Retreats' Effectiveness

Since 2007, the Coming Home Project (CHP) has provided residential retreats for: Military and Veteran Families, Veterans and Service Members and Service Providers.

While initial retreats provided anecdotal evidence of the positive effects of our programs, we developed methods to systematically measure the retreats’ effectiveness.

Findings from retreats provided in 2010 and 2011 show significant improvement across the multiple dimensions. Participants felt:

  • Less stressed
  • Less exhausted
  • Less burned out
  • Less anxious
  • Less isolated
  • Less emotionally numb
  • A greater sense of connetion
  • More energized
  • More supported
  • More hopeful
  • Happier
  • More relaxed
  • Better able to calm themselves after a stressful day
  • Better able to care for themselves as well as others

For a detailed summary of our measures, how they were developed, and our results, click here. This summary contributed to the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) recognition of the Coming Home Project as a best practice for reintegration. For a summary of their comprehensive report click here. For the entire DCoE report, click here.

Feedback from Program Participants:

“I would recommend this retreat to every OEF/OIF veteran or service member. This is the type of community building experience we need. This has changed my life!” Participant of a Military & Veteran Family Retreat

“I’d never had the chance to share with other combat vets since I left the Army shortly after I returned from deployment. Thank you for the opportunity to share my experiences in a safe and accepting environment.” Participant of a Women’s Retreat

“Talking with participants was important because I have felt alone and isolated over the last year; to see so many together that share the similar feelings and experiences was positive for me.” Participant of a Service Provider Retreat