GRANBY, CO (July 19, 2018) – Project Sanctuary’s founder and CEO Heather Ehle highlighted how the organization has helped military families reconnect and heal at the First Command Annual Advisors’ Conference in Orlando, July 15-20, 2018. Ehle spoke during the conference’s second General Session on July 19. Her presentation featured Trey and Lauren Fagan, Project Sanctuary program graduates, who have started their own non-profit, Operation Barnabas, to assist military veterans and first responders in learning to live with post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I was thrilled to have the opportunity to share Project Sanctuary’s story with First Command and to thank the company for its support,” said Ehle. “The Fagans are living proof that our human-centered programs work, and we’re proud to have partners like First Command helping us achieve success.”
First Command has been an integral part of Project Sanctuary’s success, partnering both financially, and also programmatically by providing educational materials for the Money Matters/Family Matters classes. First Command advisors also provide support to Project Sanctuary graduate families nationwide. First Command is celebrating “60 years strong” and their continued commitment to focus on military families, which closely aligns with Project Sanctuary’s mission.
“We are proud to celebrate the 60th anniversary of our company’s founding through our continuing support of Project Sanctuary’s important work helping military families deal with the struggles and challenges that can arise from their service to our country,” said Scott Spiker, chairman/CEO of First Command Financial Services, Inc. “By supporting military members, veterans and their spouses with critical programs and resources, we hope to give them the peace of mind they’ve earned and the feelings of security they deserve.”
Project Sanctuary focuses on strengthening military families during the stressful times of deployment, transition and reintegration, offering therapeutic opportunities nationwide. Since its founding 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 connect and empower families. In 2018, Project Sanctuary will host 30 therapeutic retreats in eight states and will continue outreach to the more than 2,300 families on its wait list to provide assessment and crisis intervention.