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Episode 22 - Interview with Heather Ehle, RN - Founder and CEO of Project Sanctuary

Giving Heart Beat

Episode 22 - Interview with Heather Ehle, RN - Founder and CEO of Project Sanctuary. Project Sanctuary serves military and veteran families across the USA through therapeutic recreation and education at in-person family retreats, along with a holistic spectrum of services before, during and after. Project Sanctuary is one of the few organizations that addresses mental health for the entire military and veteran family, particularly the children.Ehle first learned of the unmet needs of military families 14 years ago when she volunteered as a registered nurse at a free clinic in Colorado. After 9/11, she tried to find the organizations that were taking care of military families, and upon discovering there were none, she created Project Sanctuary in the beautiful outdoor recreation paradise of Colorado. Project Sanctuary's programs and services are guided by the families it serves to address what they identify are critical needs. Like other organizations serving military and veteran families, Project Sanctuary has a "no wrong door" policy, so they will help to find solutions to unmet needs.ProjectSanctuary.USGivingHeartBeat@gmail.comOn Facebook and LinkedIn Donna Lee Valente and Instagram @donnaleevalenteGiving Heart Beat private Facebook Group coming very soon! Reach out if you want in!Podcast merch on Amazon in the USA and UKNow also Available in Canada and Australia - 18 cool products!! THANKS FOR LISTENING .... AND READING!! XOXO

21mins

21 Feb 2021

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HST069: Project Sanctuary with Heather Ehle

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Heather Ehle, founder, and chief executive officer of Project Sanctuary, is a Registered Nurse (RN) with more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry as a nurse, manager, volunteer, and entrepreneur. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit health care system. A proud single mother of three, Heather adopted a sibling pair through foster care.  She is driven by a strong desire to give back and do more. After reading that the rates of child abuse and neglect triple when a parent is deployed, Heather was moved to do something and founded Project Sanctuary in 2007. Being a civilian without direct ties to military families, she reached out to the community for support and education. Led by veterans and her board, she carefully listened to what the military families needed and then structured Project Sanctuary’s programs to meet those needs, pulling from her background as an RN to establish an evidence-based program that encompasses physical and emotional healing. In 2010, Heather was a finalist for People Magazine’sAll Stars Among Us.  In 2012, Project Sanctuary was honored at the White House as one of only five 2012 “Joining Forces Community Challenge Winners,” chosen out of over 300 nominees in recognition of its work with military families. In 2017 Heather was chosen and successfully completed Stanford University’s nonprofit, executive leadership training. In This Particular Episode You Will Learn: Heather's background and experience Impact of the Gulf War Project Sanctuary and its programs Long term support and impact veteran mental health as weakness versus illness Types of therapeutic retreats Family member support Comprehensive support for veteran mental health Number of clients Project Sanctuary has served Length of time that it takes for veterans to reach out Success stories Planting seeds of wellness Links Mentioned in This Episode: Project Sanctuary Fact Sheet 2017 Annual Report Project Sanctuary Testimonials Project Sanctuary Awards & Press--- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app--- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/changeyourpov/messageSupport this podcast: https://anchor.fm/changeyourpov/support

1hr 4mins

21 Feb 2021

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S5E2: Heather Ehle with Project Sanctuary

The Lifegiver Podcast with Corie Weathers

What we discuss: In this episode Heather shares her story about being a Registered Nurse and her introduction to the challenges military families face. Because the stress of the lifestyle affects whole family she wanted to find a way to help an organization that was caring for the family unit. When she didn’t find one that was serving whole families she created one. Project Sanctuary hosts 6-day retreats that focus on overcoming obstacles: financial, communication, family counseling, PTSD, and more. There are ten different locations and in 2020 there are 32 retreats planned. Two hours a day are spent in therapeutic sessions. There are incredible activities at each location including fishing, white water rafting, horseback riding, ziplining, and snowmobiling. Some of these are once-in-a-lifetime activities while other activities are able to be replicated once the family goes home (hiking or playing board games). Licensed and trained counselors are on-site all week. Break-throughs on the part of both the veteran and the spouses occur at each retreat! Once a family has been on the retreat they are welcome to return as volunteers. Resources and Links:  About Project Sanctuary Apply to attend a retreat PS: Jennifer here... My family was able to attend a Project Sanctuary retreat at Snow Mountain Ranch and I had two personal breakthroughs during the PTSD session. As a Chaplain's wife I figured I'd heard most of the stuff they were going to cover so the fact that I had two major breakthroughs I didn't know I needed was powerful. One is related to a minor change in my husband after deploying twice. After two tours he started bouncing his leg while sitting and it was incredibly annoying. (Still is, to be honest.) In the PTSD session the speaker mentioned that this is a common side effect of combat trauma. I constantly asked him to stop doing this. The PTSD session mentioned this was a natural and healthy way to release tension and that my asking him to stop was basically me asking him to keep that tension bottled up. The leg bouncing is still irritating but after that session I rarely ask him to stop. I see it for what it is now.  The other breakthrough was having my own deployment-traumas validated. I didn't know that the supporting spouse could have legitimate traumas caused by deployment. I didn't face war. I didn't face danger. I didn't see death. And yet, I was changed and in some ways, the changes were strange to me. I got mad when my husband mowed the grass (it was my pet project during the 15 month deployment and he dared to touch it). I also didn't like for him to drive once he got back. I had spent the entire time taxiing the kids around and once he got back I didn't trust him behind the wheel. I had actual, physical manifestations of fear when he'd drive and he's a really good driver! Looking back I can see so clearly that both of these reactions were trauma-based but had no idea. How much easier reintegration would have been had we both known these things about ourselves and each other.  These two breakthroughs were worth the time it took for us to drive from Texas to Colorado for our retreat but there were many other benefits and experiences that made it spectacular. It was, in a literal and figurative sense, a mountaintop experience. 

56mins

15 Feb 2020

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HST069 Project Sanctuary with Heather Ehle

Change Your POV Podcast

Summary: Heather Ehle, founder, and chief executive officer of Project Sanctuary, is a Registered Nurse (RN) with more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry as a nurse, manager, volunteer and entrepreneur. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit health care system. A proud single mother of three, Heather adopted a sibling pair through foster care.  She is driven by a strong desire to give back and do more. After reading that the rates of child abuse and neglect triple when a parent is deployed, Heather was moved to do something and founded Project Sanctuary in 2007. Being a civilian without direct ties to military families, she reached out to the community for support and education. Led by veterans and her board, she carefully listened to what the military families needed and then structured Project Sanctuary’s programs to meet those needs, pulling from her background as an RN to establish an evidence-based program that encompasses physical and emotional healing. In 2010, Heather was a finalist for People Magazine’sAll Stars Among Us.  In 2012, Project Sanctuary was honored at the White House as one of only five 2012 “Joining Forces Community Challenge Winners,” chosen out of over 300 nominees in recognition of its work with military families. In 2017 Heather was chosen and successfully completed Stanford University’s nonprofit, executive leadership training. In This Particular Episode You Will Learn: Heather's background and experience Impact of the Gulf War Project Sanctuary and it's programs Long term support and impact  veteran mental health as weakness versus inllness Types of therapeutic retreats  Family member support Comprehensive support for veteran mental health  Number of clients Project Sanctuary has served Length of time that it takes for veterans to reach out Success stories Planting seeds of wellness Links Mentioned in This Episode: Project Sanctuary Fact Sheet 2017 Annual Report Project Sanctuary Testimonials Project Sanctuary Awards & Press Project Sanctuary Social media: Facebook Twitter Youtube You can be sure to find future episodes of Head Space and Timing, and all of the CYPOV Podcast Network Shows, by subscribing through your Podcast player of choice, like iTunes. Using an app makes subscribing and listening to podcasts (both ours and others) so much simpler. Just subscribe to Change Your POV Podcast within your app and it will automatically update every time a new episode is released. Do you want to check out Duane's latest book, Combat Vet Don't Mean Crazy? Check it out by finding it on Amazon 

1hr 3mins

7 Aug 2018

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HST069: Heather Ehle - Project Sanctuary

Head Space and Timing Podcast

Summary: Heather Ehle, founder, and chief executive officer of Project Sanctuary, is a Registered Nurse (RN) with more than 25 years of experience in the health care industry as a nurse, manager, volunteer and entrepreneur. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit health care system.A proud single mother of three, Heather adopted a sibling pair through foster care.  She is driven by a strong desire to give back and do more. After reading that the rates of child abuse and neglect triple when a parent is deployed, Heather was moved to do something and founded Project Sanctuary in 2007. Being a civilian without direct ties to military families, she reached out to the community for support and education. Led by veterans and her board, she carefully listened to what the military families needed and then structured Project Sanctuary’s programs to meet those needs, pulling from her background as an RN to establish an evidence-based program that encompasses physical and emotional healing.In 2010, Heather was a finalist for People Magazine’sAll Stars Among Us.  In 2012, Project Sanctuary was honored at the White House as one of only five 2012 “Joining Forces Community Challenge Winners,” chosen out of over 300 nominees in recognition of its work with military families. In 2017 Heather was chosen and successfully completed Stanford University’s nonprofit, executive leadership training. In This Particular Episode You Will Learn:  Heather's background and experience Impact of the Gulf War Project Sanctuary and it's programs Long term support and impact  veteran mental health as weakness versus inllness Types of therapeutic retreats  Family member support Comprehensive support for veteran mental health  Number of clients Project Sanctuary has served Length of time that it takes for veterans to reach out Success stories Planting seeds of wellness Links Mentioned in This Episode:Project Sanctuary Fact Sheet2017 Annual ReportProject Sanctuary TestimonialsProject Sanctuary Awards & PressProject Sanctuary Social media:FacebookTwitterYoutube You can be sure to find future episodes of Head Space and Timing, and all of the CYPOV Podcast Network Shows, by subscribing through your Podcast player of choice, like iTunes.Using an app makes subscribing and listening to podcasts (both ours and others) so much simpler. Just subscribe to Change Your POV Podcast within your app and it will automatically update every time a new episode is released.Do you want to check out Duane's latest book, Combat Vet Don't Mean Crazy? Check it out by  finding it on Amazon ★ Support this podcast ★

1hr 3mins

7 Aug 2018