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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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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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