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ONE Freedom Inc

  • Boulder, CO
  • www.onefreedom.org

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Mission Statement

ONE Freedom provides education on the brain and body’s natural response
to stress, training on how to self-regulate intense life experiences,
and resources for developing a powerful road map of self-mastery.
Backed by science, research and extensive experience, ONE Freedom
offers audiences effective methods and simple life skills that promote
strength through balanced living.

Service Areas

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National

Currently, ONE Freedom serves the state of Colorado but is working on expanding programs to all states.

ruling year

2006

Principal Officer since 2003

Self-reported

Mrs Elizabeth Hawkins

Keywords

Self-reported

veterans, military, trauma, PTSD, stress, reintegration, communities

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EIN

01-0787064

 Number

0365440378

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (W05)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (B19)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs

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Program 1

ONE Freedom programs focus on ?normalizing? deployment stress and offer helpful education on the body?s response to stress and how to maintain balance. Strength after Service is a series of programs designed to bring balance into your life and counter the natural changes your body and brain make from chronic or acute stress. The programs teach a range of skills, including simple, easy-to-learn exercises that are meant to be woven into everyday life. Our intensive programs also teach more complex methods of understanding and controlling your body and brain?s reactions to stress. Two-Hour Introductory ? This introductory two-hour program gives an overview of how stress affects the brain and body and gives you self-regulation techniques that can improve your present state. It is designed to provide immediate results and, as with anything in life ? the more you practice the exercises ? the more beneficial the results. One-Day Intensive ? The one-day intensive is an extension of the two-hour training. Participants will learn more in-depth approaches to self-regulation and stress mitigation. Training includes: Neurophysiology of Stress and Trauma ? how the brain and body respond to stress and why. Core Self-Regulation Techniques ? expands on the skills you learned in the two-hour workshoyou will learn ways to control your attention, manage your energy and emotions, and strengthen your ability to positively adapt to life?s challenges. Warrior and Family Writing ? teaches how to use the power of word to leave behind what you don?t need and move forward in the present moment. This section teaches how to creatively work with the growth and struggles that come from deployment and serves as a constructive way to improve listening skills and communication. Communication and Community Building ? there?s nothing like being with other veterans and families in a positive, post-deployment environment. Listening, talking, and sharing in small groups provides opportunities to connect and grow with others who have experienced the challenges of being warriors and warrior family members. Weekend Intensive Program ?This program is designed to provide lifelong skills for success and goes to deeper levels of understanding and transformation than our shorter courses. The weekend intensives bring long-term improvements to the participants? quality of life using scientifically-proven research on the effects of stress and trauma to the body. The weekend intensives are conducted in a retreat setting and provide an opportunity for couples and individuals to truly impact their lives moving forward.

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Service Areas

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National

Currently, ONE Freedom serves the state of Colorado but is working on expanding programs to all states.

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ONE Freedom, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Principal Officer

Mrs Elizabeth Hawkins

BIO

Elizabeth L. Hawkins, Executive Director, ONE Freedom Inc., a non-profit research and education organization for stress education serving veterans and their families. Elizabeth develops and leads training programs with emphasis on writing as a resource for managing stress. Her programs for veterans and family members include Writing the Warrior?s Journey and The Warrior's Family Writes.
Elizabeth is an award-winning writer with 20 years of experience in editorial and public relations writing for profit and nonprofit organizations. In 1995 she founded Journey Writing Workshops?, a dynamic retreat model that uses writing as a forum for personal change and life direction. She has trained thousands of therapists, executives, health care professionals, and writers to reach profound levels of transformation through the written and spoken word. Elizabeth has taught at universities, hospitals, retreat centers, and resort locations around the United States.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Since December 2006, ONE Freedom has served over 4,000 veterans and
family members, mostly in Colorado, while working to develop national
relationships to disseminate the training model across the country.
While there are resources available to service members and their
families in the way of military and VA-related counseling and
therapeutic systems, the stigma around ‘mental-behavioral health’
issues is pervasive in military culture and butts up against the
‘can-do’ and ‘suck it up’ mentality so common among the military.
Seeking assistance can create an appearance of weakness, which is
anathema and unacceptable in the minds of many warriors.

To
address this unique challenge, ONE Freedom created a training model
that de-stigmatizes by looking at the phenomena of stress and trauma
through the lenses and science of neurophysiology, or how the brain,
nervous system and body adapt to intense experiences. The initial ONE
Freedom training teaches an elementary view of this complex set of
relationships, including introducing brain function and memory, while
providing a systematic series of self-regulation skills designed
specifically to address the adjustments human beings make as a result
of adverse experiences.

ONE Freedom provides its trainings on a
community-basis to veterans and families using a variety of delivery
platforms - ranging from 2-hour introductions to 1-day workshops to
weekend experiences. In the future, the organization may extend these
to one-week models as well.

In 2009, ONE Freedom is
expanding to include programs specifically for children of military
members, programs for women in uniform, writing and wilderness
programs. The organization has received accolades from active duty and
National Guard leaders and service members for its ability to capture
the challenges of deployment, normalize combat and family stressors,
and provide meaningful post-deployment and post-service education and
skills."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Hallie Ward PhD

Denver University

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