Taking Military Families from Battle Ready to Family Ready
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 helps military families THRIVE through an evidenced-based program built on compassionate advocacy, providing resiliency and reintegration tools, and reestablishing HOPE. Project Sanctuary supports military families where they are right NOW. After years of working with military families, we have become a recognized leader in bringing health and wellness to our military families. By addressing mental health first, we take our families from battle ready to family ready.
Project Sanctuary works with veterans and active-duty service members and their families through the A.R.T. of Project Sanctuary, a two-year program combining counseling, education, self-development and recreational therapy to help reconnect and build well-adjusted families. All military/veteran families who contact us, or who are referred to us, are first Assessed to determine if they need support and services now (i.e., immediate help) or if they may be scheduled for a retreat. Both options are geared toward Reconnecting the families to each other and to their communities. All services provided are intended to help the families Thrive today and into the future.
For families entering the full two-year program, it begins with a six-day, outdoor, therapeutic retreat in a healing environment and continues with ongoing family support services for the service member and the family members for two years following each retreat. All of our services are provided free of charge to participating military families.
Walton’s Warriors Peer Mentor Program launched in fall 2016 with generous funding of the pilot from Infinite Hero Foundation. The program was inspired by Brian Walton, a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces, who had attended a Project Sanctuary retreat with his family, but unfortunately, succumbed to his PTSD in March 2016. Many of Project Sanctuary’s veterans reached out to offer help after Brian’s suicide, which prompted founder and CEO Heather Ehle to search for programs that could better train them on how to provide support. Walton’s Warriors was born after her search failed to yield any comprehensive, clinically-based options.
Walton’s Warriors includes both in-person and online training delivered by licensed professionals and veteran coaches, following a structured, evidence-based curriculum. Participants will learn about therapeutic communication, red flags to watch out for and the importance of confidentiality and setting boundaries. They’ll also receive training on critical self-care skills. The pilot program aims to train and graduate up to 25 peer mentors throughout 2017.
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