Our mission is to HONOR and strengthen Iowa’s first responder and military marriages by providing relevant coaching, encouraging the development of community with one another, and rallying the support of the citizens of Iowa.
They guard our freedom and our families.
Let's help them guard their marriages.
As Iowans, we’re fortunate to wake up every day knowing we have dedicated first responders and military personnel ready to act on our behalf. They serve to protect our homes and properties. They’re first on the scene to treat us in emergencies. And many risk their lives defending our freedoms. But the daily pressures and risk they encounter can be an emotional roller coaster that may lead to acute stress, depression, anxiety and marital problems. It’s time to give back to those who’ve given so much to us.
Due to increased tragedies both locally and nationally, we've launched our Iowa First Responder and Military Marriage initiative to coach our heroes closest to home. Throughout the years, with our Honoring America's Heroes program, we’ve seen a similar need rise up in the marriages of the First Responders’ community (police, firefighters, EMS, dispatchers and volunteers) as we have with military couples.
In the fall of 2017, Barb and I conducted our inaugural Marriage Getaway for these heroic couples to equip, encourage and coach them in their marriages. We partnered with corporations, churches, families and fellow citizens to show our appreciation and offer the support these brave men and women deserve. The event was recorded for distribution to attendees as well as additional public service couples. The Getaway included a full day of marriage coaching by Dr. Gary and Barb Rosberg, an overnight stay, entertainment by comedian Kenn Kington, outstanding meals, resources to strengthen their marriages, and gifts from community sponsors. 130 couples were served in 2017, 150 couples in 2018 and we’re excited to see it continue to grow.
We're poised to do it all again and host our third Impact Iowa 24-hour getaway in 2019.
"As an organization, we hold family values in the highest regard, and that’s why we live by our motto: At Fareway, you’re family. This certainly extends to our first responders and military heroes, and their families, who make the sacrifice daily to protect us and secure our freedom. Fareway is proud to contribute to supporting our public service members, including sponsoring Impact Iowa."