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The Coming Home Project

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

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

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

lisa-gc

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Kendra U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Coming Home Project's equine program is both subtle, yet powerful. The honesty of the horses can provide a mirror and show us our own ways of reacting to stimulation and stress. They show us how actions, sentiments and touch can be so revealing. Their immediacy and inability to lie is liberating.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I received information about this non-profit organization through another Veteran female. My experience in attending this all women retreat was outstanding.In addition to receiving awesome support, everything was paid for or reimbursed including travel and food. I really appreciated the support, coping techniques, cooperative environment to vent, share experiences, and receive useful information. The supportive environment without judgement and encouraging any perspective and/or feelings made me feel very comfortable to share and receive help with military, deployment, and other related issues. I believe the Coming Home Project is one of the very best non-profit organizations that I have ever worked with, and the best organization for Veterans and families to assist with emotional needs that often get overlooked otherwise. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone and look forward to watching them continue to grow and inspire more and more Soldiers and families in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Unique, and valuable organization full of amazing volunteers, staff and participants! I am so glad that The Coming Home Project is working to make the coming home experience more positive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a professional facilitator and event organizer, I remain very impressed with the Coming Home Project's capacity to (1) create community quickly, (2) build a safe and healing atmosphere for veterans, their counselors, and their families to begin dialogue about their challenges both in the theater and during the coming home phase, and (3) offer a variety of inner and outer explorations (walking meditation, yoga, meditation) and settings (small group, large group, one-on-one, and solo) within a 48 hour period. Some stories that I heard continue to guide my personal work and relationships that I established during my experience continue to add to the riches of my life.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Coming Home Project is one of the few veterans organizations, that I have found, that offer a family retreat for the veteran to bring his/her family. This is a huge help in reconnecting with each other in a beautiful peaceful place at no cost to the family. The friends we have made at the conference have been valuable and beneficial to our overall well being. We can't thank Joe and his staff enough for the love and kindness they provide to us at the retreats. They definitely have our best interest in mind.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thoughtful collection of caregivers -- I've seen many hugely touched at the two retreats I've attended. DoD caregivers are often overworked with little relief. The Coming Home Project gives a weekend of rest and a lifetime of skills. I highly recommend their retreats for those needing rest.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Coming Home Project has been an incredible experience as a volunteer Therapist. The training and discussions regarding veterans issues has helped my understanding of the unique elements of the military culture. The leadership are compassionate and insightful into the complexities of this work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.