Betties Bombers

Community. Integrity. Charity.

aka Gaming For Mental Health   |   Middletown, NJ   |  https://bettiesbombers.org

Mission

We provide peer support utilizing video games & geek culture to build support systems, we advocate for & provide resources tailored for First Responders & US Military Veterans mental health, suicide prevention & to eradicate the stigma that prevents them from seeking help.

Ruling year info

2021

CEO

Stephanie Owens

Main address

1601 State Route 35 Unit 33

Middletown, NJ 07748 USA

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EIN

83-4327090

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mental Health issues are on the rise. During the pandemic, 39% of healthcare workers said that they did not feel like they had adequate emotional support. Nurses were even less likely to have emotional support (45%). According to a national survey of first responders, nearly 40 percent of respondents said there would be negative repercussions for seeking mental health help at work. Fewer than 50 percent of returning veterans receive mental health treatment. More than 90% of people who die by suicide show symptoms of a mental health condition. Our goal is to eradicate the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment and offer wellness solutions in conjunction with traditional methods of treatment to improve patient outcomes.

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?

Operation Mutual Aid

Operation Mutual Aid addresses the stressors and needs of first responders and military service members by giving them a place to vent frustrations, find support services, and make new friends.
Members of this program meet online 24/7 via an App called Guilded. Each group is led by a Peer Specialist who has undergone training through our customized training program and who is currently serving or has served in the military or as a first responder. We use our unique lived experience to provide support focused on advocacy, education, mentoring, and motivation.

Population(s) Served

Betties Bombers is the voice for Gaming for Mental Health. It provides opportunities and outreach around the United States to first responders and military service members for socialization, connection and conversation at geek culture events; community game nights and peer support groups through Operation Mutual Aid at local firehouses, EMS squads and VFW's. Your donations help us keep these opportunities for support and camaraderie free-of-charge.

Population(s) Served

Based in New Jersey, Operation Restore Point will be the first ever video gaming therapy based center for first responders, veterans and their families. In partnership with local geek therapeutic mental health organizations, local mental health professionals, the Veterans Administration and YOU; our facility will provide space for group and individual peer support counseling, serve as a community access point for veteran readjustment counseling, host classes on suicide prevention, mental health first aid, and crisis intervention.

Population(s) Served

Betties Battle Buddies is a wrap-around program that includes a case worker who will work with a member in crisis and help them find resources in their area or, depending upon funding, provide micro-grants up to $500 to help pay bills or cover basic needs as well as provide an emergency fund for disaster relief.

In conjunction with a stay at our respite center, guests will also enjoy a welcoming, healing environment where they will be able to connect with their peers. They will leave with a recovery plan, connections to resources, new friends and renewed hope in their own abilities.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders
Veterans
Military personnel
Emergency responders
Veterans
Military personnel
Emergency responders
Veterans
Military personnel
Emergency responders
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Awards

Veteran Ready Organization 2019

PsychArmor Institute

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.

Members of the first responder, healthcare and military communities are at a higher risk for suicide than the general population. Our services provide a space to connect with their peers who have had lived experiences with trauma, anxiety, depression and PTSD in a safe and welcoming environment.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve First Responders, US Military Veterans and Hospital workers.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email, Online reviews,

  • 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    n/a

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, We utilize reveiw sites such as Great Nonprofits, our facebook page and our newsletter.,

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

    It strengthens our relationships and helps us to better understand their needs and how we can better serve them.

  • 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 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?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Betties Bombers

Board of directors
as of 04/13/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephanie Owens

Betties Bombers

Term: 2019 - 2022

Cristy Bandt-Luna

Roberto Nieves

William Owens

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability