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RFMA Gives 2017 Is Ready To Go!!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, June 1, 2016

To all, 

RFMA is humbled and pleased to announce our RFMA Gives 2017 site is the Daily Bread located in downtown Orlando. This year’s Project Co-Chairs are Ron Wilhite, CRFP, from Regions Facility Services, Inc., Mark Gomolla, CRFP and Kelly Otto, CRFP, both from Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. After visiting several wonderful organizations in the Orlando area, the Daily Bread was chosen because of its great fit for our association. Their mission is to mobilize the Central Florida community to eradicate poverty through the provision of services and resources that foster hope, well-being and empowerment. They are a faith based organization that provides programs designed to meet physical, emotional and spiritual needs regardless of race, religion or gender. Click here to visit their website and learn more about all of their programs. We are very excited and looking forward to another wonderful and rewarding RFMA Gives project.

The following potential projects are listed below. Please review and let us know what you can provide for required equipment, labor, and/or financial donation. Sign-ups are now being accepted for any of these projects.


Project Management

  • Volunteer project managers – looking for individuals who are local to the Orlando area who are able to volunteer their time to manage and oversee portions of the project

Grease Services Contractor

  • Provide maintenance for in-ground grease interceptor

Industrial Supplier

  • Pallet Jack

Restaurant Supplier

  • Disposable plates, cups, spoons, paper goods, etc.

Kitchen Equipment Repair

  • Service providers willing to provide repair service to hot and cold side equipment at no charge to the facility as needed with their current equipment

Hood Cleaning Company

  • Routine Hood Cleaning Program

Waste Services Company

  • Provide roll-off container(s) for project duration.

Restaurant or Equipment Supplier

  • Need new small wares for kitchen
  • Folding style tables and chairs for dining room, patio tables/chairs for exterior
  • Shelving for kitchen/dry storage areas - Metro Style
  • Shelving for new walk in cooler & freezer units - Metro Style


Electrical Supplier, Electrical Contractor

  • Electrical panel upgrade (permit)

Janitorial Contractor

  • FOH Flooring- Strip and reseal VCT, replace black vinyl base

Flooring Supplier, Flooring Contractor

  • Replace flooring BOH service Areas (Quarry, Silikal or other)

Electrical Supplier, Electrical Contractor

  • Upgrade interior FOH/BOH 2 x 4 ceiling troffers to LED troffers

Fire Suppression Company

  • Upgrade Hood Fire Suppression System (Permit)

Carpentry, General Contractor

  • Replace FOH/BOH ceiling tiles & BOH Grid- BOH 2 x 4 Vinyl Face Gyp. FOH 2 x 4 non-directional all-purpose ceiling tile

Restaurant or Equipment Supplier, Plumber

  • Repair/replace three compartment sink

Restaurant or Equipment Supplier, Stainless Steel Fabricator, Plumber (gas), Electrical, Carpentry, General Contractor

  • Replace wooden pass thru with stainless steel shelving, replace existing chef's station using Stainless Steel Chef's station with hot/cold drawer under storage

General Contractor, Carpenter

  • Provide and install FRP at BOH Food Prep & Cooking areas.

Restaurant or Equipment Supplier, Stainless Steel Fabricator, Electrical, Carpentry, General Contractor

  • BOH Equipment Upgrades, Propane Vulcan convection oven and stack kit (one oven already exists), Stainless steel work table, stainless steel shelving, propane cook-top w/ 4-6 burners and flat top combo, wall mount lettuce crisper

General Contractor, Designer

  • Redesign & rearrange kitchen for greater efficiencies

Plumbing Supplier, Plumbing Contractor

  • Replace storage tank style water heater with exterior mounted gas tankless unit

HVAC, Electrical

  • Relocate existing ice machine

General Contractor, Electrical

  • Create new “soup area” in kitchen (demo existing wall, shift layout, reconstruct replacement wall w/ GWB & FRP)

General Contractor, RFMA Volunteers

  • Remove upright 2-door cooler and 2-door freezer

General Contractor, Carpentry, Plumbing Contractor, Plumbing Supplier, Electrical Contractor, Electrical Supplier, Flooring Contractor, Flooring Supplier, Concrete

  • Remodel existing men’s restroom, creating two (2) single use unisex restrooms (Permits)

General Contractor, Plumbing, Electrical, Flooring

  • Remodel existing women’s restroom into office space and storage room (Permits)


  • Supply/install new combination drinking fountain and bottle filler

RFMA Volunteers, Paint Contractor, Paint Manufacturer

  • Paint interior

Restaurant or Equipment Supplier, Walkin Manufacturer, Electrician, HVAC

  • Supply/install new WIC (walk in cooler)
  • Supply/install new WIF (walk in freezer)

Restaurant or Equipment Supplier

  • Supply/install two (2) electric tilt skillets/ soup warmers (large capacity)

Restaurant or Equipment Supplier, RFMA Volunteers

  • Remodel existing dry storage room, add storage shelving

Masonry, General Contractor, Overhead Door Company, Concrete

  • Supply/install new Garage style, pull down exterior door to be used for food deliveries

General Contractor, Carpentry, Stainless Steel Fabricator

  • Enlarge several doorways to aid in product placement (pallet jack delivery to storage points). Wrap enlarged openings with Stainless Steel

General Contractor, Carpenter

  • Remodel existing offices, creating a quiet room for professional services meetings (Construct floor to ceiling stud walls and finish with GWB & FRP).

HVAC Supplier, HVAC Contractor

  • Replace existing t-stats with EMS

Security Contractor, Security Supplier

  • Supply/install security/CCTV system


RFMA Volunteers, Painting Contractor, Paint Manufacturer

  • Paint the exterior of the building

General Contractor, Carpentry, Masonry, Store Front Glass Contractor

  • Saw-cut CMU wall at three locations, install prestressed lintels and sills, install store front window frame and glass system. Total of 3 ea. Windows of approx. 48" w x 36" h. (Permits)

General Contractor, Shade Sail Manufacturer

  • Provide and install shade sail(s) at exterior courtyard

General Contractor, Carpentry

  • Flush-cut to concrete slab and remove/dispose of existing steel pipe queue rail at front entry overhang area.

Electrical Contractor, Electrical Supplier

  • Replace Wall sconces with LED wall packs. Upgrade pole light head to LED

Plumbing Contractor, Plumbing Supplier

  • Provide and install mop sink & Faucet at exterior receiving door area

HVAC Supplier/Manufacturer, HVAC Contractor, Roofing, Electrical (Permits)

  • Replace three (3) a/c units. Two (2) 5-7 ton self-contained. One (1) 3-5 ton split system.

Roofing Contractor, Roofing Materials Supplier

  • Replace entire roof, single ply needed

Sign Company

  • Supply/install new signage

Door & Hardware Supplier, Door & Hardware Installer, General Contractor, Carpenter, RFMA Volunteers (paint)

  • Replace all exterior doors (5)

Fence Manufacturer, Fence Install Contractor, RFMA Volunteers (fence screen)

  • Powder coat Aluminum fencing with gates at front of building. Fence screen material as courtyard area.

Pavement Contractor, General Contractor, Concrete Placement Contractor

  • Repair/replace parking lot in specific areas to include open-trough drain gutter at buildings rear

Pavement Contractor, RFMA Volunteers

  • Paint parking stops

Landscape Contractor, Exterior Services Management Company, RFMA Volunteers (Mulch)

  • Landscape Upgrades, Tree Trimming, Mulch

General Contractor, Carpentry, Paver Supplier, Pavement Contractor, Lumber Supplier

  • Courtyard Dining Area - Site grading, sub-base placement, pavers, paver installation, construct PT wood bench at perimeter areas


Roofing Materials Supplier, Roofing Contractor

  • Roof repairs. Possible replacement.

HVAC Supplier/ Manufacturer, HVAC Contractor

  • Replace a/c unit

Flooring Supplier, Flooring Contractor

  • Replace flooring/carpet throughout

RFMA Volunteers, Painting Contractor, Paint Manufacturer

  • Paint the exterior of the building to match the DB

We couldn't make this project happen without our wonderful RFMA members and volunteers. Please consider getting involved in this wonderful RFMA Gives project. If you are interested in volunteering or donating to the project, please contact myself at  If you would like to visit the Daily Bread in person, feel free to contact any of the project co-chairs or myself. Our contact information is as follows:

-             Ron Wilhite: Office number: (352) 848-2588.

-             Mark Gomolla: Office number: (804) 306-9782.

-             Kelly Otto: Office number: (774) 281-0886

-             Jeff Dover: Office number: (972) 805-0905, x-3.

The RFMA Gives 2017 Volunteer Day is currently planned for Saturday, September 24th. More information on the activities will be forthcoming. Feel free to contact me with any questions. We will be holding our initial conference call shortly. Stay tuned.

Thank you so much for all for support !!

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RFMA Gives Update

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Thursday, March 31, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hello RFMA Members,

Now that the RFMA Gives 2016 project at The Journey Home is completed, I wanted the thank all the donors and volunteers who made this event wonderful. A very special thanks to the Project Co-Chairs, Jim Roeger of Olive Garden and Gordon Bruner of VMC Facilities LLC.  A local Murfreesboro newspaper summarized our project in a great article that I also wanted to share. Click here to view!

OK, now on to the 2017 project. The Co-Chairs this year are Mark Gomolla, CRFP from Red Robin along with Ron Wilhite, CRFP from Regions Facility Services with Kelly Otto, CRFP also from Red Robin providing additional project support. We will be traveling to Orlando the week of April 4th to tour potential sites. We are scheduled to have an approved location by the end of May. At that point, hopefully, we are able to provide a "wishlist" of projects that will be made available to the companies and individuals who expressed interest in getting involved.

On the topic of involvement, thanks go out to all the participants of the 5K Fun Run during the conference with 100% of the registration fees going directly towards funding of the 2017 RFMA Gives project. A special "shout-out" to all who participated. They are:
Lee Alcorn, Julie Angell, Bindiya Bathija, Charles Bell, Lindy Beuthin, Allison Bishop, Kristen Bolter, Stacy Brown, Tasha Brown, Kelli Buhay, Meredith Clinton
Tim Corcoran, Norman Dutcher, Kiira Esposito, Noelle Faille CRFP, Chris Fairchild, Joe Fairley, Brandon Finkenhoefer, Jay Fiske, Jackie Forby, Bob French
Milissa Garrity, Kaitlyn Gibson, Nicole Heijmans, Kristin Johnson, Jane Kaster, Katherine Kittredge, Michael Kurland, Rick Landerville, Kathleen Larmour
Rebecca Marin, Robb Massingill, Jenn McCoy, Jamie McNaughton, Ian Mizal, Keith Moore, Rory Moore, Lori Moseley, Patrick Mulroy, Phyllis Nance
Ann Nickolas, Kayley Otto, Kelly Otto CRFP, Maria Paparella, Katelin Perkins, Jacqueline Polden, Brianne Rechy, Annaji Sailer, Deepinder Singh, Steve Spomer
Nicole Steen, Dirk Steffen, Dale Sventeck, Mary Taylor, Amber Terry, Brian Tooker, Jamie Trujillo, Natalie Walchonski. Quintin VanEs, Michael Vezina, Gale Walton
Phil Walton CRFP, Scott Warrington, Barbara Wells, Carey Wells, Janette Wilhite

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Thank you RFMA Gives!

Posted By Allison Bishop, DWM Comprehensive Facility Solutions, Friday, February 12, 2016

As this year's project draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to share some of the heartfelt gratitude from the folks at The Journey Home. Take a minute of your day to feel great about everything we accomplished as a team!

 Thank you to all for your outpouring of support!

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RFMA Gives

Posted By Jack McNertney, CRFP, Red Lobster, Thursday, December 31, 2015

Jeff, Gordon and Jim, 

You guys did an awesome job in pulling this all together! I loved working the volunteer day and can't wait until a project is sourced and approved for Orlando for 2016. Having co-chaired one of these in the past and serving on the Steering Committee for several years, these projects are special to me and quite rewarding. I wish you, the volunteers and the staff at RFMA a Happy New Year!!


Thanks for all you did in Murphreesboro, TN


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We Are Almost Finished !!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

The last several weeks have seen a beehive of activity at The Journey Home. We are almost finished!! Most of the projects have been completed. There are still a few more to do but the facility looks great. A special thanks again to everyone who has generously donated equipment, materials, and manpower to all the projects. Also, thanks to all the companies and individuals who made financial donations. Check out the photos. Since the volunteer day, the following has been completed:

- Parking lot repairs along with a seal and stripe by Ben's Asphalt.

- Restroom remodels completed by Sapphire Construction. They not only did the rear restrooms but upgraded the front too.

- New dining room ceiling supplied and installed by Horizon Construction. They also replaced all the BOH kitchen tiles.

- New dining room LED lights, supplied by Restaurant Lighting Concepts, installed by Stones River Electric.

- New water softener supplied and installed by Culligan.

- New security system, including CCTV, supplied and installed by Tyco.

- New walk in freezer supplied by Thermal Kool and Mobile Fixture, refrigeration supplied by Heatcraft. Installed by H& H Mechanical, VMC Facilities LLC, and Stones River Electric.

- New a/c unit donated by Rheem, installed by H & H Mechanical.

- New stainless steel tables supplied by Florida Stainless, installed by Stones River Electric.

- New pass thru for dirty dishes completed by VMC Facilities Services.

- New roof supplied and installed by Versico Roofing.

The two (2) Co-Project Managers, Jim Roeger (Darden) and Gordon Bruner (VMC Facilities) have done a wonderful job of scheduling, coordinating, and supervising all these projects. The overall success is due to their passion and commitment to this great charity event.

Thanks !!!

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RFMA Give Volunteer Day

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"What a wonderful day!!!" Those were the words from many of the generous volunteers that showed up on Saturday, September 12th at The Journey Home (TJH) in Murfreesboro, TN for the annual RFMA Gives Volunteer Day. There were well over 100 individuals that worked diligently in remodeling both the inside and out of TJH. The activities included repainting the entire facility, remodeling offices on both floors and also in the basement, exterior landscaping, rebuilding a staircase and assembling tables.

I was truly amazed with all the work that was completed in just one (1) day. A special thanks to the Co-Project Managers, Jim Roeger (Olive Garden) and Gordon Bruner of VMC Facilities. Also thanks to the following Task Leaders:

- Keith Moore, US Exterior

- Gordon Bruner, VMC Facilities

- Brian Foster, Paint Folks

- Jack McNertney, Red Lobster

- Tommy Guerra, Water Heater Man

- John Getha, Wendy's

- Patrick Hentzen, KFC

- Brianne Rechy, Dwyer Service Group

- Tim Corcoran, Jack in the Box

- Craig Buck, Chipotle

The following companies who contributions made this event such as success are:

- Starbucks for providing breakfast

- Chipotle for supplying lunch and the materials and manpower to rebuild the rear stairs

- Benjamin Moore for purchasing all the paint

- Paint Folks for providing all the painting materials

- US Exterior for having their crew professionally paint the upper exterior of the building

- Westrock for supplying the construction dumpster

- Progressive Flooring for providing and installing new carpet in both the office areas

- Restaurant Lighting Concepts for supplying new energy efficient LED lights throughout the facility

- VMC Facilities for providing various construction materials for all the projects

- DWM for filming the activities throughout the day

- Cintas Corporation for supplying shirts, gloves, goggles, and First Aid Kit

RFMA is proud of the efforts of all the volunteers and companies that made this such a success. Even the rain held off until we were finished. Stay tuned for further updates as there are many major projects yet to be completed. My apologies to whoever I may have left out.

Again, Thank You !!

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RFMA Gives Volunteer Day & Update

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

The RFMA Gives 2016 Volunteer day is right around the corner. If you haven't already done so, don't forget to register for the Volunteer Day scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 12th. To register, click here or visit our Event Calendar. Everyone associated with this event is gearing up for a fun, work filled day to help The Journey Home (TJH) serve it's patrons better in the future. Activities planned at this point are:

- Exterior painting

- Interior painting

- Office rebuild with new partitions and carpet squares

- Landscaping

- Rebuilding of BOH interior staircase

Come ready to have fun and work!!

Projects have begun at TJH. Following is a list of completed items:

- The grease interceptor was pumped out by AFM, Inc. They are also scheduling the hoods to be cleaned.

- New dining room chairs and tables have been shipped and installed courtesy of Olive Garden (Darden).

- The lobby and dining room remodel has begun. Both VMC Facilities and Stones River Electric are working together on this.

- New coffee makers have been supplied by Integra Service Group and Chain Store Maintenance.

- Construction dumpster supplied by Westrock.

In addition, as per Jim Roeger's post from July 9th, The following commitments have been made:

- Security system, including CCTV is being supplied by Tyco.

- New carpet for the office and upstairs remodel, courtesy of Progressive Flooring.

- Relocation of the Ansul system nozzles by Academy Fire.

- If needed, new WIF refrigeration will be provided from Heatcraft.

- Melink Corporation will air balance the building after the new a/c's (Rheem) are installed.

- Lunch for the Volunteer Day will be supplied by Chipotle.

If I left anyone, or any company, out, I'm truly sorry as I am humbled to be involved with such a generous group of people.

Also, on Thursday, August 27th beginning at 1:00 PM, CST we will be having a conference call to update everyone on the progress to date and more information on the Volunteer Day. For those of you that are not signed up, feel free to email me at to get call instructions.

Thanks to everyone involved !!!

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RFMA Gives Photos

Posted By Allison Bishop, DWM Comprehensive Facility Solutions, Monday, August 17, 2015

Thank you to everyone for your support of this year's RFMA Gives project!

Our team has been on site capturing the site and progress of The Journey Home transformation!

Like last year, we would like to share the photos of the project with all RFMA Gives volunteers.

Photos will continue to be added to the RFMA Gives album that can be found at Please feel free to use these photos however you wish!

Looking forward to seeing you all at the Volunteer Weekend!!

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What can I say but thanks!

Posted By Jim Roeger, Olive Garden, Thursday, July 9, 2015

Being a long time member of RFMA, I was well aware of RFMA GIVES and the generosity of our members.

As a Co-Chair to the Nashville RFMA GIVES project, I am just beginning to realize the extent of that generosity. 

I am blown away by the number of people of have called/text Jeff Dover, Gordon Bruner, and myself to volunteer to help on this year's project.  Some of the projects are just starting to take shape, I wish I  could put in words the looks of excitement on the faces of the employees, volunteers, and diners at the Journey Home!  Thank you so much to all that have stepped up to assist!

Here is a quick breakdown of what has occurred so far:

We have a commitment for the following:

    * Walk end freezer (something they currently don't have!), supplied by Mobile Fixture

    * Roof replacement, supplied by Versico

    * Asphalt repair and re-striping, courtesy of Ben's Asphalt

    * Stainless steel counters for the kitchen.  (Includes installation), by Florida Stainless

    * Kitchen Remodel work, supplied by Ameritech

    * Dining room expansion/remodel, courtesy of VMC Facilities

    * New ceiling in dining room, supplied by Horizon Construction

    * Remodel restrooms, supplied by Sapphire Construction

    * Hood cleaning and grease trap pumping, courtesy of AFM Inc.

     * Air conditioning units, supplied by Rheem

     * Periodic a/c filter changes, supplied by National Filter Service

     *Coffee makers, supplied by Integra Service Group and Chain Store Maintenance

    * Small wares for the kitchen, supplied by Clark Service Group

    * LED lighting, courtesy of Restaurant Lighting Concepts

    * New chairs for the dining room (already delivered), supplied by Olive Garden (Darden)

    * Paint for the September 12th work day, supplied by Benjamin Moore

    * A new dish machine, courtesy of Darden

    * New t-stats and energy management system, supplied by Entouch Controls

    * Food safety training, courtesy of Food Safety Training

    * Video production of entire RFMA Gives project, supplied by DWM Inc.

    * Replace interior staircase, supplied by Chipotle

    * Water Filtration, supplied by 3M

    * New kitchen equipment, supplied by Panera Bread

    * BOH remodel/WIF electrical work, supplied by Stones River Electric

There were quite a few additional commitments that we are following up on.  I am sure there will be some that I will fail to mention.  Please accept my apologies if I fail to mention them!
If you haven't committed to a particular task, there is still time to sign up!  Just let Jeff, Gordon, or myself know!

There are several items we are looking for.  They include:

    - Replacement of an inoperable security system, including cameras, burglar and fire alarms.

    - Rectangular and square tables.

    - Floor tile and installation for the restrooms.

    - Can anyone supply and install some metal exterior stairs?   We could really use this one ASAP!

Also, if you haven't already done so, don't forget to register for the Volunteer Day scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 12th. To register, click here or visit our Event Calendar.

For all you history buffs - Did you know?

Just two miles from the Journey Home is the Stones River National Battlefield.  It is the site of the 3rd bloodiest battle in the Civil War.  It has great walking trails, and a historic museum on site.  Plan to spend some time at the battlefield either before or after the September 12th work day!  Murfreesboro (and the Journey Home) is only about a half hour drive from the downtown Nashville area.

 Thanks again for all that you have and will do on this project.

Jim Roeger


RFMA GIVES - Nashville

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Volunteers Needed !!

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, June 12, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

Yesterday (June 11th) we held our initial conference call with the volunteers and the RFMA Gives Steering Committee. There was a tremendous attendance and we are very appreciative of how generous our members are. On the call we discussed projects where members have stepped up and assumed responsibility and also updated everyone on site surveys by several vendors in preparation of staring their jobs. Immediately after the call, I received several messages from our members inquiring into taking ownership of some of the outstanding projects. I continue to be amazed. Work will begin as resources become available. The summer months promise to be busy with activity at The Journey Home.

We are in need of help on the following items:

- Company to complete the new dishmachine installation along with other kitchen remodel items. Plumbing and electrical will be required.

- Construct metal exterior stairs from the second floor to ground.

- Install new ceiling in dining room. Tiles will be provided.

- Supply/install replacement security/CCTV system.

- Company to complete restroom remodels. Floor tile provided.

- Possible drink station equipment.

- 10-20 square/rectangle tables for dining room.

- 2 Bunn style coffee makers.

- Shelving for kitchen.

- Smallwares for kitchen.

- Financial donations to help with above projects.

Please get involved. To inquire into one of the above projects, feel free to contact me or one of our co-project managers, Jim Roeger of Darden or Gordon Bruner of VMC Facilities. Contact info is as follows:

Jeff Dover: or  (972) 805-0905, x-3

Jim Roeger: or (615) 867-2555

Gordon Bruner: or (865) 947-5751

Also, please note, Jim Roeger lives only 3 miles from The Journey Home. If you would like to schedule a visit to review a project, feel free to contact him and, if he's available, he'll set up a time to meet onsite.

As stated previously, the Volunteer Day is Saturday, Sept. 12th from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. We have set up a special rate with a local hotel. Details with be forthcoming.Register for our RFMA Gives 2016 Volunteer Day on our Event Calendar or click here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact any one of us.

Thanks to everyone !!

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