We are often asked why we are different. Doesn't the military offer weekend couple's retreats?
Project Sanctuary isn't just different, we are better!
Project Sanctuary retreats differ from typical military marriage retreats in several critical ways:
1. Retreats are structured to be six days, giving the family adequate time to begin to decompress, de-stress and really commence the healing cycle.
2. Retreats include the entire family (children and spouse)/support system. This enables the family to heal together with everyone understanding their role and importance to the overall process. Children's programs at the retreat address the specific needs of each child while the parents are engaged more appropriate courses for them, such as Healthy Marriage and Financial Peace classes.
3. No chain of command reporting eases professional concerns and allows for open and honest discussion. The candor allows for more truthful assessments of needs and current status and facilitates the identification of more appropriate needs-based solutions.
4. Retreats are held in a secluded environment, without the interruption of cell phones, TVs or internet. We create a sanctuary a place of healing outside of day to day responsibilities for families to relax and begin the process of self-improvement.
5. Encouragement is offered from individuals who can empathize with what the family is going through. Most volunteers are returning families to give the peer to peer understanding and support while growing network of families.
6. Participants are a mix of active duty, veterans, wounded warrior and from all five branches of the military giving the families opportunities to learn of other services and coping strategies utilized from a wide base of sources.
7. Only ten-twelve families are allowed to attend each retreat to ensure that each family's specific needs are met and to provide the family with dedicated time for their situation and needs.
8. A comprehensive two year follow up program provides a continuity of service and support to give these families the best chance of navigating through ever growing statistical problems such as divorce, suicide, child and spousal abuse.