Newbury’s Nook is a 501(c)3 requesting funds to strengthen the capacity of our organization by funding the anticipated two-year planning, development, implementation, start-up and expansion period for our new first responder safe haven camp. Our bid to purchase and manage 50+ acres of neglected land, kicks-off our program to attract professional first responders (military, law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical services) and their families to a camp designed to create a safe, hospitable haven for first responders to gather, find resources, partner to provide sustained, long-term support to their peers, and experience a safe environment.
Program Goals and Objectives; First responders have a distinct profession and a difficult task under normal circumstances. Maintaining optimum mental wellness is a critical part of remaining active and effective on the job as well as at home. Constant exposure to trauma, life-threatening situations, and the physical strain of working long hours on little to no sleep can negatively impact overall mental health, increasing the vulnerability and risk of substance abuse and addiction among first responders. The lack of available mental health resources and decompression time only increases the challenges.
Our visitors deserve excellence and access. Visitors who are looking for information will be able to contact an on-site resident manager and receive the assistance and information they need. The importance of first responders having access to individuals equipped to deal with the needs of emergency personnel is critical. However, a 2016 national survey on mental health services for EMS workers showed that 58 percent of respondents indicated they were dissatisfied with the mental health services provided by their employers. Faced with these statistics, ever-decreasing government funds and shrinking support services and programs for this community, many would view this picture as futile. But, Newbury’s Nook sees this picture as an opportunity to provide mentorship, stabilization, and mental health resources by putting some physical distance between the person’s job and the place of recovery.
Newbury’s Nook's target population First responders are the backbone of the community. They are always the ones to protect and assist people in need, every single day. From a population point of view, first responders make up about 10 million people in the United States. They risk their own lives in order to serve and protect the well-being of people in our state and this country. The men and women who are first responders have their own lives and families to tend to and they must balance their career choice to serve. Even when their shift has ended, they still take home the experiences and memories with them every day. Their value to society is immeasurable. As the first people to arrive in emergencies, first responders have a vital part in the sustainability of our communities. They risk their own lives to save others. They could have chosen any other profession but chose to serve their communities and keep people safe from harm. As such important people in the country, the need for a safe, hospitable, place of decompression is critical for the larger communities which first responders serve.
Newbury’s Nook provides a hospitable camp and treatment related resources for permanent and temporary residents of our community, and those from around the United States. Project activities Establishing our camp for first responders to maintain optimum mental health will permit us to expand and improve our fast-paced two-year growth agenda responsibly, efficiently and effectively. Newbury’s Nook will create reliable mechanisms to quickly respond to changing internal and external barriers to first responder treatment, and coordinate our action plans through joint ventures, intervention, and volunteerism. We will use this fundraiser to provide quality, compassionate, and innovative services to adults and their families and form a program that will forge private and public partnerships to manage 50+ acres of our community’s neglected land and improve the well-being our community at large. The result will benefit hundreds of additional first responders in our community.