AN UNPRECEDENTED LEADERSHIP ROLE

New Hampshire is one of only a couple states in the country that directed millions of dollars from the CARES Act to help support veterans negatively impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Swim with a Mission has been chosen to take on an “unprecedented leadership role” in helping direct and distribute $4 million to other veteran non-profits across the state. We will be distributing sub-grants to ten New Hampshire Veteran service organizations. Continue reading below to learn about the organizations receiving these sub-grants.

Swimming With A Mission, Inc. is a NH based 501(c)(3) non profit organization. All events are fundraisers to further support Veteran service organizations.

SUB-GRANT AWARDEES

Scroll down to learn more about these Veteran Service Organizations and how they will be utilizing the $4 million CARES Act funding to help address Veteran Homelessness and Mental Health Issues brought on by the global pandemic COVID-19.

THE CURRIER MUSEUM

The Currier Museum of Art has been awarded a sub-grant of $717,500 to construct a dedicated programming space for Veterans. This space will allow Veterans and their families from all over the state  to take part in art therapy programs.

The Currier Museum of Art is an internationally renowned art museum located in Manchester, New Hampshire. The Currier features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Monet, O’Keeffe, Wyeth and LeWitt with exhibitions, tours and programs year-round. 

LIBERTY HOUSE

Liberty House/ Catholic Charities NH has been awarded a sub-grant of $1,000,000 to triple the bed size of their Veteran homeless shelter in Manchester, NH. The money will also be used to construct a recreational room that will assist 1,000+ Veterans a month.

Liberty House, a program of Catholic Charities NH, helps homeless and struggling Veterans by connecting them to available resources and providing a safe, substance-free transitional living space.

Veterans Count

Veterans Count, a program of Easterseals, has been awarded a sub-grant of $1,120,225 to address both Veteran homelessness and mental health issues. The funds will be used to provide safe, affordable housing for Veterans, to hire additional street outreach care coordinators, and to establish a clinical treatment program to provide mental and behavioral health services to veterans, service members, and military families.

Veterans Count, the philanthropic arm of Easterseals Military & Veterans Services (MVS), provides critical and timely financial assistance and services when no other resource is available to service members, veterans and their families, to ensure their dignity, health and overall well-being.

Operation Delta Dog

Operation Delta Dog has been awarded a sub-grant worth $300,000 to rescue homeless dogs and train them to become service dogs for New Hampshire Veterans.

Operation Delta Dog is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a mission to rescue homeless dogs and train them to be service dogs for veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and related challenges.

Hero Pups

Hero Pups has been awarded a sub-grant of $261,353 to rescue homeless dogs and train them to become service dogs for New Hampshire Veterans.

Hero Pups is committed to helping both ends of the leash by creating hero/dog teams that are mutually beneficial and form a long-lasting bond, as well as educating the public. They are dedicated stewards of the funds raised by the community and stretch every dollar as far as it will go so that we can reach as many heroes as possible with the funds entrusted with.

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Chris' Pets For Vets

Chris’ Pets For Vets, a program of Annie’s Angels has been awarded a sub-grant of $100,000 to work with local animal shelters and pair veterans with a free pet, so they can more easily deal with PTSD, helping to heal the deep emotional scars, and possible save their lives.

This fund is created in honor of Christopher Journeau for PTSD awareness. Chris served with the US ARMY, 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team while fighting in Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the age of 23 and six months after his return home to Stratham, NH, he took his own life. The end result was he had been suffering from PTSD and nobody knew it until it was too late.

Harbor Homes

Harbor Care has been awarded a sub-grant of $200,000 to increase the capacity to provide behavioral and social supports to formerly homeless veterans and family members living at the Boulder Point Facility. To enable clients to safely receive social and behavioral supports, they will create two pavilions on the facility grounds, including one that will be functional year-round. 

Harbor Homes creates and provides quality residential, health care, and supportive services to individuals and families who are experiencing homelessness and/or living with behavioral health disorders. It also operates Greater Nashua’s only Healthcare for the Homeless clinic, Harbor Care Health and Wellness Center.

Homeland Heroes

The Homeland Heroes Foundation has been awarded a sub-grant of $50,000 to help Veterans and their families to get back on their feet by providing furniture and household items, new mattresses and boxsprings, food, gas, VA loans and home purchases.

Based out of Salem New Hampshire, The Homeland Heroes Foundation aims to assist Veterans in acclimating to civilian life after active duty, helping their families to get back on their feet, and assisting veterans in any way possible. 

The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute

The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute has been awarded a sub-grant of $47,729 to create additional Camp Resilience retreats for Veterans and their family members.

By running Camp Resilience retreats for service members, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones, PRLI does its part to help those who have served bounce back in mind, body, and spirit. Located in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Camp Resilience retreats combine outdoor experiential learning activities, facilitated peer-to-peer counseling, and life skills workshops and are often facilitated by active/retired VA clinicians.

Clear Path for Veterans New England

Northeast Passage has been awarded a sub-grant of $47,729 to facilitate a series of Recreational Therapy workshops for veterans suffering from Homelessness and Mental Health issues. 

The mission of Northeast Passage is to empower people living with disabling conditions, both visible and invisible, to define, pursue and achieve whole life health, community engagement and fulfillment through the purposeful use of sports and recreation; to develop and promote best practices in the fields of Therapeutic Recreation and Adaptive Sports.

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