it was wonderful and inspiring. Really empress with the locations, food, kayaking experiences. this retreat has given me the strength s that I have needed for same time now.I kayaked for the first time and I was not afraid. It was so fun and exciting. I never thought that this could ever happen to me. Everyone else has these kinds of opportunities, but not me. My muscles are sore from the hills and fun but, I don’t care. I feel so good and I wish it could last forever. I wish my family were here.
I attended the 'Service Provider' retreat and wow, what a wonderful experience! The Coming Home Project staff takes excellent care of you and ensures all your need are met. I truly enjoyed the decussions,listening and sharing with others who assist veterans and family members. There is no pressure and it's a 'judgement free' zone. It was great to meet and connect with others and having time to be with myself when needed. I highy recommend this program and encourage the service members and families to attend. The food is great too!
My family as a whole benifitted from our CHP retreat. It has opened my spouses eyes to the fact that we are not the only family going though this. It helped my son discover that there are other military families out there. And it showed me that there is a force to help during the tough times. Keeping a positive community around us, to include the CHP is now estential. The All Women Vet conference has to be a one of a kind experience. I've never heard of such a thing until the CHP did it in Oct 2009. The CHP is on the cutting edge of how to help us Vets.
I attended a 4 day retreat in October 09 with this org. Thr staff, volunteers were amazing. Attentive, responsive, nurturing and knowledgable. Lots of substance , no fluff. Very beneficial and rewarding. I learned a lot an gainied a new perspective on handling situations in my daily life.
The Coming Home Project provided an opportunity to genuinely connect with other female veterans in a way that was deeper than any connection I made since returning from the war. For four days we were provided free accomodations, travel, and expert counselors,and the like. In fact, it was due to this experience that I felt a call to go back into the military to serve as a Chaplain!
Attended 2 of their retreats. Great ability to facilitate trust and healing among combat Vets and their families. They are continuing to build on that by offering retreats throughout the nation.
This was a very well run, very well intended and very well received retreat. I'm confident that the retreats for veterans and their families will be just as wonderful.
My experience with the Coming Home Project definitively exceeded my expectations. I attended the February Provider's Retreat in California with some level of apprehension. I initially applied to attend as a means to "get away" from the daily stressors associated with work (a Clinical Social Worker providing services to OEF and OIF Soldiers and Veterans)and family. However, what I got was a truly transformative experience. Not only was I reminded of the need for self-care as a someone who cares for others, I was offered practical tools and, more importantly, the inspiration and motivation to use them in my daily life when I returned to "real life". The retreat was one of the most positive experiences I have had in many ways. The communion with other attendees, the peace and serenity of the retreat environment, the acceptance and non-judgement from participants and facilitators, and the opportunity to focus on caring for ourselves on a physical, emotional and spiritual level were all factors that led to a genuine transformation in my thinking about my work, my family and myself. It has changed the way I respond to stress, allowed me to give myself permission to take a moment to center myself each day and shifted my general outlook to focus on the joys of daily living rather than the stressors of daily living. The staff was wonderful and the retreat was well-organized. I would highly recommend this organization to others, whether it be as an attendee, a financial contributor or a volunteer who would like to participate in the act of helping others. As a matter of fact, I have posted a link to the organization to my social networking page encouring others to utilize and support The Coming Home Project.