GratitudeAmerica

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL   |  www.gratitudeamerica.org

Mission

GratitudeAmerica's mission is to provide critical support for service members, veterans, and their families by conducting meaningful restorative retreats to assist participants affected by deployment exposures such as combat related stress and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Our retreats provide a supportive environment in which veterans and their support persons can connect with their peers, resource providers, and alternative therapeutic modalities while interacting with licensed counselors to begin healing where needed. Our “Relax, Restore & Recreate" retreats provide various activities including: nature-based recreation, yoga, breath awareness, equine therapy, kayaking, ropes courses and dolphin interactions.

Ruling year info

2013

Founder and CEO

Mr. Lewis Jordan

Executive Director

Mr. Michael Anthony

Main address

PO BOX 16956

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL 32035 USA

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EIN

45-3969258

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Of the 2.2 million American troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001:
• Several hundred thousand have sustained physical and psychological wounds
• The physically wounded from both wars number more than 40,000
• Roughly 30,000 of these wounded warriors have suffered serious injuries that will have permanent
effects on their own lives and the lives of their families
Then there are the psychological wounds:
• Between 20-30% of deployed troops test positive for depression or PTSD
• More than 100,000 soldiers today are on prescribed anti-anxiety medication, and 40,000 are thought by the Army to be using drugs illicitly
• At least one in six service members is on some form of psychiatric drugThe effect on wives/spouses and children is immense:
• There have been more than 25,000 cases of domestic violence in military families in the past decade
• Problems in family relationships are reportedly four times higher following a deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan

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?

Military Support Retreats

GratitudeAmerica Military Support Retreats are a breakthrough, NO COST, 4-day immersive and intensive experience designed to help combat veterans and their supporters make peace with their past so they can begin planning for their new mission at home. Open to any post 9/11 Veteran who served in combat regardless of discharge status from the Active Component, Reserve, or National Guard, our retreats focus on post traumatic growth. We provide a supportive environment in which veterans can connect with their peers, gain critical coping skills and, interact with licensed counselors to begin healing where needed. Our retreats provide various activities including, nature-based recreation, yoga, breath awareness, kayaking, and dolphin interactions. In many cases our retreats act as a gateway for deeper levels of care.

Population(s) Served
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 veterans with PTSD served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Military Support Retreats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As the pandemic unfolded, GratitudeAmerica ceased programs from March to June 2020.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Military Support Retreats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of female veterans served.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Military Support Retreats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of military spouses served.

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

GratitudeAmerica is a highly respected non-profit organization based in Fernandina Beach, Florida that serves post 9/11 combat veterans. We offer four-day meaningful restorative retreat programs in Florida and Georgia. Our retreats provide a supportive environment in which veterans and their support persons can connect with their peers, resource providers, alternative therapeutic modalities, and interact with licensed counselors to begin healing where needed. Our Military Support Retreats are designed on four principles: relaxation, recreation, reconnection, and restoration. The model, based on post traumatic growth, includes various activities including: nature-based recreation, yoga, breath awareness, equine therapy, kayaking, ropes courses, small group sessions, large group training, music therapy, and dolphin interactions. In many cases our retreats act as a gateway to higher levels of care.
GratitudeAmerica currently offers our retreat programs in various cities in Florida and Georgia utilizing rented facilities and contracted meals. As we plan for increased programs and retreats we have a vision to create a permanent veteran's wellness center for the Southeast United States. Plans for the retreat include: ADA handicap accessible cabins housing up to 15 dyads, staff housing for up to 12, a central meeting space, and commercial kitchen that will be utilized by over 700 wounded warriors and their support persons each year. Non-clinical therapeutic programs will provide opportunities for swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking, ropes courses, archery, a labyrinth, bonfire area, physical fitness area, and equine therapy. The founders and Board of Directors of GratitudeAmerica are working to realize their vision of providing a free, first-class retreat for America's wounded warriors and their families to find respite, relax, reconnect and recover. Our goal is to offer injured service personnel and their families a true healing retreat where they can benefit from a supportive environment and grow stronger. We will be offering optional non-clinical therapeutic and social activities designed to build confidence and hope while providing a sense of purpose.

We employ various strategies during our retreat programs to include:
Peer support “soldiers saving soldiers”
Treat the veteran-family-primary social support as a single unit
Provide resources, education, life skills and training based on empirically supported interventions
Designed around post traumatic growth
Focus heavily on supportive therapeutic interventions, not “therapy”
Used as a gateway to treatment, augment to treatment and post treatment
Focus on “Recreation, Re-connection, Restoration, and Relaxation”
Encouraging help-seeking behaviors

We employ high quality staff that is trained in non-profit and clinical work. In addition to our small staff we have many volunteers and contractors trained in psychology and social work that aid our veterans in the families throughout the healing process. Our organization has hosted over 30 retreats in the last 5 years serving over 1,000 veterans and their support persons. Throughout this process we have utilized lessons learned and incorporated them into our programs. We continually seek the latest research and consult daily with experts on post traumatic stress and post traumatic growth to ensure that our Military Support Retreats are using the very best evidence based research.

We will continue to seek additional funding to host more retreats in Georgia and Florida. GratitudeAmerica will add additional programming to our curriculum. Specifically, we plan to begin offering Warrior PATHH (Progressive and Alternative Therapies for Healing Heroes) a program created by the Boulder Crest Retreat in Bluemont, Virginia. Warrior PATHH is a breakthrough, 7-day immersive and intensive experience designed to help combat veterans make peace with their past, so they can begin planning for their new mission at home. Available for both male and female combat veterans (separately), Warrior PATHH focuses on four key elements: education, individual and group therapy, resilience tools, and “taking it home.” Boulder Crest Retreat’s founder, Ken Falke has committed that GratitudeAmerica can license its program for use in the Southeast.

Financials

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Operations

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

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GratitudeAmerica

Board of directors
as of 3/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

General J.B. Davis

GratitudeAmerica

Term: 2013 - 2018

Jim Jacoby

Jacoby Development, Inc.

Charles Nemeroff

Department of Psychiatry, Dell Medical School, The University of Texas at Austin

John Parrish

Harvard Medical School Inaugural

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 10/15/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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