Reporter Len Cannon visited The Xena Project during Thanksgiving week to meet veterans involved in our programs and some of the animals and people that keep us going. Thank you, ...
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Dear Sir or Ma’am,
Thank you for caring about America’s military veterans.
We seek your support for The Xena Project, a veteran-operated 501(c)3 that facilitates healing of veterans and their families through equine and animal therapy. The inclusion of cutting-edge simulation technology makes us uniquely able to serve individuals with traumatic physical or brain injury. Located near Houston, we are the only initiative of our kind in the country, and attract a broad spectrum of needs, including veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Xena Project is currently focused on four fundamental programs:
Veterans Group Days – Groups from fellow veteran-focused organizations experience a day of multi-faceted healing that includes the riding simulator, live horses, a variety of other animals, food, fellowship, and special events.
Veterans Private Sessions – Those with a more concentrated interest in riding or horsemanship, or with physical therapy needs, participate in private lessons on the simulator or with horses.
Family Reunification - Provides a neutral, peaceful location for veterans in family turmoil to bond with their children; we work with law enforcement officials and mental health experts to facilitate families with court restrictions.
Animal Encounter Therapy – Interaction with horses, dogs, cats, livestock, a llama, and others promotes relaxation, eases anxiety, and stimulates healing.
In the upcoming year we will incorporate art therapy into each of these programs, expand peer counseling, and open a meditation garden.
Whether you share your resources of time, money, or in-kind donations, your support makes a direct impact on the veterans and families we serve. We provide services free of charge, so the formula is simple: more support equals more veterans served. The Xena Project welcomed 50 veterans during our first three months of operation in fourth quarter 2014; we are committed to reaching 500 in 2015.
We need your help to reach these veterans: $60 provides a rider with a private session; $750 sponsors a group day; $5,500 per year sponsors a horse in the therapeutic riding program; $20,000 will build a classroom that allows us to offer services in all weather, expand family programs, house support groups, and launch an art therapy program. More than 85% of donations to The Xena Project go directly to veterans; the remainder covers insurance and equipment costs.
Thank you for your generous support,
The Xena Project