Multiply Your Impact

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They were tired. Seeking hope. In need of a reset. For Nicki and Jeff Swindle and their children, something had to give.

Jeff had deployed twice to Iraq, returning from his second tour with post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury—forever changing his life. Nicki had just returned from Iraq herself, serving as a Department of the Army Civilian in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

They were exhausted and needed help, so they called on Project Sanctuary for support. Because of your partnership, we were able to answer that call.

Upon arrival to their six-day retreat, the Swindles were anxious. It took a bit of time to relax, but once they did, they were able to reconnect with one another in ways they couldn’t have imagined.

“What impressed me most was that nothing was demanded from us,” recalls Jeff. “The last thing a military family needs is to have more demands.”

But it was really after the retreat that the Swindles realized their greatest breakthrough.

“Jeff was in the process of separating from the Army medically, and we had no place to live,” remembers Nicki. “We were temporarily homeless, living out of our travel trailer. Project Sanctuary took care of us, helping with follow-on care and gas cards when we had no money.”

Currently, 2,200 families just like the Swindles are desperate for a chance to turn things around – in their marriages, with their finances, through relationships with their children—even to save their lives.

Once on their feet, Jeff, Nicki, and their children reached out again — this time to give back by serving as Project Sanctuary volunteers.

“We wanted an opportunity to feel ‘whole,’” shared Nicki, and through volunteerism, the family finally felt a sense of restoration.

Since their family retreat, Jeff, Nicki and their children have gone on to provide volunteer support at five additional Project Sanctuary retreats.

And they didn’t stop there. The Swindles became foster parents and have cared for more than 20 children to date. Their oldest son, Hunter, enlisted in the Army following graduation from high school and returned just a few weeks ago from a year-long deployment to Iraq and Kuwait. Nicki, feeling called to serve in a new direction, commissioned in the Alabama Army National Guard just a year ago as a chaplain candidate. And the Swindles’ younger son, Drake, has just taken his oath, enlisting in the Army as well. Through it all, they keep coming back to serve Project Sanctuary.

“It has been so powerful to be able to give back, particularly to families who arrive like ours — with their guard up,” shared Nicki. “I feel like Project Sanctuary is family, and I feel like I’m home when I go to volunteer.”

Because of your support, the Swindles have been able to heal within their own family, and have multiplied that healing time and time again for other military families in need of hope.

Today, thanks to our generous friends at Davey Coach & Sales, you, too, have the opportunity to multiply your impact. Davey Coach & Sales is matching every gift dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000, stretching your gift twice as far for our heroes and those who love them.

With your help, we can continue saving and forever changing the lives of our military families, just like Jeff and Nicki’s. Join me today by multiplying your impact and supporting those who have given so much on our behalf.

Warmest thanks,

Heather Ehle

P.S. Today your $50 gift becomes $100, enough to provide emergency assistance to a family in need. If you’re able to stretch your support by just $5 or $10 dollars, now is the time — with every dollar matched up to $15,000.