This "organization" is self serving. Notice that STAFF & REPEAT attendees (a few) are oozing with the positive reviews. Told this would be peaceful and private, I traveled from Arizona to California (on my dime) to attend. Immediately a REPORTER was "embedded" with us and we were asked to sign releases. I did not wish to be photographed. I asked 3 questions and "volunteers" surrounded me CULT-LIKE. It was CREEPY. I am in a wheelchair, so not really an issue to anyone. Another girl echoed my concerns and agreed she would like the answer to the questions as well. She was "surrounded" Realize we (vets) were all sitting and they (volunteers) were all standing. The meeting introducing the reporter was adjourned and we went back to our shared rooms. "Volunteers" came to our room, surrounded my roommate and escorted her out. Bobrow came in and wanted me to sign papers that I wanted to leave. I didn't want to leave, just didn't want to be in the newspaper or TV. He kept pressuring me, using phsychological pressure techniques (I am a medical professional and recognize these techniques. They are ones you are taught NEVER to use on patients or traumatized people). He finally said I had to leave immediately. The "volunteers" continued to flock around and I was not allowed to say goodbye to new friends I had made or even my room mate. So, they never knew what happened to me and the other woman, a potent message to NOT ask any questions. As I left in my vehicle, I saw the other woman walking and crying with her suitcase. I was crying as well, not understanding what I had done wrong. The expectation was peaceful healing, the result was more trauma to add to my already traumatized situation due to OIF/OIF. Bobrow & his paid volunteers travel ON YOUR MONEY from fabulous place to fabulous place, rent out the entire place and then dupe Local volunteers to help. They fund themselves and have veterans, family and now "caregivers" attend. As long as you serve their purpose and they get their donor money for you, all is good. It is all about money. They scarred me and I am sure that other woman FOR LIFE with their tactics. It's unbelievable that these type of people are allowed to continue to function and collect good people's money.for their own gain. Good hearted people beware.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Outstanding heartfelt contribution to the health and well-being of Vets and their families. Also provides retreats to caregivers of Vets and their families
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.
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.
Retreat was a life changing experience, very well coordinated, well planned and of great benefit to providers who work with combat veterans.
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.