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2020 RFMA Gives Site Annoucement

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

RFMA is humbled and pleased to announce that our RFMA Gives 2020 project recipient is Stout Street Foundation located in Commerce City, CO. After visiting several wonderful organizations in the Denver area, Stout Street was chosen because of its great fit and the large impact our members will be able to make at the organization. Stout Street's facilities include two buildings, one for administration and one for housing their residents (previously a hotel), that RFMA will be able to work on. 

Stout Street's mission is “to provide a supportive, therapeutic community for addicts and alcoholics to help them help themselves so they may return to society as recovering, productive, and responsible citizens". Stout Street provides a 2-3 year residential treatment program which includes professional services and vocational training to approximately 200 adult men and women each year. Plus they accept individuals without requiring any fees. Stout Street only asks that participants in the program are motivated to face their addiction and willing to work to put the pieces of their life back together. Learn more about our RFMA Gives 2020 project recipient by checking out their website at www.stoutstreet.org/.

I would also like to give another warm welcome to our 2020 co-project managers,  Josh Rains, CRFP, Peggy Fromholz and Jennifer Thompson. The project managers and I will be completing a "deep-dive" at Stout Street's facilities next week to determine our "project wish list." The list will include equipment, projects, services and other items that could be used to further Stout Street's services and growth in the community. As soon as the "project wish list" is complete we will post the list onto the blog and also email it to all our RFMA members. 

We are very excited about partnering with Stout Street in 2020 and we look forward to another wonderful RFMA Gives project! We are so thankful to our membership who continues to step-up and support these highly deserving organizations each year. Stay tuned to our RFMA Gives blog for more details and volunteer updates. 

Save the Date! Our RFMA Gives 2020 Volunteer Day is scheduled for Saturday, September, 21st. Registration will be available through RFMA's Event Calendar in June. 

Dover and out.

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RFMA Gives Denver Update

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, May 3, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Quick update on the RFMA Gives Denver project. This year we have three (3) Co-Project Managers assisting. They are:

- Josh Rains, CRFP, Romano's Macaroni Grill

- Peggy Fromholz, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

- Jennifer Thompson, Punch Bowl Social

We recently visited six (6) organizations in the Denver metro area and each were wonderfully supporting the less fortunate providing food, shelter, and professional services to help them combat their addictions. We are currently putting a letter together detailing our site visits and will be meeting with the RFMA Gives Steering committee in a few weeks to discuss further and hopefully get a location approved. After we get an approval, we will schedule another trip to complete a "deep-dive" into what their needs are and how our membership can help. If things go as planned, this wish-list of projects and equipment will be presented to all RFMA members by the end of May.

Stay tuned, more exciting information will be communicated through our social link as it becomes available. Make sure to subscribe to this blog to get timely updates.

Thanks!!

Dover and out.

 

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Thank You RFMA Members!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Saturday, February 23, 2019
Updated: Friday, February 22, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

The RFMA Gives 2019 project at Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF) is essentially complete and I wanted to say a big THANKS to all the donators and volunteers who made this so successful. I continue to be humbled and amazed of our members passion for giving back and am looking forward to the next project in Denver. For those of you that weren't in Austin to see the video of this years' project, feel free to click on the following link to view: https://youtu.be/-tUQ0GgzBms.

Stay tuned for upcoming details on the Denver project. This year's Project Managers are Peggy Fromholz from Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Josh Rains, CRFP, from Romano's Macaroni Grill. They've already begun the selection process and we are hoping to have a decision by mid-May.

Lastly, one final shout out to the 2019 Co-Project Managers, Jay Andruk, CRFP, and Carl LeBoeuf, CRFP (both from K&N Management) whose passion and commitment for volunteer work is tremendous. Both individuals along with their company's support showed what can be done when you put your mind to it.

Dover and out.

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Projects Are Getting Completed!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, January 18, 2019
Updated: Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hello RFMA Members,

Projects are getting completed at Mobile Loaves & Fishes. The Community Table Pavilion had a pizza oven (Texas Oven Co.) installed along with new clear plastic roll-down awnings (Austin American Awning) which has made this area useful during the winter months. New A/C units for the restrooms in the Unity Hall were supplied and installed by CNSA (Consolidated Services of North America, LLC). The storage shed is now complete due to the efforts of Chipotle and K&N Management. Check out the photos of each included in this post. Additionally all the electrical work has been finished in the kitchen for all the new donated equipment and the tiny home is scheduled to be done soon which will formally end another wonderful RFMA Gives project.

For those of you attending our national conference next month in Austin, make sure you attend the Opening Session on Monday to see the RFMA Gives Presentation where RFMA gives thanks to all the contributors to this wonderful project. Also, there will be a featured story in the April/May Facilitator magazine on this year's event.

Lastly, I want to send a special thanks to the project managers, Jay Andruk, CRFP and Carl LeBoeuf, CRFP and to their company, K&N Management who supervised, worked at, and coordinated all the activities of this year's projects. The success was entirely due to their efforts and passion for giving back. Of course we all know who the real hero's are and we thank everyone at Mobile Loaves & Fishes for their assistance to the homeless in Austin. It's a amazing way to give dignity to those in need.

Again, thank you to all the donors. I am truly grateful....

Dover and out.

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What a Wonderful Volunteer Day!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, September 10, 2018

Hello RFMA Members,

Hard working RFMA members had a wonderful Volunteer Day at Mobile Loaves & Fishes this past Saturday in Austin, TX. There were over 150 members on site diligently working on building a tiny home, storage shed, landscaping, and many other projects that will help Mobile Loaves expand and serve their neighbors. I’m humbled by our members generous donations and willingness to give back. It was truly a blessed project.

Thanks to all who participated and to the following who helped make this day a success:

  • Roof materials and installation for the storage shed and tiny home, Kanga Roofing
  •  A/C split systems, Friedrich Air Conditioning Company, Johnstone Supply, & TD Industries
  • Paint Sundries for Volunteer Day, 5-Star Painting
  • Breakfast on Volunteer Day, Torchy’s Tacos & Starbucks
  • Lunch on Volunteer Day, K&N Management & Pluckers Wing Bar
  • Shirts, gloves, goggles, and a first aid kit, Cintas
  • Trash bags for Volunteer Day, Pack-A-Drum
  • Open top trash containers, Waste Management & River Road Waste
  • Professional framers for tiny home, John King Construction
  • Construction of storage shed, Craig Buck and Steve Shippy from Chipotle
  • Paint & stain supplied by Benjamin Moore
  • Water for volunteers, Culligan
  • Volunteer Day Appreciation Party sponsor, Kinetico
  • Landscaping materials and expertise, DENTCO , Gone Green, & PS Landscapes
  • Volunteer Day logistics, K&N Management

Thanks again for all your support and passion for this wonderful charity project. I apologize in advance if I missed thanking anyone for their donation.

Dover and out

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Tiny Home Coming Soon!

Posted By Jay Andruk, CRFP, K&N Management, Friday, August 3, 2018
Here it is! The beginning of our Tiny Home project! Thanks you to those already committed to coming to Austin to help with this and several other major projects!!! See y'all soon!

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Foundation Work is Complete!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, July 20, 2018
Updated: Thursday, July 19, 2018

Hello RFMA members,

The weather is heating up in Texas and so is the work at Mobile Loaves & Fishes(MLF). As you can see from the photos, the new foundations for a tiny home and a new pizza oven were poured this week along with a concrete road repair. Special thanks to all from Elite Paving. They finished this up in just a couple days in over 100 degree heat. We are planning on building the small home along with a storage facility during the upcoming Volunteer Day on Saturday, Sept. 8th. Don't forget to register on our website and book your room at the downtown Sheraton Hotel. Besides the buildings construction during the Volunteer Day, we will be completing all sorts of landscaping, gardening, and general organizing in their offices.

We are still needing several items to help out MLF.

Following is an updated project/equipment listing showing what is still needed. We are really hoping to get contractor help with materials and possibly professional labor for some projects:

 

Commercial Kitchen

The equipment upgrades to the commercial kitchen will expand the offerings of the facility. The equipment will allow MLF to increase the number of people they are able to serve as well as increase volunteer engagement in the kitchen. Additionally the new equipment will increase the health, safety, and usability of the kitchen space.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Ventless Combi Oven

Half Size, Roll In, Ventless, Liquid Propane

Meat Slicer

120V 1Hp

Stainless Steel Pots And Pans

E.G. All-Clad, Demeyere

Hotel Coffee Maker

~20Gal/Hr

Chrome Griddle

36", With Thermostat, propane or electric

Thermometers

Bluetooth With Haccp Logging Capabilities

Haccp

Help With Writing/ Creating Plans

Pressure Washer

Electric, Wall Mounted, Warm Water With Detergent

Hand Sanitizer

Like In Rudys

Crates

Produce Style

Cambros

Assorted Sizes With Lids

Hotel Pans

Assorted Sizes With Lids

Juicer

120V

ServSafe Training

Food Safety Training For Kitchen Employees

Food Trailer

A new food trailer, or existing trailer remodel, will empower more of our neighbors to make a dignified income while working in a space that is central to the community. The equipment below will expand our offerings, increase community engagement between volunteers and neighbors, and allow for a healthier and safer food preparation environment.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Chef Base Fridge

72" On Castors

Milkshake Mixer

3 Spindle With Timer

Water Softener

Mini -system?

Fridge

Undercounter

Three Compartment Sink

Hand Sanitizer

Outdoor For Customers, Like In Rudys

Storage Building

Storage space is needed so we can keep food service equipment and supplies safe and accessible. Our desire is to have storage designed to look like a tiny house from the outside in order to add to the charming aesthetic of the village.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Roofing Materials

Siding

Lumber

Shelving

Chrome Wire

Community Table

Landscape around the Community Table, one of the Village's premier gathering and fellowship spaces for all to enjoy. More tables and games will increase the sense of community in this space for all who come here.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Decomposed Granite

Picnic Tables

Park Grade

Plants

Native, Low Maintenance

Astro Turf

For Landscaping Around

Strip Heaters

Propane

Fans-3

Bigass Fan Style

Plastic Walls

Roll Down For Wind Protection

Unity Hall

Unity Hall is the main place of welcoming and celebration when people are at Community First! Village. These additions will help us increase the offerings and hospitality of this integral space for our community.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Locks

Keypad/ RFID

Strip Heaters

For Breezeway

Doors

Wooden French Doors For Sanctuary

Water Fountain

With Water Bottle Filler

Hand Dryers

High Power, Dyson

Community Market

Bring some much needed improvements to the market in order to increase its offerings and continue to make it a place of welcoming hospitality for all who live at and visit the Village.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Security

New CCTV System

Signage

New exterior LED/Neon type on building

Miscellaneous

These miscellaneous items didn't find a home in one of the other projects, but they would all go a very long way in building up our various programs that offer dignified income opportunities to our formerly homeless neighbors as well as growing our ability to connect human to human, heart to heart as we build relationships at Community First! Village.

Equipment/Work Needed

Description

Brick Pizza Oven

60" Or Larger Deck, Outdoor

Strip Heaters

Bus Stop

Tiny House

2, Possibly On RV Side (One Ready To Go On RV Side Phase I & One On Phase II)

Striping

Parking Lot Striping

Street Lights

Solar Powered/LED

Water Fountains

Around Property, With Bottle Filler

Pest Services

Around Property

Laundry Services

Wash Towels, Linens, Table Cloths

Shade Sails

Cinema

Hvac Services

Change Filters, Etc.

Landscaping

Sod, Decomposed Granite, Astro Turf

Streetlights

Solar

Equipment

Air Curtain for exterior door in the kitchen

Materials & Labor

Construction materials and professional labor for small home & storage facility

 

If you are interested in donating any of the above items or have other donations to offer or have any questions, please contact Jeff Dover, CRFP, at jeff@rfmaonline.com or at (972) 805-0905, x-3.

Big thanks to the following companies for their donations:

 

  • Water Softener systems, Kinetico/Selecto Commercial Water Systems and Culligan International
  • Fry Oil Filter Machine, K&N Management
  • 20 Quart Stand Mixer, Hobart Service
  • New Pizza Oven, Texas Oven Company
  • Smallwares, Edward Don & Company
  • Coffee/Tea Makers and Supplies, Farmers Brothers Coffee
  • Cooler Temp Monitoring Equipment, Tri-Point Refrigeration
  • New Foundations for the Mini-Home, Pizza Oven, & Road Repairs, Elite Paving
  • New A/C Mini-Split Systems for Restrooms, CSN
  • New Mini-Split A/C’s for the Small Homes, Ecotech Refrigeration and HVAC, Inc.
  • HVAC Periodic Filter Replacement, Bonded Filter
  • Dumpsters for Construction Projects, Waste Management, River Road Waste, and Westrock
  • Equipment Start-Ups & Repairs, Smart Care Equipment Solutions and Cintas Managed Solutions
  • Roofing Materials for new Buildings, Royalty, Versico, and Kanga Roofing Companies
  • EMS for Unity (Office) Building, Entouch Controls
  • Landscaping Materials for Community Table Pavilion, DENTCO & PS Landscapes
  • Plumbing Projects and Supplies for New Buildings, Steven Cox Plumbing
  • Electrical Work, DTX Electric
  • New Gutters and Rain Collection Supplies, Gutter-Tex of Austin
  • Upgrade Light Fixtures to LED, Demand Lighting
  • Floor Tile for New Buildings, Grout Guyz
  • Paint and Painting Supplies for New Buildings, Benjamin Moore & 5-Star Painting
  • Juicer Machine for Main Kitchen, Actions Sales
  • Financial Donation, CLM Midwest
  • Shirts for Volunteer Day, Cintas

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Volunteer Day in September. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me.

Dover and out.


 

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Work Continues at the Community First! Village

Posted By Jay Andruk, CRFP, K&N Management, Thursday, July 12, 2018
Many pieces continue to fall into place as passionate donors not only volunteer time and products, but more importantly connect us to more donors! Pictured here from left to right are Carl LeBoeuf of K&N Management, Keaton Graham of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, Marcos Resendez of Cruising Kitchens, Allen Graham president of Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and Jay Andruk of K&N Management. We are less than 8 weeks from the big volunteer day!

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Picnic Area

Posted By Jay Andruk, CRFP, K&N Management, Tuesday, July 3, 2018
The difference between having a place to live and being part of a community is being intentional about bringing people together. Pictured here is one of many gathering areas where residents of the Community First! Village do life together.

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Everyone Eats Today

Posted By Jay Andruk, CRFP, K&N Management, Monday, June 25, 2018
Pictured here is a new 20 quart mixer with a meat grinder attachment in it's inaugural use at Mobile Loaves and Fishes. Thank you to Hobart Service! MLF employs neighbors from their Community First! Village to work on the mobile food trucks that travel into Downtown Austin to help feed those still living on the streets, as well as a means of recruiting those who are ready to get on the waiting list to join them at the Community First! Village. The commercial kitchen seen here is used for preparing food both for neighborhood residents and for use on the mobile trucks.

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