National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center In Angel Fire

Free 7-day retreats for veterans and their partners struggling with PTSD

aka NVWHC   |   Angel Fire, NM   |  http://veteranswellnessandhealing.org/

Mission

Our mission is to establish an environment that is responsive to the needs of veterans and military families using creative therapies and processes that focus on emotional and physical healing.

Ruling year info

2010

President

Chuck Howe

Main address

PO Box 805

Angel Fire, NM 87710 USA

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EIN

27-1330398

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center (NVWHC), our goal is to help veterans and their families overcome the obstacles of Post Traumatic Stress. We wish to reduce the number of suicides committed each day by teaching appropriate tools and methods of alternative self-care.

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?

PTSD Retreats

*FREE 7-day retreats for veterans and their partners who suffer with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Using alternative healing modalities, we treat participants with both traditional and non-traditional healing techniques. Private counseling is offered, as well as alternative modalities like massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, reiki, yoga, qi-ssage, art therapy, relationship enrichment activities, Native American ceremonies and activities and an equine experience.
*Approximately, 10 partner groups attend each retreat from all conflicts.
*Retreat participants will experience a 30-60% reduction in their PTS symptoms by the end of each retreat.
*Participants are also afforded follow-ups and post-retreat counseling.
*To attend a retreat you must 1) be a veteran diagnosed with PTS, 2) bring a partner/spouse/ friend/family member, 3) have no current drug/alcohol addictions

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

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 clients who show a measurable decrease in PTSD symptoms

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

Adults, Veterans, Military personnel, Caregivers

Related Program

PTSD Retreats

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of veterans who report a decrease in depression

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

Adults, Caregivers, Victims of conflict and war, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

PTSD Retreats

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 served less people due to COVID.

Number of veterans with PTSD served

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

Military personnel, Veterans, Caregivers

Related Program

PTSD Retreats

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

We wish to accomplish our mission of helping veterans in need of post-traumatic growth. We wish to continue growing our program and fundraising efforts so that we may increase the number of veterans and their families that we serve.
Our goal to obtain our own retreat facility is beginning to rise to the surface. NVWHC owns 18 acres of land adjacent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NM. Construction of the new facility will begin in the Spring of 2022. Our plans include constructing 15 luxury cabins surrounding a large ceremonial fire pit. In addition to the cabins, we will build a community building that will house our kitchen, dining hall, classroom, yoga studio, laundromat, and 10 therapy rooms. This retreat facility will allow us to serve more veteran families (and eventually First Responders) throughout the year at a much lower price for each retreat.
For 13 year, our organization has dreamed of owning our own retreat facility and we are truly excited to see it becoming a reality!

NVWHC is currently making plans for the construction of our very own retreat facility in Angel Fire, New Mexico. Having a private facility will allow us to host more retreats and events for veterans and their families, as well as, First Responders and their families.

NVWHC plans to keep pushing forward with the current fundraising and building plans with the support of a few different private fundraisers and our Board of Directors.

So far, NVWHC has had 18 acres of land and 1,500 square foot administrative building donated. Construction of our new facility will begin in summer 2022. Plans include 15 luxury cabins and a large activities building that will include space for our kitchen/dinning hall, yoga room, gym, and 10 therapy rooms.

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?

    Veterans, active military, and their families

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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?

    NVWHC recently started a Continued Care Program in which New Mexico Veterans and their partners can receive counseling, massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, reiki, Tai Chi classes, EFT, EMDR, and holistic coaching at zero cost. Since starting this program, we have reached out to over 100 participants for their feedback and have received outstanding results. *Update as of 12/2/21: The NVWHC Continued Care Program was suspended as of June 30, 2021 due to a lack of funding. The program was highly successful serving over 200 clients in over 1,800 appointments in just 10 months. This program was developed so that we could utilize our grant money and so that we could still be of service to those in need during. We are searching for a grant to restart the program ASAP.

  • 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?

    Open lines of communication build trust and rapport, which is what we always try to achieve with the clients we serve. By requesting their feedback and checking on them personally, we are able to assess their stress levels and provide additional assistance if needed.

  • 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 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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National Veterans Wellness & Healing Center In Angel Fire

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chuck Howe

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc.

Term: 2009 - 2023

Chuck Howe

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc

Dan Rakes

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc.

Peter Alarid

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc.

Lawrence Davis

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc.

Lin Daley

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc.

Markus Podell

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc.

Harris Pink

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc.

Trini Bradley

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc.

Kay Brown

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc.

Dr. Dexter Russell

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc.

Nathan Karczynski

National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, Inc.

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/2/2021

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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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/13/2020

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Data
  • 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 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 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.