Member Spotlight: Project Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Sanctuary is a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 2007 after founder, Heather Ehle, discovered no organization was helping the military family as a WHOLE. As a result, her founding principle and motivation was, “The whole family serves, and the best way to “support the troops” is by supporting the entire family.”

Project Sanctuary assists military service members returning from our nation’s wars and conflicts by reconnecting the family unit through a holistic approach. Healing the effects of war, treating all members of the family, and enabling service members to reintegrate into their families and communities in a healthy manner is needed in the preservation of the family unit and strengthening of the community, the military and the country.

By addressing mental health above all, Project Sanctuary takes the military families from battle-ready to family-ready by providing six-day, outdoor, therapeutic retreats in a healing environment and ongoing family support services for two years following each retreat. Project Sanctuary provides a class focusing on the obstacles of families living with PTSD and how to overcome those hurdles by supplying professional resources. Project Sanctuary addresses the health of all family members, making them one of the few organizations in the country addressing the stresses of military life on teens and children.

Their program is run by a professional team that includes a registered nurse, licensed professional counselors, medical social workers, certified therapeutic recreation specialists and trained peer mentors. Learn more at www.projectsanctuary.us.

UPCOMING 2017 RETREATS

Retreat #115:  April 7-12, 2017 – YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO
Retreat #116:  April 28 – May 3 – Historic Banning Mills, Whitesburg, GA
Retreat #117:  May 12-17, 2017 – Winding River Ranch, Grand Lake, CO
Retreat #118:  May 26-31, 2017 – COUPLES – Beaver Hollow Conference Center, Java Center, NY
Retreat #119:  June 9-14, 2017 – YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, Granby, CO
Retreat #120:  June 18-23, 2017 – Winding River Ranch, Grand Lake, CO

For a full list of retreats go to https://projectsanctuary.us/schedule/

Also upcoming in May is Project Sanctuary’s 2nd annual O.P.S. Gala which will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, CO. The gala will feature fun, camaraderie, and giving back to our nation’s heroes. Featuring exciting silent and live auctions, a banquet-style dinner, networking with military supporters from across the country, and exciting news about Project Sanctuary’s expansion, your support will save and forever change the lives of military families. To purchase your tickets, please visit: https://projectsanctuary.ejoinme.org/MyEvents/2017OperationProjectSanctuaryGala/tabid/848688/Default.aspx

“Dear Project Sanctuary,

My family has been on a journey since Sgt. White’s alive date of May, 20, 2012. A journey of medical and psychological struggles but one of strength and perseverance.  Although many hurdles and mountains have been conquered since the IED explosion; it was at Project Sanctuary in which we found hope.  Hope for our future and hope knowing we were not alone in our seemingly silent battle. The staff at Project Sanctuary understood our struggles of TBI and PTSD but even more so how to move past diagnosis and seek a better quality of life. Most notably, Mike, Ronie, and Susan took us aside for many private conversations where tears were shed.  Tears of relief and gratitude that it is no longer our burden to carry these frustrations but that we are now part of a family of survivors.  We shared more than tears and stories with these amazing people, we shared laughter.  As a family, we have not laughed and smiled as much as we did in that short week up in those beautiful mountains.  This retreat gave us our focus back.  Focus to conquer the next set of struggles to arise and focus to remember the little things that make us smile. We were able to breathe and enjoy each other and the beautiful countryside.  I am forever grateful to those who made this retreat possible for us and for the amount of love that was passed around during our time there. Truly amazing work and healing comes from these retreats and as a military spouse and also a parent, I want to say thank you giving us hope and the strength to keep fighting the fight.

~ Military Spouse”

 

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