Impact Stories

We are introduced most often to burn survivors and their families by the Burn Unit staff in the first few days or weeks after their burn trauma. We do our best to listen to the need, bring comfort and provide hope. The video below explains Kyle’s story and the blog post is here.


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Thank you for letting us stay here while our son had laser treatment. It was very helpful to be so close! ~ The Y family


Thank you for the wonderful accommodations. It was greatly appreciated!
~ The M Family


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Staying within walking distance of the hospital was a gift. Jacob was in a medical induced coma so being able to take a hot shower and grab a nap provided the energy we needed to deal with the decisions and paperwork. We are forever thankful. ~ The T Family


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The apartment helped us keep our family together and close to the hospital if we had to race back for any status changes or updates. It is such a beautiful place to recharge that has provided the strength and hope to get through this time. Thank you for blessing our family. ~ The J Family


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THANK YOU for setting up family housing where we have a familiar place to return to. Since you have been open, we have been there for 3 different visits/medical procedures. We quickly realized that our burn trauma will forever dictate where we spend our time trying to repair our son and prepare him for growing up with his scars. Your support and love has meant the world to each of us in a different way. ~ The S Family


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.


We invite YOU to share your experience if YOU
met us at the Burn Unit, stayed in an apartment,
or attended Camp RED.

We will use your first name unless you tell
us you would like to remain anonymous.