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More great news - Parking lot and landscaping work has occured!!!!

Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box, Thursday, November 20, 2014

This week some additional work has occured that we wanted to share with you.  The lower parking lot work has been completed. In the last 2 weeks, 10 tons of material was donated and used to patch various areas of the parking lot that were in need of repair.  Also, the entire lot (a huge area) received a sealcoat and re-stripe.  This is a huge long-term benefit for the team at ECTLC. It not only restores the integrity and beauty of their parking lot, but it also eliminates them having to fore-go needed repairs or safety issues down the road due to limited operating funds.  Many thanks go to the parties below who made this all possible:

*  Henry Miller @ The Pavement Exchange group for bringing together this great donation

Tracy Falduti and his awesome team at Eagle Paving for donating material and labor to get all this done

Sealmaster for donating materials

We also had some landscaping improvements occur this past week.  The landscape planters along the entire property were remulched.  The large grass area by the lobby also had irrigation repairs performed and the entire area was fertilized so that the grass can grow and thrive better than it has.  Also, all the large concrete planters on the property received new plants and a cleanup.  Special thanks go to:

Panda Express team and Billy To for getting their vendor to help out

Joe Addante at Adco Services for donating the material and labor to get all this done

 Thanks for reading and we will continue to keep you updated on the great things occurring at ECTLC....

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Playground is done. We did it!!!!!!!

Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box, Wednesday, November 12, 2014

RFMA did it!  Many months ago, RFMA set out with the goal of renovating the existing playground at the East County Transitional Living Center.  This goal came about because this specific area touched a spot in our heart as it was in such bad shape.  Since it serves a critical need as it is the only enclosed area available to kids and families for playing/congregating, we just knew we had to do something to make it better. 


And do something we did.  Attached are pictures of the completed area which will now be opening for all kids (and residents) to use and enjoy.  What did we do?  We did the following:


  • Removed all asphalt from the area (almost 4,000 sq feet).
  • Added almost 2,000 sq feet of stained/stamped concrete
  • Added rubberized turf to entire area surrounding the playground equipment
  • Repaired the playground equipment including the addition of missing components such as swings.
  • Refinished/Painted all the existing playground equipment
  • Built a 20 foot long, built-in BQQ island with (2) commercial grade BBQs, concrete countertops, and work surface lighting.
  • Poured new footings for the existing canopy structure to restore structural integrity of the unit.
  • Provided all new, high-durability patio tables


This effort was all made possible due to some key partners that we need to recognize below:


  • RD Engineering and Bob Davidson- they are a local contractor in San Diego who has close ties to ECTLC.  RFMA wasn't able to cover the entire dollar amount needed to renovate this area so RD stepped up and partnered with us (when they didn't even have to as they have no affiliation with RFMA) to make our problems go away.  They provided us with a contract to do the work at less than half the cost.  This gesture alone was one of the main reasons we were able to complete this project.
  • Versico Roofing and Chris Shermach - Chris and his team stepped up to donate a large amount of the rubberized mulch we needed for the new playground area.
  • DarPro and Jim Schmieder/Mike Adams- Jim and Mike donated the new patio tables for this area.  These are some nice tables!
  • Volunteer monetary donations - various donations from the following people/companies helped provide RFMA with the funds needed to cover the costs we took on with RD engineering.  Those parties are:  Dentco, Massglass & door, DWM Facilities Maintenance, CMS mechanical, Rabine Paving, Don Turner with Darden, Jack McNertney with Red Lobster, MX Services, and Energy Sherlock.
  • And last, but by no means least, Jeff Dover - for all the work he did behind the scene to push this effort through and ensure we never gave up on our goal.


Please join me in thanking everyone involved for their part in helping this wish of ours for ECTLC come true. 


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RFMA Gives Photos

Posted By Joe Fairley, National Pavement, Friday, October 31, 2014

Just a reminder...if any of the volunteers, either from the volunteer weekend OR during any portion of the sub-projects would like to share their project photos, please forward copies of these to Allison and I at DWM.  We have received many photos that will be included in our RFMA Gives ECTLC summary footage video, but there is always room for more.  If anyone forgot what Allison looks like...this picture of her and her best friend Griffin should be enough of a reminder.  Happy Halloween!

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Volunteer Weekend Pictures

Posted By Allison Bishop, DWM Comprehensive Facility Solutions, Monday, October 27, 2014

This weekend was one of the most eye-opening and inspirational experiences of my life. ECTLC is doing amazing things and it was great to see so many RFMA volunteers helping them achieve their goal of ending chronic homelessness.

Here is a link to DWM's Flickr account that was created to host all of the pictures from the volunteer weekend--if you have any photos you would like to share, please email them to me at and I will upload them to the Flickr account.

On the same token, if you did not get your photo taken for the Faces of RFMA Gives, please shoot me an email with a picture of yourself and the company that you volunteered with.

Once again, thank you to everyone for coming out--it was a great weekend!

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Volunteer Weekend, Day 1

Posted By Allison Bishop, DWM Comprehensive Facility Solutions, Sunday, October 26, 2014

Day one of the RFMA Gives Volunteer weekend was nothing short of amazing!

Over 100 RFMA members came out to support the efforts of the ECTLC in El Cajon, California. Seeing the "sea of orange" take on jobs from sanding and painting to installing new energy efficient thermostats was a fantastic site--it honestly gave me the chills to see so many people working for such a great cause. Maybe even more impressive was having the opportunity to talk to some of the residents of the ECLTC who could not thank RFMA enough for all that was being done for them. Not only were residents thankful for what was being done at ECTLC, many of them jumped right in alongside the RFMA volunteers to help. Having the opportunity to take part in this year's RFMA Gives is more than improving the look of a building, it is transforming the lives of the hundreds of people who come through the program each year. To Harold, the ECLTC staff, and all of the RFMA volunteers, keep up the good work! The effects of your kindheartedness and dedication will be felt for many, many years to come!

Photos and videos to come!

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ECTLC Landscaping projects underway!

Posted By Joe Fairley, National Pavement, Thursday, October 23, 2014

I had the pleasure of joining Harold Brown, CEO of the ECTLC and Jeff Dover of RFMA on today's progress walk-through.  You can tell by the SMILES alone that the work being done by RFMA member companies and their affiliates is already making a huge impact on the facility and its residents.  Landscaping sub-projects are well underway.  Today we were entertained by talented tree specialists free climbing the 60 ft palm trees to give them their first trim in a decade!  They now look great.  Great progress is also being made on the outdoor dining and BBQ area.  The Lobby sub-project is also nearing completion...and the transformation is nothing less than spectacular.  


One note to all those coming in this week to support our volunteer weekend...BRING SUNSCREEN!  It will be a great week!

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Tags:  Dining facility  landscaping  outdoor dining  Progress walkthrough 

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RFMA Gives 10/20/14 update

Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box, Monday, October 20, 2014

The volunteer event is near.  We hope to see you all at the end of this week for this great event. We still have plenty of needs and wish-list items to fulfill so if you have interest in learning more about where we need help, contact Jeff or I at anytime.


As a reminder: key details on the volunteer event are below:

*  Address of facility is 1527 E. Main Street; El Cajon, CA 92021

*  Arrival time each day is 8:15

*  Light breakfast (pastries and juice) and lunch will be provided each day

*  Carpool if possible

*  Dress accordingly - we will be painting

*  Smoking will need to occur off-premises during the event


Now, on to the great news about our event.  Amazing things are happening at ECTLC.  To help you learn more about this, below is a recap of some new events or contributions that have officially started or that have actually taken place since our last BLOG entry.  I still can't believe what is happening.  To make it even more amazing, we haven't even begun so many other wonderful things at this site.  So even more items will occur between next week and our convention in February.


What new items have occurred or started at ECTLC since the last posting?

  • Back dock roof replacement began.  West Coast Construction has stepped up and taken on the task of replacing the back dock structure.  The previous structure was poorly designed, structurally failing, and not water-tight.  The repair of the structure will help solve all of these issues.  West Construction also stepped up and provided ECTLC with items they weren't even expecting.  New lights for the parking lot, lights for the back dock and exterior of the building were also provided by them in addition to a new air curtain. 
  • (5) new commercial water heaters were provided and are being installed by The Water Heater Man out of Arizona.  This will provide ECTLC with all new water heaters for their facilities.  This is huge for them as the units were all old and nearing failure and eventual replacement.  Therefore, this work is saving them money and downtime over the next few years.
  • Replacement of all (3) Makeup air units for the kitchen - the facility doesn't have AC in the kitchen.  To make matters worse, only 1 of the 3 units were even working.  This makes their kitchen a very uncomfortable area to work in during hot times (and it gets hot in El Cajon, CA).  Ecotech is the company who is making all this happen.  They not only provided the new units and associated material, but also the installation.
  • New ice machine and bin were installed - a new 1400# remote unit and 900# bin were donated through the efforts of the Panda Restaurant group.  Through their partners (Western Pacific Distributors and DS Refrigeration) this was made possible.  This new unit provides the folks at ECTLC with an new unit that replaces a unit that was on its last legs.  In addition, it provided them with higher output and a remote unit which will dump less heat into the kitchen then the old self-contained unit.
  • Donation of smallwares by FMP - the team at FMP received a wish list of items needed by the folks at ECTLC and immediately turned around and sent them all the items on their list.  This is a huge blessing for this team as they do not have funds to buy new items like this.
  • Replacement of cracked bath tub surrounds occurring by Plumbing Master.  There were (2) rooms that had cracked surrounds that have needed replacement for quite some time.  Unfortunately, they didn't have the money or resources to replace these and have been living with these poor conditions for quite some time.  Plumbing Master learned about this and immediately took action and acquired the materials and resources needed within a week's time of learning about this.
  • Shirts, gloves, and other protective gear for the volunteer has been provided by the folks at Cintas.  Those of you who are at the volunteer event will get a chance to see (and wear) these cool items soon. 
  • Free pickups of a (40) yard dumpster have been provided by the folks at RockTenn.  This not only saves us money for the volunteer event, but this will provide over 2 months of savings for the folks at ECTLC as this unit is also being used for their regular waste.  This is a large expense for them so it is a great win for the facility and this project.
  • Filter system and filter for ice machine was donated by 3M.
  • Hoods, grease ducts, and rooftop fans were professionally cleaned by HOODZ.
  • Lobby remodel is still occurring and will wrap up in time for our event.  You'll want to see this amazing work being done by CGP Construction and Starbucks.
  • Filming of all the above work continues to occur thanks to the great efforts of the team at DWM Facilities Maintenance.  You'll get a chance to see this first hand at our convention in February.
  • Financial donation by DWM Facilities Maintenance
  • Financial donation by CMS mechanical
  • Financial donation by Don Turner at Darden
  • Financial donation by Jack McNertney at Red Lobster
  • Financial donation by Scott Smith at MX services
  • Financial donation by Dentco

 Please join me in thanking all the above companies who are doing such great things at ECTLC.  We will keep you informed about all other work as it occurs as there are many more wonderful things about to happen, and we want to ensure you know what these items are and who has so graciously helped make then happen.

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RFMA Gives sub-projects well underway!

Posted By Joe Fairley, National Pavement, Friday, October 17, 2014

Thank you to all the RFMA member companies and their subcontractors who are coming together with donated labor and materials!  The transformation of the ECTLC RFMA Gives project is beginning to take shape.   We are all looking forward to the volunteers converging on the ECTLC next week and all lending support.  For now, take a look at these exciting sub-projects underway!

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Tags:  HVAC Replacement  Lighting Retrofit  Water Heater Replacement 

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10/6/14 RFMA Gives 2015 Update

Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box, Monday, October 6, 2014

These are exciting times.  We are nearing our volunteer event, and several sub-projects are either starting or getting ready to start soon.  It is amazing what RFMA is preparing to do at this facility, and I can't wait until everyone gets a chance to see this firsthand i.e. between now and RFMA 2015, our Annual Conference, in February 2015.  Below are some updates and information on the project:


What do we still need help with?

  • Double stack convection oven - the team at ECTLC has a unit that is on its last leg.  They do 80% of their cooking through this one piece of equipment so it is critical that we get them a new one
  • Building repairs to stucco, wood trim - prior to painting the facility, many of these areas need to be repaired.  We would like to find someone who can come in and repair these prior to our volunteer event
  • Paint - we already have a very generous donation for paint, but we have a very large need.  We are hoping to find another 100 or so gallons of paint for our project
  • Paint supplies - we need everything from brushes, rollers, tape, visqueen, drop cloths, etc... if you are aware of any opportunities for us to get our hands on these, we would greatly appreciate it
  • Paint crew with sprayer - we need at least one more painting crew for our volunteer event.  The volunteers will focus their efforts on the doors, trim, and railing around the facility.  However, we need multiple paint crews with sprayers to take care of painting the body of the building.
  • Lighting materials and installation of lights - we got a great donation for all the exterior lights at the living area of the facility, but we still need interior and exterior lights for the restaurant.
  • Volunteers - we need bodies for our event.  The more, the merrier.  If you have yet to signup and plan on attending, please do so ASAP.  Also, if you know of others who can help, invite them.  Non-members are welcome.  You can register them as additional names when you signup. Visit the Event Calendar to sign-up for the Volunteer Days or click here.
  • Professional clothing - the facility transitions folks back into the workplace.  Many of these folks do not have the necessary business clothes for job interviews, etc..  We are doing a clothing drive for them as part of our volunteer event.  If you plan on attending and have extra business clothes that are still in good condition, please bring them by.  We need both male and female clothes.
  • Food - Do you have the opportunity through your company or other relationships to provide food for our volunteer event?  If so, we need your help.  Based on the volume of people we expect, we will need help from multiple sources to provide food.

What work is already done or occurring currently at ECTLC?

We can't wait to tell you about all the other items that haven't yet started as we have so many amazing things that you will be thrilled to hear about.  These are just the ones that are in motion or already done.

  • Renovation of lobby and office has started.  For more details, check out this cool video
  • Monetary donation from CFESA for cold and hot side equipment repairs
  • Monetary donation from Rabine Paving
  • Monetary donation from MassGlass
  • Donation of (2) HVAC split systems by Trane
  • Filming of entire project events by DWM Facilities Maintenance
  • Donation of equipment by Pei Wei
  • Pickup and delivery of equipment from Pei Wei by Hobart services
  • Donation of equipment by Red Lobster
  • Donation of exterior lighting by Peak Lighting
  • Donation of line location and line clearing by Roto Rooter

Again, as if these items weren't enough to show the strength and generosity of RFMA's members, there is more coming.  Stay tuned as you will continued to be blown away by what is going on.


What will we be doing at the volunteer event?

Here is an overview of what we will be doing during this event:

  • Painting - we plan to paint the exterior of their entire facility (101 room residence and offices).  also, we plan to paint the exterior of their restaurant which is a separate building.
  • General cleanup of site
  • Small projects - TBD based on volunteer signups and available resources
  • Providing you with tours of the facility to learn more about what they do at ECTLC as well as learn more about the projects we have done (as well as what we still plan on doing)

Get to know someone at ECTLC

Meet Harold Brown (see picture below).  Harold is the CEO and leader of ECTLC.  He is married with 4 kids.  


Harold is truly an amazing man.  He has impressed us since the beginning when we were first going through the potential candidates for this year's event.  He has a clear vision of what ECTLC is and where he wants it to go.  There are no limits to his vision, and that is part of what inspired us about this place.  They want to do more than their current resources allow, and set forth everyday with every intent on making their vision come to fruition.


Harold is also a daily reminder of what people can do with their lives with the proper support and guidance.  He believes in giving people a hand up versus a hand out.  He also firmly believes that we must help others by holding them accountable and not enabling them.  You see, Harold gained this viewpoint and his passion for helping others through his own life journey.  Prior to 1989, Harold's life was on the wrong path.  Fortunately for him and us all, Harold turned things around and has been clean and sober since 1989.  This was facilitated through his introduction to a similar group as ECTLC called the San Diego Rescue Mission.  It was here that he found the help he needed to get clean and sober.  It was also there that he started his life of serving others which eventually took him to where he is now.  Harold worked at the San Diego Rescue Mission for a few years before heading eventually heading over to what we now know as ECTLC.  His story is truly inspirational and one i hope you get the chance to learn more about when you visit him at ECTLC.


Thanks again for your time and support of this great event.  We are truly making a difference through the power of RFMA.

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RFMA Gives Lobby Project - Demo Day

Posted By Joe Fairley, National Pavement, Thursday, September 25, 2014
Huge thanks to CGP Construction and Starbucks for their coordination and participation as the Lobby sub-project begins.  Look closely at the photos to get a look at CGP's "Hammer Throwing Contest!"

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