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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

79 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Hallie and I am 13 years old , for the last several years the BCRF has been a part of my life emotionally and financially. They made the impossible- possible! I was burned when I was 6 years old- 2 years later ( I think) i attended Camp Phoenix for the 1st time. I learn so much at camp. It teaches me not to care so much about what other say about my burn. I use to look at it as a burden but now when I look in the mirror I see a Survivor- someone who overcame what a lot of people can't, and I wouldn't have ever learned this if it wasn't for the people at camp. Camp Phoenix is my best thing that comes around each year. Mrs. Kathleen and Mr. Micheal are such a blessing to know. It's amazing how two individuals can care so much about the world as they do... about us burned survivors. They definitely make the world a brighter place. I know they do mine- just knowing I can talk to them if I need to help. Their continued support is so much appreciated ❤

Jon_9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This foundation is a beacon of hope for so many people. Mike Mathis has been a huge help to so many people in need from providing emotional help to financial. We all love and cherish him as one of our own family members as he does us thanks to everyone involved with this foundation God bless you all

2 Raniya S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a parent of a survivor who was burned at 1 years old. We have been a part of the Burned Children Recovery Foundation for a little over a year. I found the BCRF through an internet search. I actually thought it was a hoax! Upon initial contact I asked, "what services do you provide and are they limited to residences of Washington?" Michael Mathis replied, "what do you need?". We contacted other resources, but my daughter was denied due to her age and we had to call back when she is between 6-8 years old. Mr. Mathis begged to differ. Services are needed now and throughout, so he took us under his wing! The services provided are astronomical, from financial medical support, emotional support, a 24-hour support line, personal needs support, a week of camp, and the Phoenix House just to name a few. Most important is building self esteem and courage which allows the survivors to know their wealth and beauty in spite of their scars. BCRF goes above and beyond duty expected from mankind. From the phone call check ins, to texting, to chatting, sharing stories, memories, laughs, and tears...these things allow us to grow and accept life. Being a part of this family allows us to be accepted, loved, appreciated, grateful, and blessed. Although we have only been with BCRF for 1 year, the empathy, compassion, and commitment BCRF gives us allows that year to feel like a lifetime. BCRF allows survivors and their families the opportunity to see the rainbow after the storm, and and we are beyond grateful to indulge in its ray of colors!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This foundation has improved my two daughters lives greatly. They have shown them that no matter what life throws at you, you can handle it. I soooo love this foundation, that i try to do my as much as possible to help it's cause. Thank you mr. Mathis, for all you and your friends and family have done for Makayla and Destiny Henson. We all truly feel like family... If anyone has scares internally or externally, you definitely need to give this foundation a chance, your whole life will change. THANK YOU...

1 Bri C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Burned Children Recovery Foundation for 3 years and counting. Michael Mathis and his foundation are a true gift all people, not just the kids that have the benefit of going to camp. They do such amazing work to help the children recognize their true self and not be defined by their scars. As a person who has not experienced the daily judgement and odd looks from strangers, being involved with the BCRF has really helped me to be more compassionate and sensitive to people unlike myself. Going to camp and witnessing these children play and laugh and be free in a safe and loving environment is truly enriching and heart warming. I hope this foundation can continue to grow and succeed in being a positive light in the lives of burn survivors for many years to come!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Burned Children Recovery Foundation has helped several children to overcome the so called beauty of this world and to begin to find true beauty within. I was in a house fire when I was ten months old. I was sleeping in my crib, when a five year old lights a stuff animal. She left the room thinking she put the fire out with a blanket; however, the blanket held sparks. 43 percent of my body is burned, but the nonprofit organization helped me when I was a kid. This was the first year that I got a chance to come back as a counselor at the camp and it was amazing to see how the camp stills help the kids rise above. The camp and the phoenix house helps the kids realize how they are not alone and they have people around them that have faced the same things they have faced. The kids learn how to face the public in a respectable manner and not be insulted when the public face our scars in an unhealthy manner. I recommend this organization to everyone and anyone.