Firefighters for Healing and Sherman Associates Development LLC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the future construction of the Firefighters For Healing Transitional Healing Center. This one-of-a-kind housing will be located just one block away from Hennepin Healthcare's burn unit and outpatient clinic and will support burn and trauma survivors, Firefighters and their families. These 'home-away-from-home' apartments will provide a close and comfortable place for families and survivors to rest, recharge and recover.
Kraus-Anderson and Firefighters for Healing officially signed an 18 month lease extension through 2021 for three apartment units for the families of firefighters and burn trauma survivors who wish to stay close to Hennepin Healthcare. Since the service started in 2018, families have reported the healing effects a home like environment provides as they navigate their recovery process.
We are deeply grateful to Jake and his donors for the lifeline they provided for our family.
When our daughter was injured, we were totally overwhelmed. She was flown 2000 miles away from home to receive the level 1 trauma care at Hennepin County Medical Center. We did not have a support network in Minneapolis until Jake and Firefighters for Healing offered us a stable home and unwavering support. They really provided the unconditional love of a family who came around us in our time of need.
When my daughter was finally discharged from the hospital we had the choice to either put her into a nursing home or try to take care of her with the hospital’s support. We could not wrap our heads around this when our homes and jobs were in another state. Without the Firefighters for Healing temporary apartment, just one block from the hospital, we are confident our daughter would not have made the progress she has.
We are forever thankful to the volunteers, medical teams, donors and Jake for all of the attention and support. It has made the world of difference.
Firefighters for Healing is pleased to announce Alerus Mortgage as the title sponsor for the 3rd annual Camp RED season. This is the first children’s burn camp in Minnesota for burn survivors and their families where we hope like the acronym, campers will Realize Every Dream. Camp RED gives burn survivors between the ages of 6-16 the opportunity to live beyond their scars and to be kids again.
Firefighters For Healing founder Jake LaFerriere is the son of a firefighter. Jake fondly remembers that when he was young he would drop his dad off at the fire station and look up to the firefighters. He remembers spending time shadowing Pops or helping to clean off the rigs. This precious time left an impression on his heart. When Jake was old enough, he dedicated years to training and honored the calling to become a firefighter.