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.
“When a tragedy strikes families often jump in the car, ambulance or helicopter without any thought about what to bring, where they will stay or how long they will be there,” said Founder Jake LaFerriere. “Firefighters for Healing volunteers do their best to respond in ways insurance providers and caregivers are unable to.”
Throughout the past 12 months Firefighters for Healing’s “Home Away from Home” apartments have shown the importance and need for this type of accommodation that promotes healing and better patient outcomes. Our “Vision 2020” goal of building a permanent Transitional Healing Center with as many as 12 apartments just 1 block from Hennepin Healthcare's burn unit and outpatient clinic is quickly taking shape and an announcement is expected soon.
“We are honored and humbled to be able to provide a beautiful, comfortable home away from home for these brave survivors and their families,” said Michael Hille, Executive Vice President of Kraus-Anderson Realty and Development. “We’re proud to participate in Jake’s vision and help sustain the tremendous support that Firefighters for Healing provides.”
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson (www.krausanderson.com) is an integrated construction management and real estate development enterprise including insurance, financial services, leasing and property management. Kraus-Anderson, an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability employer, is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn. and has regional offices in Madison, Wis., Bismarck, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn.