows, destruction of walls, hanging pictures and doors, mover, videographer, locksmith, janitor, and did we mention trapper of wildlife, trapping more than one badger – outside!
Jodi not only worked hard herself with too much to mention but also volunteered her family and significant other, Jess, to clean, organize, construct and deconstruct, move, pack and unpack, etc. Papa Teal even donated his trailer and his muscles for many moving and pick-up projects. Adam and his friends moved and organized gym equipment, worked on the ceiling, and laid carpet and flooring. Diann was the First Responders Foundation project manager and all-around person in charge! Diann kept everyone on track and kept the project moving and there were only a few days she didn’t have a huge smile on her face!
We would not be where we are today without all of these wonderful businesses, organizations, and people who have made this all possible. With the uniqueness of this year, we have not been able to open as fully as we had anticipated, but we look forward to the future and what this Wellness Center will mean to those who serve and protect us – a place for body, spirit, and mind to grow and be refreshed.
During this week as we focus on what we are thankful for, we send a huge and sincere thank you to all who are mentioned above. There have been so many that have helped us that we must say thank you to anyone we inadvertently failed to mention, as you are also appreciated. Lastly, we thank those who have helped by making financial donations. Without you, the Foundation would not be able to thrive.
From all of us at the First Responders Foundation, we wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.