The Coming Home Project

Rating: 4.89 stars   63 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: 3739 Balboa St. Box 193 San Francisco CA 94121 USA

Mission: The Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted to providing compassionate expert care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers. We are a multidisciplinary, experienced team of psychotherapists, veterans and interfaith leaders committed to helping transform the wounds of war. Our programs address the psychological, emotional, spiritual and relationship challenges experienced during all stages of deployment, especially reintegration. We help rebuild the connectivity of mind, body, heart and spirit that combat trauma can unravel, renew relationships with loved ones, and create new support networks. We build a safe place – a community -- for families, their veterans and service members, and their service providers to come together and share their stories, struggles and accomplishments. We connect families with their communities as we collaborate to create integrative continuums of care. Single veterans and service members as well as those with physical injuries are also most welcome.
Geographic areas served: National
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 94-3386751-001
415-353-5363
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I attended a 4 day retreat in October 09 with this org. Thr staff, volunteers were amazing. Attentive, responsive, nurturing and knowledgable. Lots of substance , no fluff. Very beneficial and rewarding. I learned a lot an gainied a new perspective on handling situations in my daily life.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a 4 day treat

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

include more veteranss in the vounteer efforts

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the conscientious satff, surroundings

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing, calming, non confrontational and knoweledgeable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

raise awarenes, served the needs of many more

Ways to make it better...

we did not shar e bedrooms with strangers

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the number of clients needing services

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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11 people found this review helpful

Because of the dedicated service of the Coming Home Project for the military and veterans who have served in Iraq and Afganistan, and the integrity and high esteem of the organization in the therapeutic community,I chose to become a volunteer therapist. I have been working with a Marine who has served two tours of duty in Iraq and he states that his experience in therapy has changed his relationship to his past, his self, and his relationships. The support for Veterans and for clinicians is exemplary, and the difference that is being made with Veterans will have far reaching effects. I have been a therapist for over 20 years and have managed many non-profit programs, and CHP is one of the finest I have ever known. I truly hope they are honored for their amazing contribution.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the difference in a veterans relationship to himself and his life. When he began therapy he was drinking and using drugs daily, and he is now working recovery, getting all A's in his college classes, has a positive relationship with his family.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

want it to have more visibility to be able to reach more veterans and their families, and to inspire more therapists to volunteer their time to make a huge difference through therapy and the healing that occurs through the retreats.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the veteran, the clinical support I receive through continuing education and the case consultation group offered for therapists.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

highly professional, with the highest integrity, and dedicated to healing for the survivors of war.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a huge difference in healing the wounds of war and creating world peace.

Ways to make it better...

All has been excellent!!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

needing more visibility and more funding to be able to reach more veterans and their families.

One thing I'd also say is that...

of my full psychotherapy practice, the veteran I am working with is the most dedicated client I have ever worked with. He recently said that because of his work in therapy, he can feel himself healing and now wants to live his life fully.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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10 people found this review helpful

The Coming Home Project provided an opportunity to genuinely connect with other female veterans in a way that was deeper than any connection I made since returning from the war. For four days we were provided free accomodations, travel, and expert counselors,and the like. In fact, it was due to this experience that I felt a call to go back into the military to serve as a Chaplain!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My professional/spiritual decision to join the Air Force as a Chaplain

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Connecting with other female vets

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Were exceptional, professional, of the highest quality

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Radically help how veterans connect with each other and their families

Ways to make it better...

none

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

none

One thing I'd also say is that...

Over time, ensuring veterans chosen get appropriate referrals in their communities would be helpful. They may already do this

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Retreat was a life changing experience, very well coordinated, well planned and of great benefit to providers who work with combat veterans.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providers Retreat

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Professional, well organized, caring and very ethical

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, organized and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a HUGE impact on the welfare of veterans and their providers!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I've been connected to CHP since it's inception, and have known and worked with the founder Joe Bobrow over many years. I've seen this organization grow from idea to a vibrant community that fills a much-needed gap in Veteran care. And it does so with both modern psychological knowledge and resources as well as a great deal of compassion and personal care.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Transform the lives of countless Veterans that have suffered from PTSD and related psychological wounds after serving their country and fill a big gap in the services and treatment they receive from the military.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

While informative for self-care and relaxing, the event is highly structured from early morning through the evening. Although they caution participants against proselyting, be advised the primary instruction (under Joseph Bobrow) is and follows buddhist principles, to include a primary presentation by Steve Torgerson which discounts the spiritual value of revealed religious truth and religion.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Refreshing my studied understanding of Buddhism and, in response, committing myself even more to the practical importance of revealed Judeo-Christian Truth as the source of hope for combatants facing and dealing with the spirituality of death.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Attended 2 of their retreats. Great ability to facilitate trust and healing among combat Vets and their families. They are continuing to build on that by offering retreats throughout the nation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Coming Home Project is thinking outside the box when it comes to serving Combat Vets and their families. They are not afraid to use methods (i.e. meditation, mindfulness, etc.) that are not widely accepted in the clinical community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This group is experienced with Veterans and open to suggestions. Their groups and retreats are formed to be welcoming, open and honest in a safe and sober atmosphere. There is a spiritual atmosphere that not everyone is ready for but if one is willing to try new things is very benificial.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching Veterans open up to others and make social contacts that remain after the group.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more recreaiton groups not just focus on retreats

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The openness and willingness to work with the different Veterans to meet their needs

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, understanding, knowledgable and some Veterans themselves

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Rule the World!! Just kidding, this program would be more amazing and would be able to expand the program and help more Veterans along with adding the recreation trips and plan other components that they would like to include.

Ways to make it better...

There were other options besides journaling during the reflection component.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funds & awareness

One thing I'd also say is that...

Although the spiritual & Zen feeling about the group is one of its strengths, it is also a weakness. Many Veterans who would benifet from the group are reluctant to join due to the spiritual component they are not willing to face.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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9 people found this review helpful

This was a very well run, very well intended and very well received retreat. I'm confident that the retreats for veterans and their families will be just as wonderful.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Thoughtful, considerate and compassionate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

My experience with the Coming Home Project definitively exceeded my expectations. I attended the February Provider's Retreat in California with some level of apprehension. I initially applied to attend as a means to "get away" from the daily stressors associated with work (a Clinical Social Worker providing services to OEF and OIF Soldiers and Veterans)and family. However, what I got was a truly transformative experience. Not only was I reminded of the need for self-care as a someone who cares for others, I was offered practical tools and, more importantly, the inspiration and motivation to use them in my daily life when I returned to "real life". The retreat was one of the most positive experiences I have had in many ways. The communion with other attendees, the peace and serenity of the retreat environment, the acceptance and non-judgement from participants and facilitators, and the opportunity to focus on caring for ourselves on a physical, emotional and spiritual level were all factors that led to a genuine transformation in my thinking about my work, my family and myself. It has changed the way I respond to stress, allowed me to give myself permission to take a moment to center myself each day and shifted my general outlook to focus on the joys of daily living rather than the stressors of daily living. The staff was wonderful and the retreat was well-organized. I would highly recommend this organization to others, whether it be as an attendee, a financial contributor or a volunteer who would like to participate in the act of helping others. As a matter of fact, I have posted a link to the organization to my social networking page encouring others to utilize and support The Coming Home Project.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide life-changing care, support and education to more Soldiers, Veteran's, their family members and their care-takers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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