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Volunteer Day Set

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

The RFMA Gives 2016 Volunteer Day is now set for Saturday, Sept. 12th. We are working on the projects for this day but painting will definitely be a major need. The entire facility inside and out needs to be painted. Please try to attend. To register, click here

Thanks to all the companies that have already signed up for numerous projects. Representatives have begun visiting the site to scope out the needs of The Journey Home. There are still several projects where we need help. A few of them are as follows:

- Need for an electric tilt skillet

- Need for two(2) coffee makers

- Supply new drink station equipment

- Square or rectangle tables needed in the dining room (15-20 required)

- Fire suppression inspection/repair

- Hood cleaning

- Replace inoperable security system to include cameras, burglar and fire alarms

- New office partitions

- Assistance with total remodel of restrooms

- Replace internal staircase and new door

- Supply/install new exterior metal stairs

Of course, more projects will become available. We will be holding our initial conference call providing updates on committed services, items required, and potential target dates next Thursday, June 11th beginning at 1:00 PM, CST. If you would like to attend, please contact me at: or call me at (972) 805-0905, x-3.

Stay tuned!!



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Potential Project List for The Journey Home

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Thursday, May 7, 2015

Hello RFMA members,

As you are aware, the RFMA Gives 2016 project will be at The Journey Home (TJH) in Murfreesboro, TN. The co-chairs, Jim Roeger and Gordon Bruner, and myself visited the site a short time ago and have developed the potential projects list. It is as follows:


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

-           Kitchen design consultant needed to assess current kitchen for compliance to current local and national codes and to assist with new design to ease congestion

-           Engineering consultant needed to assess current facility against local codes to determine required size of grease treatment (greasetrap) that would comply with local waste-water authority

-           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

-           Supply new exterior WIF (walk in freezer)

-           Supply new/used electric tilt skillet

-           Supply two (2) new coffee makers

-           Supply drink station equipment

-           Need new smallwares for kitchen



-           Add ceiling tile in the dining room area (none exists)

-           Add new LED lighting in dining area

-           Replace the chairs and round tables in the dining room with square and/or rectangle tables or banquet seating. Need flexibility.

-           Remove mop sink closet area under steps and convert to drink station

-           Look into opening up wall in waiting area in front of dining room and add more seating, Add A/C in this area.

-           Look into opening up wall by the serving station and recessing the serving table, allowing more room in dining area

-           Replace wooden counter tops in the dining room area with stainless steel(S/S) counters

-           Replace wooden counter tops in kitchen with S/S counters with storage underneath

-           Install new/used dishmachine (one arm bandit type) in kitchen. Relocate closer to front wall. Install new drying shelves on dish wall.

-           Remove the center cinder blocks on the front wall, encase with S/S and add new S/S counter that ties into dishmachine

-           Add additional storage racks in kitchen above production table, including electric

-           Clean the exhaust hood, ductwork, and fan. Provide regular, periodic cleanings.

-           Check on current Ansul system compliance. Relocate nozzles accordingly.

-           Check on existing greasetrap for proper operation. Clean and supply new, if required. Existing is floor model, maybe 100 gallon.

-           Replace lighting in basement with LED type

-           Replace existing inoperable security system, including cameras, burglar and fire alarms.

-           Move front lobby wall to back side of credenza in the waiting area

-           Replace lights in lobby area

-           Replace the ceiling in the lobby and waiting areas

-           Replace homemade partitions in office area

-           Remodel exiting restrooms with new flooring, countertops, shower fixture, etc.

-           Replace lights upstairs with LED type

-           Replace back staircase going up from the kitchen. Install door at landing upstairs.

-           Install new floor tile in the front lobby, waiting, and computer areas

-           Paint the majority of all interior walls



-           Paint the exterior of the building

-           Reseal/stripe the small existing parking lot. Repair pot holes in back of lot.

-           Look into providing new back lit sign on front of building

-           Replace approximately ½ of roof. Leaks.

-           Install a new WIF (walk in freezer) on the back dock

-           Replace/repair existing HVAC’s. Provide periodic service.

-           Provide periodic filter changes for HVAC’s

Please get involved in this wonderful RFMA charity project. If you would like to visit the location, feel free to contact Jim Roeger as he lives close to the site and can arrange a short tour. The volunteer day is planned for Saturday, September 12th.

Feel free to contact either Jim Roeger, Gordon Bruner, or myself to volunteer for any above items or other donations.

Jim Roeger: Office number: (615) 867-2555.

Gordon Bruner: Office number: (865) 947-5751.

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

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.


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RFMA Gives 2016

Posted By Allison Bishop, DWM Comprehensive Facility Solutions, Friday, May 1, 2015

Thank you to Jeff and this year's co-chairs Jim Roeger and Gordon Bruner for selecting another great project for RFMA Gives!

Please take a second to watch the video below to learn a bit more about The Journey Home and see what how you can help transform the site--and the lives of those utilizing the organization's services.





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Announcing Our RFMA Gives 2016 Project...

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Friday, April 24, 2015
Updated: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hello all,

RFMA is excited and humbled to announce the location of the RFMA Gives 2016 site is "The Journey Home" (TJH) in Murfreesboro, TN which is outside Nashville. This facility is a faith based non-profit organization that serves the homeless, low-income, and marginalized citizens of Rutherford county. It utilizes practical day to day resources to build relationships with people in order for them to understand their value and enable them to become productive members of their community. They serve over 42,000 meals a year and would like to increase this number. Additionally they have two(2) large community gardens where they grow much of their own food during the growing season. Their building is in need of several upgrades. Information on the potential projects with be forthcoming soon. To learn more about TJH, check out their website at:

Please get involved in this wonderful RFMA charity project. You will not be disappointed. This year's Project Co-Chairs are Jim Roeger with Olive Garden and Gordon Bruner with VMC Facilities. Feel free to contact them or myself to volunteer or donate. Our contact information is as follows:

- Jim Roeger: Office number: (615) 867-2555

- Gordon Bruner: Office number: (865) 947-5751

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

We are looking forward to working with our membership on this great project. Stay tuned!


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Want to know a different way you can help support the next RFMA Gives?

Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box, Wednesday, December 17, 2014

RFMA Gives projects are heavily funded by the generous donations of material, labor, and cash from many different groups and companies. This year we are also excited about hosting a RFMA Gives Silent Auction which is another way to help support RFMA Gives. The silent auction will be featured  at our annual conference, RFMA 2015 in San Diego. This is another great way for you to donate and support RFMA Gives! All the money raised from our RFMA Gives silent auction will go directly to our next RFMA Gives project.

Think you or anyone you know maybe interested?  Feel free to also pass it along this link and information to others who you think may also have interest in this opportunity. This isn’t only limited to RFMA members.  In fact, this year’s RFMA Gives event received many wonderful things from people who weren’t initially RFMA members and over $50,000 worth of materials and services was donated by companies who were not members of RFMA at the time of their donation.

Click here to learn more about donating to the RFMA Gives Silent Auction at RFMA 2015!

Happy Holidays to everyone, and thanks again to everyone who continues to support the great efforts of RFMA Gives.

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We are STILL GOING at RFMA Gives 2015

Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box, Thursday, December 11, 2014

Aren’t we done?  No, but we will wrap up before our convention.  Here is an update on some of the things that were recently done.  Still have some great things coming up so stay tuned…..

What has been going on recently?

·         Walkin Freezer was installed.  Thanks to the efforts of many, we successfully completed the install of the Walkin Freezer at ECTLC.  Why is this unit so important?  Bed bugs.  Yes, bed bugs.  Facilities like ECTLC constantly face the challenge brought on by bed bugs because of the constant influx of new residents.  Controlling the introduction and infestations is difficult for them based on the lack of resources.  One way to control the influx of bed bugs is to freeze peoples clothing/items before they enter the rooms.  Prior to RFMA Gives 2015, all that ECTLC had to do this was a small trunk freezer.  As a result, they were not able to freeze the majority of items from new residents before they entered their room.  Well, that is not an issue now thanks to the Walkin Freezer that was installed and fired up this week.  See attached photos of the old trunk freezer and the new box that was installed.  Special thanks go out to the following groups for making this all happen:

Ø    Facility Solutions, Inc. for the donation of the new WIF box

Ø    Heatcraft for the donation of the Evap coil and condensing unit for the new box.

Ø    Billy To, Panda Express Restaurant Group and their vendors for the coordination and installation of the unit.  They worked with their vendor base to provide the additional materials and labor needed to get this box installed.  Vendors who supported their efforts were: EA Mechanical, JJ Herman, Action Sales, and All Weather. 


·         Phase 1 of the kitchen modifications occurred.  Thanks to the great work by Classic Installs, we were able to remove over 30’ of SS cabinets and concrete curbs that were not needed in the dining room/sanctuary.  Yes, 30’ of concrete curbs were removed.  Wow!  In addition, they put in place the Dish machine and Triple sink donated by Red Lobster.  The addition of the dish machine will provide ECTLC with better dishwashing capabilities.  Also, the install of the triple sink will now provide them with an NSF compliant sink for washing dishes.  As phase 1 implies, this is just the beginning of what Classic Installs is doing and we can’t wait to share with you more updates once phase 2 begins in the next few weeks.

·         Power-washing of all hardscape areas at the residents building was completed by HOODZ.  This was done post volunteer event to remove all debris left over from the painting of the buildings as well as the renovation of the playground.

·         New filter replacement service for all HVAC units was implemented by Bonded Filter.  They will continue this service for another 5 years at no cost to ECTLC.  Wow!

·         The team at Chipotle is doing some great things for RFMA Gives via some amazing donations.  They are not only performing some big repairs to the AC units at the facility this week, but they are also donating some great stuff.  Not all of this has occurred yet, but wanted to foreshadow these things to you as they are amazing! 

Again, stay tuned for more…..

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Just in time for Thanksgiving......

Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box, Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What's the best way to ensure you can cook up to 100 Turkeys for Thanksgiving?  Get a new oven.  And that's exactly what RFMA helped do for the folks at ECTLC.  Thanks to the efforts of Danny Koontz with Mobile Fixtures, we were able to get a brand new, double-stacked blodgett oven for the folks at ECTLC.  For those of you who have been following this closely, this piece of equipment has been very high on our wish list as it is where 80% of all their cooking occurs.  Their previous oven was on its last legs so this gift came at the perfect time.  As of today, they have already cooked over 50 turkeys in these new units.

In addition to Mobile Fixtures and Blodgett, we also need to thank Charles Rex at Ecolab for their team's support in installing this oven for us.

 What else is going?   

*  The Walkin freezer box donated by the folks at Facility Solutions, Inc out of Michigan was delivered.  Many thanks go to Tom Cullen and Chuck Skruba for making this happen.  The box and refrigerations system will be installed and connected soon.  We will share more details on this in the next week or so once it is completed.

*  Electrical work - thanks goes out to Spencer at Reliant Electric for his team's recent help.  They were able to modify the hood controls for the hood systems so that all hoods could be controlled separately.  This was a huge issue for the folks in the kitchen and modifying this is a huge help for them.  They also installed a service switch on the new ice machine to allow the team to more easily control when the unit runs.

*  The playground is in full use (see attached photos)

 More to come.  Stay tuned as we keep you up-to-date on all the great things happening with RFMA gives 2015.

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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!

Email to forward photos:

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