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Firefighters For Healing

Mark Millage

December 08, 2022

Mark Millage - Dir. of Community Relations Furniture Mart USA

Furniture Today Article - December 08, 2022

We are proud to partner with Ashley on a product donation to furnish a brand-new first-of-its-kind Transitional Healing Center for Firefighters for Healing. The $40,000 donation includes various living room and bedroom furnishings as well as mattresses for 12 one-bedroom suites for families of burn center patients. The new facility is scheduled to open after the first of the year.

Firefighters for Healing has constructed a one of a kind $6M, 15,000 square feet Transitional Healing Center, located at 650 Portland Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis. The Healing Center consists of 12 fully furnished home-away-from-home suites that will be available at no cost to families of burn survivors, firefighters and first responders when they travel to the Twin Cities for care. The calm and therapeutic environment will provide the needed space for families to gather and recharge, and patients to transition to, before heading home.

Fire Truck in Hallway

According to Jake LaFerriere, the Founder and Executive Director of Firefighters for Healing, "When a first responder has a medical diagnosis or a child or adult has sustained burn trauma, the family is forced into weeks or months of unique challenges.  Our Transitional Healing Center will provide 24/7 relief for families by providing emergency housing and a wide range of support.  I know firsthand the power of having family close by when you're recovering in the hospital. Thanks to our friends at Furniture Mart and Ashley, these families will directly experience the positive impacts of feeling comfortable and cozy while staying in one of our home-away-from-home suites."

Our Founder and Chairman, Bill Hinks, believes "…the heart of our mission is a strong sense of service and giving back to our communities. With three generations actively working in our family-owned business, we are honored to help turn this new Healing Center into a home for Firefighters for Healing and the first responders, burn survivors and families that they will support."

"This is an incredible project, and we are honored to be involved in helping bring the feeling of Home to the individuals who will utilize this facility," stated Todd Wanek, the President and CEO of Ashley Furniture Industries, LLC. "These first responders and firefighters put their own health and safety on the line to keep our communities across the country safe and this is just a small token of support for all that they do."

Visit firefightersforhealing.org to learn more.


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