A PLACE OF HEALING FOR PTSD
Surviving Home established as a 501(c)3 in 2017 as a call to action. There are nearly 25 million people suffering from PTSD in the United States, and more than 540,000 are veterans of the U.S. military. Veterans are committing suicide at an alarming rate of 22 (or more) per day. The VA hospitals are overloaded. Many veterans can't receive the care they need, or don't know what's available to them. It's a frightening reality that many of our servicemen and servicewomen are resorting to taking their own lives. Surviving Home would help veterans and others with PTSD heal alongside their families in a retreat environment. Through a treatment protocol that combines tailored counseling with a working farm-ranch environment, clients will be exposed to a caring team of individuals that provide a wholistic approach to treating the mind, body, and spirit.
At Surviving Home, clients would participate in a three-month program where they receive regular counseling sessions. The client and their participating family members would stay at the ranch and work alongside staff members in daily operations. By working the farm, and with careful oversight by managers Bitsy and Jeremy Zimmer, clients would have opportunities to contribute meaningfully and have purpose as they apply their new coping skills daily.
The farm is a quiet departure to help those with PTSD challenge their minds and bodies while learning to react to stressors in a healthier way. The farm will produce organic fruits, vegetables, and eggs under a sustainable low-waste philosophy. Private horse training will also be conducted onsite. Through horse-boarding, agricultural sales, and available donations for program costs, Surviving Home will earn enough income to cover the costs of operating the facility.
Surviving the challenges of life can be too much to bear for PTSD sufferers and their families. Join us in establishing an environment that helps them heal together while giving them the tools needed to better function and contribute at home and at work upon their return. Please consider a tax-free donation that will go directly toward building the facility.