We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Long and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordan, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Our NPO Revital Colorado brings a proactive approach to serving those who serve us. We provide platforms for connection and relationship building for firefighters, police officers, and their families. We offer 10-15 outings per month where first responders can get together outside of work and enjoy a fun activity. We also provide couples outings, family outings, retreats and even crew building activities. All of these outings are free for first responders and their families.Though these outings are fun, they also provide a deeper purpose allowing them to decompress, and also to be able to share what they might be experiencing with others who understand the challenges of the job. Our goal is to combat not only the overwhelming mental health statistics of our FR communities, but also to support healthy relationships for them and their families. Through these outings, because of the trust that is built and the awareness we are able to bring, we are then able to connect these individuals with other resource partners who can help in more specific ways. By supporting our first responders in these ways, our goal is that it increases longevity in their careers and in their relationships therefore resulting in better service to our communities at large.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our organization is what would be considered non-clinical. For many years, we (meaning the community) have treated the mental health of our first responders primarily only from a clinical aspect. This is crucial and absolutely necessary, but the problem was the stigma surrounding all of it. Our approach is a little bit different in the sense that we are peers and not clinicians and we are in the beautiful outdoors, not in an office setting. When enjoying fun activities, the defense mechanisms go down and natural conversations occur. Our goal is to bring awareness to how the job might affect us, and then encourage people to speak with the professionals if necessary.
Starting a non-profit from the ground up has not been easy and especially serving the community we serve. Most firefighters and police officers are skeptical and not always the most trusting right away. Once we showed that we are here to show love and bring community, the trust has really taken hold. There have been so many challenges along the way, but in each step we have learned and grown from these challenges. The obstacles have actually made us much stronger and we believe set us up for an exciting future.
Our brand and our story is really about impacting the world around you with love and community support.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wow, this is a tough question.
I would say it would be a mix of a golf and a fly-fishing trip depending on the time of year. We would get up to the mountains and float down a river for a day or two and then finish it off with a few great rounds of golf at some amazing mountain or local courses. Ravenna C.C, Rolling Hills C.C. and Omni Interlocken are a few golf courses that come to mind.
Food menu would definitely have to include La Loma and the Denver Biscuit Company.
Most interesting and fun places to check out would have to include: The Maroon Bells (depending on time of year), The Black Canyon, and even getting to a concert or a movie at Red Rocks.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people who deserve recognition when it comes to this, but I would have to start with my wife for all that she has done to support this organization and for running our spouse and family side of Revital. Also a huge shoutout to my parents and the example they have both set in serving their community for as long as they have through Grace Church of Arvada.
Revital would not be here if it were not for one person, (who I know would not want to be named) but she has financially supported this organization from the beginning in jaw dropping ways. Her generosity and encouragement allowed us to focus our full attention on this mission and vision.
A few close friends encouraged me to follow this passion when I shared it with them and the help of my board members in guiding us along the way.
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