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Healing Odyssey Inc

A Retreat Program for Women Cancer Survivors

aka no   |   Lake Forest, CA   |  www.healingodyssey.net

Mission

Healing Odyssey is a California based nonprofit group founded in 1994, exclusively handling the challenges of cancer survivorship. Healing Odyssey has helped empower more than 1,200 women survivors to cope with fear, reclaim their strengths, and enhance their abilities to live well and productively regardless of their prognosis. Putting life back together after the devastating effects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment can be difficult, overwhelming and lonely. Healing Odyssey reaches out to women with all forms of cancer to offer programs regardless of anyone's' ability to pay. Our active, experiential-learning, 3-day weekend therapeutic programs provide the women with a road map for recovery.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a small group of dedicated survivors and volunteers who have a sincere passion and calling to help women cancer patients at any stage of their Healing Journey! We appreciate any and all outside help and support and are very much working on social media expansion and marketing our wonderful supportive program and retreats. Thank you for reviewing this. If you, or someone you know needs our helpwith their cancer journey, please send them our way. We are pleased to help in anyway we can.

Ruling year info

2015

President

Ms Donna Farris

Treasurer

Ms Rayna Davis

Main address

23785 El Toro Rd Suite 199

Lake Forest, CA 92630 USA

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EIN

35-2533287

NTEE code info

Health Support Services (E60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Putting life back together after the devastating effects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment can be difficult, overwhelming and lonely. H.O. reaches out to women with all forms of cancer to offer programs regardless of ability to pay. Our active, experiential-learning, 3-day weekend therapeutic programs provide the women with a road map for recovery.. the women of H.O. experience a powerful series of interactive workshops and activities focused on healing, recovery and moving forward. H.O. retreats empower women cancer survivors to be strong, hopeful and courageous through innovative education and support programs. We incorporate traditional discussion therapy techniques addressing the trauma of cancer and make them active & participatory. Physical challenges offer a transformative experience for them.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Healing Odyssey Retreats

Putting life back together after the devastating effects of a cancer diagnosis and treatment can be difficult, overwhelming and lonely. Healing Odyssey reaches out to women with all forms of cancer and provides programs regardless of the survivor’s ability to pay for the retreat.

Our active, experiential-learning, 3-day weekend therapeutic recovery program provides women cancer survivors with a road map for recovery. In the serene, healing environment of natural California beauty, away from everyday stress, safe among an unconditionally supportive community of fellow survivors and oncology professionals, the women of Healing Odyssey experience a powerful series of interactive workshops and activities totally focused on healing, recovery and moving forward.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
People with diseases and illnesses

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Lake Forest Chamber of Commerce 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of women with cancer who attend bi-annual retreats

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Health

Related Program

Healing Odyssey Retreats

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For 2021 We held 1 virtual retreat and 1 in person. Due to covid restrictions, our enrollment dipped slightly. We have a large group coming in 2022 and are pleased with the turnout.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Work on development for CEO ascension
Update all non disclosure agreements and conflict of interest forms for all board members
Create graduate advisory board
Identify and automate feedback collection process
Host successful on line virtual retreat
Update to a post-pandemic retreat platform
Update all social media platforms with current photos, videos, news and testimonials
Update Google ad words to attract wider audience

Monthly board meetings with specific board member responsibilities
Maintain Board members active involvement with all aspects of the program
Maintain social media presence on multiple platforms
Maintain Board member continued education
Maintain memberships in community groups (Ex: Local chamber of commerce and non profit support agencies)
Continued presence at cancer sponsored events
Utilize google ad words to increase visibility for those searching for help
Working with university students on projects that benefit their education goals while enhancing our website

Enthusiast Board members
Support from graduates
Support from community
Graduate involvement with program
Established network of hospitals and cancer related organizations
A successful mission that attracts people who can help and want to make a difference in the world.

Over 20 years of experience in providing support for women cancer survivors and their families
We have provided over 60 retreats to date
Reached over 1200 women
Have sustained funding and are able to provide retreats at no cost for those in financial need
Well known and respected in the cancer community
Excellent connections within the cancer community
Held a variety of successful fundraisers

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Healing Odyssey Inc

Board of directors
as of 05/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ross Roskamp

Healing Odyssey, Inc.

Term: 2015 -

Debbie Jean Belsher

Healing Odyssey, Inc

Diane Marie Holdaway

Healing Odyssey

Rayna Davis

Healing Odyssey

Barb Stamp

Healing Odyssey

Debbi Kleinzweig

Healing Odyssey

Melanie Berdis

Healing Odyssey

Donna Negrete

Healing Odyssey

Barbara Hogan

Healing Odyssey

Donna Farris

Healing Odyssey

Ross Roskamp

Healing Odyssey

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No