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Monchy Primary School in St. Lucia is a proud recipient of books from Hands Across the Sea. Although we do not have our Child Friendly Literacy Space as yet all our books have been sorted by support personnel and they are used by teachers and students in the class. This donation of assorted literature has been a welcome addition of reading material for students and teachers alike. we are truly blessed to have been on the receiving end . We look forward to a continued support from Hand Across the Sea. We will inform you on the progress of our Child Friendly Literacy Space. Thanks again from Teachers Students and Parents of Monchy.
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 returned from Iraq angry and crazy. The drugs didn't always help, and I was assigned a counselor who didn't have a clue what I was going through. Crap at work from my immature and useless female company commander didn't help. After a visit to the CHP (female vets only--what a relief!!), I was more relaxed, more able to handle her BS and my workload, and things at home were a lot easier on my husband too. To discover that you are not alone in your personal hell-on-earth, to know that there are veterans (sad to say, but true) worse off than you who have the courage to leave their homes and travel, in spite of their fear and emotional turmoil, to a place which CAN (for me, not MIGHT, but CAN) help, went a long way toward helping me move forward and leave the nightmare behind. If you are a vet, do this! If you are considering donating, donate! Every penny and hour you give helps combat vets like me who need to see the good people can do, instead of the horrible ways people treat each other on a daily basis (over there).
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've been on the Coming Home Project Board since it was founded and am proud to be associated an organization that shows such compassion for and commitment to vets and families. The community building that takes place at the retreats and events does more than fill the gap left by agencies who are too understaffed and overloaded to help. Our vets have given so much, they deserve more than lip service and artifically quick fixes. They deserve to learn how to cope with what they've seen and how to return home and reintegrate with their families. I was not surprised to hear that the DCoE (Defense Centers of Excellence) said that CHP meets or exceeds their recommendations. Our vets keep coming home and we need to support programs like CHP now more than ever.
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 participated in a Coming Home Project retreat a few years back. It was a retreat for service providers. I had an absolutely amazing experience. The staff was incredibly welcoming and supportive. I left there with a renewed and more positive sense of self, and more confidence in treating others. I have since referred Veterans and providers alike to their retreats, and will continue to do so.
I attended with my husband. As a military spouse, it was nice to spend time with others, sharing our stories and experiences and making new connections. This is a wonderful program and I hope others will benefit from it as much as I have for years to come.
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 fortunate to attend a retreat for professionals. As a mental health professional, serving active duty, veterans and their loved ones, I had exhausted myself trying to care for everyone else - forgetting my own oxygen mask. The retreat reminded me that self-care is a MUST if I wanted to continue to be helpful to others. I attended the retreat over 2 years ago and I still use some of the self-care techniques taught there. I also connected with other professionals in the field and continue those supportive relationships as well. The Coming Home Project is an amazing organization.
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.
I went to a Coming Home project 3 years ago. I have made wonderful connections with new friends. We have maintained a tight relationship since then. I have invited them into my personal life and trusted them with my family. This is a big step in reintegrating into society after coming back from the war. Being a Marine, I always long for the camaraderie that I felt in the Corps. This retreat has satisfied just that.
I attended the female veteran retreat in California. I enjoyed every minute of the retreat and enjoyed the company of the females that I met. Unfortunately I have not kept in touch as I feel my psychological wounds are much deeper than one could have ever imagined. Had it not been for the coming home project I don't think I would have been able to identify my wounds from war and active duty. There are many more women who bear the same wounds and through this wonderful program are now seeking help to slowly close those festering wounds. I am honored to have been able to participate in this program and I recommended it to my sister in law. When my brother in law came back from iraq they attended the family retreat in San Antonio. I hope to one day be able to volunteer my time to this outstanding program that is helping to change the lives of my brothers and sisters in uniform.
The Coming Home Project does exactly as it's title says. It helps veterans interact and communicate with a group of volunteers when they have come home. we learn so much about "adjusting to life back home" but we also learn about ourselves. I haven't been on an event since 2008 when we went rafting, but I remember that I had the time of my life. I also keep in touch with a lot of the veterans that I met while I was there. We formed a bond so quick because we learned that almost everyone has the same battles Coming Home... Thank You So Much Dr. Bobrow.