HEALING WARRIORS PROGRAM

Freeing Veterans from Suffering and Suicide

Fort Collins, CO   |  https://healingwarriorsprogram.org/

Mission

Freeing Veterans from Suffering and Suicide, Healing Warriors Program envisions a suicide-free world where all veterans and their families thrive. Our mission is to improve wellness of veterans and their families through non-narcotic care. Our goal is to interrupt the factors that can lead to service member suicide: chronic pain, sleep disturbance, traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress and other physical and mental trauma.

Notes from the nonprofit

Suicides among service members are underreported as the nationally-reported figures often do not include active duty military, nor does it include suicide attempts. The suicide rate is climbing in active duty forces and within certain states, Colorado being among the highest in the nation for veteran suicides. We exist to interrupt the factors that can lead to service member suicides which include sleep disturbance, chronic unresolved pain, traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress. We work diligently in the community providing free walk-in clinics and easy to schedule services. We see many veterans, some who are struggling with severe, ongoing pain, some with suicidal ideation, and some with post traumatic stress and sleep issues. Our clients report that we are making a difference for them and for the first time, they feel hope that they can truly recover. We support service members, of any era, any branch of service, and their spouse, partner and parent.

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Ana Palles Yelen

Main address

1044 West Drake Suite 202

Fort Collins, CO 80526 USA

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EIN

45-5093751

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Healing Warriors Program envisions a suicide-free world where veterans and their families thrive. We exist to interrupt the factors that lead to Service Member suicides. Among these factors are continued pain, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Post Traumatic Stress and sleep disruption. Intense emotional pain can lead to severe physical adverse effects. We assist by focusing on the physical impacts of pain and trauma through non-narcotic treatment care. By using Acupuncture, CranioSacral therapy, Healing Touch therapy and Guided Imagery in conjunction, we are able to achieve reductions of pain and PTS markers by approximately 50%.

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?

Healing Warriors Program Clinic

Our goal is to interrupt the factors that can lead to service member suicide: chronic pain, sleep disturbance, traumatic brain injuries, post traumatic stress and other traumas. We provide non-narcotic Clinic services for pain and post traumatic stress to our service members and their families. We also provide education and training for lifestyle changes.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

While PTS is event-related trauma, Interpersonal Trauma occurs between individuals. Sexual trauma and childhood trauma are examples of Interpersonal Trauma. Healing Warriors Program does not provide counseling therapy. Instead, we focus on the trauma by working with the body’s response to the trauma, for example, pain, severe anxiety, etc. This series includes individualized home self-care tools including guided imagery and tools for restoration. Healing Warriors Program recommends that clients in this series are also participating in mental health counseling support and can provide veteran resources for free or low cost care, such as the Veterans Center, the VA Chaplain office, Give an Hour, Cohen Center and more.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

Options of Care for Sleep Deprivation

Sleep, and the lack of it, is one of the biggest challenges facing our Veteran and Active Duty community today. Sleep deprivation causes mental, emotional and physical fatigue and can be a serious risk factor for depression, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and other health challenges. This can impact one’s sense of hope for the future and quality of life. Healing Warriors Program provides non-narcotic sleep therapy utilizing acupuncture, craniosacral and healing touch therapies in conjunction with Belleruth Naparstek's Guided Imagery for sleep.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

Approximately 15% of Vietnam war veterans have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress, and between 11 – 20 % of Post 9-11 service members. Our current cycle of repetitive deployments, with troops returning to combat some as many as 9 times, will have a lasting impact on our veteran population. Even if the individual is not in direct combat, there are many incidences of PTS due to related factors of service. Coupled with PTS is the high incidence of Traumatic Brain Injury which further compromises the service member’s resiliency in these situations. The PTS series is modeled after the very effective Scripps –Camp Pendleton study with returning combat marines.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Families

The Healing Warriors Program Wellness and Preventive Care series will provide assistance to our 60+ veterans and their family members with health and wellness needs to improve their quality of life through non-narcotic health-related strategies and a home wellness kit including outlet guidelights for fall prevention. This program is designed to help:

Improve balance
Reduce chronic pain and neuropathy
Enhance focus and awareness
Enhance quality of life

The Client Care Navigator will provide support connecting veterans with community resources, including other nonprofits, that can assist with current needs.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Older adults

This 3-session Healing Touch and Guided Imagery series is intended to support and balance the body, providing calming, grounding and improved circulation. We piloted this series in January and received such positive feedback that we decided to make this a permanent offering. Please note, if you are already receiving treatment through one of our other programs, the immune boost is already included in your care. If you are receiving treatment through VA referral, we recommend you schedule this free Immune Support with our clinic front desk.

Population(s) Served

This series consists of 12-Session Acupuncture treatment series combined with Guided Imagery for home care. It also includes appointment time with our Client Care Navigator to assist you with additional resources for adjunct needs such as mental health support, food insecurity, housing and more.

Acupuncture is commonly referred through the court systems for DWI because it decreases cravings for alcohol and drugs, reduces withdrawal systems, relieves tension and anxiety which occurs when trying to stop using alcohol and drugs, and helps with relaxation. These treatments can clear the mind, increase energy and help gain a sense of well-being.

Please note: Acupuncture is not a substitute for traditional treatments through your primary care provider, but rather best used in conjunction with 12-step programs and primary care.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults
Veterans
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Innovation in Veteran Services 2018

Newman's Own Award

Affiliations & memberships

Newman's Own Award Recipient - Innovation in Veteran Services 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Program Efficacy and Growth - Sessions delivered

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

Families, Parents, Veterans

Related Program

Healing Warriors Program Clinic

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2016, VA began Vets choice program resulting in a sharp rise in sessions thru the VA. In 2018, the contract ended, dropping referrals. It is rising from private referrals. 2020 COVID shutdown

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

1. Prevent service member suicides by providing non-narcotic care for Pain, Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, addictions and sleep disturbance.
2. Increase veteran awareness of and participation in non-narcotic care options.
3. Connect veterans with nonprofit and community resources for adjunct needs such as housing, food, employment, mental health counseling, and care giver resources, to improve quality of life.
4. Provide education and training for veteran and family self-care for long-term, sustained wellness goals and thereby improving quality of life.

1. Provide treatments and self care strategies to assist with ameliorating factors that contribute to suicide.
2. Provide Case Management assistance to connect veteran families with adjunct services through community partners and improve quality of life.
3. Provide education to the community on risk factors associated with suicides and non-narcotic care approaches.

1. Healing Warriors Program moved into an expanded clinic space in 2019 affording us more treatment rooms with which to deliver care. 2. Healing Warriors Program maintains financial transparency and audits, enabling broadened access to state and national programs and funding 3. Healing Warriors Program team is viewed as a subject matter experts in veteran care and suicide prevention. We participate in various suicide-prevention efforts, including Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Suicide Prevention, and recently participated in a research effort with the University of Texas targeting suicide prevention through concerned significant others.

1. Healing Warriors Program has delivered over 25,000 clinic sessions since opening in July of 2013. We are subject matter experts on veteran care in the civilian sector.
2. Healing Warriors Program has expanded our outreach Pop Up clinics to Denver, Longmont and Colorado Springs as well as various area VA Stand down events and Yellow Ribbon Pre, During and Post deployment events to further grow our reach.
3. The success of the PTSD Healing Touch series based on the Scripps/Camp Pendleton study has resulted in HWP adding a Sleep Series to assist with sleep disturbances.
4. Our Wellness and Preventive Care Program for seniors (60+), assisting with focus, balance, pain management and neuropathy, has provided our service member families with significant results, including improvements with cognition, amelioration of anger, increased sense of belonging. This is particularly important during a time when COVID has increased anger, isolation and mental health issues.
5. Our new Salute Series launched in August 2021 to assist war veterans dealing with severe trauma and emotional injury from Afghanistan and previous wars.

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?

    We serve Service Members and their spouses/partners and parents from any era of service (WWII through current).

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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?

    We created the Interpersonal Trauma series as a result of a previously unsurfaced need that came about because of client feedback.

  • 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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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HEALING WARRIORS PROGRAM

Board of directors
as of 8/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Shelley Poland

Healing Warriors Program

Term: 2018 - 2021

David Gleason

Healing Warriors Program

Joel Thomas

American Airlines

Murphy Phanhdone

Da Vita

Brian Fash

US Air Force

Nadine Trujillo-Rogers

Elevations Credit Union

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/27/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data