Help Us Put First Responder Mental Health First.

Foundation 1023 is committed to supporting the emotional and mental wellness of First Responders and their support network who are experiencing illness, loss or stressful life events by providing confidential funding for emotional and mental wellness services, as well as access to peer supported outdoor activities and events designed for personal wellness and connection.

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Living to the Max! Retreat

We are in the planning process of launching our First Living to the Max! Retreat for First responders.   This will be a weekend retreat in Texas with activites, one on one time with counselors, time on the water and more.   If you are interested in attending send us a note on our contact page.  To donate to the retreat or sponsor a first responder to attend, Donate Here!

Help Support Us

Foundation 1023 relies on the support of public, business and community donations to reach our goals and provide services to First Responders. Get involved today and make a difference with our team!

Our Services

Please visit our services page and fill out the short form to request assistance, or click link below.


Feel Brave Childrens Book Initiative

 A few Books still available.

(but not many!)

Foundation 1023 and our partners are on a mission to provide over 50,000 First Responders in Texas with an emotional well-being initiative launched on December 5th, 2022!

We  traveled through the Austin, Houston, Tyler, Dallas loop. If you  would like free copies for your agency please contact us at

Press Release

Foundation 1023 Final Press Release_

December 5th, 2022 was the day!  Click the above link for information about our book launch!

Our Founder Melody Mesmer has been hard at work, promoting our organization, working in the best interest of First Responders and our communities both for Centura Health and Foundation 1023.

Her pride, dedication, love and support are felt by many.   Please enjoy this video and article talking about some of the thing we do!


Who are we?

Foundation 1023 provides positive mental wellness impact for first responders with confidential counseling, peer to peer training and community awareness.

How can you help?

Our foundation relies on public, business and community donations to provide our services and create change. Find out how you can get involved to support our mission!

Special thanks to the Colorado State Firefighter Foundation for covering copay’s for our Colorado Firefighters!  This allows our Colorado Firefighters to attend up to 12 mental wellness visits free of charge.   If your entity wants to sponsor other first responders, like LEO’s, EMS, Dispatchers and so on, please feel free to reach out!

3500 First Responders & Families Impacted

7500 Total Hours of Services Provided

$1,305,000 Raised Since 2016

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Word of Thanks!

Special Thanks to Kyle Clark for his work and recognition of non profits and the work they do! Our Word of Thanks Campaign has raised $30000.00+. You can still contribute!

To Contribute to this Word of Thanks Campaign, use button below!

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