A 24-7 COMMITMENT to Marriage, Family and Our Professions
On a mission to Honor, Strengthen and Support First Responder Marriages and Families
24-7 COMMITMENT is a 501(c)3 corporation in the state of Ohio, and now a federal non-profit on a mission to make happier marriages, families and first responders.
Our organization grew from the grass roots via social media when Lori Mercer (with the permission and support of her husband Dan, a firefighter) shared a blog post in July 2012 about the challenges of their marriage and her struggles to understand the fire life. (Read that original post here). The emails that flooded in were filled with emotion. Many were struggling and needed to hear this message. They were not alone.
Since that first blog post, the mission grew to create safe, encouraging communities for spouses of firefighters (the Fire Wife Sisterhood), Marriage Weekends and the Honor Guard, a private community for men who are devoted to their marriages and the fire service.
Our organization has created resources specifically for marriage and family of first responders that never existed before. And brought together a community of peer support and accountability to keep our marriages strong and our firefighters focused on safely and skillfully doing what they love as a firefighter.
We talk about the brotherhood and sisterhood but that has fallen short with significantly high divorce rates, neglect of family and sky rocketing behavioral health issues that are a blemish to the honor and integrity and courage with which the fire service prides itself.
Firefighters, Commitment to your marriage and family is courageous.
Spouses, you're role is just as heroic and critical and you are called to go the extra mile loving a first responder.
None of us have to do it alone because of the community supported by 24-7 COMMITMENT.