Human Services

Military Warriors Support Foundation

Serving The Heroes Who Have Served for Us

aka Military Warriors Support Foundation

San Antonio, TX

Mission

Our Mission is to support combat wounded U.S. military service members by offering programs that facilitate a successful transition back to civilian life.

Ruling Year

2008

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

LTG Leroy B Sisco

Executive Director

Mr. Ken B Eakes

Main Address

211 N Loop 1604 E Suite 250

San Antonio, TX 78232 USA

Keywords

Military, Warriors, Support, Foundation, Wounded Warriors, Wounded Heroes, Wounded Veterans, Mortgage-free Homes, Homes4WoundedHeroes, Skills4Life, Purple Heart Ranch,

EIN

20-8742203

 Number

2315344664

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Other Housing Support Services (L80)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

According to statistics provided by the VA, as of 9/30/16, there are 2.9 million new veterans since the post 9/11 era. That number is expected to rise to 4.7 million by 2037. With the population growing rapidly each year, the need for transitional programs is critical. This is a population of young veterans who are simultaneously finding new jobs, establishing new daily routines, and taking on new challenges. Exiting the military can mean relocating, living independently for the first time, reuniting with a partner and children, or becoming a parent. For many it also means returning home to live with their combat injuries – physical and non-visible injuries like PTSD and TBI. Unfortunately, without the proper support, confronting these challenges can often lead to divorce, homelessness and even suicide. Military Warriors Support Foundation offers a variety of programs that are designed to support our nation's heroes as they face these challenges of transitioning to civilian life.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Homes4WoundedHeroes

Skills4Life

Homes4GoldStars

Transportation4Heroes

Apartments4Heroes

Financial and Family Mentoring

Leadership4Life

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of mortgage-free homes provided to veterans

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Military personnel,

Veterans

Related program

Homes4WoundedHeroes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context notes

Total number of mortgage-free homes provided to combat wounded veterans or Gold Stars through the Homes4WoundedHeroes and Homes4GoldStars programs. All homes are donated, renovated and then awarded.

Number of veterans with PTSD served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Total number of combat wounded veterans served by MWSF programs with diagnosed PTSD

Dollar amount of debt reduction

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified,

Adults,

Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Cumulative dollar amount of debt reduction achieved by program participants

Percentage of low to moderate income participants helped by non-profits programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Veterans

Related program

Homes4WoundedHeroes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Percentage of low to moderate income families helped by the programs offered by Military Warriors Support Foundation.

Total number of combat wounded veterans served by MWSF programs with diagnosed Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Veterans

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Total number of combat wounded veterans served by MWSF programs with diagnosed Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)

Percentage of veteran's or families who establish savings accounts by the completion of their Financial and Family Mentoring

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Adults,

Veterans

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The percentage of participants in our Financial and Family Mentoring program who have established savings at the completion of the program.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Military Warriors Support Foundation provides programs to our nation's combat wounded veterans and Gold Star spouses surrounding the three principles of Home, Wealth and Health. Our largest endeavor is to provide shelter to our combat wounded veterans and Gold Star spouses. On any given night, there are more than 40,000 homeless veterans living on the streets, most of whom were not ready to transition to civilian life. In conjunction with our partners, we can provide apartments and homes that are rent and mortgage-free, ensuring that the veteran and their family has a safe, reliable and consistent place to call home. These homes relieve them of their biggest financial strain and reduces the stress associated with ensuring they have a proper place to live. Eliminating the cost for shelter allows them to focus on other financial and personal matters. The cornerstone to all our programs is the financial and family mentoring that we require of each participant in our programs. The mentoring lasts between 1-3 years depending on the program. Over 63% of our applicants entered the military prior to age 21, with their basic needs of food, shelter, clothing and a job being provided to them. Now that they are out of the military and must provide those essential needs for themselves, understanding the basic concepts of money management, saving and investing are important to their transition. Each participant is assigned a mentor that teaches or re-instills the basic concepts, monthly, so the practices become habits, like how they learned in the military. In addition, the mentor can provide guidance and referrals so their transition to homeownership or living on their own will be a successful journey. Lastly, we understand the importance of mental well-being and how important that can be for a successful transition. While in the military, members develop a tight-knit bond, relying on each other for potential survival. Upon leaving the military, it is very difficult to replace that bond, comradery and shared experiences. To assist our veterans, we provide recreational outings (hunting, fishing, golf and other outdoor activities) that bring veterans together in a relaxed environment to participate in some of the hobbies or sports they once enjoyed, but may no longer be participating in. These outings are all lead by former military members, many of which are wounded themselves, and allows the participants to re-engage in that comradery and competition they once thrived on while in the military. This peer to peer mentoring becomes invaluable as new friendships are formed and they realize they are not the only one going through a difficult time. In addition, we payment-free vehicles to heroes who are either without transportation, or are unable to transport themselves, due to their injuries. This allows many heroes and their families easier access to doctor's appointments, grocery shopping and recreation.

Over the last 10 years, we built partnerships with several financial institutions and donors to provide our programs. Our financial partners continue to provide us with an inventory of homes that we make available to the veterans or Gold Star spouses. We review our applicant pool to determine the highest areas of interest and then work with our financial partners to meet the needs of those concentrated areas. However, we will review all potential homes, regardless of concentration, to determine if we can fulfill a veteran's needs in that location.
Over 80% of our applicants have children, so every home that is offered to us is fully vetted to ensure that we are placing the veteran and his/her family into a sound, stable and reliable home that they can prosper in. We review the neighborhoods for schools, medical facilities, transportation, crime and recreational opportunities to determine if our family can thrive in the home based on their current situation. That same level of detail is also undertaken when we are identifying apartment complexes for the veterans who are not ready for long term homeownership.

Our commitment to the veterans and their families doesn't stop upon providing them a home, apartment, vehicle or recreational outing. In fact, that is just the beginning of our relationship. With the advice of military doctors, psychiatrists and psychologists, all our programs are centered around family and financial mentoring. In addition to receiving a home or vehicle, the veteran, Gold Star spouse or family are required to participate in a 1-3-year mentoring program before “graduating" from our programs. These individuals are accustomed to routines and repetitions that become daily habits that they carry forward throughout their life. Our family and financial mentoring program offers those same principles by meeting with our families monthly to establish financial goals and progress towards meeting them, critiquing their current financial activity and providing education on a variety of financial topics to help them in the future. By meeting regularly, the mentor develops a rapport with the family and often becomes their primary source for identifying local resources and general knowledge on a variety of topics.

Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) has partnered with several of the largest financial institutions and builders to provide over 860 homes to combat wounded veterans and surviving spouses of fallen heroes (Gold Stars) since 2010. In collaboration with multiple partners and resources, MWSF works to ensure the homes are renovated to move-in ready condition for recipient families. In addition to bank partners and long-standing sponsors, we have also partnered with a nationwide property renovation company since our inception. Most homes we receive will require some form of renovation work before it is ready to be awarded. Our property renovation partner is very adept at inspecting the properties and providing accurate estimates on the repairs that will need to be completed. Armed with that consistent and thorough information, MWSF is able to make the best decision on whether or not each home will be a good fit for the program and our Heroes. This long-term partnership has provided us the ability to work on homes throughout the country with the same high-quality workmanship provided to each home. Our cornerstone Financial and Family mentoring program has been so successful with our housing programs, that we have now included it with our transportation program as well. The ability to provide our veterans, many of whom are in their 20's and early 30's, the opportunity to learn sound financial habits and develop a method for reducing debt, can be a life changing experience for them. We have mentors situated across the country that meet with veterans every month to educate and ensure that they are staying on track with their personal and financial goals. The consistent contact and review helps turn those concepts into habits that can be carried forward to future generations.

Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) uses several metrics to monitor our progress year over year. We focus not only on the number of homes we are able to award but also to whom they are awarded. The bulk of our metrics are focused on the results achieved through our Financial and Family mentoring program. We believe those results are the true barometer to how we are making an impact in these veteran's lives; not only today but for the future. The principles they will learn and apply will guide them throughout their lifetime and can be passed down to future generations. Awarding a home is only one way in which we measure our success. We are also focused on the recipients of the home, as we try to provide affordable housing to our lower income veterans. Historically, we have been able to provide 60% of our homes to low or moderate income (LMI) veterans and their families. We continually strive to meet and increase that number each year but are always dependent on the number of applicants and homes made available to us. Each home that we award comes with a required 3-year participation in our Financial and Family mentoring program. Upon successful completion of the program, the deed to the home is provided to them mortgage-free. Our goal is for at least 95% of all home recipients to complete the program and receive the deed to their home. While undergoing our mentoring program, we track 3 main components – debt, savings and credit scores – to measure our impact. Upon entrance to our program, our clients provide us with a financial snapshot and work closely with our mentors to establish financial goals. Each month the mentor reviews their progress in reducing any debt or ability to set aside savings in accordance with those goals. Every six months a credit report is pulled and reviewed to capture any outstanding balances, address changes in credit scores and ensure accuracy of the reporting. Debt and savings balances, as well as an initial credit report score are logged at the beginning of the program and updated throughout the 3 years so that we can track their progress. Our goal is for at least 80% of our home recipients that enter the program with outstanding debt to make a reduction in their balances. In conjunction, we expect to see at least 70% show improved credit scores and at least 90% have an established savings balance by the conclusion of the program.

Since 2010, Military Warriors Support Foundation (MWSF) has been awarding mortgage-free homes to combat wounded veterans and Gold Star spouses of fallen heroes through generous donations from partners, sponsors and the public. To date, we have been able to change the lives of over 860 veterans' and their families throughout all 50 states by providing them with a new home. In addition, over 1700 children now have a safe and consistent place to call home, providing them the opportunity to grow and prosper in their community. With continued support from our partners, we aim to provide up to 50 homes each year. Our Financial and Family mentoring program is setting these new homeowners down a path for success by teaching them financial skills and components to make informed decisions related to their finances. Through hard work and dedication, our program participants have been able to reduce their outstanding debt by $21.2 million, while also improving their credit score by an average of 40 points. Our recreation program, Skills4Life, continues to provide fishing, hunting, golfing and outdoor opportunities to over 250 participants each year. These events allow our participants to engage in sporting activities and rekindle that competitive fire with fellow servicemen in friendly competitions. All events are run by former military members, which allows the participants to receive peer to peer mentoring and share stories of failure and success in their own civilian transitions. Due to changes in the housing market, our partners have limited inventories through which they provide donated homes. To continue to meet the housing needs of our nation's heroes, MWSF is continuing to obtain assets through creative building and purchase models. Lastly, we will look to grow our current Transportation program. We have awarded over 70 new, payment-free vehicles to deserving veterans. We look to increase our partnerships with car dealers to deliver more vehicles, empowering our heroes to explore new opportunities like further education, or just to simplify day-to-day tasks of going to work or attending medical appointments.

How We Listen

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

Source: Self-reported by organization

the feedback loop
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How is the organization collecting feedback?
We regularly collect feedback through: electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.).
How is the organization using feedback?
We use feedback to: 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Not Applicable

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Not Applicable

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Not Applicable

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Not Applicable

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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Organizational Demographics

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Leadership

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Sexual Orientation
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The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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