The Phoenix Project

FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2024


One Church, 817 N. Hamilton Rd, Gahanna, Ohio 43230

Bringing awareness and attention to the mental health crisis that exists in the first responder world.

Featuring Travis Howze



The 2nd Annual Symposium will take place Friday, April 26th, 2024, and will serve as a platform for experts, first responders, and community leaders to come together, exchange ideas, learn about local resources, and explore innovative solutions to address the mental health challenges faced by our local heroes. 

Whether you are a co-worker, spouse, supervisor, or chief officer, you have either already been in a position to help, or will soon be, and it’s imperative to gain a thorough knowledge of services and resources available to assist another first responder.


The Phoenix Project has partnered with The Forster Foundation to present their inaugural First Responders Ball directly following The Phoenix Project. The First Responders Ball will take place on Friday, April 26th at the Hilton Downtown Columbus. Tickets to the First Responders Ball can be bundled with your registration to The Phoenix Project. We hope to see you there! 



The 2nd annual symposium will feature a speaker who shares the experience of overcoming metal health struggles.

Travis Howze, an international touring speaker, author, and motivational wellness educator who spent 14 years in the military and emergency services as a U.S. Marine, Police Officer and Firefighter will be providing two 90-minute presentations during the symposium to highlight his journey and his “Rise from the Ashes” story.


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Empowering first responders on their journey to mental health resiliency. Our mission is to break the stigma surrounding mental health treatment, foster a culture of understanding, and provide essential resources for those navigating the path to well-being. Through advocacy, education, and collaboration, we aim to create a supportive community where open dialogue and shared experiences contribute to a resilient mental health landscape for first responders. Additionally, we are dedicated to actively supporting non-profit organizations that play a crucial role in addressing the challenges faced by our first responders. Together, we strive to build a foundation of strength, resilience, and compassion, ensuring that every first responder feels supported and empowered on their mental health journey.

Donate to The Phoenix Project

The Phoenix Project is a recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3, not for profit organization (Federal Tax ID 92-2065630). Our fundraising campaign is fully committed to support the annual symposium first and foremost. Once financial obligations are met for this, all donations and proceeds brought in to date, will be given to the identified non-profit organizations.

The 2024 non-profit organizations have been identified as