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SOF MISSIONS

Empowering Warriors to Find Purpose and be Resilient

aka Shield of Faith Missions   |   Tampa, FL   |  www.sofmissions.org

Mission

Empower warriors to find purpose and be resilient.

Ruling year info

2012

President

Dr. F. Damon Friedman

Vice President

Mrs. Dayna Friedman

Main address

11928 Sheldon Rd.

Tampa, FL 33626 USA

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EIN

45-3565213

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We believe our very freedom exists thanks to the efforts and sacrifice of each man and woman who has served, or are currently serving our country through the military. No matter the branch- each play a significant role in the important task of protecting the United States of America. We have these brave heroes and their families to thank. More than 2.1 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since combat began in October of 2001, and the Department of Defense reports that an average of 22 veterans take their own life each day.
These servicemen often suffer silently; men and women have been trained to withstand the most difficult mental and physical circumstances of war. Yet what happens when they return home and no longer know how to survive as a civilian? How do they manage the terrors of the nightmare of war that they will inevitably face? SOF Missions exists to answer these questions.

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?

Resiliency Program

SOF Missions develops and provides whole health care plans, addressing the areas of psychological, physical, spiritual, and social wellbeing towards resiliency.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Lightning Community Hero Award 2021

Lightning Community Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Evangelical Council on Financial Accountability 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 list subscribers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of email subscribers that have opted in through our website and live events.

Total revenue earned to support advocacy efforts

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

Veterans

Related Program

Resiliency Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Revenue to support SOF Missions programs. Does not include overhead expenses.

Number of customers reporting satisfaction with program

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Facebook Reviews of SOF Missions- 4 or 5 star rating.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of program graduates

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

Veterans

Related Program

Resiliency Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of service dogs provided to veterans

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

Veterans

Related Program

Resiliency Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This particular aspect of our program started in 2022.

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.

SOF Missions offers a unique approach to combat veteran suicide and provide care through a whole health interdisciplinary method - the Resiliency Project is a four-pillar program that addresses the areas of psychological, physical, spiritual, and social wellness. Care plans are provided through four main delivery methods: Clinics, Retreats, Coordinated Care, and Connect Care. Veterans who apply and are accepted receive up to 365 days of care. Whole health care plans are customized to meet the individual needs of each veteran. The Resiliency Project services are funded 100% through our generous donor base and all contributions to SOF Missions go directly to support veteran programs.

We believe that the Resiliency Project will continue to serve a population that is in dire need. As a result of our efforts to improve our veterans’ overall quality of life through strategic partnerships, we know there can be an ever-decreasing number of veteran suicides. We will continue to build a stronger and more efficient network of non-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies, all with the common goal of ending veteran suicide.

SOF Missions offers a unique approach to veteran care through a whole health interdisciplinary method—The Resiliency Project. The Resiliency Project is a four-pillar whole health care program that addresses the areas of psychological, physical, spiritual, and social wellness. Care plans are provided through 3 main delivery methods: Clinics, Coordinated Care, and Connect Care. Veterans who apply and are accepted to the Resiliency Project receive up to 365 days of care. Whole health care plans are customized to meet the individual needs of each veteran.

The Resiliency Project Selection Committee is a volunteer committee of subject matter experts who assess, select, and approve veterans who apply to the program. The committee is made up of retired military senior leaders and government employees, prominent physicians and therapists, qualified psychologists, and other experienced health care professionals; all experts in their field who can evaluate and provide treatment recommendations. Based on the needs of the veteran, the committee develops whole health care plans and recommends the best delivery method for that plan. Depending on the care plan, SOF Missions partners with other non-profit organizations, health care organizations, and companies across the country to provide treatments and services.

Resiliency Clinics
A 90-day whole health approach that combines multiple components (above) to assist veterans as they journey toward resiliency. Applicants participate in a 1-week intensive event and move forward with three months of follow-up, goal-setting, and positive progress within their local community. Clinics are cost-effective and efficient ways in which to deliver care and are available for female and male veterans, hosted mainly in Florida.

The 1-week intensive combines physical strength/rehabilitation, psychological health, spiritual renewal, and social re-integration. All services are provided by licensed professionals who are experts in their field. The program does not end with the clinic; it is only the beginning, as Coordinated Care is facilitated through local resources.

Coordinated Care
For Veterans who are not local to Florida or who are unable to attend a clinic, SOF Missions is able to execute whole health care plans through the use of Coordinated Care. The SOF Missions Veteran Services Coordinator manages care plans in the local area of each veteran by accessing our national network of partnering non-profit organizations, health care providers, and companies to provide treatments and services. Coordinated Care is available for 365 days or less, based on individual need.
Connect Care
SOF Missions reaches veterans at VA hospitals across the country, through partnering non-profit organizations, and within veteran service organizations such as the American Legion. Connect Care is the bridge that closes the gap for veterans to become a productive member of society.

SOF Missions is a veteran run organization with first hand experience and knowledge of the unique challenges that military families face. Our team members are dedicated individuals who have a vetted interest in our mission and pour their hearts into the work they do each and every day. We know that the best way to accomplish a mission is through teamwork, which is why we partner with various other non-profits in everything we do. SOF Missions also has a group of committed donors who support us with unwavering faithfulness, to which we are truly blessed.

Since its inception, SOF Missions has served 100+ Warriors in The Resiliency Project; 60 groups have used our veteran resources; 2,500 veterans have received care, and 100,000 attendees were present at 80 speaking engagements across the country. In 2021, we aim to increase our impact five-fold, which will provide 60 Warriors with full-spectrum care and 4,000 warriors will receive coordinated and connect care across 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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    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, 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 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

  • 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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SOF MISSIONS

Board of directors
as of 07/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

F. Damon Friedman

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Term: 2011 -


Board co-chair

Dayna Friedman

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Term: 2011 -

Dr. F. Damon Friedman

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Dayna Friedman

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Dr. David LeMay

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Raymond Friedman

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Sherri Hayes

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Annette Beard

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William Turner

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/20/2023

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

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/20/2023

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

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.
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.