Operation Warriors Heart Foundation Inc

Strength through healing.

aka Warriors Heart Foundation   |   Bandera, TX   |  https://www.warriorsheartfoundation.org

Mission

Operation Warriors Heart Foundation supports programs that address unmet needs, that give individuals and communities the tools they need to become self-sufficient, that will be sustainable after our support ends, to build upon and strengthen strong relationships within communities. We support recovery programs that address the unmet addiction, chemical dependency & PTSD needs of suffering active duty Military servicemen and women, Veterans, all Law Enforcement, Firefighters, EMTs and Paramedics. We do this by addressing the mental and behavioral health of servicemen and women to assist our Warriors in overcoming addiction, PTSD, and mild TBI.

Ruling year info

2015

Co-Founder

Ms. Lisa Lannon

Main address

PO Box 9100 #290

Bandera, TX 78003 USA

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EIN

47-4655361

NTEE code info

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The problem we work to address is that we help to subsidize funding for Chemical Dependency and Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) treatment for the warriors; Active duty Military and Veterans, All Law enforcement personnel, First Responders: EMT, Paramedics, and Firefighters; who seek treatment for substance abuse and/or post-traumatic stress disorder, and mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We provide financial support to subsidize for those warriors who do not have insurance or VA benefits to cover the cost of treatment services, Intensive outpatient, one-on-one therapy, sober living, and emotional support/service dogs. We assist in reducing the 20 veteran suicides per day in the US as well as the unacceptable law enforcement officer & fire fighter suicides with a “War Against Suicide” by providing chemical dependency and mental health solutions.

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?

Sober Living Housing

Warriors Heart Foundation provides funding for Sober Living Housing. Warriors that need continued support can stay at a sober living housing where there is a still structure as they work, go to school, volunteer somewhere or continue to receive outpatient treatment. This structured environment allows them to integrate back into the community while having a safe place to stay without the temptation of past
behaviors.

Population(s) Served

Trained emotional support animals and service dogs that provide a specific service to a warrior.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Substance abusers
Veterans
Military personnel
Emergency responders

Warriors that need continued support can stay at a sober living housing where there is still structure as they work, go to school, volunteer somewhere or continue to receive outpatient treatment. This structured environment allows them to integrate back into the community while having a safe place to stay without the temptation of past behaviors.

Population(s) Served

We provide behavioral Health Education predominately to law enforcement agencies, fire departments, veteran groups, etc. Currently Warriors Heart and Warriors Heart Foundation providea chemical dependency and PTSD education to police and fire departments on these topics for their teams to know what to look for in self, their peers and veterans they come across on the street.

Population(s) Served

The Foundation Shop provides an optional class to the warriors in treatment to come and make wood flags and crosses as part of their healing process. It is also a way for them to give back, if they make a flag or cross that can be used for sale to pay it forward to warriors who need funding for services. Alumni also come back to work in the shop as a way to stay connected.

Population(s) Served
Substance abusers
Emergency responders
Military personnel
Veterans
Adults
Substance abusers
Emergency responders
Military personnel
Veterans
Adults
Substance abusers
Emergency responders
Military personnel
Veterans
Adults
Substance abusers
Emergency responders
Military personnel
Veterans
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Real Leaders Impact Awards 2020

Real Leaders

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 individuals without a usual source of care

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

Adults, Emergency responders, Military personnel, Veterans, Substance abusers

Related Program

Subsidized funding for Chemical Dependency and PTSD treatment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Those we serve often have great difficulty obtaining the funding for the care they receive.

Total number of client suicides

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

Adults, Substance abusers, Emergency responders, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Subsidized funding for Chemical Dependency and PTSD treatment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

*Timelines for those we serve via the programs we fund begin and end during different and or concurring years.

Number of clients who achieve and maintain abstinence from alcohol and drugs

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

Adults, Substance abusers, Emergency responders, Veterans, Military personnel

Related Program

Subsidized funding for Chemical Dependency and PTSD treatment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

*Timelines for those receiving the rehabilitational services we provide start in one year and continue to the next year.

Number of clients who show a measurable decrease in PTSD symptoms

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

Adults, Substance abusers, Emergency responders, Military personnel, Veterans

Related Program

Subsidized funding for Chemical Dependency and PTSD treatment

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

*Timelines for those receiving care via the programs we fund can begin in one year and extend into the next.

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.

We are always looking to increase funding to build additional capacity to assist more warriors in healing. We fund veterans and first responders that heal in other facilities so we do not have additional capacity to build in a traditional program category.

We plan to continue to provide quality healing outside of the VA system.

We are working to expand our capabilities to subsidize funding for treatment.

Another goal is to expand the Existing Service Dog Training Facility for the warriors who are in need of an emotional support service dog.

We want to place more Service Dogs with warriors.

Our overall goal as an organization is to maintain and increase our organizational sustainability.

We are always looking to increase funding to build additional capacity to assist more warriors in healing. We fund veterans and first responders that heal in other facilities so we do not have additional capacity to build in a traditional program category.

One of our strategies is to increase the amount of grants we apply for so that we can obtain the funding we need in order to implement our goals. We plan to increase the frequency of our communications with our donors, and utilize our marketing tools such as newsletters to let our donors know what our accomplishments are as we utilize their funding.

We use social media in order to widen our reach to those in need, including podcasts and video stories such as interviews with warriors who detail their personal success stories through Warriors Heart Foundation programs .

We will continue to serve those that serve and continue in service to our Nation. Our warriors are hurting and many don't know where to go for help. By providing assistance and lowering the financial barrier to treatment not only makes it easier on them, but takes away some of the stress they experience by providing the healing they deserve.

We continually strive to provide Warriors with new tools to be stronger when they return to their homes in order to build solid relationships and contribute to their communities. We will continue to provide them with continuing care if needed.

Our organization works with our Warriors in a holistic manner by treating the mind, body, and spirit as an integral whole. This treatment methodology allows us to treat the entire Warrior not just the outward symptoms they display as a distress signal.

We provide educational and community events. We provide substance abuse and post traumatic stress education at various educational events. We have formed partnerships with other nonprofit organizations to enhance our capabilities to meet our goals.

These partnerships provide additional resources for warriors who are looking for treatment. Some of these partnerships provide resources for treatment to retired Special Operation veterans, their spouses and family, with vetted nonprofits, facilities, and individuals. Another nonprofit partnership provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of US Armed Services. Another partnership provides resources to our Nation's Law Enforcement Officers who need assistance with Post Traumatic Stress.

We support programs that address the unmet needs of suffering servicemen and women along with 1st
responders and give these individuals and communities the tools to become self-sufficient.

The programs that we fund at the Warriors Heart treatment facility provide veterans and first responders who are dealing with substance abuse in order to mask their Post Traumatic Stress with the proper guidance.

We have partnered with similar organizations in order to strengthen the funding sources that go towards program services.

From 2017- 2018 Warriors Heart Foundation a total of 57 Warriors through providing funding for different levels of Addiction/PTSD treatment.

In 2020, Warriors Heart Foundation served a total of 62 Warriors through providing funding for different levels of Addiction/PTSD treatment.

Our organization now conducts Town Hall Meetings on Facebook to provide information, share who we are and what we do for Warriors who are in need of help.

After receiving our IRS 501 (c)(3) Letter of Determination in 2015, Warriors Heart Foundation has been able to subsidize funding for Chemical Dependency and PTSD treatment, provide funds to build a Service Dog Training Facility, provide Service Dogs to Warriors, facilitate Long Term Sober Living Housing, Promote Behavioral Health Education – predominately to law enforcement agencies, fire departments, veteran groups, etc., preserve and promote Arts and Culture through the Warriors Heart Foundation Shop and promote Chemical Dependency and PTSD treatment education through community events and speaking about these topics at events and institutions.

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 mean to help Warriors in every walk of life. We offer a variety of treatments for those undergoing the damaging effects of PTSD as well as chemical dependency. For those who have fought battles to defend our country and our citizens, fighting the battle against addiction and depression doesn’t need to be done alone. The people we serve with out mission are: Active duty military, Veterans, All Law Enforcement, Firefighters, First Responders, EMTs, Firefighters, and by default, we provide emotional support to the families of those we serve.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 see a constant need to ensure that the services we provide are the best available resources possible to our warriors. To this end one of our goals is to have an onsite Chapel that provides a place where the people we serve can pray and find a sense of spirituality in order to enhance their well-being.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    When we ask for feedback from the people we serve the things we learn enable us to provide the best possible ways to support their needs which in turn helps us to fulfill our Mission.

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

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, 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, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operation Warriors Heart Foundation Inc

Board of directors
as of 3/2/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Teddy Lanier

Retired Army Special Forces Green Beret

Term: 2020 -

Coddy Pena

Retired Business Owner, Allen & Allen Lumber Company

William Black

Former Navy Medic

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 03/02/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/28/2021

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Data
  • 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 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 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.