Granby-based nonprofit Project Sanctuary gets $100K grant to reach more military families across the nation |

Granby-based nonprofit Project Sanctuary gets $100K grant to reach more military families across the nation

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Project Sanctuary is a Granby-based non-profit that provides therapeutic programs for military families
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Project Sanctuary, a Granby-based non-profit that provides therapeutic programs for military families, recently received a $100,000 grant to give hope to military and veteran families facing unique challenges.

Offered in seven states and serving families across the U.S., Project Sanctuary provides free, week-long therapeutic retreats to families dealing with mental health issues, critical financial instability, marital discord or a volatile home life. In addition to the evidence-based programs offered in the retreat setting, Project Sanctuary continues to support families with ongoing counseling, job placement assistance and emergency financial support, as needed.

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation awarded the grant for operational support of the nonprofit and to reach even more families across the nation.

“Very few Americans have any idea how much military families sacrifice, often suffering in silence,” said businessman Bob Parsons. “Beyond the challenges of deployment and relocation, these neglected families endure hardships that other families simply don’t experience, including inadequate pay and housing, zero or inadequate childcare, unimaginable isolation, loneliness and hopelessness. They deserve better.”

Project Sanctuary offers a three-step program that assesses a family’s needs, allows the family members to reconnect during week-long retreats and provides ongoing support.

To date, the organization has assisted more than 1,200 military families nationwide and there are an additional 2,400 on its wait list.

“We pride ourselves on adapting to what military families need most to heal and thrive, but to do that, we need the help of forward-thinking organizations like The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation,” said Project Sanctuary CEO Heather Ehle. “Their generous support, coming at this critical time of growth, will enable us to expand the level of care we’re able to offer military families without losing the high quality of service our families have come to expect and deserve from us.”

In 2019, Project Sanctuary will pilot shorter, follow-up retreats for graduate families to more easily connect them to services for mental healthcare, financial assistance and more. Also new in 2019, referrals to these services and emergency financial relief will be made available to families on Project Sanctuary’s wait list.

In 2019, Project Sanctuary will host 30 therapeutic retreats in Colorado, California, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina and Texas, and will provide additional pre-retreat support and crisis intervention to hundreds of families on the wait list.

To learn more about Project Sanctuary, visit their website at

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