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Continue Mission

No Veteran Left Behind

aka www.continuemission.org   |   Woods Cross, UT   |  https://www.continuemission.org/

Mission

Continue Mission (CM) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization serving Veterans and referred Service Members with service-connected physical, mental, and emotional injuries; Veterans and civilians in recovery; and their family/support members. We provide recreational and educational events that support and empower our participants, offer opportunity for healing and camaraderie, and result in improved mental health. We take an active role in suicide prevention.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Melissa Hansen

Co-Founder

Josh Hansen

Main address

1002 West 900 South

Woods Cross, UT 84087 USA

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EIN

47-2036912

NTEE code info

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

Here at Continue Mission our aim is to provide Veterans with service connected mental, physical, and emotional injuries the opportunity to get involved in recreational activities. We provide events to our Veterans that are physical in nature and allow for camaraderie.

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?

Year round recreational and educational events.

CM provides year round recreational and educational events at no cost to our participants. Our events have proven to have a postivie impact on the mental health of our participants while decreasing suicidal ideation. Our events include Alpine ski/ride, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, bowling, fat tire biking, pickleball, disc golf, cycling, mountain biking, paddleboarding, forging, nature walks, hiking, kayaking, softball, museum tours and more. We provide multi day adventures's as well as family events.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Alpine skiing with Continue Mission is held weekly during the winter months thanks to our partnership with Ogden Valley Adaptive Sports.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Continue Mission provides a weekly cross country ski day from January through March thanks to White Pine Touring in Park City, Utah.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Snowshoeing and Yak Trax hiking on various trails in Utah during the winter months.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Continue Mission holds several mountain biking events every week during weather appropriate conditions. Each Thursday, thanks to White Pine Touring, we are able to provide Veterans and their family/support members with a guided biking tour at Round Valley, Park City. Bike rentals are available to Veterans at no cost to the Veteran.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Continue Mission holds weekly cycling rides during weather appropriate months.
Cycling provides great camaraderie while enjoying nature and exercise.
Family/support Members are invited to join us on our cycling events.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Throughout the warm months in Utah we provide paddleboarding and kayaking at various Utah lakes and reservoirs.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

We provide softball skills, volleyball, disc golf, golf, nature walks, and more. We like to hold monthly family events that include museum tours, sporting events, barbecues, etc.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

Continue Mission staff is involved with NAMI Utah, Davis HELPS Suicide Prevention Coalition,and Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition.
We strive to provide support and resources to Veterans and family/support members struggling with mental health challenges and/or suicidal ideations.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

We play pickleball year round, outdoors in warm weather and indoors when it is cold, rainy, or snowy.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Adults

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 paid participants on field trips

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

Year round recreational and educational events.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number per year reflects how many Veterans and support members attended Continue Mission events during that year.

Total number of fields trips

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

Year round recreational and educational events.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of events provided by Continue Mission in the given year including: skiing, snowshoeing, cycling, mountain biking, trail running, disc golf, golf, pickle-ball, bowling, river rafting, etc.

Total number of off-site performances held

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

Various mental health/suicide Coalitions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of meeting attended by Continue Mission staff on behalf of the Veterans we serve. The meeting include training, outreach, interviews, speeches, coalition groups, etc.

Percentage of participants experiencing suicidal ideation.

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

Year round recreational and educational events.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage of registered Continue Mission Veterans who have experienced suicidal ideation during 2016 was 36 - 61%.

Percentage of participants experiencing a decrease in suicidal ideation.

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

Year round recreational and educational events.

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage of Veterans experiencing a decrease in suicidal ideation as a result of their participation in Continue Mission events.

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.

Continue Mission is dedicated to raising mental health awareness and suicide prevention by staying actively involved in several mental health/suicide prevention coalitions such as the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition. We motivate our Veterans to remove themselves from isolation and discover their path to healing through recreational activity at no cost to the Veteran or their support members.

We motivate our Veterans to remove themselves from isolation and discover their path to healing by providing recreational activities (including skiing/snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking and nature walks, mountain biking, trail running, road cycling, fitness workouts, disc golf, family picnics and outings and more) that allow them to enjoy health and wellness programs in nature and much needed camaraderie with other Veterans.

We are affiliated and partnered with organizations such as the Veteran's Center, Salt Lake Behavioral Health, Davis Behavioral Health, and the Red Cross so that we can provide resource and referral services to Veterans in need who may be struggling with a mental health condition, suffering from suicidal ideology, addiction, or just looking for a job. We also take an active role in teaching family and support members about mental health through the NAMI Homefront program.

Thanks to a great community of supporters we are able to meet our goals by participating in mental health and suicide prevention training opportunities. We partner with local businesses to provide our Veterans with the recreational activities as listed in the strategies section.
We recently received a grant that enabled us to purchase six hybrid bicycles for registered Veterans to use for CM cycling programs.
We have a 15 passenger bus that allows us to carpool and pick up Veterans without transportation and enable them to join events.

Throughout the year 2015 we were honored to serve 775 Veterans and support members, hold 131 events and attend 88 meetings that included suicide prevention training, mental health awareness, speeches, outreach, etc. From January through August of 2016 we have already served over 1300 Veterans and support members, held 141 events, and attended 78 meetings.
We are continually looking for new grants, sponsors, and donors to help us to continue our mission or healing and serving Veterans in need.

Impact statement from a CM Veteran:

"Continue Mission has allowed me an opportunity to get out of the house, shed the shackles of depression that often arise because of my PTSD, and associate with like-minded veterans who understand me.

Many veteran service organizations are out of touch with veterans whom they claim to represent. Continue Mission is not like that in any way.

CM is directed by an outstanding service-connected veteran; he understands exactly what veterans need. CM is personally involved with individuals, like me, as well as with the family members of veterans. CM makes a huge difference in buoying spirits and helping alleviate pain through their outreach and recreation programs.

In short, Continue Mission is a capable, professional and outstanding organization. I love to tell all veterans everywhere about all the good they have done and all the good they're continuing to do. Those of us along the Wasatch Front are incredibly fortunate to have such a great organization so close to home. "

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 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 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • 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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Continue Mission

Board of directors
as of 12/11/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Josh Hansen


Board co-chair

Melissa Hansen

Continue Mission

Term: 2014 -

Steven Malone

IronClad CFO

Laura Cantin

Josh Hansen

Melissa Hansen

Jeffrey Denning

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/11/2023

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
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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