Everyone knows a veteran. It could be a relative, work colleague, or friend, but you might be surprised how many people you know who served in the army. For this community of veterans, the suicide rate is much higher than that of the general public. If a transition from active service to civilian life does not involve assistance, and in some cases therapy, the consequences can be fatal.
Suicide is the seventh leading killer in Colorado, and the Healing Warriors program is doing everything it can to help our Colorado veterans stay away from statistic. *
What is the Healing Warriors Program?
The Healing Warriors Program was founded in 2013 by Ana Yelen and Rochelle Poland to fill a gap in the supply of soldiers and to disrupt the factors that lead to soldier suicide. The Healing Warriors program provides non-narcotic treatment options for veterans and their families suffering from post-traumatic stress (PTS), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and numerous types of chronic pain.
The Healing Warriors Program provides clinical care of acupuncture, craniosacral therapy, and Healing Touch therapy to relieve pain, restore sleep, and improve overall health and wellbeing. In addition, they want to reawaken the hope that pain can be alleviated, trauma healed and the quality of life improved.
The Healing Warriors Program currently treats nearly 2,500 people at its Fort Collins clinic and pop-up clinics in Denver, Longmont, and Colorado Springs. They also offered home kits and videos during the pandemic when patients were unable to visit the clinic.
Service and volunteer work
Co-founder Ana Yelen was a long-time member of the Elevations Credit Union. When she started the Healing Warriors program in 2013, she felt it made sense to partner with Elevations only for the needs of her nonprofit organization. However, the relationship goes much deeper than banking.
Here at Elevations, our Chief Technology Officer Pete DuPré served on the board of the Healing Warriors program for a number of years and is now on its advisory board. Pete drove the relationship by helping the Healing Warriors program identify gaps in their technology and network them so they could focus more on their work, not their IT needs.
When the Healing Warriors Program moved to its new clinic location in 2019, Pete wanted it to be prepared for success from the start. At this point, many of our Elevations employees had volunteered for the Healing Warriors program and used their volunteer time to provide support where the clinic needed it most. This time our team helped with cabling and setting up the server and security systems.
Sometimes it feels like our Elevations IT and Facility teams are acting as a volunteer IT team for the Healing Warriors program. “We are very happy to be supported by such a top-class team. Security professionals help us with HIPAA considerations that standard IT stores simply have no knowledge or experience with, ”said Janet Hatfield, Nonprofit Development Manager for the Healing Warriors Program.
The Elevations staff will be happy to assist you. Paul Doss, Elevations Service Desk Specialist III, volunteered for the Healing Warriors program and said, “I love to serve. I am happy to help those who help others, especially those who have been hurt for serving our country. ”
Get up when you need to
When Elevations moved back office locations in 2019, we provided office supplies, laptops, monitors, furniture, cabinets, and cubicles that the Healing Warriors program wanted from our old facility. Our team even volunteered to bring the donations from Boulder to Fort Collins and install them. One employee who has done this job and continues to volunteer for the Healing Warriors program is Michael Herbert. “You do a lot more work than I do. The fame should go to the work they do, not me for helping them, ”Michael said when asked about his volunteer work.
Recently, the Healing Warriors Program has faced a privacy challenge in treatment rooms where veterans and active military personnel receive private treatments. The clinic did not have noise-canceling rooms, so Elevations put together a volunteer working group, led by Mike Tressler, VP of Corporate Real Estate, to address this issue. With support and volunteers from Neenan Architecture and Acoustics & Interiors, Inc., we completed the ceiling upgrade project at the clinic in just one day.
We are proud to support the Healing Warriors program and will continue to do so. Whenever you have a need, you know you can rely on Elevations and our great people.
Help veterans in our community – what can you do?
If you are interested in learning more about how you can support the Healing Warriors Program and help Colorado veterans, please visit their website to get involved. You can also help by sharing information with your friends and colleagues through these free veteran services. The Healing Warriors program can only help when veterans know their services are available. Find out more about them and the service they offer veterans here.