HEARTBEAT SERVING WOUNDED WARRIORS

Onalaska, WA   |  www.heartbeatforwarriors.org

Mission

Heartbeat Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide emergency assistance, morale building, and innovative therapeutic services for wounded warriors and their families.

Notes from the nonprofit

Heartbeat has recently added a new therapy program, K-9 Heeling Warriors. For those Warriors with TBI, PTSD and physical injuries, our program is set up to allow Wounded Warriors to get their lives back and be able to renegotiate the everyday challenges they face. Now they are not alone. We have also opened our Equine Program to a couples therapy. This was just started in 2020 and is showing much promise.

Ruling year info

2009

President & Founder

Janice Buckley

Main address

P.O. Box 610

Onalaska, WA 98570 USA

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EIN

03-0547294

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When brave Warriors return home with physical and psychological injuries, their lives and those of their loved ones are deeply affected. Health issues present many challenges. Injuries such as TBI and PTSD are often life altering. More serious injuries which require amputations and conditions resulting in paralysis are devastating to Warriors and to their family. For some Warriors, the battle they face when they come home is almost unbearable. Heartbeat’s goal is to aid brave service members in their healing so that they can gain control over their physical and psychological challenges and lead healthy, productive lives. Without help, many returning Wounded Warriors would fall victim to unemployment, homelessness, suicide and other pitfalls of society. When a Warrior is wounded, it is the whole family that suffers. Heartbeat’s programs allow these heroes to get their lives back, and to, and to move onto fulfilling their potential instead of being held captive by their past.

Our programs

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

Emergency Assistance Program

The road to recovery is a long and difficult one for wounded warriors.  The financial strain on the whole family is huge.  Heartbeat offers the following assistance as part of our emergency program:
Food Gift Cards
Utility Payments
Rent Assistance
Daily Crisis Fund:  Cash for emergency use at the moment.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

These programs not only build morale for the wounded warrior and their family, it builds a bridge between community families and military families.  These include: 
Christmas Wish:community families are matched up and adopt wounded families for Christmas.
Christmas Gift A Card: We deliver to many of the units quilted envelopes filled with gift cards that have been purchased by Heartbeat. As many as 330 are given out annually.
Heartbeat also has a toy drive program. In 2019 we delivered toys to over 1,000 children.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Non-adult children

Heartbeat offers three innovative therapies:
Scuba Warriors:  Therapeutic Diving
Back in the Saddle: Equine Therapeutic Riding, BITS: Kids and BITS: Couples
K9 Healing Warriors: a service dog program
Our BITS: Couples Program is brand new. This therapy focuses on healing the husband and wife's relationship and improving their communication.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Awards

Civilian Hall of Fame 2011

Joint Base Lewis McChord

Certificate of Appreciation 2010

1st Special Forces Group at Joint Base Lewis McChord

Certificate of Appreciation 2010

Washington Army and Air National Guard

Certificates of Appreciation 2010

17th Fires Brigade Thunderbolt & 1st Battalion (HIMARS) 94th Field Artillery Regiment

Certificate of Appreciation 2009

Task Force Phoenix

Charity of the Month 2013

Bonneville Media, Seahawks, Carter Subaru and Les Schwab Tires

Caregiver's Award 2014

Task Force Phoenix

2 chapters in book Healing War Trauma 2013

Raymond Scurfield and Katherine Platoni

Outstanding Service to Veterans Award 2018

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Heartbeat's mission is to provide emergency assistance, morale building and innovative therapeutic services for wounded warriors and their families. These programs provide the reintegration tools and both the physical and psychological skills needed to successfully transition to the civilian world. Our emergency assistance is a bridge to meet the temporary needs of the wounded warrior family so that they do not become overwhelmed. Our cutting edge therapy programs help the warrior physical and psychologically heal so that they can continue to be the provider and head of the household they were prior to their injuries. We continue to analyze statistically both our Back in the Saddle Warriors and Scuba Warriors. The analysis supports that these two therapies improve significantly levels of pain, ability to focus, stress, flexibility, mood and physical tension. Our service dog program allows the warrior to get his or her life back and to be able to renegotiate the everyday challenges he or she faces. Now they are not alone. The service dog gives the warrior the confidence to go out into the community. They have their own buddy, who has their back. This freedom and confidence has a positive effect on the entire family. The morale programs lets the warrior and their family know they are not alone. Christmas Wish couples military and community families. This is a very popular program and creates a bridge of friendship and support for all involved.

Heartbeat utilizes three strategies. The first is financial assistance for those wounded warriors that are experiencing extreme financial hardship. We offer support for food, rent, utilities and transportation. Heartbeat believes that warriors cannot recover from either their physical or psychological injuries if they are struggling with the basic needs of living.

The second is morale support especially during the holidays. Our Christmas Wish program creates a bridge of friendship and support between community families and our military families in the form of gifts and dinners. Christmas Give A Gift Card provides gifts cards for the families to support them during the holidays. We also provide Christmas dinners for many families that are financially struggling. Heartbeat also provides new winter coats to hundreds of military children each fall/winter.

The third strategy is the therapeutic services we offer: Back in the Saddle Warriors – a clinical Equine Therapeutic Riding program, Scuba Warriors – therapeutic diving and our newest program, K-9 Heeling Warriors, a service dog therapy that began October 2016. As part of our Back in the Saddle Warriors Program we have added BITS: Kids which utilizes horses to help disabled children of Wounded Warriors and BITS: Couples which utilizes horses to improve relationships and communication between husband and wife Wounded Warriors.
All our therapy programs are designed to capture those warriors who do not fit in the “normal box" for treatment. Our therapies help with both the physical as well as psychological injuries.

To accomplish these goals, Heartbeat has an outstanding relationship with Underwater Sports Inc., a partner in our Scuba Warrior program. Our core team is a dedicated group of Wounded Warriors or prior military. Because they are prior military/wounded warriors there is an instant bond and trust which increases the success rate of our therapy.

We also partner with a therapeutic horse riding facility – Healing Hearts Ranch and their certified PATH instructor to establish and implement our therapeutic goals for all parts of our Back in the Saddle Warriors.

Cascade Service Dogs helps train and guide our warrior and canine teams. This training requires at least 9 months of training to help the canine partner meet the needs of the warrior.

Heartbeat also has over 100 volunteers who tirelessly give their time and energy to help these programs succeed. Additionally, we have major support from many Washington State businesses and collaborate with the military in Washington State and other military agencies. In addition, grants and our donors have enabled us to continue our mission.
All of the support for our morale programs comes directly from the community. This support is in the form of Christmas gifts, dinners and outings.

With over 2 million deployments, the need for our services is immense. Our therapy programs have only been in operation since 2010 and our emergency services since 2004. From 2004 to 2019 Heartbeat has helped over 6,300 warriors with emergency assistance. Our morale program has helped over 63,000 and since 2010, over 2,400 warriors have completed our therapy programs. Because the need is so great, reaching as many wounded warriors and their families is one of our highest goals. Yet the number of wounded warriors is staggering and these injuries not only impact the individual family but our entire community.

Our priority is to increase the accessibility to our programs, not just for the next couple of years, but forever. As Janice Buckley, Founder and President, states “if this country is to remain great, we must honor and treat our returning heroes with integrity and an open heart".

Financials

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HEARTBEAT SERVING WOUNDED WARRIORS

Board of directors
as of 1/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

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Florence Dix

Board Member

Janet Raulerson

Treasurer

Janice Buckley

Board Member

Walt Amigon

Board Member

Charles Farmer

Board Member

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? Yes
  • 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

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/08/2021

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.