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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415-353-5363
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I attended a Coming Hme retreat several years ago as a mental health professional who works with combat veterans. From the beginning there was a feeling of togetherness, mutual respect, and support that was welcomed and regenerative. The entire event was organized and conducted in a professional and therapeutic but also playful manner. The mixture of activities and offerings allowed me and others to connect with each other and with ourselves at a deeper level than was available in the daily practice of life. Much of what I experienced has stayed with me and I would welcome the opportunity for a refresher retreat. Events such as the retreat I attended are revitalizing and I suspect they pay off in more ways than can be measured. In addition to the reprieve from a demanding work schedule, there is the anti-burnout format which allows one to return to work with renewed energy, new ideas, and newly formed contacts. I'd like to see such events being provided on a regular basis for those who work with combat veterans and their families but I am very grateful that I was at least able to participate in the one I did.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I attended a retreat for clinicians working with returning veterans and found it to be the most rewarding, enriching and revitalizing experience of my life. Returning from that retreat 2 years ago enabled me to better fully connect with and be there for the returning veterans with whom I worked. Having attended the retreat with veterans and family members that also happened to be clinicans, I also saw first hand how incredibly healing this program is. Jo and his staff are unparalleled.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Coming Home Project is the most dedicated, professional, realistic honest organization helping our nation's warriors! The compassion for warriors and provider support exceeded my expectations! I know non profits are struggling financially - and I strongly recommend that they receive funding to continue their work. Please anyone, If you can help, do it! and the nation will be grateful for your support.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

i have participated in a number of retreats for the Coming Home Project. I have seen outstanding results that this program has to offer for Vets of the recent wars. I have evaluated another non profit in this field and from my point of view nothing can be compared. Howard I. Levene, M.D.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Outstanding heartfelt contribution to the health and well-being of Vets and their families. Also provides retreats to caregivers of Vets and their families

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

Involved committed soulful folks who worked hard and gave much

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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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!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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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

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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5 people found this review helpful

I have attended a training session for the Coming Home Project. I was instructed in methodologies to treat veterann's as an MFT, and particiapated in the multi-modal method that the Coming Home project has created. In my professional opinion, these techniques have the potential to positively impact innumerable vets and their families. I have been asked to be a co facilitator in the San Diego in June, and am thrilled to be able to participate in this ground-breaking retreat. Lisa Gavin Cruse, MFT

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

Receiving training in its' methodology

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

Expand it!

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

The obvious caring and committement of the staff and volunteers. The creative, yet research based approach.

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

Compassionate, caring individuals who were passionate about healing and welcoming home our veteran's.

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

Expand its' programs to meet the needs of veteran's and their family members. Help that is so desparately needed for our Wounded Warriors.

Ways to make it better...

I knew there was funding to expand to fill the need.

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

Continuing funding to move forward and expand.

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?

2010-3-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I partaicipated in the provider training & have nothing but praise for the Coming Home progject. They are a group who genuininely cares about the well being of the veteran & their family. Beyond their professional expertise they come form a place deep inside, the heart.

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

I participated in the providers training as well as had feed back form Women Veterans who have participated

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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7 people found this review helpful

My Experience has been excellent. I am a professional coming in to teach classes, and the staff is A one. The Coming Home Project is highly professional, helpful, friendly and well orchestrated. I have consistently heard positive feedback from participants at every function. Clearly the entire system is a reflection of the excellence of those that are running the program from the top.

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

a professional and personal level.

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

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

the trust and integrity from the staff.

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

Extremely helpful and friendly

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

Influence many people.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

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

the program will become so popular they will have to maintain the high standards to larger groups.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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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