Dirk began American Water & Air, Inc. in 2000 with a dedication to providing quality products and customer service for customers in the greater Central Illinois region. In the early days, Dirk’s wife Sarah kept the books while Dirk ran the sales and installation departments. Many years later, the company has expanded along with his family. He is a proud father of an adoptive, foster, and “home-grown” family of 8 energetic and incredible children.
As their family grew, Dirk and Sarah learned first-hand about the grace and beauty of the gifts freely offered to them through Jesus Christ. In February 2012, Dirk sustained nearly fatal injuries in a bicycling accident which almost bankrupted his business and family. But thankfully, through God’s mercy, he recovered and is back to work again. With a renewed vision of quality customer service and care, Dirk is working to build and restore relationships with his customers and community. Dirk is reminded daily, “All we have is God’s and all good things come from Him!”
American Water & Air is a family that pitches in and makes a positive social impact with our water. We want to connect people and their water to a bigger purpose. With every water system sold, a percentage goes to one of the missions American Water & Air supports—buying beds for The James Project, or assisting My Hope put in wells in Myanmar.
The James Project is a not-for-profit Christian ministry in Springfield, Illinois which provides homes and support for fostering families in Sangamon County. They give help to fostering parents and the children they serve through the provision of homes with larger than average spaces, enabling a foster family to care for the maximum number of foster children allowed by Illinois state law. The James Project also includes Closet 1:27—a ministry which serves hundreds of foster families each year by distributing clothing, beds, and necessities to newly placed foster children. They also understand the importance of having quality foster parents to care for the displaced children in our midst, and the Call 1:27 ministry was designed specifically to provide mentoring to prospective foster and adoptive parents.
Most foster children come into care due to emergent situations bringing nothing with them but the clothes on their backs. Foster parents are called unexpectedly and are typically expected to bring a child into their home within a few hours. Beds are one of the most expensive and immediate needs for these children and their foster families. DCFS requires that each child have a bed of his/her own in the home in which they are placed. Closet 1:27 provides a complete bed to the foster family at no cost to help lessen the financial burden of taking in children so unexpectedly. The James Project relies on donations to cover these expenses while partnering with Bemco, a local mattress manufacturer, who supplies the beds at their cost of $150. American Water & Air is dedicated to helping The James Project by donating a portion of each sale to help purchase beds for foster children. We invite you to learn more about The James Project at: www.thejamesproject127.com
Myanmar Hope Christian Mission, Inc., (MyHope) is a non-profit corporation formed in 2007 in order to bring help to the people of Myanmar. Access to fresh clean water is something we take for granted in the West. It is a different story in places like northwest Myanmar! People there rely on streams, rivers, and shallow wells for their drinking, cooking, cleaning, and bathing. A lack of proper infrastructure means that the rivers and streams are very polluted.
Most of the existing wells are not deep enough, and many of them are little more than holes in the ground, used by both people and animals. The result of all of this is that the people are sickly from water-borne diseases and parasites. It only costs about $1500.00 to put in a new concrete-lined well that is deep enough to provide clean pure water to several families. American Water & Air supports the efforts of God's work in Myanmar by providing funds through the sales of our water systems to help My Hope to dig wells.
To learn more about My Hope, please visit their website at: http://www.myanmarhope.org/
Gordon Fidler, Business Developer
Having retired in 2010 from 27 years in law enforcement where he served in a variety of positions, Gordon joined the American Water & Air family in January 2016 to assist with the business development process. Throughout the day you can find him shifting from project to project as he works to help with creativity, systems, planning, development, and project execution.
Gordon enjoys working at American Water & Air because of the great people he works with, the variety of responsibilities and the opportunity to utilize his skills. Outside the office Gordon is a husband, and father of four, three of whom are adopted, two from China. He and his wife Tammy have recently become grandparents, and if that is not enough, they also operate a rental property on VRBO.com. They also run The Isaiah Group, a not-for-profit they founded in 2006. Funds raised for The Isaiah Group are utilized in three areas: 1) Helping off-set the expense of international adoption, 2) The rescue and restoration of girls from human trafficking, and 3) Spreading the gospel through the underground church within the 10/40 window.