Fostering Success for Military Families and Returning Veterans
More than two and a half million Americans serve as active duty and reservists in the U.S. military. When these men and women deploy—often repeatedly—they leave friends and loved ones to worry, wait, and carry on at home. Many experience physical, emotional, and moral injuries—especially but not only in combat. All deserve more than our thanks and a welcome home—they, and their families, deserve health, prosperity, and a successful transition to civilian life.
The Brookfield Institute helps active-duty military, their families, and returning veterans thrive—during active duty and on the other side of military service. We partner with federal, state, and local military, veteran, faith, and community organizations — such as Project New Hope — to expand the network of community resources and services for military personnel and their families.
The Congregational Church of Christ, UCC, in North Leominster, MA, one of the original “Finding the Calm in the Storm” congregations, recently received recognition for their support of Project New Hope Retreats for veterans and their families. Since 2014, the congregation has offered a warm welcome with cookies and conversation to arriving retreat participants.
We also teach the multidisciplinary skills of resilience to and through these community support networks. Our successful, highly lauded programs include:
Journey Home from War
This workshop helps community members and congregations understand the changes deployment brings—and teaches powerful, effective ways to support service members and their families as they return and reintegrate into their communities. For more information about the course click here.
Care For Our Troops, MA. Community—faith organizations in particular—can learn the skills to help military families and returning veterans build resilience and thrive. This program provides training, facilitation, and connections for faith communities in ministry with service members and their families. Care For Our Troops, MA is a new ministry to provide the tools and the understanding to reach out and support military families and returning veterans. Two levels of participation are available.
This program was originally funded through the Barnes Foundation, A United Church of Christ Commission on Mission and Justice project.
Contact The Brookfield Institute or call 413-563-7282 for more information.