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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cemeteries, Disaster Aid, Emergency Assistance, Home Improvement & Repairs, Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief

Mission: To reunite North American Truck Drivers and Their Family in Times of Crisis

Results: 66 Truck Drivers and Their Families served in 2018 with over $127,800 in benefits paid out on their behalf.

Target demographics: We serve all North American Truck Drivers

Direct beneficiaries per year: 66 Truck Drivers and Their families in 2018

Geographic areas served: North America

Programs: please visit our website at http://www.truckersfinalmile.org

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dad unexpectantly died while driving trucks in California. He died in the hospital a few days after checking himself in. This hit us like a train because we didn't know that he had a heart infection and it was too late to save him. We live in Arkansas and we knew that transporting his body back home was going to be a struggle on top of everything else. I'm a college student so there wasn't much I could do financially to help my mama cover the expenses of the funeral and everything in between. I stayed up all night trying to find an organization to help us in this time of grief. I came across the truckers final mile organization and sent Mr. Robert Palm an email explaining our situation. Where most organizations took days to contact me back, I got a response from Mr. Robert a few hours later that night. The next day he called to express his condolences and that he would do his best to raise money for us to fly his body home. He called almost every day to update us on his progress and to ensure us that he would do the best he could to help my family and me. A week later the funeral director informed us that Mr. Robert's organization covered a great amount of the traveling expenses. We are forever grateful for this organization for helping us during one of the hardest moment of our lives. No words can describe how blessed my family and I feel after receiving this help. I definitely recommend this nonprofit organization for truckers and their families during times of need! If I could give a rating higher than a five, I definitely would.


Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization was amazing in a very difficult time. Something that people do not think about often is what happens when a loved one passes while working as a long-haul trucker. I know my family hadn't.

If it were not for Robert and his amazing team, we would have been lost. My father passed while trucking in Wisconsin, we are from Canada. Not only were we dealing with this sudden news, but the unexpected costs of him passing in the USA. Trying to figure out insurance policies and procedures was a hassle (it usually is), but Robert and his team took care of all the details in the mean time. They looked into funeral homes, cremation options and took care of all the little fees that needed to be done.

If it were not for truckersfinalmile.org, the process of repatriating my fathers remains would not have been possible and for that were are incredibly grateful.

Would highly recommend any support to this organization, as the relief it provides families when you don't think you have any options is incredible.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Without this organization I don't know what my family and I would have done. My father in law was from Indiana and passed away in TN after a stroke. He had been a truck driver for 40+ years. He had no health or life insurance and had been in the hospital for over a week after aassive stroke. My husband and his brother were responsible for the cost of getting him home and the burial. There was no insurance, no estate, nothing to help us. Out of desperation, hope and prayer, I reached out to truckersfinalmile.org. I sent an all explaining our situation and wanting to get my father in law home and I think it was the next day that they called and explained how everything works. The next few days were hectic, trying to contact everyone, plan his burial, come up with the money for it and also trying to figure out how we would get him back home to us. I was literally sitting in my car at the funeral home feeling very defeated when my phone rang. I couldn't even believe what I was hearing. Truckersfinmile.org was covering the cost of getting him home! I had been so busy and worried that I hadn't had time to let myself cry. Hearing the kindness of what this organization did for us, the gratitude that I felt, it was the first time I cried since he had passed. I will never forget what they did for us and will be grateful for the rest of my life. I can never thank them enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There isn't enough words in this world to describe what an awesome job Robert and this wonderful organization did for my late husband and me. We drove team for 12 years and shared many amazing memories of this beautiful county and many foreign countries too.

Then on Friday July 13, 2018 while we were at a truck stop in California, my husband passed away the same way his father did, at peace, enjoying life and in his truck. He left behind many broken hearts and friends that just couldn't believe he was gone. At the age of 53 he never thought it would happen to him because he was so young. Yes we did talk about the what if's but never about the what if it happened on the road.

That faithful morning he left me with no life insurance and very little savings. I had some wonderful friends that took over helping me and making sure that I was okay. One of my friends suggested that I contact "Truckers Final Mile" to see if there was anything they could do to help me. I emailed Robert and he contacted me right away. He helped by talking with the 2 funeral homes and made all the arrangements for seeing that my hubby made it home to his family. This included the transportation to the airport, the flight to Tennessee, and the transportation to the funeral home.

Most organizations would have said that their part was done in this matter. Not Robert, he called me several times to check on me. Just to say "Hi, I'm thinking of you today, " or "how's it going". He has a heart that is bigger than Texas and don't want anyone to feel they are all alone in their struggle to survive a death of a loved one. Robert even called me around the December Holidays just to make sure that everything was going fine and that I was taking steps to get back on my feet again.

Truckers Final Mile is an awesome organization filled with love and a listening ear. They always have a helping hand stretched out to lift you up when you are hitting bottom. Thank you Truckers Final Mile and Thank you Robert, I don't know what I would have done without you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My father became ill while out on the road in New Mexico and was hospitalized. My mother and I traveled to be with him while he was In the hospital, but needed help with funds to transport him from New Mexico back home. Truckersfinalmile stepped up and provided not only funds for my dad's plane ticket, but funds to fly me out to New Mexico and back so he wouldn't have to travel home alone. We are eternally grateful to the generosity and help truckersfinalmile provided our family!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Father, Clay V Burns, suddenly passed away on May 12, 2018 in California. We are from Oklahoma and were at a loss with the devastating news. With no life insurance I had no idea how to get my Father home so we could lay him to rest when I was given the information about Truckers Final Mile. I was raised in a trucking family but had never herd of this. From the moment I got in contact with Robert, I was treated like my Father was family. They took care of everything for my family and I, and helped me through the process of getting my Father home. It's not easy to make arrangements for the loss of a loved one, but it's even harder when they are across the country from home and the funeral home doesn't care what your going through to point where they laugh and hang up on you. It didn't matter what time I called or how upset I was, Robert was there for me. I can't explain the impact this Charity has made in my life. I've never met a group of people that help with nothing gained to themselves. It was a blessing to me when the feeling of hopelessness was over taking me. This is amazing Charity and group of people that I will never forget.

Lauren Ray

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truckersfinalmile.org is the only organization of its kind.

Truck drivers criss-cross America's highways 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year moving the products we consume. More often than not drivers can be hundreds if not thousands of miles from home. When tragedy strikes, sometimes including death, families are left to incur the unexpected expense of getting their driver home.

Robert Palm, founder of truckersfinalmile.org, has worked with families to arrange transportation for a driver's "final mile". I personally know of one driver who's remains were personally delivered to his family from hundreds of miles away. I just can't put something as emotional as that into too many words except to say that unless you, a family member or someone close to you is an Over The Road truck driver chances are you don't give them much thought. Hopefully, after reading this you will.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We thank the so much for what they have done for our family. it really was a huge relieve having there help! They are a wonderful company with much compassion and love for helping trucker families like us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband, and otr driver, had taken a load to Maine and while there suffered several strokes. Me and my parents went to be with him from our home in east Tennessee. I can't express enough gratitude to Robert and truckersfinalmile.org for helping us with lodging while we were there with him!! He was moved to a hospital close to home. And now to a rehab facility to recover. We're still taking one day at a time, as he still can't swallow, speak, or use his right side. We know and believe God can do many things! And that is our prayer. Again I can't thank truckers final mile enough for their care and support during this difficult time in our lives.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On 1/18 of this year My 59 year old brother passed away from the flu while making a delivery.
It was complicated as my brother was in Utah, lived in Phoenix and his next of kin Our mother was in Oregon.
our mother is 80 years old had 9 children and had never suffered the loss of a child we were all quite concerned we would lose her during this difficult time.
I reached out to truckersfinalmile.org and Robert reached out within a very short time asked us for all of the necessary information and told us he would help us with getting my brother home to us.
not only did they help with the cremation they assisted in getting my sister a flight to Utah to view him and escort his remains home.
during this process Robert listened and helped accommodate several schedule changes even a last minute flight change so that my sister could return early to care for our ill mom.
He arranged for my brothers ashes to be presented to our mom by the Patriot Guard along with an American Flag as my brother was a retired Army serviceman.
we were treated with respect caring and always with the utmost dignity throughout.
We are so grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My step father has been in the hospital since December 14th. He went in with the flu and pneumonia. After several complications he has made his way to rehab. In order for him to come home we need a wheelchair ramp due to him having right leg paralysis. My step father is the only income so now there is no income and I myself am limited with what I can do because I have my own home and bills. I reached out to another organization who put me in contact with truckersfinalmile.org and with in mins Mr. Robert Palm had called me to find out what was going on. I explained everything and with in a hour he had already had plan A set in place for a ramp. He then reached put to local media in my area and our story was out. We had another organization Ray of Hope Wheelchair Ramps offer to build the ramp. Mr. Palm was able to get the lumber we needed in within 2 weeks we had the ramp built. My family and myself are completely great full to Mr. Palm at a truckersfinalmile.org. His organization is completely amazing and we will for ever be great full for what he did for my step father. We are hoping to bring him home the 21st of February. Thanks again truckersfinalmile.org! !!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is not enough good that can be said about TruckersFinalMile.org. Helping families who are dealing with emotions of heartache and sorrow because of the loss of a loved one that is away from home and there is no help from any source to get them home. Because of this wonderful charity people in this situation can have some comfort when they really need it by knowing there is a way they can get their loved one home one last time. I support this charity and urge others to please donate.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an incredible organization! They do so much good for people in true need! When you lose a loved one, the last thing you want to do is worry about finances or logistics. This group steps in and helps in a desperate time of need! So impressed!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Truly an amazing organization with such heart behind it. I work as part of a company who transports bodies all over the world when someone has passed away and I can tell you personally that working with this group has been nothing but full passion and compassion for families and the drivers. Robert has an enormous heart for this cause and I hope to see nothing but success while he touches the lives of those in need during the worst hours of their lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization, they don't turn down any family.

Belinda Stark M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On August 28,2017 I got that call that nobody ever wants to get. Parents to 6 and grandparents to 7 it happen so fast . we never planned for any of this to happen. I was lost,confused, heartbroken, and in shock..what was I going to do? My husband was 492 miles from home and I couldn't get to him. I was lost on how I was going to get him home. I remembered stories I had read when I was on the road with my husband and I went searching. I came across truckersfinalmile.org. I sent a message in hopes of a quick response because I wanted my husband home. And it wasn't even an hour later Mr. Robert Palm called me. He listened with all his heart, he was patient to my heart break, he let me cry to him as if I was his little sister. He told me everything would be OK that he would get my husband home to me. He called every chance he could to update me on how things were going, what was being done, how they were being done. Consoling me, and making sure I was OK. All this while working his own schedule to provide for his family. He made a promise and kept it. There was no help of any kind from my husbands company. I owe truckerfinalmile.org and all who donate to truckersfinalmile.org a ..well I can't thank you guys enough. Had it not been for the love of others to donate, my husband would still be waiting to get home. God sends angels for special reasons. I will always be grateful to you this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am not a trucker or a trucker's spouse but I learned about the organization from Facebook and was able to contact Robert Palm to chat with him about the organization. Since then I would have to say it's been a few years now. We keep in regular contact via chat and Facebook, Robert and truckersfinalmile.org helped a family that lived in another state when their beloved trucker was brutally murdered here in Sumner , Washington. Robert and I had constant contact during the initial months , since I live in Spanaway, Washington and the scene was not too far from me, I hung flyers to get the word out and talked to some truckers to help try and solve this awful crime. Robert was always there for me to talk to get other information to pass along. I have seen the need grow more and more for help for the truckers and their families in the difficult times that they get faced with. Robert and the organization cares a lot about the dignity of getting the trucker home to be with his/ her family and they will do what it takes to make sure the family doesn't have to worry about anything. Even in my job , I am around truckers all day. I pass the information along to the truck drivers I come across as they are headed out of state to do deliveries. I recommend that people go to the website truckersfinalmile.org or look at their Facebook page and see the truckers that they have helped, this is a true blessing for truckers and their families in the time of need. Please Donate to help.......remember it could be a family member that might need help.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about Robert and truckersfinalmile.org last year. I have friends that are in the trucking industry and when I saw on Facebook about this organization, I started to tell everyone. I have been in contact with Robert alot since then and getting to word out in my area.
Just a few weeks ago we had a trucker that was murdered in Sumner, Washington. I have helped pass out flyers in my area where the crime happened and at another truck stop in another city called Fife. I was able to talk to truckers with the information that Robert has taught me about what he does. Robert and the others that work hard for us and help those in the trucking community and their families, is an awesome group of people. This organization helps families that need to bring their loved ones home from passing on the road doing what they love .

Michelle M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband passed away unexpectedly in august while on a run...we had alot of hiccups as we are canadian and he passed in california itnwas a nightmare...but robert stepped up immediately to start helping my son and i and we were greatful. Truckersfinalmile.org is a light through so many peoples darkness. I cannot thank them enough for all they did to help my son and I with our loss. Thank you so much. What an amazing cause.

We are still receiving emotional support from this amazing organization 4 months later. We could not be more grateful to robert palm and this wonderful organization

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband of 25 years, Max Word, an IC OTR driver passed suddenly, one day after making it home for our only daughter's high school graduation, in Panther truck, on May 20th. I fell to total shock, life insurance less than 2 years old, and I'm on fuxed income. Robert Palm and this organization was straight outta Heaven, a Godsend. They were going to get my husband home to GA; yet had to face unseen challenges from other persons & companies, that I wasn't prepared for. Thanks to God for sending Mr.Palm and this organization, at a time when our daughter and I had no one, we had Mr.Robert there making phone calls to people he's acquainted with, so that could have some resemblance of a service for my husband, and to be able to bring him home. He made himself available on the phone explicitly telling me anytime call if needed. I'll tell anyone tell day I draw my last, that I'm so thankful to God for giving us Mr.Palm and this organization, I couldn't of made it thru without all the help that's came from you. Thank you for all you do, may God continue to guide and protect you, just as you've done for my family. A thank you and a review will never begin to express my gratitude to you.
With love
Judith and Kasey Word
Maxs family
Long Beach, Mississippi

Client Served

Rating: 5

My uncle unexpectedly passed away while on the job as a truck driver. He was 700 miles away from home. My uncle didn't have the financial means or insurance for us to bring him home for a proper burial.

We heard about truckersfinalmile.org from a friend and fellow trucker. I called truckersfinalmile.org a Sunday afternoon (didn't expect anyone to answer) I can't believe how willing and hard they worked to help us raise money to get my uncle home. Some who they never even met!!

I can't thank truckersfinalmile.org enough for all that they did for my Uncle and Our family.