PATIENT LODGING

ROTARY FIRE FIGHTERS HOME-PATIENT LODGING

The Rotary Club of University Area Houston is proud to be the founding sponsor in establishing the much-needed Rotary Fire Fighters Home (RFFH).  RFFH is a 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation.

By working hand-in-hand with fellow Rotarians in Rotary District 5890 and Rotary International, the Houston Fire Department, and the International Association of Fire Fighters, the dream of helping fire fighters is slowly becoming a reality, with Phase One in full swing. 

Fire fighters face numerous dangers in their role as protectors of our population when dealing with fires and certain other catastrophes.  The first role of a fire fighter is to see that humans are out of danger and then to deal with the particular catastrophe (fires, floods, natural disasters).  In performing their job, they often receive broken bones, strains, and burns, and exposure to horrendous carcinogens.  It is this exposure to carcinogens which results in the primary and most deadly illness fire fighters face, cancer.

When a diagnosis of cancer occurs, often their doctors refer them for treatment to the world-renowned Texas Medical Center (TMC), ranked as the top and the largest Medical Center in the world, and home to MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC).  It is at MDACC that firefighters with cancer can receive specialized treatment.  These treatments often require stays for days, weeks or months and are usually done on an out-patient basis which means the patient must find short-term lodging. 

Lodging near TMC is expensive and to stay in cheaper accommodations usually requires long travel times in Houston’s heavy traffic.  The further out you stay, the less expensive the accommodation. For fire fighters receiving treatment and in their weakened condition, this is an added hardship.

Phase One of the RFFH project is to provide lodging in near proximity to TMC and MDACC now.  To that end, RFFH is currently leasing apartments at IMT Apartments, located on Fannin St, just outside TMC.  These fully furnished, one-bedroom apartments are provided to firefighters at a no cost other than the one-time, $125 cleaning fee per stay.  They can stay as little as 3 days or as long as 90 days, for no other cost. 

Phase Two of the RFFH project is to build a small complex of its own.  The Rotary Club of University Area helps provide funds and volunteers for both Phases of the project.   Rotary Clubs, fire fighters, corporations (big and small), non-profit foundations and individuals are encouraged to be involved in the funding of the RFFH project.  No donation is too small. 

The RFFH motto is “You were there for us; we are here for you.”  After all, fire fighters protect us 24/7 always responding to our 9-1-1 calls.  This is our opportunity to help protect them, to answer their 9-1-1 call.   They are always there for us: We need to be there for them. 

Any inquiries for information as to how you can participate,  please contact our program coordinator at  info@rotaryfirefightershome.org.  

Visit our website https://www.rotaryfirefightershome.org.