Our Humble Warrior team takes self-care to heart. At the end of the year, we enjoy blocking time on our calendar to rest and reflect. We minimize meetings, programs, and commitments to just the essentials. In turn, we are always amazed at how the year unfolded. Reflection is rich, and we invite you to reflect with us on another wonderful year as a veteran and first responder support organization.
Most notably, we served as a trusted wellness resource for women veterans and women first responders for the 5th consecutive year. With our all-volunteer Board of Directors, one contracted employee, a team of dedicated and flexible (pun intended) volunteers, and generous donors, we provided meaningful support:
Thank you for supporting us by connecting, participating, volunteering, and donating. We appreciate you all!
What an enriching year 2022 has been! Humble Warrior was honored to provide the following support and services:
1. Published 12 wellness-centric newsletters and 12 blogs supporting over 545 subscribers.
2. Served as guest speaker and provided on-site yoga classes for the Georgia Women in Public safety Conference supporting 177 participants.
3. Served as guest speaker for a Veteran's Day gathering at Switzer Library in Marietta, GA.
4. Hosted the first ever "Women in the Water!" at the Georgia Aquarium where 5 groups of women veterans and first responders snorkeled and SCUBA dove. This event celebrating Women's History Month was a wonderful partnership with LifeWaters nonprofit and GA Military Women.
5. Conducted a "Be Sweet to Your Feet" Kit & Class for 25 participants.
6. Hosted 3 newcomer Wellness Retreats supporting 30 participants.
7. Hosted 2 alumni Wellness Retreats supporting 20 participants.
8. Provided a 6-week online iREST (yoga for sleep) course for the community providing classes for 15 participants from 4 different states.
9. Facilitated 2 online "Train Your Brain" workshops supporting 26 participants.
10. Instructed Breathing Practices & Yoga to Oconee County Fire Station members and a follow up on Veteran's Day workshop at the Oconee Public Library.
11. Provided scholarship, resources, and private trauma-sensitive yoga classes for a first responder.
12. Represented a resource table at Dobbins Air Base's Prevention of Sexual Assault & Harassment and again for their Fall Festival resulting in over 60 conversations and interactions.
13. Received the Disabled Veterans National Foundation capacity-building grant for the second year in a row.
14. Supported numerous events to share mindfulness, trauma-sensitive yoga, guided journaling, and plant-based eating.
Despite the unexpected circumstances of 2020, Humble Warrior persevered and had an amazingly blessed year.
We replaced our three-day retreats with one-day retreats. We hosted four successful wellness retreats at Lake Lanier, Waleska, Watkinsville, and Hiawassee where we treated female veterans and first responders to a day of reconnecting, relaxing, and refocusing through a yoga lesson and practice, a lesson on the benefits of plant-based eating, an introduction to journaling class and a journaling session, and a nature centric activity.
We also hosted four virtual workshops on journaling and plant-based eating in partnership with Wounded Warrior Project.
A virtual Week of Wellness was offered to our Humble Warrior graduates. We mailed a box of wellness materials to 28 graduates and treated them to a week of wellness videos and Facebook posts. The week concluded with a Zoom meeting where we reconnected and shared what we learned.
We mailed Eat Pretty, Live Well books to 48 Humble Warriors to encourage them to remember how beautiful we are and how important it is for us to choose to eat and live well in order to enhance our beauty.
Humble Warrior grew in 2020. We welcomed three mentors to our retreats this year, had our first paid intern, and added a Website and Resources Manager. Each of these individuals made Humble Warrior better.
We presented Certificates of Appreciation to our graduates at each retreat in 2020.
Since we have celebrated our second year of existence, Humble Warrior was eligible to apply for three grants: AARP, CDC, and JDA-Athens. JDA-Athens awarded HW $750.
We are blessed to be able to grow our community of followers, subscribers, and graduates in order to create a widespread community of Humble Warriors!
We are excitedly planning new and exhilarating HW events for 2021!
Hosted five 3-day retreats serving 37 veterans and first responders. We thank our VRBO owners in Big Canoe, Jasper, Georgia; Lake Oconee, Greensboro, Georgia; Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Red, White and Bear Cabin, Hiawassee, Georgia; and Lake Lanier, Dawsonville, Georgia.
Provided each participant with the resources and encouragement to incorporate the skills learned during the retreats into their home lifestyle and self-care routines. We created a Humble Warrior Retreat Graduates Private Facebook page to encourage continued connections and support as well as a forum to ask questions and post additional information, resources, and tips to maintain their new lifestyle skills.
Hosted two journaling workshops. The first for veterans and their families at Camp Twin Lakes, Winder, Georgia and a second event at the VA Women Veterans Symposium combining the modalities of journaling and meditation in Attitude of Graditude.
Taught 60 donation based yoga classes in support of Humble Warrior; 2 Veterans Day Free yoga classes in support of Warriors at Ease Poses & Pledges.
Guest Speaker and hosted a vendor tables at the Vetlanta Q3 Summit focused on Women Veterans Living an Authentic Life; VA Women Veterans 2019 Fall Health Symposium in Riverdale, GA. Raquel (Co-founder and Director) was a guest speaker at the Vetlanta Q3 and provided the closing remarks at the VA Health Symposium.
Carmen (Co-founder and Director) served as the guest speaker for the GA National Guard’s Hispanic Heritage Month Program.
Supported the community through participating in 5K walk/run supporting a retreat graduate's charity run in memory of her son and raising awareness of Congenital Heart Disease and a 10K walk/run for cancer. Published 12 wellness blogs on our website. Sponsorsored two deployed women with Christmans and Holiday care packages. Sponsored one woman veteran to attend Equine Assisted Therapy at the Peach Pit. Donated to United Military Care in honor of Dr. Amy Stephens, who has been our "behind the scenes" Humble Warrior.
Continued to gain new credentials with Raquel completing Holistic Nutritionist Certification, 500hr yoga teacher training, and Warriors at Ease Level 1 (trauma sensitive yoga) certification. Raquel and Diane also completed the Warriors at Ease Retreat Train the Trainer program.