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First Responders Service and Rewards Inc

Your Service Deserves Our Rewards

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First Responders Service and Rewards Inc

EIN: 86-3619263


Mission

Our mission is simple: To show our support of Law Enforcement, Firefighter, Medical Professionals, Education Professionals, Military and all support staff for the mentioned professions by offering Reward Checks to be used for the purchase of a new home. We want you to know that your courage and sacrifice is appreciated. With the ever-rising costs of homes, it’s never been more difficult to find a home you can afford. We have the solution for you. We provide multiple services: REALTOR, lending, home inspection and title services. Our team will help with your home search, mortgage, home inspection, settlement and we make sure that everything is done correctly on your behalf. Our goal is to help you find your dream home.

Notes from the nonprofit

At First Responders Service and Rewards, we are honored to support and recognize the dedication and sacrifice of our first responders. Through our programs and initiatives, we strive to show our appreciation for the vital role these individuals play in keeping our communities safe. By providing assistance, resources, and rewards, we hope to make a meaningful impact in the lives of our first responders and their families. Thank you for your service, commitment, and bravery. Your unwavering dedication truly makes a difference. Together, we can create a brighter future for all.

Ruling year info

2021

Principal Officer

David Leroy Kelly Jr

Main address

757 Frederick Rd Ste 203

Catonsville, MD 21228 USA

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EIN

86-3619263

Subject area info

Human services

Population served info

Military personnel

Veterans

Emergency responders

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

Show Forms 990

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

First responders, military personnel, teachers, and medical professionals play critical roles in society by keeping communities safe, educating future generations, and providing essential healthcare services. Despite their important contributions, many of these individuals face challenges in affording a new home due to the high costs of living, frequent relocations, and limited access to affordable housing options. There is a clear need to support and assist first responders, military members, teachers, and medical professionals in buying a new home. Providing access to special home buying programs, down payment assistance, favorable mortgage rates, and other financial incentives can make homeownership more attainable for these individuals who are often underpaid for the valuable work they do. By helping these essential workers achieve the stability and security of homeownership, we can not only show our appreciation for their service and sacrifice but also strengthen our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

First Responders Service and Rewards

Our mission is simple: To show our support of Law Enforcement, Firefighter, Medical Professionals, Education Professionals, Military and all support staff for the mentioned professions by offering Reward Checks to be used for the purchase of a new home. We want you to know that your courage and sacrifice is appreciated. With the ever-rising costs of homes, its never been more difficult to find a home you can afford. We have the solution for you.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

First Responders Service and Rewards

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Emergency responders, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

First Responders Service and Rewards

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Offering down payment assistance grants to first responders, teachers, military members, and medical professionals is a fantastic way to support these essential workers in achieving their goal of homeownership. By providing financial assistance for the down payment, you can help these individuals bridge the gap between their savings and the high cost of purchasing a new home.

Down payment assistance grants can make a significant difference in the affordability of a new home for these individuals, helping them overcome one of the major barriers to homeownership. This support can also reduce the financial burden and stress associated with the home buying process, allowing first responders, teachers, military members, and medical professionals to focus on their important work without worrying about making ends meet.

By offering down payment assistance grants, you are not only helping these essential workers achieve their dream of homeownership but also demonstrating your appreciation for their service and dedication to the community. This initiative can have a positive impact on the lives of first responders, teachers, military personnel, and medical professionals, empowering them to establish roots in their communities and build a stable future for themselves and their families.

There are several strategies that can be implemented to help first responders, military members, teachers, and medical professionals in buying a new home. Some effective strategies include:

Specialized Home Buying Programs: Create specialized home buying programs tailored to the needs of first responders, military personnel, teachers, and medical professionals. These programs can offer benefits such as down payment assistance, reduced closing costs, and favorable mortgage rates.

Partnerships with Financial Institutions: Partner with financial institutions and lenders to develop exclusive mortgage products and services for these essential workers. These partnerships can provide access to more affordable home financing options and resources to assist in the home buying process.

Educate and Provide Resources: Offer educational workshops, seminars, and online resources to help first responders, military members, teachers, and medical professionals navigate the home buying process. Providing information on budgeting, saving for a down payment, and understanding mortgage options can empower these individuals to make informed decisions about purchasing a home.

Community Support: Engage local community organizations, employers, and government entities to rally support for these essential workers in their home buying efforts. Encourage employers to offer housing benefits or assistance programs, and advocate for policies that promote affordable homeownership for first responders, military personnel, teachers, and medical professionals.

Recognition and Appreciation: Recognize the contributions and sacrifices of first responders, military members, teachers, and medical professionals by offering incentives and rewards for their service. Show appreciation for their dedication to the community by providing special benefits, discounts, or incentives related to the home buying process.

By implementing these strategies, we can help first responders, military members, teachers, and medical professionals achieve their goal of buying a new home and support them in building a stable and secure future for themselves and their families.

We are proud to announce that our organization has provided over $65,000 in grants and reduced fees to assist first responders, military members, teachers, and medical professionals in buying a new home. This significant financial support has been offered to help alleviate the challenges and barriers that these essential workers often face in achieving homeownership.

Our commitment to supporting these individuals in their home buying journey includes:

Down Payment Assistance Grants: We have provided substantial down payment assistance grants to help first responders, military personnel, teachers, and medical professionals cover a portion of the upfront costs associated with purchasing a home.

Reduced Fees and Closing Cost Assistance: We have offered reduced fees and closing cost assistance to help minimize the financial burden of finalizing the home purchase transaction, making homeownership more accessible and affordable for these individuals.

Special Mortgage Rate Programs: We have negotiated special mortgage rate programs with lenders to secure favorable terms for eligible first responders, military members, teachers, and medical professionals, resulting in long-term savings over the life of the loan.

Comprehensive Support Services: In addition to financial assistance, we have provided comprehensive support services, including homebuyer education, counseling, home inspections, appraisals, and other resources to empower individuals in making informed decisions throughout the home buying process.

By providing over $65,000 in grants and reduced fees, we are dedicated to helping first responders, military members, teachers, and medical professionals achieve their dream of homeownership and build a stable and secure future for themselves and their families. Our commitment to supporting these essential workers reflects our appreciation for their service and dedication to our communities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

First Responders Service and Rewards Inc

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

First Responders Service and Rewards Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $43,630
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $43,630
Expenses
Program Services $42,200
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $1,430

First Responders Service and Rewards Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $2,325
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $2,325

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

David Leroy Kelly Jr

There are no officers, directors or key employees recorded for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

First Responders Service and Rewards Inc

Board of directors
as of 04/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

David Kelly

RE/MAX Solutions

Term: 2021 -

David Thurston

Crown Title

Homer Walton

Guaranteed Rate Affinity

Christina Moscati

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/1/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/01/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.