With the overwhelming amount of fires this season in California and the West, the worst yet it seems, I began to wonder what rotarians are doing to help out. I found a lot of fundraising drives that were really interesting, but the one thing that caught my eye was the Rotary Fire Fighters Home.

The Rotary Fire Fighters Home (RFFH) began as a project of the Rotary Club of University Area Houston, a 501(c)(3), nonprofit corporation. It’s a collaboration of Rotarians in Rotary District 5890 and in Rotary International, the Houston Fire Department, and the International Association of Fire Fighters.

Firefighters face numerous dangers in their role as protectors of our population when dealing with fires and certain other catastrophes. Firefighters diagnosed with cancer or some other major illness, can be referred 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).

Lodging near TMC is expensive and to stay in cheaper accommodations usually requires long travel times in Houston’s heavy traffic.

The RFFH project provides short-term lodging in near proximity at little or no cost to firefighters and first responders. RFFH is leasing apartments at the Maroneal Apartments, located near 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 hope to eventually build their own dedicated temporary home for firefighter with additional funding.

If you’re interested and want to donate or help, check them out at Rotary Firefighters Home!