Putting First Responders First

Through public, business and community donations, Foundation 1023 provides positive mental wellness impact for first responders with confidential counseling, peer to peer training and community awareness regarding the need for mental health support in the first responder community.​

Our Story

 

In 2015 Colorado and Texas experienced a large number of First Responder deaths. These deaths were due to Illness, line of duty death, and self-infliction. We found in conversations with peers, and family that First Responders were doing an amazing job every day, taking care of total strangers but were doing a terrible job caring for themselves. While the average American may experience 1-2 traumatic events in a lifetime, our First Responders experience them on a daily basis; Bearing witness to unimaginable traumas, adverse living situations, dangers, and stresses. These events increase suicide rates, divorce rates, and substance misuse 3-5 times that of the normal population.

The origin of our name stems from a couple of situations that blended together. “Foundation” meaning load-bearing or underlying base. We want our partners and clients to know that we can be a solid footing or safe place for them to land. 10-23 comes from 2 primary different places. 10-23 was the badge number of one of the well-loved First responders that worked both in Colorado and Texas and perished in an Air-medical incident on April 27th, 2015, and 10-23 in the old Police 10 codes means “arrived on the scene” or “safely arrived”. (1023 is also the IRS form one fills out to obtain non-profit status). Knowing that we were offering First Responders a solid safe place to land during a crisis then the name came together, and we launched forward from there.

Foundation 1023 operates primarily across Colorado and Texas. Since receiving our non-profit status in June of 2016, we have served over 1200 First responders and provided over 5000 hours of mental wellness care. Foundation 1023 funding is generated from donations, fundraising events, and community partnerships. Our operation staff volunteers their times so more funding can go directly to services.

Meet our Execuitive Board

Melody Mesmer

Melody Mesmer

Founder

Lives in Conifer, Colorado. I Love Paddleboarding, Volunteer Firefighting & Avoiding the Group Chat. 

Scott Phillips

Scott Phillips

Lives in Arvada, Colorado. Enjoys diving recreationally and professionally, golf, flying (when I can).

Bill Dolan

Bill Dolan

Lives in Pine, Colorado. Enjoys Florida Fishing, Sipping Mojitos, and listening to the Grateful Dead.

Our Impact

1083 First Responders & Families Impacted

5200 Total Hours of Services Provided

$694,510 Raised Since 2016

53% of individuals requesting service reported PTSD symptoms

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I recieve services?
We are here to help. You can request services by visiting this page and filling out the contact form. Someone from our team will get back to you within 24 hours.
How can I help your organization?
Thank you so much for your consideration to help our organization. We could always use a hand! Head over to our support page and find out all the ways you can help Foundation 1023 with our mission!
I want to help first responders! How can I join you?
Our support page details how you can help support Foundation 1023 with our mission. You can also put in a request to volunteer using this page.
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