Rotary Fire Fighters Home

Rotary Fire Fighters Home The Rotary Fire Fighters Home will provide low-cost housing to fire fighters and first responders while they undergo treatment in the Texas Medical Center.
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FIRE FIGHTERS HAVE AN OCCUPATIONAL RISK of exposure to toxins and hazardous chemicals. As a result, fire fighters suffer workplace risks—particularly cancer—at a statistically higher rate than the average population, which necessitates specialized treatment. Often, this involves extended stays with access to healthcare providers at the Texas Medical Center (TMC). The cost of hotels and short-term housing for patients and their families coming to Houston for such treatment can be crippling, and health insurance usually does not cover lodging expenses. The Rotary Club of the University Area (RCUA), located near the TMC, has undertaken the project of providing fully furnished housing to professional and volunteer firefighters and other first responders at little or no cost for use while they undergo treatment at the TMC for any on-the-job injury or resulting work-related medical condition. This housing is called the Rotary Fire Fighters Home (RFFH). The goal of the RFFH Project is to mitigate a large portion of the financial burden associated with this short-term housing during the time that patients, often with their families, must stay accessible to the TMC.

Mission: To provide temporary, fully furnished housing to firefighters and other first responders at little or no cost, for use while they are undergoing treatment at the Texas Medical Center for any on- job injury or resulting work-related medical condition.

"Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communi...
11/13/2020

"Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves". Thank you to all the Shipman family who are making a lasting change to others in their time of grief. We appreciate all the donations in memory of Jimmy and hope we can help other families with our services! #rotary #yourdonationsmatter #helpingothers #firefighters #doinggood #InMemoriam

Happy 4th of July and Thank you to all our first responders keeping us safe! #safe #celebrate #4thofjuly #fireworks #fam...
07/04/2020

Happy 4th of July and Thank you to all our first responders keeping us safe! #safe #celebrate #4thofjuly #fireworks #family #staysafe

THANKS AND APPRECIATION to the FIREFIGHTING COMMUNITYThe Rotary Club University Area (RCUA) initiated a project to write...
04/17/2020

THANKS AND APPRECIATION to the FIREFIGHTING COMMUNITY

The Rotary Club University Area (RCUA) initiated a project to write notes of thanks and appreciation to all the firefighters and first responders in the greater Harris County Area. Club members are hand-writing personal thank-you notes to each of the 66 Fire Departments in Harris County, including HFD. And, within HFD, to the 95 individual fire stations.

This is a project of love and appreciation. RCUA has supported firefighters and first responders for many years. Their keynote project is the Rotary Fire Fighters Home (RFFH). RFFH provides free, short-term housing to firefighters and first responders coming to Houston for medical treatment at the Texas Medical Center. Unfortunately, that treatment is usually at MD Anderson Cancer Center because cancer is one of the biggest dangers firefighters face on a day-to-day basis due to the dangerous carcinogens in the air during a fire. https://www.rotaryfirefightershome.org/

The motto of RFFH is “They were there for us; we are here for them.”

In keeping with this motto and RCUA’s ongoing commitment to support firefighters and first responders, the Covid 19 “Thanks and Appreciation” note project was initiated.
If you would like to join RCUA in this thank-you note endeavor, please contact Irene Hickey, [email protected] and let her know how many notes you’d like to send. She will provide you the names and addresses.

Rotary Club University Area Responds to Covid 19FIREFIGHTER / FIRST RESPONDER PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENTThe Rotary Cl...
04/17/2020
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Rotary Club University Area Responds to Covid 19
FIREFIGHTER / FIRST RESPONDER PERSONAL PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

The Rotary Club of the University Area (RCUA) is spearheading a project to help firefighters and first responders in terms of their PPE needs PPE needs while dealing with this Covid 19 Pandemic. RCUA generously committed $2,000 to this project to get it started.

There are 66 Fire Departments in Harris County, including HFD. And, HFD alone has approx. 95 individual fire stations. Even though things have gotten better, PPE supplies are still scarce.

Irene is working directly with the firefighting community to determine the need (on going) and to find supplies to fill the need.

Of those that have responded so far, there is the usual need for small hand sanitizers (pocket size), gloves, gowns, thermometers (infrared) and the N95 masks. Some of the smaller fire departments do not have a budget for the volume of PPE supplies which they now need/or will need.
RCUA has supported firefighters and first responders for many years. Their keynote project is the Rotary Fire Fighters Home (RFFH). RFFH provides free, short-term housing to firefighters and first responders coming to Houston for medical treatment at the Texas Medical Center. Unfortunately, that treatment is usually at MD Anderson Cancer Center because cancer is one of the biggest dangers firefighters face on a day-to-day basis due to the dangerous carcinogens in the air during a fire. https://www.rotaryfirefightershome.org/
The motto of RFFH is “They were there for us; we are here for them.”

In keeping with this motto and RCUA’s ongoing commitment to support firefighters and first responders, the Covid 19 PPE project was initiated.

If you or your Rotary Club is interested in contributing to this Covid 19 project, please contact Irene Hickey at [email protected].

Happy Holidays everyone! Please keep our first responders in your thoughts over the holidays. Thank you for all that you...
12/26/2019

Happy Holidays everyone! Please keep our first responders in your thoughts over the holidays. Thank you for all that you do!

Lindsey Kroll and Irene HIckey meeting with the fire department in Carlos Paz Argentina to talk about the Rotary Fire Fi...
11/21/2019

Lindsey Kroll and Irene HIckey meeting with the fire department in Carlos Paz Argentina to talk about the Rotary Fire Fighters Home project. Connection made through our fellow Rotarian and friend, Miguel Ottaviano.

Bomberos de la ciudad se capacitaron con invitados del Rotary de Houston ( Estados Unidos).
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10/06/2019
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Donors:  Donations are needed to cover the costs of housing firefighters. We have a growing wait-list of firefighters in need of short-term housing. Our ability to meet those needs are limited only by your donations. CLICK HERE to make a donation.

Thank you for a great night and all your support Rotary Club of Katy #nightout #fundraiser #beer #food #whatmoredoyounee...
10/04/2019

Thank you for a great night and all your support Rotary Club of Katy #nightout #fundraiser #beer #food #whatmoredoyouneeed

The Rotary Club of Katy holds this annual event as a precursor to its annual Katy Brew Fest.

They donate at least 50% of the net proceeds to the Rotary Fire Fighters Home.

The event was capped at 100 tickets and it was sold out weeks in advance.

Rotary Fire Fighters Home had the following in attendance: Homero Ponce-Lopez, Jerry Harris and Marsha Bernstein, Kathy and Craig Kennedy, Sonya Heath, Larry Riklin, Phil Cezeaux, Irene Hickey, Lindsey Kroll, Darryl and Jane Anderson, Mike and Ollie Luster and Alex and Esther Luster.

Gala 2019
10/01/2019

Gala 2019

Wonderful event to raise funds for our next apartment. Thank you to everyone!

Do you want to volunteer with us?! We always need help and donations to keep this non-profit! #volunteer #firefighters #...
07/07/2019
Volunteer - Rotary Firefighters Home

Do you want to volunteer with us?! We always need help and donations to keep this non-profit! #volunteer #firefighters #donations

Volunteer Now We Need the Support of Your Knowledge, Time & Resources Your knowledge, time and resources are needed to help the Rotary Fire Fighters Home. We are staffed 100% by non-paid volunteers and rely on caring individuals to maintain our support for the firefighter families in need. Your know...

07/05/2019

Do you have questions on how to reserve your spot in the apartments? Reach out directly via email

[email protected]

Stay safe out there! Remember to thank a firefighter for their work on this holiday! Happy 4th! #america #fireworks #saf...
07/04/2019

Stay safe out there! Remember to thank a firefighter for their work on this holiday! Happy 4th! #america #fireworks #safe #holiday #thankyou

Check out our interview in Houston Chronicle about our services!
07/03/2019
Rotarians raise funds to house firefighters fighting cancer

Check out our interview in Houston Chronicle about our services!

Seven years ago the Rotary Club of University Area Houston organized the Rotary Fire Fighters Home, a nonprofit, to provide free lodging to firefighters who are receiving treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Rotarians want to buy land on which to build housing for those firefighters.

Great place to be during your tough time--go to our website for more details on how you can reserve your spot.
07/02/2019

Great place to be during your tough time--go to our website for more details on how you can reserve your spot.

Great place to be during your tough time--go to our website for more details on how you can reserve your spot.

Mark your calendars! #annualgala #firefighters Rotary Club of University Area Houston
07/02/2019

Mark your calendars! #annualgala #firefighters Rotary Club of University Area Houston

The Rotary Fire Fighters Home is holding its 3rd Annual Gala on Saturday, September 7th, at the Omni Hotel - West.  Our ...
04/12/2019
Home - Rotary Firefighters Home

The Rotary Fire Fighters Home is holding its 3rd Annual Gala on Saturday, September 7th, at the Omni Hotel - West. Our keynote speaker is Nim Kidd. Nim Kidd serves as the Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management and is the Vice Chancellor for Disaster and Emergency Services. In this capacity, he is responsible for the state’s emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities. He is a Certified Emergency Manager, as well as a Texas Master Firefighter and holds Hazardous Materials and Emergency Medical Technician certifications.

Please join us on September 7th. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.rotaryfirefightershome.org/. And, if you know of a potential underwriter for the Gala, please let us know.

This will be a fantastic evening! We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank you Houston Fire for all that  you do for us! #fire #houston #rotary
08/16/2018

Thank you Houston Fire for all that you do for us! #fire #houston #rotary

Thank you again!
07/27/2018

Thank you again!

Thank you Jim McIngvale for donating all of our furniture needs to our Rotary Firefighter Home apartment!! www.rotaryfirefightershome.org

07/27/2018

Thank you Gallery Furniture for all your support! You are making a difference to our organization! #galleryFurniture #firefighters #MattressMack #houston #makingthingshappen #thankyou

07/27/2018
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WATCH LIVE: Gallery Furniture and Rotary Fire Fighters Home have come together to provide firefighters and first responders a safe haven while undergoing treatment at the Texas Medical Center

07/07/2018

What we do is something so simple but can make a huge impact! Love hearing feedback from our supporters! "Thank you! Your Station 33 crews have been very gracious to me these past years. It really is a brotherhood!" #wethankyou #thinkingofyou #firefighters #alwayshere #brotherhood #houstonfire

07/05/2018
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If you are online shopping on this rainy holiday---- do a little good! Purchase something for our Firefighters Home!

Thanks to all our firefighters who make the festivities happen!! Stay safe!
07/04/2018

Thanks to all our firefighters who make the festivities happen!! Stay safe!

We are still doing the fund raising to actually build the apartments to house firefighters while they are in Houston bei...
06/04/2018
Gift Registry & Lists : Target

We are still doing the fund raising to actually build the apartments to house firefighters while they are in Houston being treated for cancer at MDACC. In the interim, however, we have rented one apartment and through generous donations have been able to furnish it fully.

Now, the good news is that we're getting ready to lease our second apartment. So, this also means that we need to once again seek donations of household items. To do this, we've set up a gift Registry at Target. Your help in spreading the word is appreciated. Please consider helping up furnish this apartment, by going to this link: https://www.target.com/gift-registry/gift/WccHN5yzCuGnKPdeS1Er5A.

And, help spread the word about the registry, by sending the link to your friends and family and posting on your social media accounts. Our motto is “You were there for us; we are here for you.” Help us be there for them.

Create or find a wedding, baby, college, or housewarming registry or a registry for any special occasion. Start a shopping list for everyday items. Create a Kids’ Wish List so your kids can get the fun holiday and birthday gifts they want.

Show your support for the Rotary Fire Fighters Home, a home away from home for firefighters fighting cancer and other li...
11/03/2017
Rotary Fire Fighters Home 2nd Annual Gala

Show your support for the Rotary Fire Fighters Home, a home away from home for firefighters fighting cancer and other life threatening illnesses as a result of their valiant service to our communities.

March 24, 2018 @ J.W. Marriott Hotel, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056

Tickets for our 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala are now available.  Seats are limited so get yours today!
11/01/2017
Rotary Fire Fighters Home 2nd Annual Gala

Tickets for our 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala are now available. Seats are limited so get yours today!

March 24, 2018 @ J.W. Marriott Hotel, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056

08/30/2017

2nd Annual Gala Announcement:

Because of the dire circumstances in our great city, the Rotary Fire Fighters Home has decided to postpone our 2nd Annual Gala until the Spring of 2018. We thank all of those who committed as sponsors and those who purchased individual tickets. We will see you in the Spring!

We need your help in making our permanent facility a reality.  If you or someone you know is willing to help make our fa...
08/18/2017
Share The Vision of The Rotary Firefighters Home

We need your help in making our permanent facility a reality. If you or someone you know is willing to help make our facility a reality, click below and provide contact info.

The vision of the Rotary Firefighters Home is to provide temporary fully furnished housing at little or no cost to fire fighters and other first responders while they are undergoing treatment at THE TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER (TMC) (in Houston, TX) for any work related medical condition or injury.

Send us a private message on Facebook if you know of a firefighter needing the use of our facility in the Texas Medical ...
08/17/2017

Send us a private message on Facebook if you know of a firefighter needing the use of our facility in the Texas Medical Center while seeking treatment, We are here to help!

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08/03/2017
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Join our Loyalty Club today and receive a special gift from Celaya's on your birthday and your anniversary!

We hope you are planning to attend our 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala. A great event to build camaraderie within your depar...
07/31/2017
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We hope you are planning to attend our 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala. A great event to build camaraderie within your department while supporting those brothers and sisters facing the biggest battle ever... cancer.

After the fires are out, cancer is still out to get firefighters.  Follow these great decontamination tips that help loo...
07/31/2017
Fight Cancer at Your Fire Department

After the fires are out, cancer is still out to get firefighters. Follow these great decontamination tips that help loosen cancer's grip.

Cancer rates among firefighters are very high. Here's how firefighters can decontaminate on scene and avoid contaminating areas with toxins.

07/28/2017
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Would you join us and support our efforts at the Rotary Firefighters Home? Make plans to attend our upcoming gala!

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My name is Christian Singler, and I was fortunate enough to be able to stay at the Rotary Fire Fighters Home. I was there from the end of July till the first week of September. During that span of time, I had close to 70 appointments and was admitted to the hospital for 4 days. I do not know how my family and I could have done it without having a place to stay so close and convenient to MD Anderson. I just had my second follow up today in which their is no sign of cancer! I would like to thank everyone for their love, compassion, and dedication to take care of those that who have cancer as well as their family by making the Rotary Fire Fighters Home available. Love and Thanks, The Singler Family
My family and I are extremely grateful to the Rotary Fire Fighters Home. I was diagnosed with a head and neck cancer which required 7 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. I could not have done it without being so close to MD Anderson. When my health declined to a point that I was admitted to the hospital my wife could get rest at night with a short drive to Rotary Fire Fighters Home. Thank you so much!!!!!