Calling All Veterans and Military Families Artists

Calling All Veterans and Military Families Artists

Calling All Veterans and Military Families Artist

Taos Veterans Creative Arts Festival”

July 1st & 2nd, 2017   10:00am to 5:00pm

Kit Carson Park Taos, New Mexico

 

Free 10’x10’ or 10’x20’ Booth Space for Active Duty Military, Veterans & Gold Star Families who would like to show off & Sell their own Art Creations including Paintings, Jewelry, Carvings & Lawn Art

A unique event during the summer tourist season!

Live Bands and (3) Kid’s Inflatable Play areas and a serine quiet area to relax in.

With over 3,000 visitors expected during the 4th July Weekend

Many past & present Service Members and Military Family members are using ART as a form of therapy options for those individuals who resist other treatment approaches or may be unaware of their conditions or issues inhibiting their rehabilitation recovery. NFO’s Recreation Therapy assist in improving function and ability, but also use interventions that are individualized and holistic, incorporating Veterans’ interests, family, community, and lifestyle.

Centering on Veteran strengths diminishes the focus from disability to ability, increasing function and independence, promoting wellness and prevention, and restoring quality of life. NFO believe that recreational therapy provides for friendship, connectedness and community; which are vitally important to overall health and wellness of Military Families.

Military Families participating in recreational and/or therapeutic activities facilitates the healing process and reintegration challenges faced by Military Families. NFO provides opportunities to improve family relationships, build camaraderie with other Military Families and Civilians; at the same time enhance “Mindfulness” of personal well-being. Transitioning from military life, back to civilian life is a challenge that all veterans face.

Outcomes of Veteran Art Therapy include improved physical health and capability to accomplish daily life activities, as well as improved mental health and relationships with others.

 

REGISTRATION: Artist Booth Space limited to Military Families.

Vendor sign-up Deadline is 30 June 2017. Not Forgotten Outreach must receive this Form and a copy of valid proof of Military Service by 1600 hrs on 30 June 2017. Applications available via email: don@notforgottenoureach.org or at APPLICATION 2017

ACCEPTABLE ARTWORK

Absolutely no imported, manufactured, mass-produced items or items not made in total by the exhibitor will be allowed.

BOOTH SPACES & SHARING

Sharing booths will be allowed. All people sharing a booth must be juried and each must fill out an application form.

This Booth space is an unfurnished 10’ x 10’ or 15’ x 20’ space. You are encouraged to bring tables, chairs, displays, pop-up tents and any other decoration you like for your space. The space will be available for set up 07:00am 3rd of July.

Food Vendor Booth space available for 2 days, with electricity $200.00 for a 10’x10’. Limited to 5 food vendors.

For further information on the Taos Veterans Creative Arts Festival or other NFO programs please contact Don Peters, Executive Director; don@notforgottenoutreach.org or 575-224-1503.

ED Summary 2015

ED Summary 2015

As Executive Director, I am pleased to report that in 2015, Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. (NFO) provided adaptive and non-adaptive recreational/therapeutic activities to three thousand six hundred ninety-eight (3,698) Military Families from New Mexico and 26 different States from around the Nation. One thousand three hundred eleven (1,311) were from Taos County.; for purposes of NFO, Military Families include Gold Star Families, Active Duty, Reservist, National Guard, Veterans and their Family members.

In 2015, NFO was blessed with over 2,000 community volunteer hours. NFO volunteers stem from local residents, Rocky Mountain Youth Corp, Shadow Mountain & Vista Taos (drug/alcohol treatment centers), Southern Methodist University Taos (SMU), University of New Mexico (UNM) Green Technology & Sustainable Farming, Dream Tree Project (homeless Teen shelter), Lincoln High School, Lincoln, Main, Taos Chrysalis Alternative High School, AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team, Habitat for Humanity Taos, Taos County Drug and Alcohol Program and Military Families from Taos and around the Nation.

2015 Activities & Military Family Participants include:

Participant #’s
·        Taos Veterans Yoga 35
·        Farming 43
·        Farm Therapy Animals 75
·        Red River Motorcycle Rally (Mil History Display) 129
·        Battle Buddy Suicide Prevention Workshop 39
·        Suicide Prevention Intervention 1
·        Taos Veterans Creative Arts Festival 15
·        Aquaponics Workshop 18
·        Warrior Canine Connection 3
·        Taos Veterans Day Picnic 450
·        Espanola Stand Down 135
·        Sled Hockey 5
·        Sipapu Ski event 425
·        Taos Ski event 815
·        Angel Fire Ski event 838
·        Military Family Respite Center (Mil Family Visitors) 425
·        Military Family Respite (7day stays) 8
·        Peer to Peer Counseling 227
·        Interns 4
·        New Veterans Registered in VA system 5
·        Drug/Alcohol Intervention 3

Total Participants 3,698
Total Local Military Families served: 1,311

 

Taos Veterans Yoga – is collaboration between Connected Warriors and NFO. Volunteer yoga instructors teach two (2) weekly classes in Taos, NM, one (1) weekly class in Questa, NM and one (1) weekly class in Angel Fire, unfortunately the instructor of the Angel Fire class moved away in Aug 2015. The three classes taught over thirty-five (35) Military Family members. A yoga class was held during the Taos Ski Valley event with (4) attendees. Mats, blocks, straps were giving to all attendees and nine (9) veterans that practice at home. Inroads were made within the New Mexico VA Health Care system, during a meeting with the NMVA Director Welch; he stated he whole-heartedly supports veteran practicing yoga to help deal with PTS, depression and anxiety. The VA Albuquerque has already requested ten (10) sets of yoga supplies.

Taos Veterans Farmer Project’s – mission is to aid veterans reintegrating into civilian life by growing produce, raising farm animals, and conducting seminars on holistic health and sustainability.   Veteran’s sustainable farming bolster’s local and regional economies, creating good jobs and building strong communities. NFO leads by example and teaches Military Families, how to sell vegetables & meats to local restaurants, grocery stores and feeding numerous visitors. NFO encourage healthy habits, like eating well and physical activity. In 2013, NFO based the farming project from the NM VA’s Veteran Farming Program. In 2015, approximately 3 tons of vegetables were grown by NFO Military Families. Meat and vegetable products were purchased by seven (7) local restaurants; Cid’s and Dr. Field Goods butcher shop.

Therapy Animals – NFO’s programs with farm animals, goats, pigs, chickens and miniature horses, can be important supplements to a traditional psychiatric treatment in reaching the goals of self-esteem and coping ability. An intervention with farm animals will shift from care in an institutional regime to increased social integration and normalization of care. In Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) with farm animals, suggests that the combined effect of both contact and work with the animals can affect the participants positively; by providing a source of physical contact with a living “other”, and increased coping ability and self-esteem through routines that include feeding, milking, and caring for other living creatures. NFO works closely with the Taos VA Clinic and the ABQ VA Hospital.

Military History Display – The Town of Red River again, generously donates space to NFO during the Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally for an informational, fundraising booth and Military History Display.   With the help of VFW Post 3259 of Taos, NFO creates a fantastic display of military uniforms and memorabilia dating from 1787-2014.

Suicide Prevention – In cooperation with the VA Healthcare System and the Indian Health Service, NFO hosted a free “First Responder” suicide prevention workshop with military veterans and their families and Civilians.   The training focused on ways the local veteran community can be “First Responders” to prevent suicide among their “Battle Buddies”, themselves and other veterans and their families.   After the training, six (6) of the attendees implemented the training by responding when one of the NFO Veterans attempted suicide. These six (6) individuals supported the veteran and family during his stay at Holly Cross Hospital and during his stay at the Albuquerque VA.

Taos Veterans Creative Arts Festival – The Town of Taos continues its generous sponsorship, by allowing NFO to host the festival free of charge, in return, NFO allows Military Families to show and sell their “therapy art” to the public, free of charge. In 2015, approximately 3,000 tourists and locals viewed the Military Families art. NFO creative arts festival stems from a conversation with the local VA social worker who stated she was counseling many Veterans whom were using art as part of their therapy but never showed the art to anyone outside the home. She asked if NFO could help with a venue for the Veterans to display and sell their therapy artwork.

Aquaponic Workshop – in conjunction with Colorado Aquaponics, NFO hosted the workshop with forty-eight (48) attendees, fourteen (14) of which were Military Families. The workshop taught participants the basics in building their own aquaponics system, to include basic fish husbandry, best types of vegetables to grow, and plant nutrition. The workshop ended with a Tour of NFO Veteran Gary James’s aquaponics system that he built in his green house for year around production.

Therapy Dog Training – in conjunction with Warrior Canine Connection, NFO helped in obtaining a grant from AmeriCorps, for Veterans to help in the training of therapy dogs in Taos. Once a week for 3 months Veterans learned from professional therapy dog trainers with young dogs that are learning to become therapy dogs.

Taos Veterans Day Picnic – with the gracious support of the Town of Taos and local VFW Post 3259 and the help of AmeriCorps NCCC volunteers, NFO once again hosted an all donated pot-luck style picnic at the new location at the Guadalupe Gymnasium. With over 450 attendees. Unfortunately, this number is down from last year. The possible explanations would be the new location and lack of banner over Hwy 64. The attendees were treated to large amounts of food, entertainment and informational booths of eight (8) Veteran related organizations.

Stand Down – NFO participated with thirty-two (32) organizations in Espanola, NM to host the 1st Annual Espanola “Stand Down”. With the help of AmeriCorps NCCC team clothing, winter gear and personal hygiene, items were distributed to thirty-two (32) Veterans. NFO passed out program information and VA suicide prevention information.

Military Family Ski Events – Taos Ski Valley & Sipapu Summer/Ski Resort proudly collaborates with NFO to host ski events for Military Families at an affordable price, allowing for winter recreational therapy activities. Average price for a family of four (4), with children’s all day lesson, rentals, lift tickets and with one (1) night of lodging $175.00. During the event Military Families enjoy days of alpine skiing, while at the same time being made to feel special and appreciated by the resort staff and NFO volunteers. Lunch was provided at Sipapu to one hundred (100) Military Families and Taos Ski Valley out did themselves during the dinner which fed over two hundred fifty (250) Military Family attendees. The NFO ski events are based off the VA’s National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic (NDVWSC); in 2013 & 2014, the NDVWSC provided their equipment and staff to the events.

Respite Center – the NFO Military Family Respite Center is a new acquisition. The “Respite Center”, is located on 2 acres, with secluded tranquility and breathtaking mountain views. The building is 5,150 sq. ft., with seven (7) rooms, seven (7) bathrooms, eight (8) fireplaces with a 1,250 sq. ft. Casita that is utilized as office space and a computer lab and tool storage and is home to a living sustainable Farm.   NFO has commenced the remodeling and renovation of the “Respite Center” into an ADA compliant building, with a commercial kitchen and elevator.   The location is utilized as an alcohol and drug free central hub for Military Families in Taos. Daily 9-17 Military Family members stop by the Respite Center for relaxation, friendship and peer-to-peer counseling. I have witnessed, a WWII veteran speaking with a Korean era veteran, a Vietnam era veteran and three Iraq/Afghanistan veterans, Military Children playing with farm animals and helping other veterans. I have asked some of the older Military children, if they found it beneficial to be around veterans. I was amazed at the response of “I’m learning that my Mom acts just like all of you guy’s (meaning all veterans)”. The Military Children are learning that the parent’s behavior at times, stems from a disability from service, not a lack of love. Over one hundred thirty-seven thousand dollars ($137,000.00) of in-kind donation have been received for the center, from January 1 – December 31, 2015. The installation of new TPO roofing material and 2” of insulation board is 95% complete.   A 2.8Kw Solar system has been installed. Four (4) of the seven (7) rooms are partially renovated. Target date for the grand opening is 01Aug2016.

Peer to Peer – NFO creates an atmosphere for Military Families to come together for the opportunity of peer-to-peer counseling.   The military has created a culture in which service members take care of each other. Common experiences, particularly for those who have served in combat, bind individuals together. Shared experiences are the foundation for peer support, as they foster the initial trust and credibility necessary for developing relationships in which individuals are willing to open up and discuss their problems despite concerns about stigma. Peer-to-peer programs facilitate opportunities for individuals to talk with trained peer supporters who can offer educational and social support and provide avenues for additional help if needed. Peer support groups can help you cope with memories of the trauma or other parts of your life that you are having trouble dealing with as a result of the event. You may learn to deal with emotions such as anger, shame, guilt, and fear if you open up to others who understand.

NFO Interns – NFO has implement a six (6) and twelve (12) month internship program. The interns are provided housing and advice on how to navigate the VA system.   Interns in turn take on leadership responsibilities i.e. farming project, peer mentorship, alcohol/drug support groups, mentorship of youth, while maintaining VA counseling and health care appointments.

NFO host a Wednesday night dinner – In 2015, NFO initiated a new concept of inviting Military Families and volunteers enjoy a get together evening. Each week a different Veteran or volunteer cook for 25- 35 individuals, supplies for the dinner are provided by NFO.

AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team – provides service to projects that meet an identifiable public need and emphasize the performance of community service activities that provide meaningful community benefits and opportunities for service learning and skills development for the Corps Members. NFO is only the third (3rd) Military related Non-Profit to receive an AmeriCorps NCCC team since 2013. The 11 person NCCC team served with NFO from Oct. 31 – Dec. 19, 2016 providing an in-kind dollar value of $66,850.

Finances – during Fiscal Year 01 July 2014 – 30 Sep 2015, NFO received $135,297.00 in donations. $93,150.00 in Non-Cash contributions.

Management/Administrative expenses                           $4,145.00

Fund-Raising expenses                                                 $4,614.00

Administrative/Fundraising expenses as % of Revenue   6.5%

NFO is an All Volunteer Non-Profit – No Paid Staff

 

Future Plans –

Farming – acquisition of 90 acres with, dormitory rooms for more interns, green house, and agricultural water well, farm house, chicken production area, pig area and goat breeding and milking barn and production area.

Healthy Eating/Value added – Two restaurateurs in Taos, have offered to develop and start a program in the NFO commercial kitchen to teach Military Families how to cook nutritionally and produce value added products from the NFO Farm.

We look forward to all the wonderful improvements and “Grand Opening” of the Military Family Respite Center, and welcoming the Military Families to a free one (1) week stay in our Historic and breathtaking community of Taos. To accomplish the remodeling task in the next five (5) months $190,500.00 needs to be raised. Local contractors and construction supply companies are donating their time and supplies to offset the remodeling cost.

Remodeling expenses:

  • Stucco both buildings $20,000.00
  • Flooring (joist/covering) $15,000.00
  • Elevator (purchase/installation) $70,000.00
  • Paint (inside/out) $12,500.00
  • Commercial Kitchen $35,000.00
  • Fireplaces repair $7,000.00
  • Electric upgrade $12,000.00
  • Emergency Egress deck $7,000.00
  • Plumbing upgrade $12,000.00

I thank the Taos community for the heartfelt support of the Military Families and Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc.

Don Peters II

Executive Director

(575)334-1503     don@notforgottenoutreach.org

Press Release – 10 March 2015

Press Release – 10 March 2015

NOT FORGOTTEN OUTREACH, INC.

332 KIT CARSON RD, TAOS, NEW MEXICO 87571WWW.NOTFORGOTTENOUTREACH.ORG

DON@NOTFORGOTTENOUTREACH.ORG (512) 656-6961 501(C)(3) PENDING

10 March 2015

Not Forgotten Outreach is pleased to announce the Ribbon Cutting of the Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center in Taos, New Mexico, on 06 April 2015 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

We invite you to JOIN us for the Ceremony and live music by the Jimmy Staddler Band and good eats from the Farm House Café, who will be providing snacks & refreshments.

11:30 Arriving Guest; Music by Jimmy Staddler
11:45 Congressman Lujan arrives
11:50 Congressman Lujan Tour of Military Family Respite Center
12:05 Invocation
12:10 Poem by Cian Westmoreland, Afghanistan Veterans
12:15 Welcoming by NFO President Kym Sanchez
12:25 Remarks by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
12:30 Remarks by Antonio Mondragon, Tribal Secretary of Taos Pueblo and Veteran of Iraq Gulf War
12:35 Ribbon Cutting by Congressman Ben Ray Lujan
12:45 Congressman Ben Ray Lujan leaves
12:50 Food/Music & Tour of NFO Military Family Respite Center aka “Ol’ Orinda”
11:30 till 2:30 Static Display of NFO partner’s & collaborators, UNM de Taos Sustainable Building & Agricultural Programs

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center Taos, NM, is a place for Military Families to come together for up to a week free, and help each other reintegrate into society. The “Ol’ Orinda” is a place of respite, calm and peace, allowing Military Families to address their mental health and cognitive needs with others who “walked in their shoes” after returning from war. By providing an outdoor, rehabilitative retreat that promotes peer connection, challenging outdoor experiences, and healing with other Veterans, Active Duty their Families and Gold Star Families.

“Ol Orinda” Offerings

  • Taos Veterans Farming Project learn basic skills & best practices for sustainable farming for business or hobby
  • Therapy animals
  • Lodging, class & office space
  • Secluded tranquility with breathtaking mountain views

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center will also serve as a central location for Not Forgotten Outreach’s Taos Veterans Farming Project. The 2-acre parcel will be a working Farm, with a heated greenhouse, farm animals and field crops and the Teaching facility for a USDA grant “Beginning Farmers/Ranchers Development Program”.

Not Forgotten Outreach would like to thank Bank of America, University of New Mexico Taos Construction Technology Dept. and the UNM Taos Green Technology Program, Phoenix Mechanical, the Military Families and the Community of Taos, New Mexico for their support is project of creating a home for Military Families in Taos, NM.

For more information, contact Don Peters II, don@notforgottenoutreach.org or 512-656-6961.

Volunteer Sign Up!

Volunteer Sign Up!

Not Forgotten Outreach is still needing volunteers to help this weekend at the Angel Fire Military Family Appreciation Weekend!

Click the link to sign up and pick your shifts.

VOLUNTEER NOW

Press Release – 13 February 2015

Press Release – 13 February 2015

NOT FORGOTTEN OUTREACH, INC.

332 KIT CARSON RD, TAOS, NEW MEXICO 87571WWW.NOTFORGOTTENOUTREACH.ORG

DON@NOTFORGOTTENOUTREACH.ORG (512) 656-6961 501(C)(3) PENDING

For Immediate Release

VETERAN/GOLD STAR WIDOW USES REO PROPERTY FOR MILITARY FAMILIES

Kym Sanchez, President/Founder of Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc., dream comes true today, Friday 13th Feb 2015, when she takes ownership of the “Ol’ Orinda” in Taos, NM, where she will open the Not Forgotten Outreach Military Family Respite Center.

Kym Sanchez, founder and president of Not Forgotten Outreach, served as the Casualty Assistant Non Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) 1st Infantry Division, Divisional Headquarters in Iraq in 2004-2005, her duties included burying over 180 soldiers. She also buried her husband, SGT Timothy Sanchez, who was killed in action in 2007, in Baghdad, Iraq, whom the non-profit is dedicated in Memory of.

Kym’s extensive first-hand knowledge of the emotional trauma of military families invigorated her to form the 501(c) (3), Not Forgotten Outreach; with the mission of providing therapeutic and recreational activities for Military Families. Since conception in Feb 2013, Not Forgotten Outreach provided programs for over 4,403 Military Families members.

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center Taos, NM, is a place for Military Families to come together, and help each other reintegrate into society.
The “Ol’ Orinda” is a place of respite, calm and peace, allowing Military Families to address their mental health and cognitive needs with others who “walked in their shoes” after returning from war.

By providing an outdoor, rehabilitative retreat that promotes peer connection, challenging outdoor experiences, and healing with other Veterans, Active Duty their Families and Gold Star Families.

While staying at NFO’s Respite Center, Military Families will have the opportunity to share strategies for overcoming obstacles while building the bonds of fellowship and friendship.

The Not Forgotten Outreach Military Respite Center will also serve as a central location for Not Forgotten Outreach’s Taos Veterans Farming Project. The 2-acre parcel will be a working Farm, with a heated greenhouse, farm animals and field crops and the Teaching facility for a USDA grant “Beginning Farmers/Ranchers Development Program”.

“Bank of America has great respect for the sacrifices given by the folks who will be staying at and using this facility after your purchase is complete. We also thank you for being a proponent of help and good will for our country’s service members through Not Forgotten Outreach.” Dana D. Lee, Assistant Vice Pres. -Asset Manager Bank of America

Not Forgotten Outreach thanks Bank of America, University of New Mexico Taos Construction Technology Dept. and the UNM Taos Green Technology Program, Phoenix Mechanical, the Military Families and the Community of Taos, New Mexico for their support is project of creating a home for Military Families in Taos, NM.
Not Forgotten Outreach, Inc. a 501(c)(3) is dedicated to motivating Military,

Veterans & their Families and Gold Star families of fallen heroes to participate in recreational and/or therapeutic activities in order to facilitate the healing process. Providing opportunities to improve relationships, build comradeships and at the same time enhance personal well-being.

Join us for the Official Ribbon Cutting April 6, 2015, 12:00 pm at the Military Family Respite Center 461 Valverde Commons, Taos, NM 87571.

Congressman Ben Ray Lujan & other dignitaries will be joining us for the Ceremony.

Jimmy Staddler Band will be playing from 11:30am -2:30pm. Farm House Café will be providing snacks & refreshments.

For Further information Contact Don Peters 575-224-1503 or don@notforgottenoutreach.org

USA Hockey Grant

USA Hockey Grant

We received the grant from USA Hockey for Five Sleds to get a jump start on our new sled hockey program. We will work on purchasing the sticks and some goalie equipment since they are pretty specialized. However, we will need donations of helmets, elbow pads, and gloves to get the program going. If you can donate any equipment or gifts toward purchasing equipment, that would be greatly appreciated.

Donations for the upcoming clinic and the winter program of
HELMETS, ELBOW PADS, GLOVES, AND OTHER SAFTEY EQUIPMENT
can be made by contacting us at the CONTACT US page or calling Emily at 575-741-1135

Sled Hockey Clinic – Dec. 12th

Sled Hockey Clinic – Dec. 12th

USA Hockey will be in Taos December 20th to hold a sled hockey clinic for us. Anyone who is interested in participating in this program in any aspect is encouraged to attend. We will be looking for players, volunteer coaches and volunteer referees for the upcoming season. The clinic will take place on and off the ice to encompass all areas of the sport.

We should have plenty of sleds for the event so even if you are just a little bit curious, please come on by and check out what all the excitement is about…
Taos Youth and Family Center
Saturday, Dec. 20th

Time to be announced
Please RSVP


 

Donations for the upcoming clinic and the winter program of
HELMETS, ELBOW PADS, GLOVES, AND OTHER SAFTEY EQUIPMENT
can be made by contacting us at the CONTACT US page or calling Emily at 575-741-1135