Everyone’s Journey To Recovery Is Unique
People often misconstrue that they are “qualified” or have adequate education to be a peer/mentor. That is not the case. Experience in the subject matter in which you are mentoring someone about is the only “education” you truly need…that and a heart to help.
We use people just like you to provide peer support services to individuals who have been exposed to trauma in their lives or careers. Our primary mission is to focus on our members of the 1st responder, ER staff, corrections, 9-1-1 dispatchers, and veteran members. That does not, however, exclude someone in need of help with nowhere to turn.
Without our dedicated and loving peer mentors, we would not be able to achieve our goal, “do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12, NIV Bible).
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love” – Martin Luther King, Jr
As a peer-focused group, we understand that everyone’s journey to recovery is unique. Our peer-led organization encourages participants to share their lived experiences in a safe environment. Learn more about our Heroes Comfort team.
Our community offers a place of support, acceptance, and understanding to those looking to recover from trauma. This type of support system creates an environment for recovering individuals to thrive and find the peace they need to move forward in their journey.
Lari Jones, Chairperson
Hi, I am Lari (pronounced “Larry”). The reason I agreed to help with this organization is multi-fold. However, one thing is for sure, helping people helps me. I discovered this about myself in my late 20’s, and it has been something that I have strived to do in some way in each stage of my life. I have spent 20 years in the home healthcare field providing care to the elderly and physically challenged, beginning with caregiving and eventually as a Director for a non-medical home care company. During this time, I served on a volunteer Board of Directors for James Irwin Charter Schools. In my ten years on the BOD, 4 of those years, I served as Vice-President. What started as curiosity about education and parent choice quickly evolved into a commitment to providing quality, character-driven education to all children. In addition, I spent many years volunteering for the church I attended as the Hospitality Director.I have been married to my husband, Rick, for 23 years, and we have three grown sons that we could not be prouder of. Two years ago, we decided that we needed a change and moved from Colorado Springs, CO, to Hiawatha, Kansas. The quiet, small-town life is perfect for us! Currently, I am employed as a Family Support Worker for a child placement agency. Our goal is to reintegrate children who have been removed from their homes to their parents. It is certainly a different career path than I expected, but I find it challenging and rewarding. I am also a full-time student working towards a degree in Healthcare Administration.
Billie Jo Crowe, Secretary
Billie Jo is the wife of Executive Director, Mike Crowe. Over the last decade, Billie has had to learn how to help and cope with a person diagnosed with PTSD and major depressive disorder. Billie is passionate about helping people any way she can, so when approached about being the Secretary of Heroes Comfort, she immediately jumped on board.Billie is currently an elementary teacher, with 29 years of service to the same school district.
We are currently looking to fill this position.
Gabe Taggart, At-Large-Member
I served in the Marine Corps for five years from 2003 to 2008. I spent most of my enlistment based out of Camp Lejeune, NC and served three tours in Iraq. In 2008 my wife and I moved back to Iowa to start our family. Today, I live in Norwalk, IA with my wife and five children. Our two boys keep us busy with football, baseball and basketball. Our three daughters fill our time with dance. I joined the corporate world in 2008, but struggled to find a purpose since leaving the Marines, until I was approached about helping first responders, other veteran’s, nurses, dispatchers, and correctional officers.
Dr. Corey Sloan, At-Large Member
Shawn Thomas, Advisor
Shawn is a retired deputy from the King County Sheriff’s Office in Seattle, WA. Shawn was a deputy for 24 years and Jeff recently retired from the King County Sheriff’s Office after 32 years. In September 2016, Shawn’s peer support captain suggested she organize a health and wellness conference for first responders and their families. The conference was a huge success and first responders reached out for assistance. That is when Shawn realized how important the conference was and other department’s and organizations asked for her to organize a conference for them. In the first year they organized five conferences in Seattle, North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Arizona. Now they have had over twenty-five conferences and have many more planned in the coming year.
Brooke Boden, Advisor
Mike Crowe, Executive Director/Fire and EMS Peer
Mike finished his career in firefighting and EMS in 2013 after starting as an EMT-A in 1992. Mike was medically retired due to 2 specific calls he responded to. He had difficulty afterward and was diagnosed with chronic PTSD and major depressive disorder. Mike is continuously working on his recovery by attending therapy, managing a grounding group, and spiritual healing. Heroes Comfort, he believes, is his purpose in life and his God-given mission. He has four grown children, three girls one boy. The “baby” of the group just graduated high school early, the next week started EMT school and desires to “follow in dad’s footsteps.”
Don freeman, chaplain