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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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RFMA Gives Lobby Project - The Excitement Builds!

Posted By Joe Fairley, National Pavement, Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The excitement is building at our 2015 RFMA Gives project at the ECTLC.  Tim Corcoran (Jack-in-the-Box); Bill Lynn (Starbucks); and Jim Robinson (CGP Construction) have been working with ECTLC CEO Harold Brown and are preparing to launch the lobby demolition and rebuild sub-project.  Here are the "before" photos...and we can't wait to see this sub-project as it progresses!

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Addendum to 8/27 POST

Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box, Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Sorry, Tony is not invisible.  Here he is.  Please also read the 8/27 blog update below this.......

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RFMA GIVES 2015 update 8/27/14

Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box, Wednesday, August 27, 2014

6 weeks have gone by since the last entry?  Wow, time has flown.  Going forward, we will provide you with updates every 2 weeks (minimum) as we are getting very close to commencing with several projects including the volunteer event.  This is indeed an exciting time, and it is amazing to see the passion and generosity being displayed by the members of RFMA.  Below are some updates on the project we wanted to share with you:

 

What are some items we still need leads or support on?

The support we have received for this event is great.  As stated before, there have been many generous commitments made by others that we look forward to sharing with you as their portion of work commences.  We do, however, still have many needs we are looking to fill in order to reach our goals with this event.  Key items we would love your help with are:

 

  • Stainless steel tables - we do need some custom s/s tables for the cook line modifications we are looking to do.
  • Double stack convection oven - the current unit ECTLC uses is old and on its last leg.  This piece of equipment is very important as they use it for the majority of their cooking currently occurs.
  • Playground area support - we are currently looking to replace their current equipment and turf in this area as it is very unsafe.  This is not necessarily RFMA's area of expertise, but we know our members can come together and help us find a way to make this happen.
  • Exterior Walkin Freezer box - we have a lead on the refrigeration system and install of the box, but need the box still.  This unit will be used to eradicate bed bugs as this is a large issue for ECTLC.  They currently only have a trunk style freezer which is too small to meet their demand, and as a result, most of the incoming luggage and materials cannot be treated before new residents check in.  This new box will eliminate that issue all together.
  • Parking lot work - the center recently received a grant to make major repairs to 1/2 of their parking lot.  Unfortunately, the other 1/2 is still in need of repairs and a seal coat in order to extend the life of the area.  This will also ensure ECTLC doesn't have to use operating funds to make these critical repairs down the road.
  • Volunteers for the volunteer event - we anticipate having many things to do at this event.  As a result, we will need your help in gathering as many people as possible to assist us.  See below for more details.

If you would like to learn more about how you may be able to help with these needs or some others not listed, please contact Jeff Dover or me at your convenience.

 

When will the volunteer event be?

The event is tentatively being scheduled for Saturday October 25th and Sunday October 26th.  A notification will be sent out shortly confirming these dates.  In addition, we will be doing some pre-work the entire week leading up to the volunteer weekend.  Therefore, if you cant make it during the weekend, please set aside sometime during the week as we would love your help during this time.

 

What will we be doing at the volunteer event?

Painting.  A lot of painting.  In addition, we will be doing other improvements and projects at the site.  More details to follow....

 

What are some cool things already happening at ECTLC?

 

  • DWM filming - DWM Facilities Maintenance has volunteered their services for the creation of our RFMA Gives video.  They have a local individual so they will be there often, and will be able to capture the progress of our various sub-projects as well as be onsite for our volunteer event.
  • Room renovations - CGP Construction is wrapping up the renovations of some rooms that needed repairs.  In addition, they have completely renovated 2 rooms that were unable to be occupied due to plumbing issues.  We look forward to sharing completed pictures soon as this work should be completed this week.
  • Ice machine replacement - Billy To at Panda Express has lead the charge with his team and got their vendor to step up and replace ECTLC's ailing ice machine with a complete new unit and bin.  This is occurring soon.
  • Lobby remodel - Bill Lynn from Starbucks and his partner CGP Construction (who is also doing room renovations) have gathered their resources and are taking on the task of redesigning and remodeling the office and lobby areas.  This is where all first impressions are made, and we cant wait to see what they do for ECTLC.
  • Pest control visit by Ecolab - representatives were onsite to gauge the level of pest control issues that ECTLC is currently struggling with.  Ecolab is preparing to volunteer their services to help eradicate the issue and cover the costs to do this.
  • Lighting assessment by Peak Lighting - this company visited the site and performed an assessment of current interior and exterior lighting.  This will assist us in strategically seeking donations and support for lighting improvements that will maximize the impact and energy efficiency at the center.
  • Parking lot assessment by Southwestern Paving - this company visited the site and performed an assessment of parking lot needs.  This will assist us with strategically seeking donations that will help improve the parking lot at ECTLC.
  • Field visit by Facility Solutions, Inc- their team made a visit to the site this past week and toured the facility to see how they can help the center. 

 

Get to know someone at ECTLC

During this blog entry, i'd like to take the time and introduce you to someone at the center.  I'd like to introduce you to Tony.  Tony is a resident at ECTLC.  He volunteers in the kitchen while he is staying at the center.  Tony made his imprint on me from the first time I met him.  The first 2 times we met, it was merely a cordial hello that we exchanged.  His outgoing personality and warm spirit caught my attention immediately.  By the 3rd visit and hello exchanged with Tony, I quickly realized our new friendship had graduated to hugs becoming the required hello and goodbye protocol.  It was a large hug to say the least (see attached picture and you will understand that statement better).  Honestly, this is not typical of my personality to connect with others so quickly and easily.  That is why I wanted to share this with you.  Tony is just one of the many warm and welcoming personalities at ECTLC, and I am thankful that we have become friends.  I am also thankful that he is showing me how it is good to get to know strangers more easily, and it is also ok to greet a new friend with a big hug and a smile.

 

This is what is so great about what we are doing.  Fixing and improving this facility is but a small part.  The bigger part of what we are doing is connecting with others.  We are showing the team at ECTLC that what they do matters.  We are also showing the residents of ECTLC that they matter, and we want to help make their journey and struggle in life easier.  We can do this by not only improving their facility and environment, but also by getting to know them.  Please join us in getting to know the folks at ECTLC.  You can do this by following the blog.  You can also do this by coming to their center and learning more about them.  They love the opportunity to provide tours to RFMA members.  They would also welcome the opportunity to get to know all of you at our upcoming volunteer event.  Will you be there?

 

FYI - Why is Tony at ECTLC?  Was he homeless, a recovering addict, or?  No, he was a person in need of help.  Tony is a well-established chef who has led a very successful career.  Unfortunately, he found himself in a position where life's events and his struggle with depression had put him at a very low point where he essentially hit rock bottom.  What helped him through that?  The folks at ECTLC did.  Today, he is the warm, welcoming gentlemen I mentioned above.  Also, he is the man helping lead the wonderful culinary and cooking efforts going on at ECTLC.

 

Thanks for your time!  We welcome any help you can provide.

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RFMA Gives 2015 update 7/16/14

Posted By Tim Corcoran, PMP, CRFP, Jack in the Box, Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A big thank you is in order.  For what you ask?  For making it to the blog and clicking forward to learn more about the RFMA GIVES 2015 event.  We are excited you are interested in learning more. REMEMBER:  this is your event.   As a member of RFMA, this event is all about you and what you can do to improve the lives of others by volunteering your time/resources to do what you do best (I.e. Improving facilities, solving problems, and doing more with less). 

 

We will use this blog to share updates on project events, project accomplishments, and what our needs are so you can help us connect ECTLC's needs with our membership's amazing resources and willingness to step up and help others.

 

Still interested?  Ok, then not only should you keep reading, but please make sure you subscribe to the blog so all future updates get pushed to you automatically as they are created. 

 

Here are some key bits of information we'd like to share with you:

 

What are we planning to do for the facility at ECTLC?

As much as we can.  We have identified many repairs, equipments replacements/ additions, and improvements that will not only improve their ability to serve the people whose lives they are transforming, but also ensure the limited funds of ECTLC are used for other purposes that can more greatly impact lives.  In addition, we plan to do work that will improve the image and warmth of the center so that it's residents feel more at home and comfortable as they look to improve their situation in life.  Will we do everything we have targeted?  Maybe not, but we will not limit ourselves as we never know what opportunities may present themselves through our membership.

When will work occur and When will the volunteer event be?

We are working on all those details, but we have a general idea for both.  Work will be grouped into sub projects and will be started once we secure all the necessary resources for each individual sub project.  Examples of a few sub projects are the installation of a grease interceptor, renovation of the lobby area, and the modification of the cookline area.

 

Our plan is to complete all Sub projects some time between August and November.  It is also our plan to have the volunteer event occur in late October or early-to-mid November of 2014.  More details on the volunteer event date will be provided in a month or so.

 

What are some key areas of work we are still looking to fulfill or get leads on?

We are getting great commitments on many of our needs.  We also have some good leads on many of our other needs.  We do still have items we need leads or support on as not much has been offered on them as of yet.  If you have any ideas or leads on the following items, we would greatly appreciate your help in connecting the need with someone else's ability to assist.  Items or areas are:

 

  • Stainless steel tables for cookline as well as 4-compartment sink and prep sink/table
  • Playground equipment and playground area turf
  • Outdoor furniture/ picnic tables
  • Local resource to assist with the management/coordination of a sub project
  • Electrician
  • Walkin freezer (outdoor unit)
  • Parking lot repairs/ seal coat
  • Painting supplies

 

What kind of activity is occurring at ECTLC so far by RFMA?

 

  • Many vendors have been volunteering their resources and labor for many of the needs we posted for ECTLC.  You will learn more about these as work by each vendor commences at the site.
  • Site visits/tours have been made by CGP construction, Classic installs, West Coast construction, and Starbucks.  This week visits will be made by Aire Rite and Taco Bell.
  • CGP construction has mobilized resources to renovate 4 rooms at the site- this mobilization is occurring immediately in order to investigate and repair underground lines that are preventing the rooms from being occupied by families in need of housing.  In addition to repairing the underground lines, they are also going to renovate the room with new fixtures and finishes.  This is going to make a huge impact on ECTLC.
  • Starbucks and Bill Lynn have mobilized their resources and taken on the task of redesigning and renovating the ECTLCs lobby area.  This is the area where all guests of ECTLC and families and people coming to them get their first impression. It is currently a cold, uninviting area.  That won't last for long based on what this team has committed to doing. 

Did this update  help you learn more about the event and our future plans?  We hope it did.  If you'd like to learn even more or get some details about something in particular, please let me know. I can be reached at tim.corcoran@jackinthebox.com or (619)247-8387.  You can also contact Jeff Dover at jeff@rfmaonline.com or (972)805-0905.

 

Thanks again for learning more, and stay tuned for more updates........

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Welcome to RFMA Gives 2015

Posted By Jeff Dover, CRFP, RFMA, Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Hello all and welcome to the new RFMA Gives Blog site! This will be used to provide our membership with periodic updates which will include project status, important dates, material needs, and photos/videos taken on site. The location chosen this year is East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC) in El Cajon, CA, which is a suburb of San Diego. This facility is a faith based non-profit organization that provides transitional & emergency housing, biblical training, and job skills development to individuals and families enabling them to become productive members of the community. ECTLC services are available to all men, women and their minor children regardless of their culture, ethnicity, and/or faith. Their buildings were once a motel and restaurant which have been converted into living and dining facilities along with a sanctuary. They serve an average of 25,000 meals per month. Potential projects have been identified and we are looking for any type of donation including equipment, time, and/or financial. Feel free to contact Tim Corcoran or myself to volunteer, donate, or ask any questions. Our contact information is as follows:

- Tim Corcoran, Sr. Manager, Corporate Projects for Jack-in-the-Box is the Project Manager on site. Tim’s email is: Timothy.Corcoran@jackinthebox.com. His office number is (858) 571-2369.

- Jeff Dover, Facilities Resource Manager, RFMA. Email: jeff@rfmaonline.com. Office number is (972) 805-0905, x-3.

An initial conference call to discuss the projects is set up for Thursday, July 10th beginning at 1:00 PM, CST. If you would like to participate, please contact me.

Tim and I are looking forward to working with our membership on this great project. Come join us. It's never too late to volunteer.

Thanks!!

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