The more than half-century-old TFC Global truck-stop ministry and chaplaincy serving truckers and Truckers Final Mile, the 10-year-old project of founder and president Robert Palm, announced a strategic partnership that will give TFM the support staff that it's lacked throughout its history. Palm, TFC noted in making the partnership official this week, has carried much of the operational load for TFM to date on his own shoulders.
For TFC Global, the partnership will allow it to continue to help meet the physical, spiritual and behavioral needs of the professional driver, their families and others involved in trucking-related industries.
The partnership really "made sense because we were already acting as the chaplaincy arm of Truckers Final Mile," said TFC Global President and CEO Ron Fraser. "Working with families who have experience a loss of a loved one while on the road for whatever reason, I first met Robert on a cold, wet day at White's Truck Stop in Raphine, Virginia. I was so taken by his dedication that I wanted us to find some way to be a part of his work."
The agreement between the two organizations brings together the work TFM is doing to assist families who have lost loved ones on the road with the chaplaincy work TFC Global is doing through its Corporate Chaplains Network program to meet the needs of the trucking community by providing spiritual care and counseling help for depression, marriage and family issues, addictions, suicide, work-related issues, mental health, and loss of a spouse or family member, TFC said. The organization also provides human trafficking awareness programs to shed light on a growing problem in our culture today.
For TFM, said founder Palm, at an even 10 years old on May 1 the organization stands to strengthen its "position as a vital resource for the individual truck driver behind the wheel and his or her family when tragedy strikes." The partnership effectively grows the organization with TFC Global's 73-year established structure and experienced personnel, also opening up "new funding avenues for our strategic plan's current operating programs."
Palm added, "I'm both honored and humbled to be able to join the TFC Global family and work to assure the mutual success of our missions."
Palm "wants to create a legacy for his organization," said Fraser. "With his direction and our organizational capacity, we can help make that happen."
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