HEROES HAVEN PROGRAMS:
PTSD Strength Through Adversity Support Group:
Every Monday injured Veterans, First Responders, and their friends, family, and support network come together as a group to help navigate life after Trauma. While a majority of us relive the past when we do not want to, our purpose is to cultivate the GROWTH that this caused in us while learning to execute our new mission and purpose in life.
Post Trauma, simple tasks that may seem mundane to a lot of us, become nearly impossible to navigate. One of these tasks is getting the mail, and navigating the stressors that come with it. Across all fields, military workers of all ranks were most likely to be divorced by age 30, at a rate of 15%. (The average age for divorce is 30 and roughly 40% of first marriages end in divorce, studies show.) Coping mechanisms such as alcohol and drug abuse become very common. With all these unfortunate impacts of trauma the mail brings things such as, legal notices, court appearances, divorce papers, child support, job loss, and past due bills. Couple this in a setting that most likely the recipient is alone, reminded of their circumstance which ensues hopelessness. Our solution is to be able to aid in this task by helping those affected learn to sort their mail, execute the task of whatever the mail brings, all while doing this as a team.
In our Functional Fitness Area Trauma Survivors come together and use fitness to offset the effects of Trauma. I heard a powerful statement from one of my Therapists who said, “ I would lose 80% of my clients if they would just get out and workout.” Studies have shown that trauma actually can be stored in fat cells. Exercise regains confidence in one’s self, feeling of being part of a Team again, and a way to channel aggression, and enhance sleep. A part of this is our HOOK program. Where At Risk Youth, Veterans, and First Responders are paired together for team building, a mission, and a sense of purpose. As a former Police Officer I would see our guys get shot or assaulted, and the same happen with at risk youth. Unfortunately we would have a mindset that one is a Hero and one just “deserved” it from poor choices. Trauma is trauma and we want to provide solutions.
One of Veteran Participants is a certified Kayak instructor. We have set the course for weather permitting Kayak trips throughout the season. The bi-lateral movement of paddling coupled with the benefits of the great outdoors is a fantastic way to reduce stress, get active, and be part of a team again.
Skilled Labor/Ebay Listings:
We recently received a large donation of small motors, components, and gear actuators from the factory where we are embedded. This program teaches Injured Veterans/ First Responders a new skill set while pouring back into Heroes Haven. From learning about the product, to listing on Ebay, all the way to shipping to the customer. This is a task that warrants purpose, a reward, and follow through, all while aiding in the success of a new skill set.
Reclaimed Wood Working:
A local Air Force Veteran operates his small business in a portion of the factory connected to Heroes Haven. His business started out by “Curb Stalking,” junk that once had a purpose on the streets of Detroit, and turning it into something with beautiful purpose. We see this alot like PTSD, a lot of us feel we had a fantastic purpose at one point, and after our injury lost it and became broken and not of use anymore. This Veteran works with our participants at Heroes Haven to reverse this thought process and aid in the therapeutic benefits of woodworking. See the coming location below.