The idea for the 10-33 Foundation began in October 2011 with a request for help regarding a struggling first responder. With that, a vision was planted. In November 2011 a few former and active first responders got together and began the task of building the 10-33 Foundation.
The "10-33" portion of our Foundation name has a double meaning. 10-33 is a common "10 Code" used by many police agencies to signal an alarm; something is wrong. It was clear to the founder and those early members of the 10-33 Foundation that there is something alarming happening in the world of first responders (dispatchers, law enforcement/corrections, fire/emergency medical services, military/veterans) and not enough was being done about it. With statistics showing disporportional levels of divorces, family violence, substance abuse and suicides it was clear that something needed to be done.
The "10-33" portion of the name is also in reference to Luke 10:33, one of the most famous parables from the Bible, it's where we get the Samaritan law. In verse 10:33, a Samaritan (an outsider) who is traveling sees an injured man on the side of the road. The Samaritan "...was moved with compassion..." The story continues in verses 34 and 35 explaining that the Samaritan went out of his way to aid the injured man, getting him to a safe place, stayed the night to ensure that the injured man was okay and paid for his stay during his recovery.
33 A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. 34 The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day, he took two full day's worth of wages and gave them to the innkeeper. He said, 'Take care of him, and when I return, I will pay you back for any additional costs.' - Luke 10:33-35
The 10-33 Foundation is staffed by current and former first responders and family of first responders, who understand firsthand the struggles of living in these career fields. We have compassion for those living this life and our mission is to offer assistance through education and crisis response services to provide tools to help them lead healthier lives, marriages and careers. We also want to do our best to avoid any cost to those we are helping and this is why we seek outside funding.
Proudly serving First Responders, Military and their Families since 2012.