Supporting the journey home.

Chittenango, NY   |


Recognizing the responsibility and solemn obligation of communities to help those who serve, Clear Path for Veterans empowers service members, veterans, their families, and community members to connect, restore, and grow together through supportive programs and services in a safe, respectful environment.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Mr. Christopher Flaherty

Main address

1223 Salt Springs Rd

Chittenango, NY 13037 USA

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NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Borrowing from the wisdom of native cultures and marked by history, communities have a solemn obligation to serve those who serve. At Clear Path for Veterans, we embrace this obligation unconditionally - that is, we serve veterans and their families, regardless of era of service, military branch or component (active, reserve, Guard), disability rating, or characterization of discharge. We do so because when veterans and their families thrive, communities thrive. And when communities thrive, our Nation thrives ... and with it, the world.

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?

Canine Program

The Canine Program, established in 2011, is a research-driven and evidence-based program specializing in the training and placement of assistance dogs for Veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress (PTS), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and/or military sexual trauma (MST).

Population(s) Served
People with psychosocial disabilities
People with physical disabilities
Military personnel
People with diseases and illnesses

Our natural and serene setting provides Veterans and their families a safe and welcoming atmosphere to thrive and foster wellness. This is done by developing trust and taking a non-judgmental approach to those we serve. We offer a multi-faceted approach that includes Integrative Medicine and other educational opportunities that complement traditional medical methods. Through on-site education and exposure to a variety of wellness options within the community, Veterans and family members are encouraged to take charge of their own health and well-being.

The modalities offered at Clear Path are a unique range of hands-on bodywork to the lesser known but highly effective, energy healing techniques, as well as, Yoga and non-clinical Talking Circle, and the self-care practices of meditation and mindfulness.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

The Clear Path for Veterans Wingman Program is created in honor of Pfc. Joseph Dwyer, a Suffolk county resident who joined the Army days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and was ultimately deployed to Iraq. Dwyer was diagnosed with PTSD, isolated himself and committed suicide in 2008.
Clear Path for Veterans Wingman Program can offer you support by pairing you with a fellow Veteran who can provide knowledge and guidance. The goal is to assist you in being a warrior for life, not just leave the military.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people

This program provides veterans and their families’ recreational activities and related experiences that can be expected to aid them in their employment, mobility, socialization, independence, and community integration.
Currently Offered on Site:
Woodworking & carving
Creative Arts Workshops
Community Gardening
Hiking trails
Community Events

Population(s) Served

The Culinary Program supports all Clear Path for Veterans programs by providing healthy and engaging meals . Our signature program is the Wednesday Canteen Lunch attended by 150+ Veterans every week. We also provide Food Pantry boxes to Veterans to Veterans in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Volunteers are essential to the success of Clear Path for Veterans. Almost 400 volunteers contributed more than 18,000 hours of time during 2016. Volunteers are most often involved with the Culinary and Wellness Programs and taking care of the Facilities & Grounds, but there are many other opportunities for volunteers to be involved. Volunteers are high school students, college interns, corporate and civic groups, faith communities, seniors and members of other Veteran organizations.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Assistance Dogs International 2022

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 meals served or provided

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


Related Program

Culinary Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

Simply, Clear Path aims to serve as many veterans and families as possible because in doing so, we will transform communities one veteran (and family) at a time. We seek to be a welcoming place for all, not just those in need of something. We embrace a model as diverse and all-inclusive as those we serve and strive to be enduring in our support, not transactional.

Clear Path embraces an enduring model of service to our veterans, their families and communities. By their nature, veterans and their families give themselves over to the greater good and ask little in return.

Accepting of this foundational premise, we employ a community-centric strategy - not just to bring veterans together with one another, but just as importantly, to connect veterans and their families with their communities ... and vice versa. We do not seek to be "one size fits all" - rather, "one size fits one." We view the veteran population as a spectrum spanning from those in crisis to those excelling and look to support all in an unconditional, individual approach. For some, that might begin with our weekly Canteen luncheon where we host veterans, families, neighbors and friends for a complimentary lunch prepared in house by our culinary team. For others, we offer an internationally accredited service dog program, whereas some might require peer and family support, career services and wellness activities.

In short, we seek to join a veteran or family wherever they are and help them to get where they want to be.

Applying sound business practices, we continually look to diversify our funding sources while also maintaining a diverse team of staff and volunteers drawn from the communities we serve. We maintain a 10:1 ratio of volunteers to paid staff (as of April 2023, 400+ active volunteers with 42 staff members). Of our staff, we seek to balance veterans with non-veterans, consisting maintaining a 50/50 percentage. This keeps us connected to our foundational mission - to bring veterans and families together with their communities.

Since our founding in 2011, Clear Path for Veterans has maintained consistent growth year over year as measured by any metric. In 2022, we had an annual operating budget of $4+M that delivered a surplus. We maintain a 85:15 ratio between programs and expenses. As for mission achievement, we delivered almost 10,000 direct services to more than 2,200 veterans and their families across 33 counties in New York State. In November 2022, Assistance Dogs International (ADI) certified our service dog training program as meeting the highest standards of excellence, making it one of only 153 ADI programs in the world.

In 2023 and beyond, we will expand our internationally-accredited canine program to serve a more national audience at increased scale. We will seek to serve even more veterans, families and communities across New York State and the Nation.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve



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


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Board of directors
as of 06/15/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Steve Breen

William Pollard

Retired College President

Orrin MacMurray

Retired CEO (C&S Companies)

Anthony Basile


Melissa Spicer


Kraig Rando


Casey Crabill

Retired College President

Matthew Jubelt

Wade Wiers

Erik Smith

CEO, Saab

Gay Pomeroy

Mackenzie Hughes LLP

Richard Sykes

Retired business president

Dr. Ann Harris

Rockacres Veterinary Hospital

Steve Breen

Certified Public Accountant

Jon Schneckenburger

Thompson and Johnson

Julie Payne

General Counsel, Saab

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 6/15/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

No data


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/10/2023

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

  • 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 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.