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Inside the Wire Foundation

 8941 Atlanta Ave Suite 108
 Huntington Beach, CA 92646
[P] (714) 271-3530
[F] (714) 965-1273
www.insidethewirefoundation.org
[email protected]
Michele Arnold
FOUNDED: 2015
INCORPORATED: 2016
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
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Mission StatementMORE »

MISSION STATEMENT:  Providing America's Patriots the necessary tools, information and support for an accelerated and successful integration into civilian culture through an end-to-end structured approach. ITWF creates programs and provides services for transitioning Veterans that focus on five critical areas: housing, employment, medical & financial well being, mental & physical well being and education. Our seven month structured program provides Veterans with the necessary tools, guidance and mentorship to help them be prepared, engaged and empowered.

Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT:  Providing America's Patriots the necessary tools, information and support for an accelerated and successful integration into civilian culture through an end-to-end structured approach. ITWF creates programs and provides services for transitioning Veterans that focus on five critical areas: housing, employment, medical & financial well being, mental & physical well being and education. Our seven month structured program provides Veterans with the necessary tools, guidance and mentorship to help them be prepared, engaged and empowered.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2016
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
Projected Revenue $15,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

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Overview


Mission Statement

MISSION STATEMENT:  Providing America's Patriots the necessary tools, information and support for an accelerated and successful integration into civilian culture through an end-to-end structured approach. ITWF creates programs and provides services for transitioning Veterans that focus on five critical areas: housing, employment, medical & financial well being, mental & physical well being and education. Our seven month structured program provides Veterans with the necessary tools, guidance and mentorship to help them be prepared, engaged and empowered.

Background Statement

Inside the Wire Foundation was formed as a direct result of the founder’s passion, energy and lifetime dedication to the United States Armed Forces. The co-founder, Michele Arnold is the proud mother of two USNA graduates and active duty officers – one a USN Submariner and the other a USMC pilot. In addition, she is the proud daughter of a USMA ’60 graduate who did multiple tours in Vietnam embedded with the Special Forces Unit. She has spent her life living in a civilian world surrounded by the military and always knew, when the moment was right, she would dedicate herself to giving back to those who fearlessly defend our freedoms and the United States of America.

When researching and developing the mission for Inside the Wire Foundation, Mrs. Arnold tapped her lifetime of experience and spent over a year researching current Veteran issues. Based on her own father’s experiences transitioning from military to civilian life and the current rate of transitioning Veterans and the obvious gaps in transition services, Mrs. Arnold along with her husband developed a seven month plan that addresses five critical components of transition and as important, provides a structured, nurturing environment for Veterans and their families to receive the necessary tools and support for them to be successful in the near future and also to replicate that success in the years to come.

With the vision formed, Mr. Arnold, a senior management consultant with Accenture (the largest consulting firm in the world) and a recognized leader in the Lean Six Sigma field and business transformation arena, developed a methodology that provides a solid structure, multiple touchpoints, and data driven feedback and results. He utilized his over 30 years of experience in working with some of the largest companies in the world and many of the Fortune 500 top 10 companies to ensure the program’s feasibility and high success probability.

We understand we are new. We understand that seed money is “impossible” to obtain. We also understand and guarantee that this Foundation will exist and this program will exist in some form and will help Veterans as long as help is needed. Our Veterans deserve that and so much more.


Impact Statement

Inside the Wire Foundation received its 501(c)3 status in January 2016. In the past five months, ITWF has made significant progress towards our first year goals.

Goal 1: First Class Launch

Status: Our first official class, Class ’16 - Alpha will launch on September 12, 2016.

Goal 2: Form collaborative partnerships with at least five non-profit or for-profit community partners.

Status: ITWF has formed official partnerships with seven community partners.

Goal 3: Obtain Office Space

Status: ITWF is currently in negotiations with property owner to lease office space in Santa Ana, California. Anticipated lease start date: August 1, 2016

Goal 4: Build Board of Directors

Status: No progress made

Goal 5: Obtain funding/Fundraising

Status: ITWF has received a $10,000 donation and anticipates an additional $5,000 within the next several months. In addition, ITWF is planning its first fundraiser which it expects will raise an additional $1,000.

 
For remaining 2016 and 2017, ITWF goals include finalizing office lease, increasing community awareness, forming and strengthening relationship with Veterans Administration - Long Beach, securing additional community partnerships, developing our Board of Directors and Advisory Board, strengthening our mentor program, securing at least $25,000 in donations and/or grants and hosting at least one fundraising event and community event.

Needs Statement

#1 Financial: ITWF seeks individuals or corporations to share our vision and provide seed capital to grow our services quickly to accommodate the overwhelming demand.

#2 Development: ITWF seeks passionate and motivated individuals to plan and implement fundraising and community outreach events.and seek support from other areas such as individual non-ITWF fundraising events, etc. 
#3 Board of Directors and Special Advisory Board Membership:  ITWF seeks passionate, experienced and intelligent individuals who have time, talent, and resources (or a combination) to join our Board of Directors and Special Advisory Board. We desire diverse, high-energy leadership with varied backgrounds who share our vision and will assist in achieving ITWF goals. 
#4 Mentoring Opportunities:  Individual Mentors: Self-explanatory; Subject Matter Instructors & Mentors We focus on five major components housing, employment, medical & financial well-being, mental & physical well-being and education. Volunteers provide subject matter expertise during our monthly workshop and contribute to a client on an individual basis as their time permits. 
#5 High Priority Wish List: Office Furniture, Computers/Laptops, Printers, Tables & Chairs for workshops, & printing, copying services

CEO Statement

There are literally thousands of Veteran-assist non-profits. However, Inside the Wire Foundation distinguishes itself from the rest in the following manner:  

1.  "Front-Door" Approach & Longer-Term Solution in a Structured, Relaxed Environment  
Inside the Wire Foundation however offers so much more than a short-term solution; we offer a “front-door” approach and a long-term safe, structured, relaxed and familiar environment in which Veterans and their families receive information, learn new soft skills, relax and enjoy some camaraderie. Our goal is to create a “unit” environment – loosely mirroring the military culture but modifying it to fit within the civilian cultural norms. “You can take the man out of the military but you can’t take the military out of the man”.  We embrace that philosophy and work with our clients to help them understand and adapt to the new civilian environment and overcome any obstacles that hinder their progress. We never ask a Veteran to change their values and ideals; instead we urge them to take those values and ideals and “live” them in different ways.

Our program is seven-months, similar to the very familiar and comfortable school cycle. We conduct at least three cycles per year.

2.  Family & Caregiver Workshops 

Based on feedback from Veterans and their families, ITWF conducts simultaneous family and caregiver workshops that parallel the Veterans’ unit. The benefits are two-fold: one, it allows family members insight into topics covered allowing for more communication and mutual support opportunities; two, it gives family members and caregivers the opportunity to share information and resources and discuss among themselves common issues and best practices.

3.  Collaboration-Based Model

Our program is a collaborative program. ITWF's operating model is based on the premise that we are not specific subject matter experts. Instead ITWF is a bridge-builder and program developer that utilizes the subject matter expertise of our community partners to offer our clients the most up-to-date and effective resources to meet their specific needs. We work with our community partners to offer their services to our clients in our one convenient location, creating less stress and increasing the likelihood of follow-through and success.  We research and utilize the best resources available to the Internet decreasing the frustration level and increasing engagement.

 4.  Semi-Tailored Workshops 

In addition, we research, develop and utilize the most effective methodologies to create workshops semi-tailored to the actual participants. 
 

Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Inside the Wire Foundation relies on grants and private donations of time, services and money to fulfill our mission.  We accept donations via PayPal, check or via phone should the donor wish.  We are currently seeking support in the following areas: Financial: ITWF seeks individuals or corporations to share our vision and provide seed capital to grow our services quickly to accommodate the overwhelming demand. Development: ITWF seeks passionate and motivated individuals to plan and implement fundraising and community outreach events.and seek support from other areas such as individual non-ITWF fundraising events, etc.
 
 
Grant Writers: ITWF seeks a volunteer who can assist in developing and submitting grant proposals to the various grant-making organizations and foundations. Board of Directors and Special Advisory Board Membership: ITWF seeks passionate, experienced and intelligent individuals who have the time, talent, and resources (or a combination) to join our Board of Directors and Special Advisory Board. We desire a diverse leadership with varied backgrounds and high energy to share our vision and assist us in achieving our goals. Social Media/PR/Marketing: ITWF seeks talented individuals with some military knowledge to assist with social media, video design, creative design, website update/design and more. Volunteers:  As a volunteer, you contribute your time and passion to help our clients. Mentoring Program: Individual Mentors  Self-explanatory Subject Matter Instructors & Mentors  We focus on five major components of transition: housing, employment, medical & financial well-being, mental & physical well-being and education. Volunteers provide subject matter expertise during our monthly workshop and contribute to a client on an individual basis as their time permits. It is our goal that our clients will receive necessary, relevant and timely information in one location and within the context of the “bigger picture” thus alleviating stress and frustration. 

Geographic Area Served

Local
Inside the Wire Foundation serves post 9/11 Veterans residing in the Orange County area.

Organization Categories

  1. Public & Societal Benefit - Military/Veterans' Organizations
  2. Human Services - Family Services
  3. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement

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Programs


Evolution

Evolution program is a 7 month, structured transition program.  We work with clients to develop short-term goals, overcome real and perceived obstacles, develop longer-term goals and create a secure network of collaborators that facilitate their transition and support them through their evolution.

Our staff and group of mentors work directly with Veterans and their families to engage them in the active development and execution of their transition plans, and with the assistance of partner organizations, to provide a“front-door” program that addresses five key areas: Housing, Employment, Medical & Financial Wellbeing, Mental & Physical Wellbeing, and Education and the Road Ahead. The program structure is class based with each class attending a 6-week accelerated program of weekly meetings followed by a series of 5 once-a month workshops. Each monthly workshop covers a key area, and clients are provided the necessary tools, resources and support to address their individual needs.

Budget  $50,000.00
Category  Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Military/Veterans Families
Program Short-Term Success 

By the end of 2017, ITWF will have conducted 3 program cycles.  Participants will be referred by VA- Long Beach, Camp Pendleton, or word-of-mouth. Each class will have a minimum of 20 participants. By the end of the 3 cycles, 90% of participants will have completed the program. 95% of those completing the program will have accomplished the following:

Learned the search methodologies for housing and available housing resources;

Developed necessary resume and soft skills to be job-ready;

Developed a working financial budget and enrolled in traditional banking services;

Identified current medical conditions and sought assistance and will recognize signs of potential issues;

Engaged in one or more community activities

Discovered and utilized appropriate relaxation techniques;

Recognized potential legal problems and how to get assistance;

Learned about educational benefits and developed educational plan as needed
 
Enrolled in the VA e-benefits program and will understand available VA benefits,
 
Program Long-Term Success 

Long-term, we will have an Inside the Wire Resource & Wellness Center within one-hour of every major military depot in the United States. Clients will be referred to the center through Military Transition Services or VA Transition Staff.  We will have collaborative partnerships with national and local for-profit and non-profit organizations to support each Center. Each center will have a minimum of 1,000 clients and family members attending the program and workshops and of those clients, 90% will complete the entire seven month program. Of those 90% completion, 60% will become Inside the Wire Foundation program mentors and/or volunteers. The Inside the Wire Foundation programs will recognize and promote a unique culture that embodies the military spirit and adapts to the cultural norms of civilian life. Our clients will be prepared, engaged and empowered in their civilian lives with the knowledge that they have a resource on which to rely should they ever need assistance.

Program Success Monitored By 

Success of program is monitored at time intervals through frequent touch points.  We utilize online tracking to record attendance, monitor project completion and self-reported successes.  


Examples of Program Success  NA

Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Michele Vahsen Arnold
CEO Term Start Jan 2015
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Michele Arnold is Executive Director and Co-Founder, with her husband Tony Arnold, of Inside the Wire Foundation – an end-to-end structured program designed to address many of the root causes of challenges – homelessness, underemployment or unemployment and high suicide rate – facing today's Veterans. Mrs. Arnold has been actively involved in non-profit organizations throughout her life and started focusing on helping active duty military and Veterans in 2008 when she and her husband's son entered the United States Naval Academy. As the daughter of a US Army West Point graduate who served multiple tours in Vietnam and the mother of two active duty sons, Mrs. Arnold has witnessed and experienced first-hand the difficulties facing active duty military when they return to civilian life. Her desire to assist and honor the men and women who honorably served the United States through military service is what propelled her vision. Mrs. Arnold graduated with highest honor with a Bachelor of Science – Finance from Florida Institute of Technology and is a certified Paralegal. Mrs. Arnold has worked across multiple industries – recreational/retail, non-profits, banking, finance and Internet start-ups, in various capacities including Vice President, and she has owned and operated several small successful companies. Mrs. Arnold also has volunteered extensively during the past 25 years including but not limited to room mother, PTSA committee chairs, PTSA President, coach, referee, Board of Directors – AYSO Region 1046 and Region 37, Trauma Intervention Program of Corona volunteer, church volunteer and program coordinator, animal foster and rescue. Mrs. Arnold recently launched a printing and design firm, Warriors and Woofs Designs, that donates a portion of its profits to support the Inside the Wire Foundation vision. She and her husband currently reside in Huntington Beach and have four sons – two actively serving in the US Military – cats, dogs and a growing saltwater aquarium collection.

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Collaborations

Our program is a collaborative program. ITWF operating model is based on the premise that we are not specific subject matter experts. Instead ITWF is a bridge-builder and program developer that utilizes the subject matter expertise of our community partners to offer our clients the most up-to-date and effective community resources to meet their specific needs. We research and work with our community partners to be able to offer their services to our clients in one convenient location, creating less stress and increasing the likelihood of success. In addition, we research, develop and utilize the most effective methodologies to create workshops semi-tailored to the actual participants. - We are the physical portal, if you will, to the multitude of online resources available and the available community resources.  We are seeking collaborative partners in the for- and non-profit sectors in the five major subject matter areas.  To date, we have secured 6 partner arrangements and should finalize arrangements with 7 other organizations within the next six weeks.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 5
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 0%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 3
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 10
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Under Development
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A

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Governance


Board Chair Mr. Anthony Arnold
Board Chair Company Affiliation Inside the Wire Foundation
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2018
Board Co-Chair Michele Arnold
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Inside the Wire Foundation
Board Co-Chair Term Jan 2016 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. Anthony Arnold Inside the Wire Foundation Voting
Mrs. Michele Arnold Inside the Wire Foundation Voting
LT Michael Vahsen United States Navy Voting

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 2
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 20
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation No

CEO Comments

As a new organization, ITWF seeks passionate, experienced and intelligent individuals who have the time, talent, and resources (or a combination) to join our Board of Directors and Special Advisory Board. We desire a diverse leadership with varied backgrounds and high energy to share our vision and assist us in achieving our goals.  

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Financials


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Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $15,000.00
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
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Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose Purchase of land and building to create the Inside the Wire Foundation Resource & Wellness Center. The center will be open 6 days a week and will serve as a central location for resources available to Veterans and guidance. The Resource & Wellness center will also house the administrative offices of Inside the Wire Foundation, have small recreational facilities and relaxation rooms where Veterans can relax and meditate without fear. We will utilize therapy dogs on specified days.
Campaign Goal $1,500,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates 2017 -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $0.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

Every organization faces challenges – it is how those challenges are handled that determine success. Inside the Wire Foundation’s biggest challenge right now is raising the needed funds to successfully execute our program. Because we are brand new, we are unable to document and share our success stories to demonstrate to potential donors how their valuable dollars will change hundreds of lives. That is unfortunate, because we know with absolute surety our program WILL change hundreds of lives, and then thousands, and then who knows our limits. We knew that going in and we are personally investing tens of thousands of dollars to launch our program. We chose to invest OUR money in OUR Veterans and THEIR futures – that is HOW MUCH WE BELIEVE in our PROGRAM and HOW MUCH we RESPECT the sacrifices made by our men and women who served in the Armed Forces. With two active duty sons, one attending college and one a sophomore in high school, we would not wastefully spend money on something that we weren’t absolutely sure would be successful. The program was designed with scalability in mind and the ability to duplicate its success nationwide. We hope our story, our vision and our passion will motivate and inspire you to invest in our success. In reality, investing in our success is really investing in the successes of the tens, hundreds and thousands of Veterans nationwide. Veterans, like my sons who entered the military at 17, who may not have experienced civilian world challenges and developed the necessary skills to overcome them and thrive. Veterans, like my father, who experienced TBI or developed PTSD from their service to our country and now have to not only adjust to a new environment but deal with the multitude of issues arising from their new mental and physical conditions. ITWF is not assisting the Veterans who want hand-outs; we are assisting Veterans who want and/or need a hand-up and who need the extra structure, guidance and support from a network who sincerely care about their well-being. We are assisting early-on those who without our help could develop chronic issues; we are assisting them BEFORE they reach crisis. Your financial support and belief in our program will help us address the root-causes of homelessness, under- and unemployment and the staggering suicide rate among our nation’s Veterans. You will be the catalyst for change!

Foundation Comments

This organization received IRS letter of determination in February 2016 with no income to report. There is no financial history.

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