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Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Rehabilitative Care, Veterans

Mission: Through the experience of fly fishing in Montana, Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation is a catalyst for positive change in the lives of post-9/11 combat veterans.

Results: All therapeutic programs are based out of Quiet Waters Ranch, 112 peaceful acres near the base of the Bridger Mountains. After undergoing ADA-accessible renovations, Barnard Lodge (the main home at Quiet Waters Ranch) guarantees every program participant an experience devoid of physical barriers in which to promote healing and resilience throughout participation in a therapeutic Fishing Experience. Recruiting methods are evolving in an effort to meet the ever changing needs of post-9/11 combat veterans and their families. WQW has also expanded programming to serve military caregivers, spouses, and active duty special operations military personnel, recognizing the positive impact a Fishing Experience has upon service members who continue to experience high stress and kinetic environments. Since 2007, WQW has provided over 705 Fishing Experiences to combat veterans and spouses/caregivers from across the nation.

Target demographics: Post-9/11 combat veterans with visible and unseen wounds who are committed to creating positive change in their lives.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2018 WQW anticipates serving 104 warriors and spouess/caregivers from across the nation.

Geographic areas served: While programs are based in Bozeman, Montana, WQW serves post-9/11 combat veterans from across the country at no cost to the participant.

Programs: Six-day fly Fishing Experiences that provide warriors with camaraderie, professional fly fishing instruction, and respite. Evidence-based outcomes in the realms of resilience, well being, and quality of life have pushed WQW to develop programs for couples, alumni mentors, female combat veterans, military caregivers, and alumni interested in a year-long professional coaching opportunity.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

mous9577

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been honored to volunteer with WQW on three of their fishing trips so far and cannot sing enough praise. Well run, well supported and well organized this non-profit raises the bar for organizations looking to make a meaningful impact on their community. Pulling people from all geographic, demographic and cultural backgrounds this non-profit unites people under the cause of warrior relaxation and healing and manifests some of the most cohesive teams as a result. I cannot say enough great things about this organization and sincerely look forward to volunteering for another couple of fishing trips this next year. Strongly recommend!

Thomas N.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization. It is well run by a knowledgeable and caring staff. Best of all, it is having an amazingly positive impact on the women and men who have faithfully served this country who can benefit from a unique opportunity to relax, connect and learn to fly fish in the Last Best Place - Montana!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the best non-profit organization helping post 9-11 combat veterans in America, and I am glad to be a part of the volunteer group that supports their efforts. Have personally seen the changes brought about by a week of learning how to fly fish in beautiful Montana, and the results are awe inspiring. Keep up the good work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve worked with a handful of nonprofits over the years. Warriors and Quiet Waters is the best I’ve ever seen. Not only the experience and life changing attitudes, but they stand behind their mission and support their Warriors. To the point that the director of warrior services will show up in the ER to sit with one of his alumni. I’m honored to have been a part of this program, and hope to continue the legacy of serving my brothers.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It really is an honor to be a volunteer for Warriors & Quiet Waters Foundation. I get a chance to meet and support these brave veterans as they connect with each other and enjoy Montana's beautiful outdoors. There's a sense if peace that goes with fly fishing, as you focus on the water and, at least for a time, leave your other troubles behind. You can see this happen as the week goes on and they really get into the fishing. Rewarding doesn't begin to describe my experience, as I think I get at least as much out of it as the warriors do. I'm looking forward already to next year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was privileged to be a volunteer "Mom" on the first FX for Caregivers. Warriors & Quiet Waters gave these caregivers the opportunity to have time to focus on themselves for a change....and in turn, made them better caregivers for their warrior spouses. This organization has the veterans...and now their caregivers...as their focus, Outstanding!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as part of a team of "moms who cook" this past spring over a 4 day fly fishing experience. Our team of 4 prepared breakfast and dinner for the warriors, companions and guides (18-24 persons) . The program is so well organized -- not only for its participants, but also for its volunteers. Orientation/training is detailed, yet simple; expectations are clear and easy to meet.
To begin to know these warriors and volunteer companions (often vets themselves) who gave so much and to prepare meals which we'd all enjoy together was such a wonderful gift. To notice the positive changes in these warriors (courtesy of Montana serenity and fly fishing) over the several days we were with them gave proof to the success of this mission.
I can't wait to volunteer again next year!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My FX with Warriors and Quiet Waters was nothing short of amazing. As an active duty combat wounded special operator with numerous combat deployments and more to come, finding time to stop, relax, and center is difficult. WQW taught me a way to reset in nature - fly fishing - and did it with the kindest group of volunteers you could ever hope to meet. I hope I can give back a fraction of what WQW gave me.

2 okchristi

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! I had the opportunity to be on their first caregiver FX and couldn't be more blessed! I walked away with more confidence in myself, a better sense of pride and so many new friends. Thank you isn't enough!

1 Scott S.8

Client Served

Rating: 5

That's a tough question to answer, considering I liked everything about it and was repeatedly amazed by the generosity, kindness, and genuine concern for the well being of everyone present. Being comfortable around such a relatively large group of people is something I thought I was no longer capable of... Sharing space and company with so many people uniquely bonded by the experience of having endured the darkness of combat and warfare, regardless of service or era, and knowing not a word need be spoken for someone to understand that a wounded mind may never fully heal. So to try and answer your question...what I liked most about this experience was being constantly reminded of and shown the natural beauty of the world and how immersing yourself in an activity that requires your patience; and continuous effort in expanding your knowledge, skill, and understanding of the flow of life and harmony required to resonate with the rest of creation....and all through the practice and experience of seeking to perfect the art of fly fishing...and in the process, however briefly, escaping the past while immersed in life and the appreciation of it. Although each day continues to be its own battle, I at least have a good memory that reminds me, at the very least, that there are other Veterans out there that i may again have an opportunity to spend time around. They being some of the only people in this world i can be around that know the answers to questions they would never ask. The questions asked by non-Veterans that i am not able to answer in a way that makes them understand what they can never know, having never experienced what now creates a new battle for me each day. WQW’s was a few days of peace in my mind that assured me that at least the possibility of a peaceful day is possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After 3 tours and coming home with wounds that couldn’t be fixed, I knew I needed an outlet. I always enjoyed fishing but my experience with WQW showed me the therapeutic value of fishing and friends. From the moment I got there till this day I am treated like a friend, not a client or customer.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I are long time local donors to Warriors and Quiet Waters. We have seen over the years the great work that comes from this organization. The local volunteers here are dedicated to serving our country's warriors.