I am a volunteer for this org which provides powerful retreats to heal Veterans and their families. It helps to form community among them, and allows them to grieve and embrace life after war. User the great healing that takes place on every retreat!
I have been a part of The Coming Home Project for 5 years now and I am always overwhelmed by the healing that happens at the retreats. I have watched veterans come alive before my eyes. I highly recommend this program. Lisa Gavin-Cruse, LMFT. Trauma Specialist
There should be more programs like this! They don't provide singular services, but focus on working on communication, methods to cope with stress, rebuilding relationships and establishing new bonds. We should use this method to set up reintegration services for all returning veterans! There's no better time than right now!
I was privileged to serve as a volunteer at a retreat this year. The benefit of just a few days of skillful and compassionate support was visible in the veterans who attended. I saw eyes go from wary to warm, bodies from on-guard to relaxed, faces from stiff to smiling. What a wonderful gift to returning servicemen and servicewomen!
This "charity" (and I use the word loosely) is a scam using deserving veterans who have served and been injured emotionally and (sometimes) physically in OEF/OIF to extort money. The "founder" Mr. Bobrow, who has a Ph(d) but is not a doctor, he is a self proclaimed "healer", "zen", etc. has figured out a way to have people donate money for his (and his knowing AND unknowing) staff to take trips in the guise of "workshops" for veterans. The reality is that the veterans are a group of "sheep" or they are told to leave (if they have any questions or raise concerns). The rest of the group never knows what happens to these participants, because it is all done while they are at breakfast. In other words, only those participants who sing "cumba ...." are allowed to stay, those who have questions (no conflict, just questions.... such as one that came up about having a major newspaper reporter "embedded" in these confidential "healing" workshops who would then report to the world about the personal stories of the veterans.......... Those who even asked about it were booted out the next morning. Mr. Bobrow continually asks for funds from the veterans as well as trying to get money from organizations who actually do help (all) veterans and are not self-serving.
I'm a retired Naval Officer working in a large engineering firm and served as a professional mentor for 2 workshops. This program offers incredible benefits to returning vets. It connects them with others who understand their unique issues and provides them with actionable tools to help them move forward in reintegrating into their communities and into the civilian workplace.
I volunteered on a handful of retreats, and have been involved with The Coming Home Project on many different occasions, and have had endless positive opportunities. The CHP is an outstanding organization with so much to offer. I have seen first hand the transformation, relaxation, connection, creativity and healing that occurs during retreats and other events.
I first became aware of the Coming Home Project when I came across some of their excellent resources on the website. I was fortunate to attend a training conference in California--it was a life-changing experience--camaraderie, trust, learning new skills, sharing pain and joy and SO MUCH MORE. It was surpassed the following year when I was honored to be a facilitator at a family retreat. "Being with" returning OEF and OIF servicemen and women and their families is an privilege I shall never forget. It was a emotionally hard and rewarding work as I was able to see positive growth and change in each individual who participated. The overwhelming sense of coherence and community contributes to the healing and adds to the practical activities and skills. The flow of the weekends are well designed and planned to offer opportunities to allow folks to process painful experiences, learn new coping skills, and, enjoy and participate in joyful activities.
I was a volunteer for a family retreat with the Coming Home Project and the experience was fantastic. It is a wonderful organization with the most compassionate, kind, and tolerant people I could imagine. The impact for participants of the retreat was indescribable, and a life changing experience for everyone involved. I felt supported by everyone when I was having a difficult time, and was able to give support to others who were too. There is a wonderful base of knowledge of and experience around working with veterans, but amazingly, everyone was very humble which I loved. I am constantly referring people to the Coming Home Project because it was such a valuable experience and I was so honored to work with them.
I was a volunteer facilitator at a CHP retreat for professionals serving veterans--many of whom were active military or veterans themselves. The experience was deep, healing and life changing not only for the participants but for me too as part of a remarkable community where people made connection with each other, resolved burn-out and found new inner resources to go forward. CHP is a model that should be the basis for comprehensive programs fo help military and vets re-connect with the world back home.
Since 2008, I have participated in the Coming Home Project retreats. These retreats have been the highest points for me these last few years. The other volunteers, the Coming Home Project staff, the veterans and their families all come together to create a healing community where deep bonds are quickly formed. Community, expressive arts, recreation, meditation, and support groups, good food, beautiful settings--the Coming Home Project creates something very close to magic.