SAFE SOLDIERS AND FAMILIES EMBRACED INC

SAFE

aka SAFE   |   Clarksville, TN   |  http://soldiersandfamiliesembraced.org

Mission

SAFE's mission is to strengthen the emotional health of our nation’s heroes. SAFE does this by providing free counseling services to active duty, veterans, first responders, and their family members. We work towards peace and healing by providing therapy services and connecting our heroes with other community resources when necessary. In addition, we strive to help develop future mental healthcare professionals who work with the military and first responder population by offering internships to social work students striving to work with our heroes. In this way, we can directly address the constantly growing need for well-trained providers in our community.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Christina Watson

Program Manager

Tammy Meredith

Main address

117 North 3rd Street

Clarksville, TN 37040 USA

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Formerly known as

The Lazarus Project

EIN

26-0498912

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SAFE: Soldiers and Families Embraced understands that there is a stigma attached to seeking mental health services, especially for our military service members and first responders. By offering free and confidential counseling provided by grants and donation, SAFE increases access to services for those that are not comfortable seeking services through conventional methods. SAFE also educates the community about the importance of mental health treatment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Individual and Couples Counseling

SAFE provides counseling to active duty military, veterans, their families, and first responders. SAFE has professional counselors that are familiar with the struggles of our military community and first responders. These services are provided free of charge to SAFE's clients. Counselors are available to help with a variety of emotional and mental health struggles. Counseling Services are available for adults, children of at least eight years of age, and couples.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Chamber of Commerce 2012

Chamber of Commerce 2013

Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 2012

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 health outcomes improved

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

Veterans, Emergency responders, Military personnel

Related Program

Individual and Couples Counseling

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scott Miller-Outcome Rating Scale

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

Our goals are simple here at SAFE-

- to continue to provide free, professional and totally confidential counseling and other wrap-around social services and support to the people in our community who have done so much and ask for so little in return.
- to ease the readjustment and reintegration of military members returning from our current wars and their families, as well as veterans from previous eras.
- to strive to help develop future mental healthcare professionals who work with our demographic by offering internships and other professional development opportunities. In this way we are able to directly address the constantly growing need for well-trained providers to our community.
- to work towards peace and healing by providing the services required, advocating for clients, assisting the community at large in finding these services through other agencies, or facilitating the creation of programs by individual organizations.

The organization uses an eclectic mix of systems approaches and therapeutic modalities to conduct community outreach, advocacy and counseling services. Most of all, our guiding principal for us is listening. We do not seek to tell families or veterans what they need; rather, we listen. Within this culture, more often than not active duty, veterans and their families are TOLD what to do, when to do it, and what their "problems" are and how they can fix them. No one actually takes the time to actually ASK how they can help and LISTEN to them. We help churches, civic and community groups to listen because we believe those of us who are affected by trauma often know what we need to do to heal. We may not know that we know immediately; with help, however, we can find healing together.

Because most of us are either veterans ourselves or military family members, we know that welcoming service members home is not enough; the community must “walk them all the way home." We enlisted the community support to help us provide our counseling free of charge so there would be no reporting to the chain of command (unless protocol for risk of violence or suicide warranted.) We offered counselors training in deployment psychology because it was evident there weren't enough in the area who knew the issues and stressors faced by this population. We have worked to support this fragile and overwhelmed 1% of our population by offering deployment support groups, counseling and other wraparound services such as housing referrals, assistance with VA paperwork and financial counseling as they arose. We have managed this through private donations and grants as our community members are stakeholders in this important work. They recognize this fact, and have answered the call to make a difference.

Also, in an effort to not simply reinvent the wheel, we built collaborations with other local providers of services:
• Centerstone -­‐ housing
• Buffalo Valley-­‐ housing
• Austin Peay State University
• TBI Program of the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center
• Montgomery County Jail/Courts
• 101st Airborne Division Association
• Local Churches and Faith groups
• TN State Dept of Veteran Affairs Commissioner Many-­Bears Grinder
• Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Courts
• TN State National Guard – J­‐9 Programs: Col. Patty Jones
• TN State Reps. Joe Pitts, Curtis Johnson & State Senator Mark Green

We continue to see signs that what we set out to do continues to grow and have a bigger and bigger impact on our demographic. We are contacted by other mental health and veterans service agencies in the Mid-Tennessee area on a consistent basis because of the positive impact we are having in our community. We are also starting to be seen as experts in our field on a national level as well- we have been contacted by civic organizations and communities from as far away as California, Montana, Texas and Washington, D.C. that have heard (again, by word of mouth) about our program and our approach asking how we are able to do what we do as well as seeking advice so that they may also start their own programs. In addition, recently a nationally-recognized foundation that works with wounded veterans expressed the difficulty with getting veterans to open up to them, leading them to ask us "How do you get them to TALK to you? What are you doing?"

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?

    SAFE serves active duty military, veterans, their families, and first responders.

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

    Website Feedback Form,

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

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us,

  • 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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Operations

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

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SAFE SOLDIERS AND FAMILIES EMBRACED INC

Board of directors
as of 5/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rev. Meghan Ryan

Trinity Episcopal Church

Term: 2020 - 2021


Board co-chair

Eric Horton

Keller Williams

Term: 2020 - 2021

Rev. Meghan Ryan

Trinity Episcopal Church

Eric Horton

Keller Williams

Tyrell Gaasch

Stone, Rudolph & Henry

Stewart Sykes

Sykes Funeral Home and Crematory

Heather Fleming

Attorney and City of Clarksville Contract Manager

Dr. Brad Moser

Clarksville Christian School, Inc.

Dr. Larry Faust

MD Pediatrician and Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Consultant

Rob Selkow

Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County, Tennessee

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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/22/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/20/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.