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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: 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.

Results: 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

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

1 Story from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Client Served

Rating: 5

Chuck and the other voulinteers put on a great hunt. It far exceeded my expectations. Being outdoors is very therapeutic to me. I just started hunting within the last few years so, being able to learn from others and enjoying the camaraderie of being around other veterans was great. It definitely helped me clear my head and put me in a better place mentally when I was done.


Board Member

Rating: 5

My family's lives were changed for in April 2005 when my husband and the father of our two children was severely injured in Iraq. He suffered a severe Traumatic Brain Injury, lost his right eye, his left side of his body is paralyzed and suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. With Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) being the "signature and Invisible" wound of this current war time veterans and their families need a place to heal, learn and transition back into civilian world. English River Outfitters provides just that. My husband is able to go hunting with other veterans who is in the same situation. Our family is able to camp with other families and relax knowing that we won't be judged or looked upon as completely crazy. Being around others who have traveled down the same road is so important.

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