“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”
— St Francis of Assisi
We want to make you aware of an opportunity to serve first responders who may be suffering from PTSD. Our program called “Operation Restore” has made a difference in the lives of hundreds of first responders, military, veterans, spouses, and their families, since 2013.
Operation Restore is a 3-night, 4-day program held at the Franciscan Center in Tampa, right outside of downtown on eight quiet acres on the Hillsborough River. First responders receive personal, confidential treatment after experiencing critical incidents, line of duty deaths, and the general effects of pressure throughout their careers. The program incorporates counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, peer-support, and trained professionals who treat post-stress using one-to-one counseling, group processing, education, and a proven scientific technique called EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing.
The program is limited to a small number of participants, so each may receive the attention they need. Sometimes, when grant monies allow, we can waive the cost for attendance. If you would like to send someone, or have any questions, including the cost of attendance, please contact us at 813-229-2695.
If anyone you know would like to join us, we still have some spots available during these upcoming retreats:
- March 22-25
- April 19-22
- May 3-6, 17-20
- June 14-17
LINK: Download our brochure
The Reverend M. Richard (Rick) Malivuk, M. Div.
Rev. Rick Malivuk is a Lutheran minister, counselor, and Vietnam Veteran and has served as a chaplain to the Tampa Police Department, the FBI in Tampa, and Tampa Fire Rescue. In 2012, Rick worked tirelessly to develop a retreat program to heal Tampa area law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders by relieving their extreme PTSD. This program’s need became apparent after several Tampa Bay area police officers were killed in the line of duty in a short time.
Rick worked quickly and collaborated with the President of the Franciscan Center and fellow Tampa Bay Regional Critical Incident Stress Team member, Sister Anne Dougherty. The pair met with Tampa’s then-police chief Jane Castor to introduce their ideas. Jane Castor said, “Could you start the retreat tomorrow? I want to go.”
Rick worked to found and now fully manages the Operation Restore Post Trauma Training Program at the Franciscan Center after Sr. Anne’s retirement in early 2019. The program has served close to 400 of Tampa Bay’s first responders, and Rick has personally recruited, counseled, served, and become a trusted confidante of each of those responders who have PTSD.
Rick runs the program with just a small but dedicated team of volunteers. With Rick’s guidance, hard work, and dedication, Operation Restore is now a 3-night, 4-day program held at the Franciscan Center. It helps first responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress. They receive treatment at a retreat after experiencing critical incidents, line of duty deaths, and pressure they face throughout a career.
The monthly retreat incorporates counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, and trained professionals to treat post-stress called EMDR, or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. Rick coordinates all of these professionals and their treatment of the first responders.
Dr. (Chaplain, MAJ-ret) Daniel Middlebrooks was born in Plant City, Florida, in 1966 and graduated from Plant City High School in 1984. After receiving his AA degree from Hillsborough Community College, he entered the Active Duty Army in May 1988 at FT. Jackson, SC, and began his career as a Physical Therapy Technician at Fox Army Hospital, Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. He received his BS degree at Athens State College, Athens, Alabama, in 1990, and in June 1991, he entered New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and the Army Chaplain’s Candidate Program.
After receiving his MDIV in 1994, he was commissioned as a Southern Baptist Chaplain and served until February 2013. He received his DMIN at Erskine Theological Seminary in 2008 for Clinical Pastoral Care and Pastoral Counseling. His last military assignment was as the Senior Instructor and Course Developer/Manager for the U.S. Army Chaplain’s Career Course, where he trained and impacted over 300 promoting Chaplains.
Dr. Middlebrooks has received numerous military awards to include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, The Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leave Clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal with one Silver and four Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. He earned his Air Assault Wings in 1997 and his Recruiter Badge with three silver stars in 2006. The Office of the Chief of Chaplains and the National Bible Association awarded him the distinguished Witherspoon Award in 2010. Chaplain Middlebrooks has deployed to MFO/Egypt (1999-00), Kosovo/Macedonia (2002), and Iraq (2008-09).
Since retirement in 2013 and moving back home to Plant City, FL., Dr. Middlebrooks has served as the Senior Pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church and as the Command Chaplain for the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. He currently serves as the President and Founder of Chaplaincy Care, Inc and the Relationship Leader, LLC, and as the Senior Chaplain for First Call, a First Responder Church. Dr. Middlebrooks also serves as the volunteer chaplain for multiple agencies within Hillsborough County to include the FBI Tampa Division. He is an accomplished columnist, author, lecturer, and internationally certified John Maxwell mentor/coach and trainer. He has been married for over 30 years to the former Arienne L. Plyler and has two daughters, Erica and Allison. His family has moved 19 times and understands what it means to “Bloom where God plants you!”
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The Franciscan Center and Operation Restore would like to extend our deepest gratitude and thanks for their generous contributions to the Baer Foundation and the RBC Wealth Management Foundation.