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Burned Children Recovery Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Health

Mission: Providing Hope and New Beginnings to Burned Children since 1989, We Let no Child Walk Alone

Results: The Burned Children Recovery Foundation has helped over 114,000 children learn how to live behind the scars and move on to a full and productive lives.

Target demographics: We serve low income families with burned children under the age of eighteen.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5000

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Burned survivors services: Emotional and financial aid to burned children and their family. Phoenix House: 10 Bed recovery center where burned children come and learn how to deal with what has happened to them after fire and burns have changed their lives forever. National Burned Children Camp Phoenix: Providing a fun and educational expireance for burned children since 1990. Fire safety education: Distributes 100,000 Fire booklets annualy and attends area Safety Fairs.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

sambog84

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We came in contact with the BCRF about a year ago. The have blessed us more than I am able to express in this paragraph. They have helped with Christmas for my daughter, clothing for her. We flooded in Aug, lost everything we owned, the BCRF replaced all my daughters bedroom furniture making it possible for her to have a room again. Then there is camp... a place where she and other amazing children can gather and be themselves for a week... my daughter went for the 1st time this year and had the time of her life. I am so blessed and thankful for the BCRF

Donor

Rating: 5

My late husband became a member of the Board of Trustees for BCRF that helped Michael move forward for his passion. If you ever attend the summer camp, you would be touched by the joy the children have in not being different, but with other kids who are like them. One year on the first day of camp, a young girl who'd been burned on her face and arms a few months back, sat by herself, afraid to mix with the other kids. I saw her again on Wednesday, in a swimsuit, sliding down the water slide with a smile on her face. The transformation was astonishing. Michael (and also Kathy) love each one of those burn victims and they know it. Michael always says, "Look them in the eyes and see who they are on the inside." And their eyes tell it all, and that melts your heart.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the honor to be a counselor at this incredible program this past summer and it changed my life. I am a survivor of a burn injury that happened when I was 4 years old. Growing up as a child with burn injuries, I know how hard it can be to be a long road and struggling time to be a survivor. I was a camper at the camp they offer for campers for two years and it was life changing. Hearing the stories of what the organization has been doing for the families I got to mentor is incredible. Providing supplies for their events at school or hobbies they have, providing support to families and children 24/7 when needed, and providing support in any way possible! These are incredible things.

I am truly honored to be apart of this program and I cant say anything but good things about them. They change lives every single day, including mine! They impacting lives and changing how we look at young people with burns is important to their mission. We strive to allow these children the opportunity to just be children! Because they deserve that. Seeing children come to came and let go for a week and just be themselves is so impactful! It is such a wonderful thing for these children. Children that have been through things most cant even imagine.

This organization is such a blessing to the lives of the children and families they serve. They impact hundreds of people every day. This organization deserves more than 5 stars!

Jessica L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I couldn't imagine my life without this foundation! The people who support it and those who receive the support create a family like no other. We are there for each other in some of our best times and we can share with them some of our worst times. Our lives are forever changed and we are forever grateful and blessed because of BCRF!

Love from all of us!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I met Michael Mathis in 2013 after my son Donovan fell into a camp fire pit. Since the day I met him and Kathleen they have been there for Donovan and my family. The foundation has provided clothing for him, paid for sports, gave him his own special space in his room by upgrading it to big boy status, and making Christmas as magical as it should be! The foundation and camp give Donovan a chance to be himself, to grow, learn and thrive. On numerous occasions it has relieved the financial burden of his appointments back and forth to Harborview to his surgeries and follow ups. I am beyond grateful that my family is part of the Phoenix family! I love you all and thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to help out at Camp Phoenix, put on by the Burned Children Recovery Foundation, and it was an incredibly moving experience! Learning what this foundation does for burn survivors and their families, and seeing a small glimpse of the effect it has on their lives was very powerful. I am a huge supporter!

Nichol E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Though I personally am not a burn survivor, the Burned Children Recovery Foundation has been an incredibly important part of who I am and part of my own personal journey. Each of us has scars we carry with us and to be surrounded by resilient, brave, strong, and thriving burn survivors has brought more to my life that I could have ever imagined. I have found a family of support that welcomes all. I love Camp Phoenix and the opportunity it gives to everyone to rise from the ashes and learn to love not only others, but ourselves as well. I highly recommend volunteering, supporting, and getting involved in some way!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of spending time on the staff at Camp Phoenix this year.

Very well managed and executed week for the kids. You hear things about how great camps like this are, but to experience it first hand.......I am a believer in the Burned Children's Recovery Foundation and what they do.

I hope I can be a part of the family for years to come.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Burned Children Recovery Foundation has done a lot for me. It has helped me find so much hope and healing. Michael and Kathleen are both amazing human beings with the biggest hearts and willingness to help. I attended their camp, Camp Phoenix for a few years and I can say it changed my life forever. I've met some of my closest friends there and that is where my support system has come from. This foundation is such an amazing foundation and it does so much for all the people involved. I know they work so hard to make sure we live the best lives we can. I'm forever grateful for the Burned Children Recovery Foundation.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello, my Name is Hallie. I was burned when i was only 6 years old the burned children recovery foundation helps me so much. I love going to camp, it teaches me to be strong and how to handle children picking on me. They help my mom with alot stuff for me like sports, clothes, dr visits and other stuff i wouldnt be able to if they didnt help my mom. I love them

Brittany B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A life changing experience! A family all our own! 21 years now I've been apart of this foundation and a life time ahead of me to continue to be!

1 Kristina W.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started working with BCRF 12 summers ago as a volunteer at their annual Camp Phoenix, a week long summer camp for children who have been burned. I decided to volunteer to get community service hours and help the campers have an amazing week. I had no idea that it would be the campers and the volunteers there that would change my life forever. I continue to go back and volunteer because BCRF not only works to provide opportunities for burn survivors to be in community with those who have had experiences similar to theirs, but they also work on their hearts. Throughout the year, this foundation helps burn survivors and their families work through the emotional trauma along with the physical and financial trauma. This is incredibly admirable and I am proud to give just a little of my time to support this organization.

Ubelia Diaz P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Burned Children Recovery Foundation has been of great blessing to my family and I. My husband and son were burned in a fiery car accident May 2016. After being in the hospital for three months and my husband becoming disabled after the wreck my family was affected emotionally, physically and financially. I am so thankful that I found BCRF on Facebook and saw Michael Mathis powerful and inspiring story. I was able to get in touch with both Michael and Kathleen Mathis and were both so loving a helpful. They quickly sent assistance to my family providing us with gas cards for medical trips, food and also gift card for school supplies and clothing. My son was also able to attend Camp Phoenix this summer 2017. My husband and I were overwhelmed with joy to hear our son speak of camp with such enthusiasm. Not only did Camp Phoenix have a lot of fun activities, but they also gave my son great tools on how to embrace his scars. My son was able to interact with other burn survivors children and adults. Thank you BCRF for your help and your kindness will forever be remembered and cherished.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Camp Phoenix for the first time last year and was honored with camper of the year! It's amazing to see all the smiling faces at camp of the young children who have been burned and even the adults. The children grow to love themselves because of the support They offer! Kids who lost almost everything, they learn to live their life again (or for the first time)! This is an amazing organization with incredible leaders changing the lives of children like me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family met Michael and Kathleen over a year ago. We attended 2016 burn camp and fell in loved with the mission. We are touched by how many individuals, families and community members the foundation touches. The significance the foundation has in family lives. It's such a great foundation, and we look forward to many more years in helping.

Lara T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Burned Child foundation is a amazing foundation. They have helped my daughter and my family in so many ways. My daughter has received 2 scholarships to help with school supplies and sports needs. It helped us immensely. My daughter has also attended the camp the past two summers. It has been a great experience for her to go have fun with other children who are like her. Giving her experiences she never would have had the opportunity without the burn foundation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter was burned when she was 3 , 11 years ago. My daughter applied for a 300.00 scholarship to help with school and sports supplies this fall. It was an incredible help. Then my daughter went to the burn camp in Washington this past August. It was an amazing experience for her to meet other children who also have burns. They can just be kids and have fun. My daughter still stays in touch with a lot if the campers. She will definetly going again next year. With outthe financial assistance the burn foundation gave us she never would have had this great experience all the way across the country. We are from Maine.

Brandi B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son is a 12 year old burn survivor, and one of the children that Kathleen & Micheal help. The children's burn recovery foundation is absolutely amazing. They have been helping us with funding for fuel & gas as we travel to different states for my sons medical care, they help with clothing to make him feel comfortable, hobbies, as well as tutoring...they even helped us to get the last bit of money needed to provide Triton a service dog. I can't say enough good things. We went to camp this past summer and there are no words...we are all a huge family & support system to each other and our children. There are no words to express what Kathleen and Micheal provide to my family, not only in the way of help but love as well...I don't know where we would be without them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have served as a counselor at the Burned Children Recovery Foundation's annual summer camp for the past three years. Since starting, I have seen such incredible growth in the campers and I am excited to see even more transformation in their lives moving forward. This organization is run by some of the most loving and caring people that I have ever encountered.

Linda F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard about Michael Mathis and the burn foundation in 2012 after my granddaughter was severely burned. Michael and Kathleen has been there for us in more ways then we could ever count. The foundation's burn camp has been such an uplifting experience for our granddaughter. Their hearts are so full of love for our special children. Not only have they helped Jadin, they have helped our entire family deal and heal from that horrific day that changed our lives forever. We could never repay them for all they have done.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can’t even begin to tell you what this organization has done for my son, in fact the entire family!! My son has attended their camp for the last few years and he absolutely loves it! He looks so forward to attending each and every time!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a wonderful organization that has helped so many from all across the country. I have been apart of this organization for the past 26 years helping to raise funding do you know why?? Because nothing makes you feel as good inside as helping a young child and seeing them smile from the inside out. I would encourage everyone to get involved at some level with organization.