The Long Walk Home Inc

Helping veterans and their family make their transition from military to civilian life.

aka The Long Walk Home   |   VENICE, FL   |  www.thelongwalkhome.org

Mission

Mission: The Long Walk Home is a Veteran led 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping veterans and their family members make their transition from military to civilian life. We are an event and program based suicide prevention charity. Vision To demonstrate appreciation and gratitude in a meaningful way to those who protect our freedom, by having a two week program instituted by the Armed Services for all military personnel prior to discharge, as well as, making it available to all veterans. The Long Walk Home has a mentorship program, instituting across the country.

Ruling year info

2013

CEO/ Founder

Ron Zaleski

Main address

466 EDGEWOOD RD

VENICE, FL 34293 USA

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Formerly known as

Long Walk Home

EIN

20-5700906

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Our programs

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

Gym Program

We pay for gym memberships for Veterans and Active duty military to get them into a healthier environment. Our requirement for each veteran to receive this benefit is for them to take our "10 Challenges to Service", which is given by a mentor of their choice. This gym program is now at 5 gyms in Sarasota and North Port, FL.

Population(s) Served

Our mentorship program starts with "The 10 Challenges to Service" that our founder created. Each mentee takes the challenges that are given to them by one of our mentors. After completion, they may choose to become a mentor or a volunteer or they may get a free gym membership or financial aid. The personal challenges we give are for healing, empowerment and to be of service. Our challenges are like a bootcamp, laying the groundwork to redefine our mission because we are now in charge of our lives. We are not victims. It’s up to us, not Uncle Sam! This program is for veterans or their family members. We are instituting this across the USA.

Population(s) Served

We hold many different types of outreach events for veterans and their families to feel camaraderie and stress relief.
Past and upcoming events:
BBQ free to veterans and families
Veterans Day bike ride (over 500 participants)
ASIST Suicide Prevention Workshops biannually
Battle of the Branches Axe throwing tourney every 6 wks
Walking meditation
Beach time with games, yoga, meditation
Yoga & nutritional counseling free to Veterans
Dolphin therapy
Elephant interactions
Equine therapy
Mentor workshops
Zoom educational seminars
Farmer's Market
Gym competitions

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans
Military personnel
Veterans
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve veterans and their family members.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have been adding more programs and events for camaraderie and stress relief as requested by participants.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has strengthened relationships and improved the programs we offer.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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,

Financials

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

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The Long Walk Home Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/8/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ron Zaleski

The Long Walk Home, Inc

Term: 2006 -

Ronald Zaleski

TheLongWalkHome

Zacharia Zaleski

Sean McMahon

Duane Stamm

Sam Lambert

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
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/15/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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