GUMI Camp USA

 

A Place Of Hope & Healing For Veterans In The Ozark Hills

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GUMI stands for G – Glad U – You M – Made I – It

Even though we are very glad for those who made it back home, we understand that coming back alive is only half the battle.
GUMI Camp offers a program and a place to partner with veterans working through their struggle with PTSD.

About Us

GUMI Camp USA is a special place where US Veterans can go to heal at their own pace. We have unique programs for those who struggle with deployment related issues such as PSTD, an inability to readjust to a civilian life, and depression. Our programs include veteran peer-to-peer support, specialized groups, challenging expeditions, experiencing life on a working ranch/farm and animal therapy.

“Vets helping vets” is what we like to call it. We encourage all vets from all walks of life to come and volunteer and get to know our staff, animals, and help us with a current project. If you would like to be a part of our 6-month program, please just talk to one of our staff members or email us here.

GUMI, which stands for Glad You Made it, focuses on providing our Veterans with the tools they need to help them heal after deployment overseas and enable them to re-enter society. The camp is located on a 258-acre piece of property in southeast Taney County, Missouri. Veterans may reside without cost to them and heal at their own pace! At full capacity, we house approximately 30 veterans on the working ranch.

NEW HORIZONS FOUNDATION

GUMI Camp USA is a project through the New Horizons Foundation. The New Horizons Foundation, founded in 1989, is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, public charity, organized and operating under the laws of Colorado for the purpose of helping individuals accomplish their charitable objectives in religious, educational, scientific, benevolent and health related activities.

Mission Statement

To equip, strengthen and encourage US Veterans with the educational, emotional and spiritual resources to understand and overcome deployment related issues through personal reflective and group activities in a serene working ranch setting.

How we started

On a Sunday drive years ago, Tim drove past the property of what is now GUMI Camp in Cedarcreek, MO and a soft, quiet voice in his head said, “Healing Place.” Not knowing what the future would bring, he began to make payments on the land and followed a childhood dream of helping people back on their feet through a place to live and work…

How we help

In the six-month program we have a daily routine schedule, weekly peer-to-peer support groups, activities with animals, wood and more, and a director available 24-7 with a masters degree in the development of human behavior.  Upon graduation from the program, the Veteran, along with his or her case management team decide what’s next – do they stay on at GUMI and help others in the healing process, or move on and occasionally come by to visit and share their testimony?

How Music Helps

Tim Hadler, who is a Nashville singer/songwriter, as well as being the founder of GUMI, performs along with his friends all over the country, raising both awareness and funds for GUMI Camp USA.  Tim also co-wrote a song called “Scream” with WWII Navy Veteran Leon H. Faddis, which tells Leon’s story, which so many veterans and active service-members can also relate to. All proceeds from the song go back to the Camp.

We Are Hiring!

We currently have 5 opportunities for employment:

Welcome Center Personnel

Your primary task is greeting visitors and all staff coming and leaving the CAMP. You will have them sign in/out with an explanation. You also will aid the other departments if called upon for a short time only so not to leave the center for any length of time. (Informing the administration office if you must leave the center to cover for you so no Visitor is left with no greeting)

Administration Personnel

Your primary task is to assist the Director of the CAMP in answering all incoming phone calls, getting mail, collecting receipts and income incurred at the CAMP, payroll, pursuing legal documents for projects at the CAMP and handling legal affairs, enrollment/ discharge of Participents, meeting with the Participents weekly and discussing what’s next after graduation from GUMI such as employment on or off site, psychologist and other support meetings set up for Veterans, activities on and off premise along with staff planned and set, CPR, desculation training and other meetings planned and set

Maintenance/Shop Personnel

Primary task to assist the maintenance supervisor in keeping MSDS current, implementation of plans and activities performed at the CAMP, turning in all receipts and money’s to the administration office

Direct Support Professional

Primary task is to be with the Veteran Participent 24/7 logging hourly physical and mental behavior. Working with and along side the Participents, it’s your experiences and the notes you take that will help the Director and her team determine what’s best for the Participent. At the close and opening of each shift you will be briefed by the Director and/or her staff and will turn in your log daily to them.

Participant

You will sign a six month contract promising to follow the daily routine and give an explanation of your need/needs and what you expect to walk away with at your graduation.  You are paid a 40 hr weekly salary, frequent meetings with a psychologist, job opportunities and budget assistance, weekly peer to peer meetings set up, VA and other appointments set up and encouragement to receive what’s there for you as a Veteran.

Every Veteran going through the program is given a puppy.  Eventually, the puppy becomes the veteran’s sole responsibility and after their program graduation, they can take the dog with them for life. 

We Have the Power to Impact These Veterans’ Futures!

GUMI Camp USA is a special place where our US Veterans are able to go to heal.  It is our vision to see US Veterans flourish in society as civilians and realize their potential with hope and motivation for the future.  GUMI, which stands for Glad You Made It, focuses on the mission to equip, strengthen and encourage US Veterans with the educational, emotional and spiritual resources to understand and overcome deployment-related issues through personal reflective and group activities in a serene working ranch setting.  

GUMI Camp USA is located on a 258-acre piece of property in southeast Taney County, Missouri. Veterans may reside without cost to them and heal at their own pace. At full capacity, it houses approximately 30 veterans on the working ranch. 

Every Veteran going through the program is given a puppy.  Eventually, the puppy becomes the veteran’s sole responsibility and after their program graduation, they can take the dog with them for life. 

All of Tim’s shows on the contribute GUMI Camp USA.  Join him for a performance!  Visit timhadler.com for schedule information!

Tax Deductible Donations can be made to support the GUMI Camp USA project through The New Horizons Foundation which has been in operation for 25 years and sponsors over 225 active operating projects in the US and around the world.  Please consider making a donation to help our veterans!  One-time and recurring monthly options are available by clicking HERE.

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Camp Projects

Working with Animals

The daily chores of taking care of the cows, rabbits, pigs, goats, dogs, cats and chickens, including gathering the eggs, allows the Veterans to heal and have companionship with God’s amazing creatures…

Other Activities

Veterans can be a part of other very useful activities, including saw milling, wood cutting, building fences, building the cabins, yard maintenance and so much more.

Cabins and Main Center

Individual cabins sprinkled throughout the 258 acre property as well as a Main Center for group activities, dining, visits, and more.

Mechanical Shops

A wood working shop as well as a blacksmith shop are to be built on the premises as funding becomes available. We believe that working with hand tools is also very rewarding.

Flower Gardens

Our mission statement includes “We planted the seeds and we continue to plant seeds in our society, giving hope to mankind; the opportunity to find life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Given these inspirational words, it is only fitting that our camp have beautiful flower gardens for our resident Veterans and their families and visitors to enjoy.

Living Museum

An on-site, year round Veteran’s Musuem where our residents and their families, along with our camp visitors can go to reflect and learn more about the history that they were a part of.

Donate Now!

The GUMI CAMP story has many facets. It’s about offering hope and providing counseling to veterans struggling with PTSD. It’s about suicide prevention,and it’s about support and understanding for those who have given so much to protect our freedom. We welcome your support.

Our Current Priorities

Pat Raleigh Parkway

The main project out at the camp right now is the Pat Raleigh Parkway – the road that runs from the entrance of the camp to the back – where the cabins and chapel are located.

Pat retired as Master Sergeant of 21 years in the US Army during the Korean & Vietnam Wars & was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He was the first to start the road fund.  If you would like to help build the mile-long road, donations are needed and appreciated.

One load costs $300.  You can make a check payable to

GUMI CAMP USA and memo it “Rock Star”

Mail to:
PO Box 125
Cedarcreek, MO 65627

Get Involved

“Scream” 

Written by Tim Hadler and 94 year-old WWII Navy Veteran Leon H. Faddis, “Scream” tells Leon’s story, which so many veterans and active service-members can also relate to.

Make a $20 donation to GUMI CAMP USA and receive a signed CD of SCREAM today!

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The Camp

This healing retreat for veterans is being built in three phases. As the story spreads, we continue to gain partners and momentum.

We invite you to become a member of the GUMI CAMP team. Find out how you can get involved by volunteering, serving, or giving to this project that helps veterans struggling with PTSD receive the encouragement and training they need in order to go from trauma to triumph. Call 1-888-612-8881 or scroll down to the “contact” section and please reach out!

I was fighting all the flashbacks and everything.  After we wrote “Scream” and we got going on that… I got zero flashbacks – everything is alright.  I just had never told my story.

~ Leon H. Faddis • 94 year-old Navy Vet

Give Today

In addition to the emotional help and spiritual guidance provided, we are also raising financial support that will enable our dream to become a reality. That dream is to partner with our Veterans as they transition back into a normal life routine and move from trauma to triumph.

So many veterans are in need of help. Would you join with us ?

Tax Deductible Donations can be made to support the GUMI Camp USA project through The New Horizons Foundation which has been in operation for 25 years and sponsors over 225 active operating projects in the US and around the world.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of our American Veterans who suffer from deployment related issues. Won’t you please consider making your tax deductible donation today?

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None of this would be possible without the countless hours of volunteer work from our wonderful volunteers, vets helping vets, financial support from donors, and the many hearts and minds that have helped in the planning and birth of GUMI CAMP USA. 

Want to volunteer or get involved?  Great!
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GUMI CAMP USA
P.O. Box 125
267 MoArk Rd
Cedarcreek, Missouri 65627

info.gumicampusa@gmail.com

Tel: 1-888-612-8881