Mission: Project Sanctuary’s mission is to help active duty military personnel, veterans, and their spouses and children reconnect and reintegrate into their communities by providing therapeutic, curative, supportive and recreational activities in the healing leisure environment of the Colorado Rockies. Continuing support and services are provided to each family for two years after attending a retreat.
Results: - Project Sanctuary has hosted 32 therapeutic retreats and is providing support and services for 259 military families, 923 individuals
- Of these families, 149 are active duty, and 110 are veterans.
- 80% of the participating service members are “wounded warriors” with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI), physical wounds and/or amputations.
- The numbers speak for themselves. Of the families served by Project Sanctuary:
o 90% are still together.
o Only three arrests have occurred, compared to much higher numbers for the returning military population at large.
o NO PARTICIPANT HAS COMMITTED SUICIDE.
Target demographics: Any family unit that has served in any branch of the US Military.
Geographic areas served: Project Sanctuary provides retreats for families nation wide. We also host volunteers nation wide.
We attended a Project Sanctuary retreat. I was blown away by their dedication and commitment to military families. We learned helpful skills to benefit our marriage and family and had a great time doing activities with our kids. It was a great mix of education and fun!
Project Sanctuary from Granby Colorado is dedicated to reconnecting military members with their families through week long retreats at the Snow Mountain Ranch Y and other fun family events. We are not associated with the organization but witnessed its work while enjoying a small family gathering of our own several months ago. Having served for over 30 years in the military, I recognized a fellow soldier and had a brief chat with him. He was back from a deployment and was struggling with financial issues, reconnecting with his children, and integrating back into society. Later I saw him in a fantastic floor hockey session with his son and both were having a wonderful time.
Since then I have done some research on the mission, goals and successes of Project Sanctuary. I think their website explains it best so I will leave it to you to decide for yourself - projectsanctuary.us
I will only add that I think any organization that takes no government funding, has administration expenses of only 3% or so and provides these wonderful services to our veterans is worthy of being ranked as one of the very top organization to receive monetary support.