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Veterans

Many nonprofits and organizations in North Texas serve and support active and retired members of our military and their families.

These organizations provide a variety of services from lifting troops’ morale to offering financial assistance for food, rent, utilities and medical expenses.

Below you can find information about these nonprofits who work with veterans in North Texas and projects that you can help fund.

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Archie Foundation for Therapeutic Horsemanship's mission is to bring hope and healing to challenged military veterans and their families through equine assisted activities and therapies. Their core program is Hoofbeats for Veterans which provides therapeutic horsemanship training free of charge to veterans and their families and consists of 32 hours of grooming, riding, barn and horse care education, as well as Equine Facilitated Learning sessions that support mental health. Hoofbeats for Veterans served 8 veterans and 6 family members with 650 training hours. Three veterans earned high place finishes in a major local horse show. Funding will support general operating and administrative costs of Hoofbeats for Veterans therapeutic horsemanship program.

Farmers Assisting Returning Military (F.A.R.M.) helps the nation’s heroes find peace, purpose & opportunity through therapeutic agricultural training. Core programs include a 6-month farm training internship in small scale regenerative agriculture; assisting socially disadvantaged veteran farmer ranchers to build a successful operation; Urban F.A.R.M. Park in Downtown Dallas, to be a training and demonstration farm for the DFW communities. BGBG program served 500 veterans in becoming beginning farmers. 78% of those 500 began their farming operations. Additionally, F.A.R.M. recently began construction of the Urban F.A.R.M Park. Funding will support general operating costs & the Urban F.A.R.M. Park along with the continuation of the 6-month internship program.

Guideposts Foundations’ mission is to help people from all walks of life achieve their maximum personal and spiritual potential. Core Programs of Guideposts consist of Outreach to the Military, which focuses on addressing the spiritual needs of Veterans and servicemen and women; creating and distributing booklets, annual devotional books, sending personally signed greeting cards to help bring stability; and an online prayer community. In the past year, Guideposts gave 1 million complimentary publications to VAs & Military bases; they visited 21 hospitals and bases, and they recruited 6 VA/Military writers. Funding will support the creation of inspirational videos, development of a caregiving App, and the publishing of Military Daily Guideposts.

NPower creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities. NPower provides free IT career training courses to military veterans. NPower’s foundational program blends 16 weeks of instruction, 7 weeks of paid internship, and 90 hours of professional development; and integrates industry-recognized certifications to enhance the marketability of our students. NPower plans to serve 100+ students in 2020. Npower places 85% of graduates in jobs. Before enrolling, most were unemployed (63%) & their average salary leaps to $49,459. It costs about $7,500 to train one veteran. Funding is needed to support general operating costs.

The Mission Continues empowers veterans to continue their service and empowers communities with veteran talent and skills to generate visible impact. Core programs include the Service Leadership Corps, Service Platoon Program, Mass Deployment, and the Women Veterans Leadership Program. All of The Mission Continues’ programs and events lead to outcomes related to veterans' personal growth, connectedness and community impact. 88% of veteran participants believe they have the ability to make a difference in their community and 76% feel a stronger sense of fulfillment. Funding will fuel a veteran-led service movement in under-resourced communities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Warrior Spirit Project's mission is to help restore the soul and strengthen the spirit of veterans and first responders through Yoga, Dogs, and Dirt. Core programs include Free Steady Warriors trauma-informed yoga and Integrative Restoration (iRest) Meditation; Pit Bull Partners Rescue Mission offering opportunities for therapeutic interaction with adoptable rescued shelter dogs; and GOOD to GrOw community gardens and neighborhood co-ops. In 2018, participation doubled since the previous year, with almost 3000 served, and Steady Warriors classes were added in three new locations. Funding is requested to allow them to provide evidence-based training for all of their volunteer yoga teachers, to ensure a consistently high quality of instruction.

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