Frequently Asked Questions
Any active duty service member or veteran families of all branches of the military and all eras who would benefit from a therapeutic retreat or services is welcome. All types of families, including single individuals and the LGBTQ+ community, are welcome.
We support the whole family! We believe that when one person serves, the whole family serves and take a human-centered, solution-based approach to helping military families heal and move forward in life.
- Therapeutic Retreats: We host approximately 30 retreats annually across the country and are staffed and designed by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and licensed counselors. While we have a lot of fun helping families connect, these are not “vacations” but working programs for the adults as well as educational programs specific for teens and youth.
- Family Support Program: FSP offers services lead by licensed clinical staff for all military and veteran families and can include financial assistance, counseling referrals and connection to services offered by collaborating partners.
- Destination Resource Weekends: These two-day events are offered three times a year to military and veteran singles or couples to focus on their unique and personalized needs through our goal-setting exercise. From there, we help make connections with attending resource partners via one-on-one consulting and educational tools.
- The majority of our funding comes from grants and foundations
- We do not receive funding from the federal government
- We are also supported by the generosity of private donors
Project Sanctuary current hosts approximately 28-30 retreats a year in seven states across the U.S.
- A $100 Commitment Fee via check is required before your family’s retreat reservation can be officially booked. Each reservation is a valuable spot for a family and no-shows or cancellations less than two weeks from your retreat date will result in the loss of your deposit. If you attend, your uncashed, original check will be returned to you at the retreat.
- Once you get to your retreat location, your food, lodging, activities and all follow up services are paid for.
No. Only Services Dogs are welcome
Once your retreat dates and location are confirmed, you will receive location-specific instructions with all the information you need.
Anyone with a heart to serve our military families and can pass a background check. No military experience or affiliation required. Must be 18+ if coming alone.
No, you can split it up. We do ask that you stay with us at least two consecutive nights for housekeeping purposes and to maintain continuity with our families.
- Sign up for information about our Ambassador program to keep up–to–date on ways to support PS.
- Share our content, tell your friends, be willing to speak on behalf of PS at events in your area.
- If you want to volunteer a special talent….just ask!
Safety is a top priority for our staff and families. We follow strict CDC guidelines by state including but not limited to: Smaller retreat size, masks, grouping families and distancing, no buffet-style dining options, monitoring individual temperatures and continuous hand washing.
- Yes. Older children (10 and above) are great helpers. However, certain retreat locations do not allow children of any age due to lodging arrangements. Please inquire when your retreat location is determined.
- During the current Covid climate, we are unable to take children under five years of age because of the difficulty with social distancing at that age. The health and safety of our families, staff and volunteers are our priority.
Absolutely! Please fill out our service dog registration form. Please note: Emotional Support Animals are NOT considered service animals and not allowed.
We provide all meals and lodging during the retreat. Depending on the location of the retreat, you will stay in hotel–style housing close to where the staff stays.