Welcome to 2020 – a year of transition and growth for Burns Recovered!
You might have noticed the lists of the “best” things of the year and the decade that have appeared in the media recently. The changing calendar offers an opportunity to look back at the times that were, while we hope for even greater things in the future.
Burns Recovered is experiencing much of the same sentiment at this moment. We are proud of the accomplishments of our organization, and also filled with hope for the changes coming in the next year and beyond.
Our organization began in 1983 – way back when Michael Jackson and Hall & Oates were on the list of top music acts for the year. The top-grossing movie at the box office was “Return of the Jedi,” and both leg warmers and Members Only jackets were in style.
While many shoppers were getting in on the Cabbage Patch Kid craze, a group of volunteers in St. Louis began outreach to burn survivors. Burns Recovered was born, and since that time has expanded its services to include:
- Individualized and group peer support
- Midwest Children’s Burn Camp (MCBC)
- The Changing Times retreat, for burn survivors ages 18-25
- Housing support for families during the hospitalization of a burn survivor
- A scholarship fund for burn survivors
- A holiday giving program for burn survivors and their families.
- An outreach program for schools, senior communities and community organizations.
In 2019 alone, Burns Recovered served 62 youth at MCBC, visited 313 survivors in the hospital, and provided scholarship funds for five burn survivors toward their college education. Additionally, we made 129 presentations to the community which were attended by more than 4,000 people. In achieving these goals, thousands of hours were clocked by compassionate volunteers that come from all walks of life, including retirees, youth organizations, area businesses, religious groups, and first responder units. In all, there is much to celebrate, and many people who share in these accomplishments!
Looking to 2020 and beyond, Burns Recovered is preparing to take the next steps needed to deepen our commitment to burn survivors, their families, and their caregivers. The first steps of this process included the creation of a strategic plan, additions of new Board Members, and hiring of new Administrative Staff. We are now in a position to strengthen our connections to the people and communities we serve. The Needs Assessment we are undertaking will ensure the voices of those who need our services are heard and that additional services offered in the future take into consideration their specific needs.
In the coming months and years, we anticipate offering more outreach opportunities for burn survivors, as well as additional opportunities for peer support and caregiver/family support, with a renewed spirit of hope and healing. Vital to offering these services will be increased philanthropic support from individuals and corporations, as well as volunteer time and commitment.
On behalf of the Burns Recovered Board and Staff, I would like to thank everyone who has helped us accomplish so much in the past, and we look forward to the great things we will accomplish together in 2020 and beyond.
Wishing you peace and all good,