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.
When you approach the pool tables, look up for a rustic ladder. It might look like a regular ladder but it is a replica antique firefighter ladder. It was made of reclaimed wood from a house in Minnetonka. It was made by the father of a firefighter. It symbolizes that each one of us can be an everyday hero when we recognize those who are struggling and help to lift them up one step at a time.
The Firefighters for Healing Board is reminded often that our work is impacting real families in need and making a difference by showing love. During our Christmas Blessing at Hennepin Healthcare this year, we had the pleasure of reconnecting with a family who had been a recipient four years earlier.
A Minneapolis man was burned on over 75 percent of his body - but he's turned his misfortune into a generous donation to the people who brought him hope and healing. Click here for the KARE11 segment.
THANK YOU Kraus Anderson!
Kraus-Anderson and Firefighters for Healing are teaming up to support burn and trauma survivors, their families and firefighters by providing three apartment units at the new HQ Apartments in Minneapolis. These conveniently located units are just 2 blocks from Hennepin Healthcare (HCMC) and will be made available free of charge to burn and trauma survivors as well as firefighters from around the state who are receiving medical care in the Twin Cities.
Over the past five years Firefighters for Healing has worked with community partners to provide hotel accommodations for burn survivors and their families. While this is a good solution, in some long term cases, it is not a home away from home that helps aide in a patient’s recovery.
Firefighters for Healing hopes to support the community in 3 ways:
Provide accommodations for the FAMILIES/relatives of survivors traveling from a distance so they have a comfortable and familiar place to stay
Provide accommodations for SURVIVORS so they are close to the outpatient services to support their transition into their new normal level of activity/mobility before heading home
Provide accommodations for any FIREFIGHTER from anywhere in the state of Minnesota who is receiving care in the Twin Cities for any reason
How YOU can help:
Firefighters for Healing is seeking help from the community to fully furnish these three apartments. Your donation will be direct shipped to the foundation. Once the item (and requested quantity of that item) has been purchased, the item will no longer appear on our wish list. We hope to have the apartments ready for occupancy by early July 2018.
Financial donations can be made at firefightersforhealing.org or by mail:
Firefighters for Healing
PO Box 374, Champlin, MN 55316
Established in 1897, Kraus-Anderson (krausanderson.com) is an integrated construction management and real estate development enterprise including insurance and financial services. 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.
Firefighters for Healing (firefightersforhealing.org) was established in 2010 after Minneapolis firefighter Jake LaFerriere suffered 3rd and 4th degree burns in a backdraft explosion while battling a house fire. It was at the hospital while being treated for his burns that Jake met young children who were undergoing the same painful treatment for their injuries. He wanted to do more. Jake founded Firefighters for Healing a 501(c)(3) non-profit with the mission of supporting children and burn survivors.