Human Services

HEROES AND HORSES INC

#NOTAVACATION

Manhattan, MT

Mission

Heroes and Horses is a Montana-based nonprofit organization that has created an innovative, three-phase reintegration program, which is offered to qualifying combat veterans (at no cost to them) suffering from PTSD. Our program utilizes the remote wilderness of Montana, coupled with human and horse connections, to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.

Ruling Year

2014

Founder/CEO

Micah Fink

Main Address

Po Box 35

Manhattan, MT 59741 USA

Keywords

Veteran Rehabilitation

EIN

46-4639973

 Number

7485478233

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

45,000 veteran-related non-profits exist in the US.

Millions of dollars are spent on PTSD-relief initiatives every year.

Yet, 20% of veterans with PTSD become addicted to drugs or alcohol, and 22 veterans commit suicide every day.

Something isn't working.

It's time for a new approach.

Our programs

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Veteran Rehabilitation Program

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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Heroes and Horses is a three-phase reintegration program that uses the remote wilderness and the horse/human connection to challenge and inspire personal growth in veterans suffering from mental and physical scars.

This innovative program utilizes expedition-style progressive horse pack trips to teach self-reliance, teamwork and perseverance. Experienced instructors, many who are combat veterans and program graduates themselves, lead teams of veterans and their pack animals into the wilderness on epic, life-changing journeys of discovery.

Unlike any other program, the self-efficacy principals applied through the Heroes and Horses program are proven. Heroes and Horses inspires veterans to move beyond the difficulties experienced from years of war, towards a life of restoration and hope. The remote wilderness challenges these individuals, invokes change, and helps them to develop new ways to approach and solve problems. By challenging what challenges them, veterans can make peace with their past and replace devastating memories with positive ones.

PHASE ONE (STRESS INOCULATION PHASE)
During the first phase of the Heroes and Horses program, participants travel to Montana where they attend the Heroes and Horses Training Camp for 5 days of instruction in horsemanship, riding, and pack training. Upon the completion of the Heroes and Horses Standard of Training, the expedition team embarks on a 7-day progressive journey of overland, high mountain travel through some of the most remote and rugged wilderness in North America. The training they receive will progress them to Phase Two.

SURVIVAL BREAK
Students will depart Heroes and Horses for a 5 day "break" at wilderness survival school. There they will receive instruction from industry professionals in the art of wilderness survival. Participants will be trained in tool making, foraging skills, as well as shelter and fire building. Upon completion of the "survival break" students will walk away with the necessary foundation skills to deal with some of the toughest environmental challenges.

PHASE TWO (APPLICATION PHASE)
Phase 1 graduates of the program return to Heroes and Horses base camp to apply what they have learned, this time in the Beartooth Mountains. Phase 2 begins with advanced horsemanship, comprehensive pack training, wilderness first aid, driving trucks and trailers, basic farrier work, equine medicine, loping, ranch work, and working with chainsaws. The expedition team departs to the high plateau for 10 days of high-altitude travel to remote lakes, which provides them with a chance to practice their acquired survival skills while working in small teams. During the last two days veterans are separated into groups of two, and they spend two days alone making their way back to base camp.

PHASE THREE (INTEGRATION PHASE)
In Phase 3 participants have the opportunity to take the skills that they have acquired through the completion of Phases 1 and 2 of the program, and work with either a wilderness outfitter as a hand, learning horsemanship, or working cattle on a ranch in Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, or Utah.
Heroes and Horses program is available to qualified veterans at no cost. Applicants are referred from a combination of sources, including the American Legion, The Veterans Administration, military hospitals, military family support units, etc. If you or someone you know is a combat veteran and a candidate for our program please contact us.

As the longest veteran program in the United States (40 consecutive days), we have a unique and effective curriculum that continues to be life-changing for the individuals who come through our program. With the assistance of a capacity grant issued by the Arthur Blank Family Foundation in 2017, we were able to grow our team in 2018 to accommodate the growth of the organization, and we are on track this year to finish out at about $1.1 Million in revenue, far surpassing our goal of $750,000.

We perform a number of student surveys before, during and after the program to ensure that our program remains effective.

In 2017 we ran 2 classes with 8 students each (16 students total). This year we ran 3 classes with 8 students each (24 students total), and we plan to grow to 4 classes by 2020. We have also grown our herd to about 60 horses, which include wild mustangs that have been trained for our program.

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Financials

HEROES AND HORSES INC

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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