English River Outfitters Resort

Rating: 4.83 stars   12 reviews


P.O. Box 605 2564 305th St. Washington IA 52353 USA


Mission Statement: We strive to restore our veteran’s strength and independence by providing a safe outdoor experience that promotes healing and closure, as well as family reintegration.


We have had a direct impact on preventing 9 suicides, 2 divorces and serve annually over 300 veterans and their families.

Target demographics:

We strive to restore our veteran’s strength and independence by providing a safe outdoor experience that promotes healing and closure, as well as family reintegration.Our priority is to help foster a healthy readjustment back to civilian life through a positive outdoor experience. English River Outfitters is part of the healing process for veterans.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Over 300 Veterans and their families

Geographic areas served:

Washington, Iowa


English River Outfitter’s “Life Skills” Program is comprised of three Modules:  Module One - Personal Development: developing self-concept, personal goal setting, problem solving, decision making, dealing with anger, personal safety, time management, grooming and hygiene, alone or lonely, assertiveness, self-esteem, trust, risk taking, values, stress management, and even learning to laugh again.  Module Two - Relating to others, communication skills, self-disclosure and feedback, accepting others, friendships, conflict resolution, hosting and attending social events, and healthy relationships.  Module Three - Life Management Skills: budget coaching, shopping, paying bills, cooking and nutrition, maintaining comfortable living space, landlord/tenant relations, navigating the healthcare system, connecting with community resources, accessing programs, and basic computer skills. English River Outfitters “Life Skills” program is a relaxed setting designed to reach the veteran who has had a bad experience with the Veterans Administration and has anxieties about returning for the help he or she needs.

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Reviews for English River Outfitters Resort

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is a very peaceful tranquil place. Very relaxing and magical. I was able to turkey hunt, Chuck called in the turkey and it was so peaceful I just sat and watched.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This place really works, I was depressed and felt loanly, but when I got around Chuck and the group it all went away

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

do nothing, it is great the way he has it set up.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

relaxing, no phones, no schedules

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the staff was great, always asking if we needed anything, making sure we were taken care of.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help so many more soldiers and families, Chuck wants to start a greiving counceling to help families that have lost a service member.

Ways to make it better...

It had not rained so much, but even then Chuck had blinds for us to sit in so it wasn't that bad.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

they could really use help with fundraisers and donations, not just suggestion but help putting them together.

One thing I'd also say is that...


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