Project Sanctuary Receives Grant from Disabled Veterans National Foundation

GRANBY, CO (October 12, 2018) – Project Sanctuary, a Colorado-based non-profit that provides therapeutic programs for at-risk military families, has received a $20,000 grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation.  The grant doubles the amount that Foundation awarded to Project Sanctuary in 2017, allowing the organization to help more military families transition from battle ready to family ready.

Service members face unique and harrowing situations while deployed and sorting through them can be difficult. Unfortunately, many returning service members find challenges in reconnecting with their loved ones due to what they experienced in combat zones. Work stress and deployments, along with a loss of identity, result in increasing rates of child abuse, domestic violence, divorce, unemployment, substance abuse, and suicide.

Project Sanctuary offers a solution for these challenges through an evidence-based, two-year therapeutic program specifically designed to address the unique needs of today’s military families. The program is designed with direct input from the families themselves, and is one of the few programs available that addresses the mental health needs of the entire family. By providing tools and support to the family as a whole, Project Sanctuary is changing outcomes and helping at-risk families reconnect, restore hope, and find the healing they need to recover and thrive.

“We are deeply grateful for this generous grant from the Disabled Veterans National Foundation,” said Heather Ehle, Project Sanctuary founder and CEO. “These funds are crucial to our efforts to help more families across the country find the strength they need to heal. It’s really all about connectedness. By restoring the connection between service members, their families, and their communities, we restore hope, and – ultimately – restore purpose.”

“DVNF is proud to support Project Sanctuary s they continue to make a positive impact in transitioning military service members from battle ready to family ready by providing therapy to that addresses mental health challenges.” said DVNF CEO Joseph VanFonda (USMC Sgt. Maj. Ret.). “We would like to congratulate and thank them for their commitment to serving the men and women who served in defense of our country.”

Project Sanctuary focuses on strengthening military families during the stressful times of deployment, transition and reintegration, offering therapeutic opportunities nationwide. Since its founding over a decade ago, the non-profit has served more than 1,200 families, using an evidence-based approach that combines coursework, counseling and recreational activities to reconnect and empower families. In 2018, Project Sanctuary will host 30 therapeutic retreats in eight states and will continue outreach to the 2,300 families on its wait list to provide pre-retreat assessment and crisis intervention.


About Project Sanctuary

Believing that everyone has the ability and the right to heal and that when one person serves, the whole family serves, Project Sanctuary takes a human-centered, solution-based approach in serving at-risk military families. Through long-term programming, focused on connectedness, we restore hope and empower families to find the healing they need to recover and thrive.

Founded in 2007, Project Sanctuary holds a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency, and Better Business Bureau Charity Accreditation. Sponsors and partners that help make Project Sanctuary programs possible include The Kendeda Fund, Aimco Cares, First Command Financial Services, Infinite Hero Foundation, Naval Postgraduate School Foundation, Inc., The Weinberg Foundation, and YMCA of the Rockies. More information is available online at


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