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Fire Fighters For Healing

The first-of-its-kind emergency housing support for burn survivors and families 
opened in downtown Minneapolis in January of 2023.

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The Situation

When a child or adult has sustained burn trauma, the family is forced into weeks or months of unique challenges. The Firefighters For Healing Transitional Healing Center will provide 24/7 relief for families by providing emergency housing and access to a network of support, says Firefighters For Healing Founder & Executive Director Jake LaFerriere.

The Finished Joy Room

After a design consult with Joy Collaborative, it was determined that a quiet, kids-specific space was needed in their new ground-breaking facility. Originally planned as a nurse’s charting station, this small space was chosen for its adjacency to the common kitchen and a great view to an outdoor patio. 

The Firefighter’s for Healing Joy Room introduces Camp RED (“Realize Every Dream”), their annual summer camp.  Nordic design touches balance a robust industrial frame surrounding a helmeted donation, representative of the heroes who make Camp RED possible. 

The crowning feature of the space is a view into a Minnesota tree canopy reminiscent of hammock time. The feature becomes a soothing night light in a space designated as a needle-free zone. 

THANK YOU, Mark and Bill and the rest of Joy Collaborative family, for making Camp RED dreams come to life in our new legacy footprint of healing. God bless you all my dear friend. Words will always fall short conveying my sincere appreciation and gratitude for your love and support with our healing center!

–Jake LaFerriere, Executive Director



Thank you to our Design & Construction Team

Project Sponsor: Affinity Plus Credit Union

  • Art Partners Group

  • ASI Brand Studio

  • ATR Commercial Flooring & Gypsum

  • Atmosphere Commercial Interiors

  • Bolon

  • Bullard

  • Cal-Tex Electric and Technology Services

  • Collins Electrical + Technology

  • Designtex

  • Design: ELEAHEALY Remodelists

  • Fireshapes

  • Hirshfield’s Design Resource

  • Construction: Kraus-Anderson

  • Minuteman Press Central

  • Murals Your Way

  • Cabinetry: RC Smith and Bill Nelson

  • Safco

  • Supervox

  • Touch2Play

  • Uptown Woodworks

  • Wennerlyn Creative Sourcing

  • Wilsonart

  • Xcel

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About Burn Trauma

Patients who have survived burn trauma have unique challenges and often a very lengthy recovery. Their families are often displaced for weeks, if not months. When any firefighter from Minnesota, Wisconsin or the Dakotas is sidelined by a line of duty injury or a medical diagnosis like cancer, heart issues or PTSD, we are here to provide relief and support. "Firefighters For Healing works with community partners to meet the physical, emotional and financial needs of patients and their families,” said Founder Jake LaFerriere. “We show up with compassion, understanding and the ability to take action."

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